The army says the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is detached from the ground realities that prevail in Sri Lanka, particularly in the north and east of the country.
Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya, in a statement, said that alleged war crimes images circulated by the GTF appears to be another “creation” to support their claim for an international investigation in Sri Lanka.
The GTF is a global Tamil Diaspora organization led by Father S. J. Emmanuel which lobbies against the Sri Lankan government mostly from Britain.
The military spokesman said the objective of GTF is to lobby for the Eelam cause, i.e. establishing a separate state, on the pretext of fighting for justice for alleged war crimes against the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
“They have been very successful in using the Tamil vote base in the UK to lure the support of few local political personalities in the UK. They use two LTTE fronts, namely Tamils for Conservative Party (TCP) and Tamils for Labour Party (TLP) to lobby for them not only in the UK but in several other Western countries. GTF’s latest fabrication by way of renewed allegation of war crimes by releasing allegedly new pictures is another attempt to influence the opinion of the international community. This appears to be another fabrication by the GTF in an attempt to justify their continued call for an international investigation and to confuse the international community,” the army spokesman said.
He claimed that there is no doubt that along with other pro LTTE organizations the GTF will continue their fabrications of this nature.
“Do not be surprised if they release more pictures in the future as well to sensationalize their claim,” he added.
Deputy British Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg, Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and former Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi were among those attended a meeting organized by the GTF recently.
Leader of the British Opposition and Labour Leader Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey and Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander were also in attendance. (Colombo Gazette)