California Democrats seek Referendum to resolve Sri Lanka conflict

[TamilNet, Saturday, 07 March 2009, 13:16 GMT]
The Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee, Thursday, passed a resolution asking "U.S. Congress and the Federal Administration to immediately persuade the government of Sri Lanka and the UN to conduct a UN monitored referendum in the Tamil region of Sri Lanka to determine if the people wish the autonomy or the complete independence." The organizers of the resolution said they will be mounting a campaign to urge other Democratic party branches in different counties to adopt similar resolutions to raise Sri Lanka as a key policy issue within the Democratic Party.

Full text of the resolution follows:

BRING PEACE TO SRI LANKA


"WHEREAS the Sinhala people and the Tamil people have been living on the island, currently known as Sri Lanka, for well over 2000 years, and had their own separate kingdoms until the European invasions; and

WHEREAS the Tamils have been fighting for their independence to create their own country known as Tamil Eelam, for more than 30 years and about 100,000 people have been killed in this struggle; and

WHEREAS the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil parties have so far failed to resolve the Tamil issue, and failed to come up with any credible political alternatives, while the death, destruction and the suffering of the people continue unabated;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party requests the US Congress and the Federal Administration to immediately persuade the government of Sri Lanka to come up with an alternative autonomy political package to the independence sought by the Tamils; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party requests the US Congress and the Federal Administration to immediately persuade the government of Sri Lanka and the UN to conduct a UN monitored referendum in the Tamil region of Sri Lanka to determine if the people wish the autonomy or the complete independence."

The resolution were submitted by Santa Clara Assembly District 20 resident Jey Surier for consideration and unanimously adopted by the Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee as well as the Santa Clara County Democratic Club.

The members of Tamil organizations and the members of Indian, Malaysian and Sri Lankan Tamil community from the Northern California region as well the members of the Democratic Party jointly canvassed the members for support to passing the resolution.


External Links:
US: Santa Clara County Democratic Party

 

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