‘Will not STOP Militarization of Tamil Area’ – Mahinda.

Father Emanual 3Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential diaspora group based in London led by Father S.J. Emmanuel, has strongly urged the Tamil people in Sri Lanka to use every vote carefully during the January 8 Presidential Election.

In a statement issued today, GTF says Tamil people have a long history of voting based on principled considerations. The upcoming Presidential election is no different.

“GTF is fully aware that in the post-independent Sri Lanka, Tamil people have continuously lost their rights under a flawed majoritarian electoral system.  Their desire to have a degree of control in the Tamil majority areas was never granted, despite repeated democratic expressions of their wishes through all available electoral means. Nevertheless, from our perspective, whether Sri Lanka should continue in the same path or whether change should be taken at this juncture to stop and reverse this trajectory is the fundamental question facing the electorate,” the GTF statement said.

Thus, GTF urges every Tamil speaking person, up and down the country, to fully participate in this decision and to vote in this Presidential election.(Colombo Gazette)

Mahinda will not withdraw army

army_jaffnaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will not withdraw troops from the north despite demands by Europe and other countries.

Speaking at an election rally in Ruwanwella this evening, the President said that there have also been demands to reduce the number of troops by 50 percent, but he and his Government have refused to do so.

He said that the army still has a role to play adding that one reason why some want the army out of the north is to divide the country. (Colombo Gazette)

 

Tamils should freely exercise their franchise at the upcoming Sri Lanka Presidential Election

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) strongly urges the Tamil people in Sri Lanka to use every vote carefully during the January 8 Presidential Election.

Tamil people have a long history of voting based on principled considerations. The upcoming Presidential election is no different.

GTF is fully aware that in the post-independent Sri Lanka, Tamil people have continuously lost their rights under a flawed majoritarian electoral system.  Their desire to have a degree of control in the Tamil majority areas was never granted, despite repeated democratic expressions of their wishes through all available electoral means.

Nevertheless, from our perspective, whether Sri Lanka should continue in the same path or whether change should be taken at this juncture to stop and reverse this trajectory is the fundamental question facing the electorate.

Thus, GTF urges every Tamil speaking person, up and down the country, to fully participate in this decision and to vote in this Presidential election. 

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