Tamils for Obama to Jayalalithaa, Clinton: The Referendum worked in Sudan; Let’s push for one in Sri Lanka

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Hillary Clinton will be making the first ever visit of a US Secretary of State to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and Tamils for Obama makes some suggestions about what Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalithaa should say to her when they chat. The American Tamil group recommends that the two leaders endorse the UN Panel of Experts Report and its recommendations. They also suggest that Clinton and Jayalalithaa push for an internationally supervised referendum in the North and East of Sri Lanka like the one recently held in southern Sudan, which resulted in the world’s newest state.

“This is the first time that an American Secretary of State has set foot in Chennai,” said a spokesman for the American political group Tamils for Obama, “and we want Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to make good use of this opportunity.”

Secretary Clinton will be making the first ever visit by a US Secretary of State to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and Tamils for Obama, in a letter to Ms. Jayalalithaa urged the two powerful women leaders endorse the UN Panel of Experts’ Report and its recommendations, which call for an international investigation into reports of war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government. It also urges support for an internationally supervised referendum in North and East of Sri Lanka like the one recently held in south Sudan which resulted in the world’s newest state.

The letter states “These are matters having to do with the appallingly bad situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka. We want you to urge Secretary Clinton to energetically support the UN Panel of Experts Report and its recommendation for international investigation into war crimes committed during the Sri Lankan civil war.”

The letter goes on “We also urge that you and Secretary Clinton take steps toward a referendum in northeastern Sri Lanka similar to the referendum held recently in southern Sudan. That referendum in Sudan resulted in the world’s newest independent state and ended a decades-long period of violent oppression by the ethnically dissimilar, politically dominant northerners. We consider this a democratic and admirable action, and we hope that such a referendum in northeastern Sri Lanka could have a comparably desirable result.”

The letter ends “We at Tamils for Obama have always admired you, and we hope that you can apply them in the matter of northeastern Sri Lanka and perhaps persuade Secretary Clinton to follow along.”

The Tamils for Obama spokesman added “We are collecting signatures for a world-wide petition calling for a referendum in northeastern Sri Lanka just like the one we hope Clinton and Jeyalalithaa will endorse. We will give the link to the petition at the end of this release.”

To read and sign the petition go to: http://www.tamilsforobama.com/Referendum2011/english.asp

To read the whole letter go to: http://www.Tamilsforobama.com/letters/Clinton_Jeya.html

To read the press release in Tamil go to: http://www.tamilsforobama.com/letters/Clinton_Jeya_tamil.html

Tamils for Obama is a politically active group of Tamil Americans. We supported Hillary Clinton and then Barack Obama in the Democratic primary and US general election in 2008. We believe that over 70,000 Tamil civilians were massacred during the last weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war. We have watched the behavior of the Sri Lankan Singhalese victors after the war, and we strongly conclude that Tamils in Sri Lanka will only be safe when this unfortunate island is divided into two states.

To contact the group, call at (617) 765-4394 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.

http://www.TamilsForObama.com
Email: info(at)TamilsforObama(dot)com

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