Right to self-determination fundamental for all communities says GTF

DiasporaThe Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson, in an interview with Ceylon Today, said that the organisation had always stood for a political settlement for the Tamil national question and stressed that self-determination is a fundamental right for all communities.

Calling on Tamils to vote for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the upcoming parliamentary elections, Suren Surendiran, said,

“TNA has stood for various elections in the North and East under several manifesto commitments and overwhelmingly on those elections without any exceptions.”

Responding to questions on whether GTF had dropped commitment to the right to self-determination of Tamils, Mr Surendiran, said,

“The right to self-determination is a fundamental right of every human being, be it Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim, Malay, Burgher or Chinese. Negotiations haven’t even started as yet. How could anyone conclude or accuse of anyone taking any sides.”

Responding to questions on whether the GTF had dropped calls for an international accountability mechanism in Sri Lanka, Mr Surendiran said,

“GTF sees addressing accountability in a credible way that satisfies the victims as fundamental to building sustainable and durable reconciliation between communities.”

The GTF has recently faced criticism within the Tamil community on the island and in the diaspora over non-inclusive meetings with the TNA and Sri Lankan government.

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