Canadian Tamil Congress

Canadian Tamil Congress

November 02, 2007 13:06 ET

Tamil Political Head Killed in Sri Lankan Air Attack

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2007) - Today, an aerial bombardment by the Sri Lankan air force killed the leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam political wing, Mr.S.P.Tamilchelvan. He was an iconic figure representing the Tamil people in various peace negotiations with the government of Sri Lanka since 2002. The Canadian Tamil Congress strongly condemns the killing. His demise dashes all the hopes of future peace negotiations.

As the leader of the Tamil delegation to the Norwegian facilitated peace process, Mr.Tamilchelvan traveled to various western cities Oslo, Belgium and Geneva and pleaded with the international community to recognize the rights of Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Mr.Tamilchelvan is survived by his wife and a young daughter.

Mr.Tamilchelvan was a symbol of Tamil people's strong belief in the political process and the Sri Lankan government has silenced yet another Tamil moderate voice. Tamil Members of Parliament, academics and prominent journalists have been systematically assassinated by Sri Lanka. Over 5000 innocent Tamil people have died in the past 12 months alone. The aerial bombardments of Tamil villages by the Sri Lankan air force have become a daily routine.

Despite the continued inaction by the international community towards the human catastrophe in Sri Lanka, Mr.Tamilchelvan tirelessly worked to repeatedly appeal to the international community urging it to recognize the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The Canadian Tamil Congress requests our Canadian government to promptly condemn the Sri Lankan government for the slaying of Mr.Tamilchelvan. The Congress urges our government to take this opportunity to pressure the Sri Lankan government to restart the peace negotiations and restore the confidence in a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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