Tamils for Obama Asks British PM Cameron to Support Referendum in Sri Lanka

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In a letter, the US Tamil group Tamils for Obama asked Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron to support a referendum in Sri Lanka similar to the one recently held in Sudan.

Tamils for Obama recently sent a letter to David Cameron, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, in which they asked Great Britain to support a referendum in Sri Lanka similar to the one recently held in Sudan.

“The referendum in Sudan ended a long-running bloody civil war,” a spokesman for Tamils for Obama said. “It had the good result of creating the new country of South Sudan.”

The spokesman then went on: “The armed struggle in Ceylon has ended, but this has not brought safety and peace for the Island’s Tamil population. Some of us think safety and peace will never come so long as the Colombo government rules. We have been urging the US State Department to put its weight behind a referendum--like the one held in Sudan--that might lead to a safe and peaceful homeland for the Ceylonese Tamils.”

A delegation from Tamils for Obama was recently invited to the US State Department, where they met with several high-level US officials.

“We have had some success in getting the State Department to listen to our ideas,” said the spokesman. “Now, we hope to get Great Britain’s support.

“There has been a lot of talk in India--not just in Tamil Nadu--about supporting the referendum in Sri Lanka,” continued the spokesman. “After Britain, India is our next target.”

In the letter, Tamils for Obama noted that “recently, a referendum was conducted in Sudan which led to creation of the new country of South Sudan and the end of a long and harsh ethnic civil war.”

The letter went on: “Ceylon has also endured a long and harsh ethnic civil war that has not yet ended: the suffering of the Tamil population goes on. We believe that Ceylon can benefit from a similar referendum and outcome."

“We wrote to Prime Minister Cameron that ‘Great Britain is the admired spreader of democracy to South Asia. It is the head of the Commonwealth to which most of the countries of South Asia belong. We trust that Great Britain can be persuaded to support the referendum in Sri Lanka.’”

To read complete letter to PM Cameron, go to:

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.
Email: info(at)TamilsforObama(dot)com

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