The Sunday Leader

British Tamil Walks Into Geneva

By Faraz Shauketaly

Pic courtesy Chanaka Ratnaweera / Media Colombo

Gopi Sivanthan, the British Tamil Youth who started a protest walk from the British House of Commons (parliament) in London to the UN Headquartrs in Geneva was due to arrive there late on Thursday afternoon.
Gopi Sivanthan and his friends are due to be met by Tamil well wishers in Geneva. Arrangements have been made by various Tamil organisations to gather as many people as possible for impact purposes and to be on hand when Sivanthan enters the UN offices. He is expected to hand over a Personal memorandum and statements from various Tamil organisations addressed to the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki Moon.
Various pressure groups linked to the Tamil Diaspora all over the world are lobbying agencies including the United Nations, to carry out an investigation of the closing stages of the separatist war that went on for 30 years between the defeated LTTE and government of Sri Lanka forces. Referring to the Court Martial verdict against Sarath Fonseka (MP, DNA, Colombo) the retired former Army Commander, a spokeman for Global Tamil Forum, Suren Surendiran said that, “The Rajapaksa regime has time and again proven to the people of Sri Lanka and the world that they do not tolerate dissent from anyone.
Fonseka is no friend of  the Tamils but we wouldn’t even wish such degrading treatment on our enemies. Justice will prevail and one day the Rajapaksas brothers will have to answer to the people and the international community for all the crimes they have committed and committing. It is just a matter of time.”

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