Everything generally gets swept under the carpet due to legal technicalities but for us ordinary laymen it sounds rather bizarre to hear of a joint press statement issued by a UN Security Council banned LTTE front and a Member of Parliament even if entered through the backdoor on the national list! If discussions and joint statements are to be issued, what is the point in declaring organizations as banned and not just an ordinary ban but as a terrorist front too & that too incorporating the UN Security Council Resolution 1373? Interesting aspect of the statement is that it has included the presence of the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister as well.
The TamilDiplomat described the meeting as ‘secret’ http://tamildiplomat.com/secret-meeting-between-governments-sections-of-tamil-representatives-in-london/
The statement is well guarded, naturally to avoid legal hiccups. Nevertheless, while politicians may play footsie with people’s lives and take issues lightly, the people have questions to ask
From: TNA Media Office <media.office@tnapolitics.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 3:59 PM
Subject: Press Statement
To: TNA Media Office <
Cc: “M.A.Sumanthiran” <
Dear Sir/Madam, 

Please refer the attached Press Statement jointly issued by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Global Tamil Forum (GTF)  regarding the recent meetings held in London. 

08 June 2015
Confidence Building Measures in Sri Lanka
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) continued their informal dialogue 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 Mr. Mangala Samaraweera was also present.
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 explored.
M.A. Sumanthiran                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Suren Surendiran
Member of Parliament                                                 Director of Strategic Initiatives
Tamil National Alliance                                                                Global Tamil

We seem to be needlessly walking into and inviting trouble – it is time sense prevailed.

LTTE prisoners are not political prisoners – they must be charged and face trial.

LTTE fronts must face the same legal process and face charges for aiding & abetting terror.

Politicians cannot be votes or petty political gain and other remunerations make decisions without consulting the People – it is our lives that is at stake.

Legal avenues need to be taken by civic conscious lawyers to take legal action against the latest attempts to create another mayhem in Sri Lanka.

Shenali D Waduge