Following UK meet, funds to be sought for housing

gtf-spoke-person-suren-surendiranFollowing the meeting held between the Government, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in London, it has been decided to seek funds to build houses for the war displaced families.

A joint statement by TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran and Suren Surendiran, Director of Strategic Initiatives and spokesman of the GTF, said that informal talks were held over the last two days in London with various stakeholders to enhance confidence building measures between all communities within and outside Sri Lanka. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera was also present, the statement said.

The joint statement said that the need for constructive engagement by the Sri Lankan Diaspora was discussed, including the needs of displaced people. It was agreed that a further meeting will be called to present the requirements to various High Commissioners and Ambassadors based in Sri Lanka, with the aim to raise funds for housing of over two thousand families in these newly released lands.

The release of prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in the light of the review by the Ministry of Justice was also discussed. The TNA and the GTF further raised the issue of listing of Diaspora organisations and individuals by the previous Government.

Ideas of ways in which the Sri Lankan Diaspora could assist by bringing its exceptional capacity and capabilities were also explored. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. You are going to access to diaspora’s wealth, skills and knowledge, but do you think that the West is going to sit and watch? The West didn’t provide education, job and citizenship to the diaspora to develop Sri Lanka or Asia. You are fooling yourselves. Wait and see how this will turned into a bloody disaster. Ranil, Mangala, and Mahishini have so much to learn. Foolish Tamils and Sinhalese never deserve to live like Singaporeans. You can try, but you will end up in disaster. In the history foolish leaders never led the country into prosperity, it will never happen.

  2. Why are they looking at other countries to donate money for the North?
    They claim a 400,000 membership, at $10 each is $4,000,000/= per month.
    Send that to your CM of the NP , who has done absolutely nothing to develop the Northern economy since he took that chair.
    Ask him for a plan and get him to implement it.

  3. What about the displaced tamils in east, the TNA supported the muslim congress in the east to form the eastern provincial council,but the TNA members are turning a blind towards the activities of the chief minister who allocate most of the funds to develope the muslim areas.What the members of the TNA in the council as well as the members of the parliment like PON SELVARASA,ARIYANENTHIRAN AND YOGESWARAN ARE DOING?Are they sleeping,turning a blind eye towards the activities of the muslims? The tamils from the east want to develope their areas equally as others. If nothing happens very soon the so called liers of the TNA should be chased from the east.

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