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A Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora group said Sunday that it will support discussions for a political settlement on the island if the solution alters the structure of governance in the country.

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), which is seen by the Sri Lankan government as an organisation which promotes the ideologies of the Tamil Tiger rebels, said that Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka are entitled to the right to self-determination, reported Xinhua. In a statement emailed to the Sri Lankan and international media, the GTF which has offices in several countries but not in Sri Lanka, said that the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has not ended despite the end of the war nearly three years ago.The Sri Lankan government defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009 after 30 years of war but since then has initiated talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a key political party in Sri Lanka. However, the discussions which have failed to see the light of a final political solution despite pressure from India.

Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka Monday to push for progress on a political solution for the Tamils."The governance structure of the country should recognise that the Tamil speaking peoples are entitled to the right to self-determination and granting to them irreversible autonomy in the areas of historic habitation. We for our part will support the full implementation of such an arrangement if agreed upon, and urge the international community to encourage the Sri Lankan government to come up with such an acceptable political solution and ensure its genuine implementation," the GTF said in the statement sent to the media.

The GTF has been having discussions with representatives of foreign governments including the US and Britain, urging for a political solution in Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankan government, however, does not recognise any statement from the GTF and even boycotted an invitation to attend the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress in South Africa as the GTF was among the invitees. (Source: IANS)

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  • raj Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:08 PM

    Good one....

    Nodrog Monday, 16 January 2012 01:21 PM

    I don't China will like what you just said.

    Wara Monday, 16 January 2012 05:52 AM

    Get it from Canada.

    Silva Monday, 16 January 2012 06:00 AM

    All Sri Lankan should be consider as one nation. All pople should get equal status such as Singapore. Politic is main problem in the country and tey deviate people among ethenic group. Sri Lanka should be political free country and all are treated same manner by implementing proper law

    Coconut Donkey Monday, 16 January 2012 06:10 AM

    Leaving aside the legitimacy of the statement by the GTF, what reason have you given the Government to take you seriously? Did you actually expect your tactics to work?

    balu Monday, 16 January 2012 06:46 AM

    We are all Srilankans not tamils or sinhalese so do not create more trouble for us here as we live peacefully. you guys have no right to make such statements living as citizens of other countries & trying another gimmic to fool our people & collect money.

    Roshan Monday, 16 January 2012 06:40 AM

    Seams they still dont understand , that Sri Lanka is NOT Tamil nadu .

    Naresh Monday, 16 January 2012 06:53 AM

    Sri Lankan gov should consider this as a serious issue else no one can stop the US attack against sri lanka

    malu Monday, 16 January 2012 07:01 AM

    well said balu....we salute you..

    Champ Monday, 16 January 2012 07:15 AM

    Dream on Naresh.... !!!!!!

    Mifaz Monday, 16 January 2012 07:28 AM

    We can see how the majority is showing its racism by one comment

    Mifaz Monday, 16 January 2012 07:29 AM

    Then is it Singhala Nadu??

    kondebendapucheena Monday, 16 January 2012 07:57 AM

    We Are Sri Lankans

    PONSEKA Monday, 16 January 2012 07:51 AM

    pls..pls..Naresh... Tell Obama to not to do that..we are scared..

    Lanke Banda Monday, 16 January 2012 08:05 AM

    Very Very Scared no. Naresh Thambi can you give us shelter to escape these US Attacks.

    modaya Monday, 16 January 2012 08:25 AM

    he he heee

    im Monday, 16 January 2012 08:58 AM

    No. This is Sri Lanka. only Sri Lankans are allowed.

    BOOBEE Monday, 16 January 2012 09:01 AM

    Not any Nadu here brother...This is a land called LANKADEEPA where brave hearts live..

    Rashid Monday, 16 January 2012 09:13 AM

    No this is sri lanka, mother land of us

    patriot Monday, 16 January 2012 09:22 AM

    How dare you guys are asking equal rights GO AND LIVE CANADA OR AUSTRALIA then you will be treated at least equal by law.

    Repeat Offender Monday, 16 January 2012 09:35 AM

    Yeah right? Don't you think that the majority has also a right to express their opinion?

    kalu sudda Monday, 16 January 2012 10:00 AM

    Self determination for what? To get a hyphen?lol

    loku Monday, 16 January 2012 10:01 AM

    Nonsense!

    loku Monday, 16 January 2012 10:04 AM

    Why don't the Tamil and Sinhala diaspora leave their comfortable existence abroad and return to help solve these problems?

    Javi Monday, 16 January 2012 10:14 AM

    SL should be multi cultural, language, ethnic and religious country with equal rights public

    Wal Balla Monday, 16 January 2012 10:15 AM

    This is the height of cheek. Some foreigners telling the SL Government what it should do!!.


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