Tamil parties meet in Berlin to discuss Lankan issue

Tamil political and civil society representatives, and Diaspora groups convened in Berlin on the 26th and 27th January 2013 to discuss the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka, a statement said today.

A statement by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a Tamil diaspora group, said that the talks looked at how to end the Sri Lankan State’s continued agenda of destruction of Tamil people’s identity, the heightened oppressive conditions, the threat to Tamil’s claim of the North and East of the island being their area of historic habitation (homeland) and to achieve consensus on addressing the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution.

This is a continuation of on-going discussions between Tamil groups that first began in November 2012.

Representatives from Tamil political parties, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) and Tamil Civil Society from Sri Lanka, joined representatives from Diaspora groups International Councils of Eelam Tamils (ICET), Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) and Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in the two rounds of dialogue.

GTF says the discussions will continue and progress with wider participation to bring together more Tamil and Tamil speaking people’s organisations in the months to come. (Colombo Gazette)