The Sunday Leader

Former UN official to support calls for referendum in Sri Lanka

Adrianus (Ad) Melkert, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Dutch cabinet minister is joining an event to launch a campaign calling for a referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka. This event titled “Yes to Referendum” is to be held in Canada today (April 15th).

This launch will be followed by several activities around the world, highlighting the importance of holding a Referendum to decide Tamils’ political destiny – thus finding a permanent solution to the protracted Tamil conflict in the island.

The event organised by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) said that outcome of the referendum will be accepted.

At the same time, the TGTE believes that due to the rigid Sinhala Buddhist ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lankan State, only through independence can Tamils live peacefully and with dignity in the island of Sri Lanka. Mass killings of Tamils in 1958, 1977, 1983 and 2009 in Mullivaikkal, and the latest reports of rape camps of Tamil women run by the Sri Lankan military, are a testament to this belief and conviction.

TGTE pointed out that several protracted and violent conflicts around the world were successfully solved through holding referendums.

6 Comments for “Former UN official to support calls for referendum in Sri Lanka”

  1. kudson

    where was the UN in the final phase of the war when genocide was committed

  2. Maha sangara

    very true

  3. TGTE should understand one think clear that the Tamils living in Srilanka are happy today. We all remember how the LTTE terrorists destroyed the Tamils in the name of freedom. LTTE’s concept at the beginning was correct. As soon as they started earning big money from diasporas they controlled the Tamils as slaves. Yes, I do agree certain state armed forces committed war crimes. Compared with what LTTE did to both Tamils and Sinhala people, it was nothing. TGTE should allow the Tamils living in Srilanka to decide their future. The reconciliation process will take time and let the Tamil political parties deal it with the government. It will take few more years. As long as Mahinda, Gota, Wimal, Udaya and that little brainless Namal are in politics I know there will be no reconciliation. The Sinhala people will chase these out of politics sooner rather than later.

    • Maha sangara

      You are saying tamil people who are looking for their missing relatives are very happy ?

  4. Eng.M.V.R.Perera

    is this the might of the minorities over the majority who want a Sri Lankan Identity compared to the minorities who want a communal identity

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