Tamil diaspora representatives condemn International System Failure in Sri Lanka
[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 September 2008, 14:45 GMT]
"First was its failure to stop state human rights abuses in Sri Lanka; second was its inability to inspire a political solution in lieu of military solution; third was succumbing to government pressure in withdrawing International Agencies, and now, sitting with crossed fingers for the impending genocide and bloodbath, yet backing the failed state of Sri Lanka. What is the message the International System is trying to give to the people of the world in the test case of the Tamil crisis in Sri Lanka," asks Rev. Fr. F.C. Inpanathan, who was one of the diaspora representatives of a delegation that met Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer on Friday. "Does State Terrorism being replaced by System Terrorism?" he further questions.
Tamil diaspora representatives meet Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer in Oslo.
L-R: Jon Hanssen-Bauer, Sumathi Wijeyaraj, Vasanthy Francis and Rev. Fr. Inpanathan.
"The isolation of the Tamil cause by the International Sytem makes the Tamil diaspora to feel for the necessity of a separate state, with more determination than ever," declared the diaspora representatives who met media in Oslo after their meeting with the Norwegian Special Envoy.
The delegation also comprised of Oslo Local Council member Ms. Sumathi Wijeyaraj (AP, Labour Party), Vasanthay Francis from Tamil Women's Organisation and a representative from Bergen, the second largest city in Norway and Tamil political activists.
"As Local Government Members representing many constituencies with a large proportion of Norwegians of Tamil origin we are being constantly approached by them to do whatever we can to alleviate the precarious human disaster to their kith and kin in Vanni," said the elected representative who took part in the meeting.
The meeting comes as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to visit New York to participate at the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, where all members of the International Community, including representatives of EU, Japan, Norway and the United States, that constitute the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo donor conference on the Sri Lankan Peace Process.