Following UK meet, funds to be sought for housing

mangala_samaraweera-1Following 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)