June 15, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament recently that he had discussions with the Global Tamil Forum over a declaration renouncing violence as a means of achieving political objectives.
“We discussed about a public declaration renouncing violence as a means of achieving political objectives and a public commitment to a united and undivided Sri Lanka,”
“The recent statement by Rev. Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, President of the Global Tamil Forum and Mr. Suren Surendiran reflect this welcome shift in attitude.” Samaraweera told Parliament.
Samaraweera was replying to a question raised by the Opposition Leader about the recent discussions that took place between the Global Tamil Forum and the TNA in London, attended by the Foreign Minister.
A TNA Parliamentarian, Suren Surendiran from Global Tamil Forum and Eric Solheim were among those who participated the discussions, Samaraweera said.
“The annual review of the persons listed under gazetted regulations 1758/19 and 1760 to give effect to UN Resolutions 1373 and 1267 was discussed,”
“This annual review is mandatory as per the regulations that have been gazetted by the previous Government.”
When this review is being conducted, the Competent Authority will take into account the distinction between those advocating separatism and those who have been voicing concerns regarding the rights of the Tamil people, Samaraweera stressed.
“There was no discussion of lifting the proscription of the LTTE.” Samaraweera further said.