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    COLOMBO, SRI LANKA AND NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Thousands of Tamils have been leaving Colombo after rioting in the capital which left more than three hundred and fifty people dead.

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    New Dehli; India
    Hector Jayawardene talks with Mrs. Gandhi


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    Background: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA AND NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Thousands of Tamils have been leaving Colombo after rioting in the capital which left more than three hundred and fifty people dead. Thousands of Tamil homes and shops were destroyed during the violence which erupted when Tamil guerrillas killed thirteen government soldiers in the northern port of Jaffna. The Tamils have been given temporary accommodation in Colombo, but the Government has appealed for international aid to ease the situation. Hector Jayawardene, the brother of the island's President, Junious Jayawardene, has been in New Delhi for talks with Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The three-day discussions have been shrouded in secrecy, but Indian spokesmen say the agenda included the allegations that India's southern state of Tamil Nadu has been used as a guerrilla base. The Sri Lankan government has blamed the riots on outside intervention. They've passed a bill which effectively outlaws the Tamil parliamentary parties who have been calling for a separate state within the island for the minority group. Mr. Jayawardene has also met with Indian External Affairs Minister, Narasimha Rao and is due to talk with Mrs. Gandhi again before returning to Colombo. The Tamils have strong ethnic and cultural ties with southern India, and there has been increasing pressure on Mrs. Gandhi to support them in Sri Lanka.

    Source: SRI LANKA TELEVISION/REUTERS - PREM PRAKASH

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    Film ID:
    VLVA88APWY8RGHXVQZGBV48VDE1RE
    Media URN:
    VLVA88APWY8RGHXVQZGBV48VDE1RE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:24:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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