A meeting of the diaspora with a group of cross-party parliamentarians of the genocidal regime in Colombo is hosted in London on Saturday to discuss the recommendations the group has presented to the Colombo government and political parties after its earlier meeting with the diaspora in London in last December. The report lamenting lack of highlight on the positive actions of the Colombo regime, recommends for a diaspora ministry or department in Colombo. The report confines preservation of Tamil identity to local administration mechanism and demilitarisation only to the level of allowing day-to-day activity of Tamil civilians. The recommendations were envisaging foreign investments besides urging implementation of the LLRC recommendations.
The ‘grand victory’ day celebrated yearly by Sri Lanka after the war is not a victory of Sinhalese over Tamils. It is a ‘Day of National Remembrance’, the recommendation said, adding that many Tamils have missed the point in the speech of Rajapaksa after the war.
“A cross-party section of young Sri Lankan politicians from the United National Party (UNP), Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) and young civil society actors from north and south, including TNA and the diaspora,” had participated the meeting in London in last December, to come out with these recommendations for further discussions now, the hosts in London said.
Tamil Information Centre in UK that has hosted the December meeting is also hosting the discussions on the recommendations on Saturday.
But the actual sponsor of the move is a UK-based International peace-building NGO, informed circles said.
The NGO that was born 26 years ago with its involvement in the island of Sri Lanka has now expanded its operations in Africa, several parts of Asia, the South Caucasus, the Middle East and Latin America.
The main funding agencies of this NGO are the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK, various international development agencies of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Sweden, European Commission, and the Foreign Ministries of Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland and Switzerland.
Last Saturday, genocidal Colombo’s spokesperson and minister, Keheliya Rambukwela, confidently announced that the regime “was making headway in its dialogue with the Tamil diaspora.”
None of the mandated diaspora bodies has plans to talk to Rajapaksa without agreement on certain fundamentals, was the response of some articulating diaspora activists.
Vigilant sections of diaspora activists have long been urging the diaspora to have more faith in people’s movements and mass struggle in collaboration with similarly affected nations in the world.
They have also been cautioning the diaspora on the futility of a polity depending on funding agencies, foundations and institutions of the West that led Eezham Tamils to the genocide and continue to lead them to accept subjugation and annihilation of their nation.
PDF: SL group recommendations for discussions in London
The document of ‘recommendations’ coming from the SL parliamentarians seeking diaspora dialogue, an outcome of nearly a year-long deliberations funded by the Western agencies, especially the British ones, is given herewith in pdf. It is self-explanatory on the vantage from which the funding agencies encourage dialogue and the vulnerability of those who work with the funds.
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