TNA and GTF hold dialogue in London

DiasporaIssuing a joint press statement on 08 June 2015, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran and Suren Surendiran of the GTF noted that the need for constructive engagement by the Sri Lankan Diaspora was discussed, including the needs of displaced people

TNA and GTF press statement:

Confidence Building Measures in Sri Lanka

“The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) continued their informal dialogue over the last two days in London with various stakeholders to enhance confidence building measures between all communities within and outside Sri Lanka. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mangala Samaraweera was also present.

“The need for constructive engagement by the Sri Lankan Diaspora was discussed, including the needs of displaced people. It was agreed that a further meeting will be called to present the requirements to various High Commissioners and Ambassadors based in Sri Lanka, with the aim to raise funds for housing of over two thousand families in these newly released lands.

“The release of prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in the light of the review by the Ministry of Justice was also discussed. The TNA and the GTF further raised the issue of listing of Diaspora organisations and individuals by the previous Government.

“Ideas of ways in which the Sri Lankan Diaspora could assist by bringing its exceptional capacity and capabilities were explored.”

M. A. Sumanthiran, Member of Parliament, Tamil National Alliance

 Suren Surendiran, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Global Tamil Forum

Meanwhile, NFF spokesman former Mohammed Muzammil said Minister Samaraweera had held talks with the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) banned by the previous government for national security reasons. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera holding talks with organisations banned by the government was endangering national security  Muzammil said.

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