The self appointed ‘Prime Minister’ of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) and former senior LTTE member and peace negotiator Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, today urged the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, to raise concerns over the war during her visit to Sri Lanka.
Rudrakumaran told the Thai Premier in a statement that according to a UN report tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed in five months due to deliberate and intense shelling and bombing of areas designated by the government as “no-fire zones”, where Tamil civilians had assembled for safety.
“The Sri Lankan Government also restricted food and medicine for Tamils, resulting in large numbers of people dying from starvation and many of the injured bleeding to death,” noted Rudrakuamran said.
He said that the UN Human Rights Council also passed two Resolutions on accountability for these international crimes in 2012 and 2013.
“According to Bishop of Mannar, Dr. Rayappu Joseph, 146,679 Tamils went missing when Sri Lankan forces attacked Tamil people. Members of the Sri Lankan security forces are almost exclusively from the Sinhalese community and the victims are all from the Tamil community,” Rudrakumaran added.
Presently, in addition to the campaign for an international investigation, the TGTE is also campaigning for an International Protection Mechanism.
TGTE believes that a referendum among the Tamils inside Sri Lanka and the Tamil diaspora will contribute to the political resolution of the “Tamil national” conflict. TGTE meanwhile says it is not a government in exile. It says the Constitution of the TGTE mandates that it should realize its political objective only through peaceful means. (Colombo Gazette)