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GTF Denounces Nonis' Comments

GTF Denounces Nonis' Comments

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said it was absurd that High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in London, Dr. Chris onis, has a!!used "ritish #rime $inister, Da%id Cameron, of s&eaking to the Tamil galler' in the , during a re!ent inter%iew with ""C.GTF s&okes&erson, Suren Surendiran, told Ce'lon Toda', *+hen the "ritish #$ was in Sri Lanka attending CHG$ and ba!k in the , he raised the issues of freedom of the &ress. Lasantha +i!krematunge was gunned down in broad da'light for whi!h no one has been arrested or &rose!uted. #rageeth -kneligoda disa&&eared ust as tens of thousands of Sinhala, $uslim and Tamil &eo&le ha%e %anished, %iolen!e against women, weakening of demo!rati! institutions. There is also the im&ea!hment of the Chief /usti!e, la!k of freedom to demonstrate  &ea!efull', +eliweri'a in!ident. +hen the  #$ s&eaks against religious intoleran!e, he is s&eaking on behalf of $uslim, Hindu and Christian faiths. So, it is ust absurd when Dr. onis a!!uses the "ritish #$ of s&eaking to the Tamil galler',* he said.The Sri Lankan High Commissioner told ""C that  #$ Da%id Cameron ma' ha%e highlighted alleged human rights issues in Sri Lanka due to his domesti! &oliti!al !onsiderations with an anti!i&ated ele!tion in 0123. He told the ""C ournalist that &eo&le are entitled to sa' whate%er the' wish, but &ointed out the &ur&ose of the Commonwealth Heads of Go%ernment $eeting (CHG$), a gathering of 34 !ountries, was to dis!uss the theme of the Commonwealth. 5t was not there to raise bilateral issues, he added.The GTF s&okes&erson also !harged the Sri Lankan Go%ernment alwa's !omes u& with !ommissions of %arious kinds e%er' time the noose falls around its ne!k, as an es!a&e me!hanism and no one !an fool the international !ommunit' e%er' time b' suggesting ste&s that are basi!all' a dela'ing ta!ti!.He went on to sa' that the Commonwealth as an institution has a set of &rin!i&les and %alues agreed u& on b' all 34 !ountries. 6s a leading Commonwealth !ountr', "ritain like e%er' other !ountr', has the right to !all u&on all member !ountries to follow Commonwealth %alues and $onda', 10 De!ember 0124
 
 &rin!i&les. *That7s all Cameron was highlighting and it is well within his right to do so,* he said.*He7s 8uite right to !all for an international &robe and now it is a !hallenge to the "ritish #$ to see it through,* Surendiran said.The FLL te9t of m' original res&onse is gi%en below (6s 'ou !an see an edited %ersion was  &ublished in Ce'lon Toda':*The "ritish #rime $inister is absolutel' right to raise the issues that affe!ted the Tamils and affe!ts all of the !ommunities in Sri Lanka to this da'.+hen the "ritish #$ raises the issues of freedom of &ress (Lasantha +i!kramatunga is a Sinhala ournalist who was gunned down in broad da'light for whi!h no one has been arrested or &rose!uted), disa&&earan!es (#rageeth -knelligoda was a Sinhala ournalist who disa&&eared  ust as tens of thousands of Sinhala $uslim and Tamil &eo&le ha%e %anished under ;aa&aksa ;egime) , %iolen!e against women, strengthening of demo!rati! institutions (remember, the Chief /usti!e who was im&ea!hed illegall' is a Sinhalese), freedom to demonstrate &ea!efull' (+eliweri'a is &redominantl' a Sinhala %illage and the &eo&le who were brutall' murdered b' Gota7s militar' were all Sinhalese) and when the "ritish #$ s&eaks against religious intoleran!e he is s&eaking on behalf of $uslim, Hindu and Christian faiths.So it is ust absurd when Dr onis a!!uses the "ritish #$ of being s&eaking to the Tamil galler'.*;egarding the !ounting of the dead and disa&&eared:*$ahinda ;aa&aksa alwa's !omes u& with ideas of !ommissions of %arious kinds e%er' time when the noose falls on his ne!k as an es!a&e me!hanism. He thinks that he !an fool the international !ommunit' e%er' time b' suggesting of ste&s that are basi!all' a dela'ing ta!ti! as he himself and his siblings are a!!used to ha%e !ommitted war !rimes and !rimes against humanit'. He has blatantl' lied to the international !ommunit' on se%eral o!!asions. For e9am&le he is the same man who !laimed at the end of the war that there were <ero !i%ilian !asualties when it is !laimed that o%er 211,111 !ould ha%e &erished at the hands of the militar' of whi!h he is the Commandeering Chief. Less than two weeks before the end of the war, he !laimed that there were onl' 3,111 or ma9imum 21,111 !i%ilians left in the so !alled no fire <one, when we ended u& with nearl' 411,111 !oming out of the <one. He has a tra!k re!ord of l'ing whi!h gi%es <ero !onfiden!e to an'one &arti!ularl' to the %i!tims that this idea of !ounting the dead and disa&&eared has an' !redibilit' whatsoe%er=*Commonwealth as an institution has a set of &rin!i&les and %alues agreed b' all 34 !ountries. 6s a leading Commonwealth !ountr', "ritain like e%er' other !ountr' has the right to !all u&on all member !ountries to follow the !ommonwealth %alues and &rin!i&les. That7s all Cameron was highlighting and it is well within his remit to do so.;egarding the $ar!h deadline, ;aa&aksa regime has been gi%en enough time sin!e the end of the war o%er > 'ears ago. There was no need for the H;C resolutions or for the "ritish #$ to remind the ;aa&aksas of their dut' and res&onsibilities if the' ha%e !ondu!ted an inde&endent %erifiable and trans&arent in%estigation in the first &la!e.nfortunatel' as ;aa&aksa and his siblings themsel%es are im&li!ated in !ommitting war !rimes and !rimes against humanit', he or his go%ernment ha%en7t and won7t !ondu!t an in%estigation that will satisf' the %i!tims and the international !ommunit'.Hen!e the #$7s warning of an international inde&endent in%estigation.

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