The secretary-general of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in Sri Lanka, Appapillai Amrithalingam had talks with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on August 14 on the future of the harrassed ethnic Tamil minority in the island republic.
SCU PULL BACK TO GV Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) secretary-general, Appapillai Amrithalingam speaking at press conference. (SOT)
GV Mrs Gandhi's residence in New Delhi.
INTERIOR GV Amrithalingam with Mrs Gandhi. ZOOM INTO CU Mrs Gandhi. PULL BACK TO SV Both take their seats.
TRANSCRIPT: AMIRTHALINGAM: (SEQ 1) "You see I have not yet fully studied the Prime Minister's statement. As reported in the Sri Lankan press there are one or two salient features which attracted my attention. She has pin-pointed two problems as calling for immediate solution: one is the security of the life of property of the Tamil people and the second one is the question of the wrongful solution to this vexed question. We very much appreciate that the Prime Minister is fully alive to the necessity to find an immediate solution to these two problems and we also appreciate her statement that the suggestions that have been put forward by President Jayewardene are outdated and will not meet the aspirations of the Tamils at this juncture; so that we are very thankful to the Prime Minister for her understanding and sympathy of our problem. I will have to study the other suggestions further before I make any observations."
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Background: The secretary-general of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in Sri Lanka, Appapillai Amrithalingam had talks with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on August 14 on the future of the harrassed ethnic Tamil minority in the island republic. At a press conference in New Delhi after the talks the Tamil leader said 2,000 people probably died in the two months of ethnic unrest which culminated in the riots throughout the island at the end of July. He said the figure included deaths in the whole of the Island since violence broke out in the eastern port of Trincomalee on June 3. The Sri Lankan Government says about 380 people died in nine days of bloodshed which began after Tamil guerrillas killed 13 army soldiers in Jaffna on July 23. Mr. Amirthalingam told reporters he had briefed Mrs Gandhi on the situation in Sri Lanka and he would meet her again for further talks on August 16.