Sri Lanka Smear Campaign Against Tamil Diaspora is to Divert Attention from War Crimes Investigation: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today rejected Sri Lankan Ambassador Ravinath Ariyasingha’s smear statement against Tamil Diaspora and said that this is a desperate attempt by the Sri Lankan Government to divert attention from war crimes investigation. Sri Lankan government is getting cold feet about the upcoming UN panel’s report on war crimes. It is important that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon make public the findings of the UN Panel’s report.

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today rejected Sri Lankan Ambassador Ravinath Ariyasingha’s statement against the Tamil Diaspora to officials of the European Union (EU)--he called it a "smear statement"--under what he described as the ill-conceived title, ‘Thwarting LTTE’s designs in Europe’.

“This is a desperate attempt by the Sri Lankan government to divert attention from the international investigation into allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and Genocide perpetrated by Sri Lanka” said TGTE’s Foreign Minister Thayaparan Thanikasalam. “The Sri Lankan Government is getting nervous about the upcoming UN Panel’s report on war crimes."

He added "We feel it is important that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon make public the findings of the UN Panel’s report.”

Recently Sri Lankan Prime Minister D M Jayaratne, in order to extend Sri Lanka’s repulsive emergency regulations, alleged that rebel fighters were being trained in India. The Indian government strongly denied this allegation. "Having been rebuffed by India on the allegations, Sri Lanka through its diplomatic missions turned to Europe to continue its false propaganda against largely peace loving, law-abiding members of the Tamil Diaspora," said Thayaparan.

The TGTE sees Tamil people living in the island of Sri Lanka and outside as one entity, both integral parts of the Tamil Nation. The TGTE espouses the belief that as long as the Tamils living in the island do not have the political space to fully articulate their political aspirations, the Tamil Diaspora living around the world have to undertake that task. One of the core principles upon which the TGTE functions is that it will not violate any laws of the host countries.

Contrary to the rosy picture painted by the Sri Lankan government through its diplomatic missions, the people in the NorthEast in the island are living under military occupation engulfed by fear where murder, torture, rape, forced disappearances including forced prostitution are rampant. Amnesty International, the International Crisis Group and Human Rights Watch have consistently exposed the abysmal failures of the Sri Lankan government, expressing doubt in the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and not holding any hope for political reforms to ever materialize.

While the Sri Lankan government engages in diversionary tactics, the TGTE urges caution, asking the European Union to give heed to TGTE’s Ms Sri Sajeetha Sivarajah’s call at the 16th session of UN Human Rights Council. Ms Sivarajah quoted the former Secretary General Kofi Annan who advised the “international community of the possibility of Genocide occurring when there is a conflict between different ethnicities.” Stating the example of Sri Lanka, Ms Sivarajah said that “the armed conflict involving racist regimes have not been adequately addressed even when there have been repeated military operations against the civilian population.” Citing “the Tamil civilian population in Sri Lanka as a major example where there were repeated targeting of the civilian population and civilian facilities,” she expressed regret that “the UN was silent.” She said “in contrast to UN action in Libya, the UN did not act to protect Tamil civilians in the final weeks of the conflict even when UN spokesman Gordon Weiss considered Tamil civilian casualties to be 40,000, some estimating it to be 100,000."

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected body of the Tamil Diaspora from the island of Sri Lanka. TGTE held elections in 12 countries to elect Members of Parliament. The Parliament drafted and ratified its Constitution, elected a Prime Minister, a Speaker, and a 10 member Cabinet. TGTE is committed to establishing an independent, sovereign state of Tamil Eelam through secular, democratic, non-violent, transparent and diplomatic means. Tamils in 1977 overwhelmingly voted to create an independent Tamil country called Tamil Eelam.

To read the press release in Tamil go to:
http://www.tgte-us.org/letters/Tamil_Ariasighe_Press_Release_April_07_2011.html

For further information contact: Political and Foreign Affairs Minister, Thayaparan Thanikasalam : t.thayaparan(at)tgte(dot)org Phone: +4477-1155-8123

Visit us at http://www.TGTE-US.org

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