GTF hold talks with South Africa on Sri Lanka

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has had fresh rounds of discussions with the South African government regarding the situation in Sri Lanka, GTF said in a statement.

A delegation led by Rev Father S J Emmanuel met with officials from the Republic of South Africa and Switzerland this week as part of the on-going engagement with international governments to highlight the enduring persecution of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

GTF emphasised that only an international, independent investigation can secure truth and accountability, as recommended by the UN Panel of Experts in their report, in order to lay the foundations for meaningful reconciliation between all communities in Sri Lanka. In this regard, GTF will continue to engage internationally until justice is served.

“GTF reiterated that we believe in achieving a negotiated political settlement for decades long national conflict through a process of dialogue and engagement. In this respect we are encouraged that as reported in the media recently, the Indian Prime Minister has emphasised the urgency to President Rajapaksa in achieving lasting political solution to the Tamil national question,” the GTF statement said. (Colombo Gazette)