International community has failed Tamils in Sri Lanka



    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - The Canadian Tamil Congress is urging Canadian
parliamentarians to take immediate and strong actions against Sri Lanka to
prevent a civilian bloodbath. The United Nations estimates that over 6500
civilians have been killed, and 14,000 injured over the past three months.
    "So far there have been only statements issued by the most powerful
bodies in the world, the UN, the EU, the G8, and Western government, but there
has been no follow through in terms of action," said David Poopalapillai,
National Spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress. "The international
community has failed the Tamils in Sri Lanka by not fulfilling its obligation
to protect civilians caught in this armed conflict."
    On Sunday, April 26, 2009, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
announced that it would heed the calls by Canada, the UN, the G8, the European
Union, the USA, India, and other Western governments and unilaterally
announced an immediate ceasefire. The LTTE has suspended offensive military
operations effective immediately. Unfortunately, the Government of Sri Lanka
(GoSL) has rejected the ceasefire offer and is determined to pursue its
military assault to kill tens of thousands of innocent civilians under the
pretext of "wiping out the Tigers".
    In a strongly worded letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada,
Dr. Sri Ranjan, President of the Canadian Tamil Congress stated, "Tamil
Canadians are fearful that in the next 24 to 48 hours a civilian bloodbath
will ensue if the GoSL does not reciprocate the LTTE's offer to a ceasefire."
Calling for immediate and strong action by the Canadian government Dr. Sri
Ranjan stated, "Canada must force the GoSL to reciprocate the immediate
ceasefire by cutting all diplomatic and economic relations with Sri Lanka."
    The Canadian Tamil Congress calls upon Canadian parliamentarians to step
up to the plate and take action on the Sri Lankan conflict immediately. Sri
Lanka must be economically and politically isolated in order to compel the
GoSL to negotiate a political resolution to the armed conflict that respects
the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people.





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