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Virendra Sharma Mp Holds Meeting To Discuss Genocide In Sri Lanka With Local Tamil Community – The Sikh Times

[MISC, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:46 No Comment]

Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing Southall hosted a packed meeting for the local Tamil community at Dormers Wells High School on the 23rd April 2009.

 

The meeting was attended by over 300 members of the local Tamil community as well many other concerned members of the wider community.

 

Speakers at the event included, alongside Virendra Sharma MP, Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Sen Kandiah, Chair of Tamils for Labour and Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of the Labour Opposition on Ealing Council. The meeting also heard from Vaiko a prominent politician in Tamil Nadu, India and founder of the MDMK, via an international telephone link up.

 

The meeting provided an opportunity for Mr Sharma, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, alongside former chair Rt. Honourable Keith Vaz MP, to inform the local community of the tireless work and discussions they had been engaged in to bring an end to the current crisis.

 

It also allowed the local Tamil community to inform Mr Sharma about their own experiences as well as share their views on how best to create a permanent peace settlement.

Speaking at the event Mr Sharma praised the local Tamil community for their efforts to raise awareness of the humanitarian plight in Sri Lanka. 

 

Virendra Sharma said, ”I, as have many others, been witnessing the current events in Sri Lanka with great sadness. The plight of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka is heart wrenching and I cannot imagine the feelings of the Tamil community based here watching these events in their homeland. I know from my own meetings with the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Foreign Secretary David Miliband that they share this sadness and I can assure you that they too are working tirelessly to being about a permanent ceasefire.”

 

He added, “I have nothing but praise for the manner in which the community has come together to try and bring about a peaceful long term strategy for peace in Sri Lanka and I have been doing all I can to make sure this becomes a reality. We need an immediate permanent cease fire to stop the killing of innocent civilians. Food, water and medical supplies are desperately required to stop any further deaths. I hope to be holding more meetings with other local communities in the future to ensure that all voices in Ealing Southall are heard.”

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