Tamils for Obama to PM Harper: Thanks for What You Have Done, and for the Referendum That We Hope You Will Initiate

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Canadian PM Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth leaders meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka last year, which led to a number of good things. Tamils for Obama hopes for more good things (specifically, support for a referendum on independence in northeastern Sri Lanka) from the Canadian leader.

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"We are grateful for Harper's heart and guts," said the press spokesman for Tamils for Obama. "He acts on his principles, and his actions bring results. We wish the world's other leaders were more like him."

Tamils for Obama wrote a letter to Canadian PM Stephen Harper in early September praising him for his leadership at the Commonwealth leaders meeting last year in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The letter suggests that the numerous and active Tamil Canadian community would see and respond to Harper's actions.

The letter began "You showed leadership and vision in boycotting the 2013 gathering of Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo.

"Following your lead (we conclude) British Prime Minister David Cameron went to the Tamils' capital of Jaffna to speak to the Tamils and to hear of their suffering and sorrow. After his visit to Jaffna, PM Cameron promised the Tamils and the world that he would support an international investigation into Sri Lankan war crimes during and after the ethnic war."

"We are grateful for Harper's heart and guts," said the press spokesman for Tamils for Obama. "He acts on his principles, and his actions bring results. We wish the world's other leaders were more like him."

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution on March 17th that they would conduct an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government during the ethnic war in that country.

"We are confident that the UNHRC resolution was the result of Harper's leadership," said the spokesman. "Even though the US introduced the resolution, we think that Harper may have started the ball rolling and then America gave it a hard kick."

The letter to Harper continued "We are grateful and appreciative of your courage and strength, and we are certain that the many Tamil Canadians are grateful also. The previous Canadian government gave vocal support to the Tamils but then did nothing.

"You talked the talk and then walked the walk. We think that the Tamil Canadians noticed, and will show their appreciation in the future.

"We hope that you will continue to support the international investigation into Sri Lankan war crimes, and that you will initiate a referendum on self-government in the Tamil-inhabited northeast of Sri Lanka."

At the end of the letter, Tamils for Obama explained that a referendum on the future of the Tamils in the northeast of Sri Lanka will be necessary. "The answer to all of the Tamils most serious problems seems to us to be an independent and self-protecting Tamil Eelam in Northeastern Sri Lanka. If the Tamil-inhabited provinces continue to be ruled by Colombo, all of these problems will continue into the future for as far as we can see. If an independent Tamil Eelam exists, we Tamils will be able to protect ourselves and solve our own problems. Everything rests on separation of the northeast provinces from the rest of Sri Lanka. We are for this separation, and we hope that you will help us achieve it. Your voice might turn out to be crucial in convincing the world that an independent Tamil Eelam is just and necessary."

Tamils for Obama is a politically active group of Tamil Americans. They believe that over 70,000 Tamil civilians were massacred during the last weeks of the Sri Lankan ethnic war. They have also watched the behavior of the Sri Lankan Sinhalese victors after the war, and 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 (516) 308-2645 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.

Email: info(at)TamilsforObama(dot)com

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