New strategy of Tamil Separatists to deceive the International Community
Posted on April 24th, 2014

Mahinda Gunasekera

They are once again attempting to deceive the western powers into believing that the Tamil community of Sri Lanka were a recognized Nation sharing the island with the Sinhala Nation from the dawn of history, just as the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) claimed to deceive their own people at the time of passing the Vaddukkodai Resolution in 1976 seeking the north and east of Sri Lanka to establish a separate state for Tamils called “Eelam”.  By misrepresenting history and deceiving the western powers, they are hoping to win their support to hold an internationally mandated Referendum in the north and east of Sri Lanka which will also allow Tamil refugees living in South India and members of the expat Tamil community since domiciled in Canada, USA, UK, EU and other countries outside Sri Lanka to vote and decide on the creation of a new state out of the sovereign territory of Sri Lanka to form a separate Nation State for Tamils.

This is the same goal that they sought by funding their military wing under the leadership of the internationally designated terrorist group known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), aka the Tamil Tigers, which group resorted to every form of violence including suicide terrorism before being militarily defeated in May 2009.  What they failed to gain through armed combat, they are now hoping to deceive members of the international community into believing their invented history and helping them to rob nearly 1/3rd of the island’s land area and 2/3rd of the coastline and surrounding sea (territorial waters/economic zone) to create a separate country for Tamils numbering about 8.5 percent of the island’s population, and thereby depriving the rest of the Sri Lankan people numbering 91.5 percent the associated benefits that they have hitherto enjoyed from that region to be partitioned or separated which belonged equally to the Sri Lankan people from all the constituent communities including the Tamils who were equal owners as citizens of one country.

This request to the international community is going out mainly from groups who earlier were engaged in funding the armed insurrection carried on by the banned Tamil Tiger terrorists who are today appearing in the guise of Human Rights Champions, hoping to mislead the members of the international community into supporting their separatist cause aimed at breaking up the independent, sovereign state of Sri Lanka.

I am forwarding in attachment an article written by me on the subject of Tamil separatist claims which was sent to the academics who were invited to address the British Tamil Forums’s conference held in London, UK, in February 2014 for your perusal.

Mahinda Gunasekera
April 23, 2014

 

TAMIL GROUPS MEET IN TORONTO ON SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014

[TamilNet, Friday, 18 April 2014, 21:31 GMT]
In a move interpreted as a sharp response to Sri Lanka’s war on Tamil diaspora, more than 80 Tamil community organizations from across Canada have come together in an initiative to create a consensus outlining their collective position and guiding principles on Tamil struggle-centric engagement. The Tamil Assembly rejected the proscription of 16 Tamil diaspora organizations along with 424 individuals by the Government of Sri Lanka and said: The ongoing genocide of the Tamil nation is aided and abetted by institutions, governments, and bodies outside the purview of the Sri Lankan state structure, making them complicit in the ongoing genocide. These external actors have a responsibility to halt the ongoing genocide of the Tamil nation and guarantee the collective rights of the Tamils, the document said.
The General Assembly organizers said that the consensus document, prepared through a five-months process, was received as a timely move when it was presented to all the participating grassroots, community and political organisations in Canada at the confluence event held in the Toronto City Hall Council Chamber on Sunday April 13.
The document will also serve as the reference document on topics relevant and of importance to members of federal, provincial and municipal politics on the common position of the Eezham Tamils in Canada, they further said.

The current Sri Lankan constitution, especially the 6th amendment, prevents the representatives of the Tamil nation domiciled in the island from freely articulating the political aspirations of the Eelam Tamils, the document said.

“Any just solution for the Eelam Tamils cannot be confined to the existing parameters of the Sri Lankan constitution and must be based on the recognition of Eelam Tamils as a nation.”

“Any just solution for the Eelam Tamil nation will rightfully incorporate a just and equitable resolution on the question of the Muslim community and other communities in the Tamil homeland,” the document further said.

Extensive consultations were undertaken for five months leading up to the General Assembly to arrive at the points for consensus, the organisers said.

These consultations were with a wide spectrum of social, cultural and political based community organizations and their representatives.

Once the common message was drafted, the General Assembly convened to formally discuss and ratify the points for consensus.

“Tamil organizations engaged in this process to further strengthen the collective voice of the Tamil community in Canada and build a common ground for communicating this collective voice to interested parties who seek engagement with the community. They further committed to actively communicate, disseminate and promote the consensus reached at this General Assembly as the official position of the Tamil Community in Canada,” commented Professor Sri Ranjan, the chairperson for the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT).

The Assembly also saw the participation of elected officials from all levels of government who came to observe the proceedings and lend their support to Eezham Tamils in Canada.
The Assembly was unanimous in their adoption of all 34 points for consensus. The points are divided into sections discussing; historical context, international community responsibility, Canadian Government responsibility, the role of the Tamil diaspora, and the effects of proscribing Tamil community activism. They were drafted compiling recent and historical resolutions, motions and other documents the Tamil community in Canada has participated in before.

The General Assembly organizers will be in touch with the participant organizations and observers to cooperatively work together in advancing the interests of the Tamil community in Canada, professor Sri Ranjan said.

The consensus document is to be officially released in the coming week to the public and used in the future for the purposes of strengthening the political and community interests of Eezham Tamils in their homeland, in Canada and elsewhere.
Below are the 34 points adopted as the official position of the Tamil Community in Canada at the Tamil Community General Assembly:

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Historical Context:

  1. The Eelam Tamils are a nation in the island called Ceylon since the times of the earliest known documentary and archaeological evidences, culminating in having their historically and geographically defined homeland, distinct language, culture and collective consciousness.
  2. They temporarily lost their sovereignty to Portuguese (1505) colonial conquest, followed by the Dutch (1656) and the British (1818) and did not regain it at the end of the European colonialism in 1948.
  3. They have a continued history of democratically struggling to share their sovereignty with the Sinhala nation for 30 years since the independence of Ceylon, the failure of which culminated in the historic Vaddukkodai Resolution of 1976, which was endorsed by a mandate of the Eelam Tamil nation in the 1977 parliamentary general elections.
  4. The abject failure of the non-violent and peaceful democratic struggle (1948-1983), due to state oppression and state-aided pogroms against unarmed Tamil civilians, led to another 30 years of militant struggle which culminated in Eelam Tamils earning their sovereignty in a de facto state that was tacitly recognized in an internationally-recognized Peace Accord in 2002.
  5. The Tamil political body identified by the de facto state winning the elections in 2004 shows the endorsement of Eelam Tamils to the de facto state that came into being by earned sovereignty.
  6. Tipping the balance against the de facto state which led to war crimes and on-going genocide is now indirectly acknowledged by the UN’s internal review panel report (Petrie Report) and Norway’s evaluation report of the peace process.
  7. Under the guise of a “post-conflict reconciliation” charade, Sri Lanka is continuing a systematic and accelerated process of genocide in the militarily occupied Tamil homeland in the North and East of the island.
  8. Women and children are the most vulnerable in the context of military occupation and an ongoing genocide. Documented evidence reveals widespread and systematic rape of Tamil women as part of the collective genocidal policy of the Sri Lankan state.
  9. The current ground realities in the Tamil homeland, include heavy militarization, accelerated State-aided Sinhala colonization, and structural abuse of Eelam Tamils, all targeted to destroy the identity of the Tamil nation and the territorial contiguity of the Tamil homeland.
  10. The current Sri Lankan constitution, especially the 6th amendment, prevents the representatives of the Tamil nation domiciled in the island from freely articulating the political aspirations of the Eelam Tamils.
  11. Any just solution for the Eelam Tamils cannot be confined to the existing parameters of the Sri Lankan constitution and must be based on the recognition of Eelam Tamils as a nation.
  12. Any just solution for the Eelam Tamil nation will rightfully incorporate a just and equitable resolution on the question of the Muslim community and other communities in the Tamil homeland.

    Responsibility of the international community to guarantee justice to Eelam Tamils:

  13. Following the United Nations Internal Review, the Secretary General of the United Nations accepted the United Nation’s failure to protect the Tamil people in the island.
  14. The international community must recognize and guarantee the collective rights of the Tamil nation. Such a guarantee must be considered only on the acknowledgement of the Eelam Tamils as a nation, with their distinct territoriality in the North and East of the island.
  15. There needs to be an immediate and complete removal of the Sri Lankan military and security forces from the Tamil homeland, including the disarming of the paramilitaries.
  16. The United Nations has the responsibility of maintaining a local presence in assisting the Tamils of the North and East to sustain their livelihood in the face of genocide. The removal of impartial international aid organizations from the North and East makes it easier for the Sri Lankan military to forcibly acquire Tamil-owned lands.
  17. Any internal mechanism by the Sri Lankan state like the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to address the systemic injustices meted out to the Tamils is fundamentally flawed, and only an independent international investigation into the charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, as espoused in the 2010/2013 Permanent People’s Tribunal’s findings, can bring justice to the victims.
  18. Despite efforts to address issues of truth, accountability and justice in Sri Lanka, the international community has not yet expressed a political will to pursue an international investigation in the spirit of finding a solution to the national question of Eelam Tamils. Limiting the scope of any potential inquiry to just war crimes could result only in a regime change, with investigations not having the authority to hold all those culpable to account. An investigation into the crime of genocide would be most likely to create the environment conducive for genuine justice and accountability.

    The Permanent People’s Tribunal has concluded that Sri Lanka is guilty of Genocide for the following reasons:

(a) Killing members of the group, which includes massacres, indiscriminate shelling, the strategy of herding civilians into so called “No Fire Zones” for the purpose of massive killings, targeted assassinations of outspoken Eelam Tamil civil leaders who were capable of articulating the Sri Lankan genocide project to the outside world.

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, including acts of torture, inhumane or degrading treatment, sexual violence including rape, interrogations combined with beatings, threats of death, and harm that damages health or causes disfigurement or injury.

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, including expulsions of the victims from their homes, seizures of private lands, declaring vast areas as military High Security Zone (HSZ) to facilitate the military acquisition of Tamil land.

Further, the Tribunal considered evidence related to;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group including forced sterilization and coerced contraception of Eelam Tamil women. Further investigation is required on the extent of this practice in other regions before a determination is made on whether these could be considered genocidal acts.

  1. There is an immediate need for an internationally supported transitional administration to halt the ongoing genocide of Eelam Tamils.
  2. The provincial councils are not a solution to the political aspirations of Tamils. The recent provincial council elections displayed the rejection from the Tamil people to be ruled by the Colombo regime. The Tamil people voted for the de-militarization of the North and East, the preservation of the territorial contiguity of the Tamil homeland, the right to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil liberation struggle, and a political solution not compromising their inalienable right to self-determination. Further, Sri Lanka is a unitary state structure; the executive powers are with the President. The President, through their appointed Governor can revoke any decisions or powers of the provincial council.
  3. To provide the political space for Eelam Tamils to express their political aspirations, an internationally monitored referendum should be conducted among Eelam Tamils of North and East descent in the island of Sri Lanka, in the diaspora and among the refugees in India and elsewhere, to arrive at a just political solution.
  4. A referendum has been used historically to determine the political will of many nations. The Tamils in the homeland cannot articulate their real political aspirations without the 6th amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution being repealed. The Tamil diaspora and refugees in Tamil Nadu, who are also part of the Tamil nation, is the only people who can advance the claim for a referendum without fear of persecution. Until the Sri Lankan government repeals the 6th amendment Eelam Tamils under occupation cannot freely express their political aspirations. A referendum provides the Tamil Nation with a mechanism for them to exercise their inalienable right to choose their own political destiny.
  5. The ongoing genocide of the Tamil nation is aided and abetted by institutions, governments, and bodies outside the purview of the Sri Lankan state structure, making them complicit in the ongoing genocide. These external actors have a responsibility to halt the ongoing genocide of the Tamil nation and guarantee the collective rights of the Tamils.

    The responsibility of the Tamil diaspora: 

  6. To be the political voice for Tamils in the homeland who are denied the fundamental right to freely articulate their political aspirations due to the 6th amendment and the absence of a safe political space.
  7. To continue assisting Tamils in the homeland sustain their existence in the face of genocide. The diaspora continues their assistance through various grassroots non-governmental organizations, charities, temples, village associations and school associations.

    Acknowledging the efforts made by the Canadian government towards truth, accountability and justice in Sri Lanka, the Tamil community urges the Canadian government to pursue the following as productive next steps: 

  8. Acknowledge that any internal mechanism by the Sri Lankan state to address the systemic injustices meted out to the Tamils is fundamentally flawed.
  9. Actively call for the establishment of an independent, international, and impartial investigation into the charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes to ensure truth, accountability and justice in Sri Lanka.
  10. Pursue alternative strategies such as diplomatic and economic sanctions as well as travel restrictions for Government of Sri Lanka officials.
  11. Acknowledge that only a political solution based on the recognition of the Tamil people as a nation with the right to self-determination can result in justice and accountability.
  12. Support the call from the Tamil community for a transitional administration and an internationally monitored referendum on the national question of Eelam Tamils.
  13. Acknowledge that despite the armed conflict ending in 2009, the threat of persecution remains a reality for Tamils in the island. This should be weighted heavily in claimants’ case proceedings regarding political asylum and refugee status.

    The Tamil community’s expectations from Canadian municipalities and provinces: 

  14. To continue the cooperative relationship between Canadian municipalities and provinces to further strengthen the support structures for the Tamil community across Canada in areas of social, cultural and economic development.

    The effects of proscribing Tamil community activism: 

  15. The Tamil community rejects the proscription of 16 Tamil diaspora organizations along with 424 individuals by the Government of Sri Lanka. The list of organizations includes the National Council of Canadian Tamils, Tamil Youth Organization, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam and the Canadian Tamil Congress. This serves as a preventative measure for the Tamil diaspora to continue campaigning for the right to self-determination of the Tamil nation. This reactionary measure adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka reflects its lack of commitment towards genuine truth, accountability and justice.
  16. The proscription of Tamil diaspora organizations and individuals by the Sri Lankan government is an attempt to weaken the campaign for a just political solution for Eelam Tamils. This decision draws its lineage from the proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which has had consequential effects on the lives of Tamil Canadians in their social, cultural and political spheres. The discourse of terrorism continues to be used to deny, suppress and intimidate Tamil Canadians against confidently exercising their constitutional rights. Further, it prevents human rights campaigners from building international support to stop the genocide of the Eelam Tamil nation.

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7 Responses to “New strategy of Tamil Separatists to deceive the International Community”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    MOST of these groups are headed by TERRORISTS (424 terrorists and 16 terrorist organizations).

    The first step to SAVE SL from this menace is to SCRAP 13 amendment.

    As long as TAMIL remains an OFFICIAL LANGUAGE in SL Tamils AROUND THE WORLD will see SL as their NESTING place for a homeland.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Jeya woman gives 5 rupees food to win votes!!

    “Every morning, at 3am, the kitchens round the back of the Rajiv Gandhi government general hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai come to life. Forty cooks light the gas cookers and start sorting 185kg of rice.

    At 7am the first of the 4,000 daily customers surge in. Porters, rickshaw drivers, nurses, patients, students, bureaucrats, doctors and itinerant holy men all stand to eat their heavily subsidised meals, priced at no more than 5 rupees (5p) and eaten at ferocious speed with fingers from tin plates.

    Everyone, cooks and consumers alike, knows who to thank for their almost free meal: Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state.”

    -thehindu

  3. Sooriarachi Says:

    At the Time Sri Lanka gained independence, the Tamil community did not speak about a separate nation, as they never had one on Sri Lankan soil. Instead they asked for 50% share of everything, though they were still a minority of about 5%, even after decades of migration into Sri Lanka from Tamilnadu, during colonial rule. Nor did they ever battle the colonial powers to gain independence for such a mythical Tamil nation, when Sri Lanka’s history is dotted with many rebellions against the occupiers by the native Sinhalese. These battles were against all invaders including South Indian Tamils, Portyguese, Dutch and the British. The British as well as the Portuguese and Dutch knew enough about the history of Sri Lanka and the region and dealt only with the Sri Lankan regime, which consisted of an overwhelming majority of native Sinhalese people ruled by Sinhalese leaders and as I understand, these colonial powers rejected even the demand for 50% of everything put forward by the Tamils. This being the case, how on earth do they now claim having had a separate nation, with absolutely nothing to substantiate their claims? Sri Lanka today is the homeland of all its citizens, the Burgers, Malays, Muslims, Tamils, Sinhalese and others and they should live amicably for the benefit of all concerned, and for the well being of future generations. Life is too short to waste on man made conflicts.

  4. Sooriarachi Says:

    To start with, the name “elam” itself was the old South Indian Tamil term, referring to Sri Lanka as the “Land of the Sinhalese”.
    Today, just a minority within the Tamil migrants made up of, legal immigrants, Illicit immigrants and labour imported to work on Tobacco plantations in the North, are trying to invent a brand new nation called “Tamil Elam”. There is absolutely no evidence to indicate a semblance of such a nation within Sri Lankan soil, a nation built over thousands of years by the Sinhala speaking natives, who were subsequently joined by new migrants, the Burgers, Malays, Muslims and Tamils, the majority of whom are not involved in this Tamil separatist conspiracy of misleading the international community to believe in this mythical state called elam.

    As for the so called ‘Permanent People’s Tribunal’, and going by their conclusions, they got to be a bunch of jokers, not the least interested in Sri Lanka’s welfare, who must have been high on drugs and hallucinating uncontrollably to come out with their laughable conclusions, recorded in the above article. Like a British Lord mentioned recently during a debate on the Sri Lankan conflict, the only genocide that took place in Sri Lanka was the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil Tiger terrorists. Yes, the clear proof of genocide of non-Tamils by the Tamil separatists is the fact that the once multiethnic Northern Province, which in fact had a majority Sinhalese population prior to the arrival of Colonial masters, was converted to an almost a hundred percent mono-ethnic Tamil population, by the time the terrorists were defeated in 2009, after three decades of conflict, whilst the rest of the country is populated with all ethnic communities living as equals.

  5. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Pacha People destorying the Tamil race in Sri Lanka. While they fighting the
    Sinhalese and the government, mossies bred and bred, got into the government,
    got ministerial posts, deputy ministerial posts etc. etc and made east mossies.
    Now they are making the north west mossies by distributing government land to mossies.

    All thanks to traitor diaspora and Traitors National Alliance (TNA), Unpatriotic Party (UNP)
    etc. who never supported the government and let mossies rule the country. In another
    few years Tamils and Sinhalese will be minorities in Sri Lanka. Carry on destroy the Tamil race
    in Sri Lanka.

    Do these tratior diaspora and Traitors National Alliance (TNA) know
    iran, afganisthan, pakisthan, maldives, indonesia, malaysia used to be Buddhist countries
    a few hundred years ago. They outbred and outnumbered!

    Traitors, go on, destroy the Tamil race and Sinhalese race from Sri Lanka.
    About your ancient Tamil kingdom of Ealam in Sri Lanka. Nobody has ever seen
    any remains of the buildings, like in Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa. It is all a myth.
    It exists only in books. Grow up. Your ancestors migrated from south india, and settle down
    mainly in the north. Then in the 60s, when there was a famine in south india a lot of them came.
    Those days nobody heard about visas. They just settled in the coastal belts, and swelled the numbers.
    It is like you settled down in countries (developed only) to avoid hitler prabakaran. In few hundred
    years there will be a lot more descendants on those countries.

    You fled Sri Lanka to avoid conscription by hitler prabakaran
    and claimed you were fleeing the government forces to make it more legitimate. Sri Lankan forces
    killed only Tamil terrorists, unlike the IPKF.

    At least now
    save your fellow Tamils who suffered so much under your ‘saviour’, hitler prabakaran.
    Save the Tamil race in Sri Lanka. Support the government and get rid of the mossies.
    Or at least leave Sri Lanka alone. Be grateful to the country who gave you FREE EDUCATION,
    FREE MED. to become what you are today. Even the World’s richest country won’t give free education to
    its citizens. But we did. We don’t ask you to pay back. Just leave us alone.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Sampanthan is a Bloody TRAITOR … lying through his teeth …. trying to ABSOLVE HIMSELF of responsibility for COLLUSION in the attempt to REVIVE the LTTE insurgency.

    Ordinary Tamils may oppose return to violence, but the TNA under his Leadership, aiding and abetting Eelamist rebellion, DOES NOT.

    COLLECT the EVIDENCE, CHARGE HIM with TREASON, PUNISHABLE by DEATH!

    …………………
    Sampanthan breaks silence over deaths of rebel suspects and says – Tamils oppose return to violence

    By Nation.lk
    April 27, 2014

    Breaking TNA’s silence over deaths of three LTTE suspects in Nedunkarni, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said Saturday (April 26) that the Tamil population in the country was opposed to returning to violence.

    In an interview with ‘The Nation’, MP Sampanthan stated that he was unaware as to whether the LTTE was in fact regrouping in Sri Lanka, but added that the Government should take action if there was anything illegal happening.
    This is the first time the Tamil National Alliance made its position clear about alleged resurgence of the LTTE in the North and illegal activities of some ex-LTTE members.

    “There were reports of a clash. Whether in fact a clash occurred, I do not know. There is a view amongst the Tamil people in particular and also shared by others, that the government is overreacting to the resolution in Geneva. That the government is trying to intimidate the Tamil civilian population, who could provide vital evidence in regard to the matters contained in the resolution, into silence, and that some of these events have been orchestrated with that purpose,” Sampanthan said.

    He added that he was generally of the view that the Tamil population was opposed to any form of violence.
    When asked about arrests of LTTE suspects in the North, Sampanthan said he was not aware of any arrests and he was not aware of any incidents.

    “What I’m saying is that there is a view that these incidents could have been orchestrated because the Government is overreacting to the resolution passed in Geneva. I’m not a witness to any of those things. And as far as I’m concerned, The Tamil civilian population doesn’t want to return to any violence,” Sampanthan said.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Interpol issues Red Notice on LTTE operative in Norway

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Apr 26, Colombo: INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice for the arrest of Perinpanayagam Sivaparan, alias Nediyavan, who is believed to be the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in Norway.

    He was listed in the Interpol Red Notice as Siwaparan, Perinbanayagam, 37 years old, and wanted by the judicial authorities of Sri Lanka for prosecution / to serve a sentence.

    Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana has confirmed to media that a Red Notice has been issued for the arrest of Nediyavan. The arrest warrant has been entered into the Interpol database and appears on the Interpol web site.

    Sri Lanka police earlier this month obtained Interpol Red Notices on 40 suspected LTTE operatives active in foreign countries.

    Two of the Red Notices were for Nediyavan who is believed to be in Oslo and Vinayagam, who is living in France.

    Investigations have revealed that the three LTTE operatives, who were recently killed in a clash with the army in the North, were functioning under the instructions of Nediyavan and Vinayagam who were preparing the ground for another armed struggle.

    The government on April 01 banned the LTTE and 15 other Tamil diaspora groups and some 430 individuals alleged of having terror links and involved in reviving the terrorist movement in the country.

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