Tamil group opposes war, violence
From Neville de Silva in London
A new Tamil organisation, Tamil Forum for Peace (TFfP) has announced
the launch of a campaign against war and the escalation of violence
in Sri Lanka.
The organisation is due to begin its camapaign with a meeting in
London, one day after Sri Lanka's independence anniversary.
TFfP says its aims are to campaign for peace and a viable democratic
political solution in Sri Lanka with justice and human rights. Its
formation has been prompted by the rapid deteriorating security
situation and the impending war. It expressly wishes to give voice
to those sections of the Tamil diaspora which are opposed to the
escalation of armed conflict, armed violence against civilians,
political killings, forced child soldier conscriptions, torture,
detention and disappearances.
Forum urges the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE to resume peace
talks with a serious intent of achieving a permanent political solution,”
Meanwhile the pan-European Tamil Democratic Congress (TDC), though
welcoming the Norwegian efforts to move forward the peace process
has expressed serious concerns over LTTE frontliner Anton Balasingham's
participation in any new negotiations.
is considered a major impediment to peace as his efforts representing
the LTTE since the Thimpu peace talks have proved an obstacle to
achieving peace, the TDC said.
speech at the LTTE's annual Heroes' Day celebrations recently confirms
his inability to consider matters seriously. We wish to assert that
Mr. Balasingham does not have the mandate to discuss on behalf of
the cross section of the Tamil people and his engagement must be
limited to represent the LTTE to relieve the current impasse in
furthering peace efforts,” it said.
TDC said that the LTTE must give “substantial commitment that
it will not use terror as its means to achieve an objective during
peace time. The LTTE during peace time has imposed its will by violent
and coercive means and two members of the TDC were victims of LTTE
highhandedness and excesses in the Wanni recently”.
Congress said that the Tamil National Alliance parliamentary candidates’
participation must form part of the LTTE in any peace talks as they
do not have the moral authority to represent the Tamils independently.