Asked whether TESO was still in favour of creation of Tamil Eelam, Mr Karunanidhi said, “Yes, yes, yes.”Asked why the TESO was not able to retain the vigour of the 1980s when it was able to force the Centre to cancel the extradition of Sri Lankan militants, Karunanidhi said there would be a series of agitations if its demands were not taken seriously by the Centre, The Hindu newspaper reported. He also said TESO would hold a seminar in Delhi to bring to the notice of all political parties the sufferings of Tamils.“Vajpayee attended the TESO meeting in 1986 in Madurai,” he said while answering to a question whether the BJP would be invited for the seminar.Recalling the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore’s assertion that a new resolution would be moved in the UN against Sri Lanka, he said India should strongly support the resolution. Another resolution adopted in the TESO meeting urged the Sri Lankan government to disclose information about LTTE leaders, including Baby Subramanian, Balakumar, Yogi, Puduvai Rathinadurai, Ilamparithi, who were arrested after the war. Explaining a resolution adopted in TESO meeting, Karunanidhi alleged that Rajapaksa had led the massacre of Tamils and was seen as an enemy of humanity after being accused of war crimes and violation of human rights. The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) in Tamil Nadu has passed a resolution calling on the Indian government to facilitate a resolution calling for a referendum during the general council meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.India’s The Hindu newspaper reported today that DMK president M. Karunanidhi had urged the Union government not to encourage Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the country and announced a black-shirt demonstration in Chennai during his visit on February 8. “India also should put pressure on Sri Lanka in connection with the issue,” the resolution said. “He takes advantage of our friendly attitude and traditional hospitality. But he is a symbol of Sinhalese majoritarianism. India should not encourage his visit, as Tamils will not tolerate it,” the resolution said. The TESO meeting also decided to hold a demonstration in Rameswaram and Nagapattinam on February 18 and 19 respectively to urge the Centre to set up a Naval base near Manadapam to prevent the killing of Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.TESO also has constituted seven teams comprising DMK MPs and Thol Thirumavalavan to hold talks with Ambassadors of various countries to muster support for the Sri Lankan Tamils cause, The Hindu newspaper added.
SEAN QUINN has denied accusations that his family leaked taped recordings of phone conversations within Anglo Irish Bank — although they do have some in their possession.In an interview with The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, the former billionaire dismissed the accusation that he supplied the now-infamous Anglo Tapes to the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, and Sinn Féin, claiming he “never saw the tapes”.Responding to whether the Quinns came across further tapes in the process of discovery during litigation, he said they have “5 per cent of the tapes that are going to be available”.Quinn said that while the tapes which have been released to date ‘show a disrespect for the law’, further tapes will contain discussions between Anglo Irish Bank, the Department of Finance, and the Financial Regulator regarding himself. He said that the conversation on the tapes will go something like this: “What we are going to do about Sean Quinn? Where are the board meetings here? Where’s this? Where’s that?”He added: “The tapes are of very little interest to me and the family, because the tapes are at the small end of where we’re going.“Where the family are going is.. is much deeper than that, so the tapes are only on the periphery.”Anglo Tapes: “No smoking gun” says Central Bank boss >Rewind: A look at what the Anglo Tapes have meant for Ireland >