I attended a meeting organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group, Tamilwritersguild and the British Tamil Forum at the British Parliament. There were ordinary folks like me on invitation MPs notably Keith Vas(Labour) Susan Cramer(Liberal) Barry Gardener(Labour) American embassy rep Quatar embassy rep German embassy rep and number of NGO reps.
The main speaker was Dr Brian Seneviratne. I have heard about him, but this is the first time I met him in person. I was really impressed with his athorotative approach to prestation and speech ability.
Main points he made:
It does not matter where we all came from we are here; Sinhalese came from the Bengal area and the Tamils came from South India and theres no solid evidence who came first. He said remember South India is only 20 miles away from SL whereas Begal is further away!!!!
He says his relatives Bandaranayakes made blunders after blunders and plunged the country into this situation today. Also the other leaders are continuing to do the same.
He is not a politician, a Doctor of medicine who graduated from Cambridge university, and practises in Australia, his interest is mainly humanatarion - not politics.He says he is fighting against the injustices committed against the Tamils.
Tamils fought for their rights in a peacefull and democratic way and it didnt work because of the budhist clerguy and the few nationalists!!!! therefore Tamils have the right under international law to take up armes, LTTE is an `armed group` not a terrorist group, with its own territory in Tamil areas, should be recognised as such.
He as a Sinhalese feels that Sinhalese want a Budhist Sinhala state, which they should have, and allow the Tamils to have their own state under a devolved power basis, he joked they are not going to run away with the piece of land.
He detailed the attrocities and muders commited by the Sri Lankan state afgainst the TAMILS and pointed out this is to shut the Tamils not to fight terrorism!!!!
He said Australia has an army of 70K but Sri Lanka has an army of 170K of which 40K are based in Jaffna to terrorise the TAMIL POPULATION!!!! again not to fight terrorism!!!
A fascinating presenter, fast, furious, factual, entertaining, bold and impressive. I am sure he impressed everyone in the room and did his job well!!!
He said he was in Geneva two days ago at UN campaigning for the Tamil rights!!!