A Former UN Under Secretary General is Joining an Event Calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka: TGTE
Referendum TGTE is calling is not only for an Independent State, but containing options: Unitary State, Federal State, Confederation and Independent State __ TORONTO , CANADA , April 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ —
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) announced that Adrianus (Ad) Melkert, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Dutch cabinet minister is joining an event to launch a campaign calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka. This event titled “Yes to Referendum” will be held in Canada on April 15th.
This launch will be followed by several activities around the world, highlighting the importance of holding a Referendum to decide Tamils’ political destiny – thus finding a permanent solution to the protracted Tamil conflict in the island.
The referendum that TGTE is calling is not just for a yes or no vote for an independent State, but a referendum containing options such as: Unitary State, a Federal State, s Confederation and an Independent State (Tamil Eelam).
TGTE have indicated that they will accept the verdict of the Referendum. Here is the link to the interview by TGTE’s Prime Minister to a Sri Lankan newspaper: “Tamils must decide their Political Destiny through a Referendum: TGTE will Accept their Verdict – Rudrakumaran”: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/413908992/tamils-must-decide-their-political-destiny-through-a-referendum-tgte-will-accept-their-verdict-rudrakumaran
At the same time, the TGTE believes that due to the rigid Sinhala Buddhist ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lankan State, only through independence can Tamils live peacefully and with dignity in the island of Sri Lanka. Mass killings of Tamils in 1958, 1977, 1983 and 2009 in Mullivaikkal, and the latest reports of rape camps of Tamil women run by the Sri Lankan military, are a testament to this belief and conviction.
The late journalist, Tarzie Vittatchi wrote a book “Emergency 58”. This book was written immediately after the mass killings of Tamils in 1958. Mr. Vittachi, at that time, concluded his book by asking “Have the Sinhalese and Tamils come to parting their ways?” Tamils have been asking this question since the 1958 mass killings, and in the 1977 General Elections, they voted overwhelmingly to support the creation of a free Tamil Eelam.
TGTE pointed out that several protracted and violent conflicts around the world were successfully solved through holding referendums. International practices also vouch for it. Whether it be South Sudan (Machakos Protocol) or the Good Friday Agreement or the Serbian-Montenegrin agreement or the Papua New Guinea-Bougainville Peace Agreement, all mandate that national questions should be resolved through a referendum. Other examples include, East-Timor, Scotland, Kosovo, South Sudan, Quebec, etc.
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