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British High Commissioner summoned over David Miliband’s address to Tamil group

[Times Online UK, Thursday, 25 February 2010 12:11 One Comment]

Sri Lanka summoned the acting British High Commissioner in Colombo yesterday to protest over an address by David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, to a meeting of ethnic Tamil activists in the Houses of Parliament.

Rohitha Bogollagama, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, told a news conference that the Global Tamil Forum was an “umbrella organisaton” for the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were defeated last year.

He said that Mr Miliband’s presence at the group’s inaugural meeting appeared to indicate his support for its “separatist agenda” and was “inimical to the national interest of Sri Lanka”.

The forum denies advocating violence and says that it is campaigning for self-determination for Sri Lankan Tamils, and to bring to justice perpetrators of alleged war crimes during the 26-year civil war.

Mr Miliband made the opening address to the forum, calling for a peaceful political solution to the problems that caused the war.

The Tigers launched an armed struggle in 1983 to create an independent Tamil homeland to protect against discrimination by the Sinhalese ethnic majority.

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  • S Dewar said:

    Lets campaign for Elam in the UK.Why not?Elam in london will be nice!