26 September, 2020

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British Tamils Forum Rejects Any Political Solution Based On The 13th Amendment

“Tamils reject any political solution based on the 13th amendment – it neither addresses the root cause of the conflict nor safeguards the Tamil national interest on the island.” says the British Tamils Forum.

Issuing a statement the British Tamils Forum says it insists that any political solution to the Tamil National Question has to be conducted through an internationally mediated referendum – only this can lay the foundation for a lasting peace and satisfy the socio-political and economic aspirations of the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka.

We publish below the statement in full;

Tamils reject any political solution based on the 13th amendment – it neither addresses the root cause of the conflict nor safeguards the Tamil national interest on the island.

The 13th Amendment to the constitution, entrenched in the unitary state-centric model, cannot address the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka.

This amendment to the constitution is not in any way a starting point, an interim or a final solution to the conflict and it prevents any lasting negotiated settlement, reached with the support of the International Community.  The British Tamils Forum strongly denounces any efforts to impose this unsupported and failed political response, which was reached for the benefit and interest of two countries – India and Sri Lanka – without consulting the Tamil Nation.

The 13th  Amendment has several flaws: executive power will be exercised by a Provincial Governor appointed by the President; public services in the province will be controlled by the Governor; the President has the power to dissolve the Provincial Council; the Governor is not duty bound to the advice or instructions of the Chief Minister; the executive power of the Governor is subject to the control of the President; the Provincial Council cannot access the Provincial Fund without the sanction of the Governor; power over the police and public order is retained by the President; and the Disposition of State Land is also in the hands of the President; among many others.

Due to these flaws and inadequate provisions, it has been consistently rejected by the Tamil people and political leadership at several democratic stages, in the past and at present, ever since this bilateral agreement was signed between India and Sri Lanka.

The genocidal actions – pogroms, massacres, colonisation, land dispossession – committed by the Sri Lankan state in the Tamil homelands even under the current provincial council system foreshadow the realities of life following the 13th amendment.

All those who seek a genuine solution to the Tamil question must remain vigilant against falling into the traps that have been set by the Sri Lankan state and certain external forces to impose the 13th Amendment or a watered-down version of 13th Amendment upon the Tamils.

The Sri Lankan state, through its hard-line allies and ultra nationalist forces, has initiated a political campaign encouraging hard-line views and xenophobic sentiments on the 13th Amendment, with a view to diluting the amendment even further to its interest, before thrusting it upon the Tamils. This is clearly visible to observers of contemporary southern politics.

In the contrast, certain external actors who aspire to play the role of ‘saviour’ in the Tamil-Sinhalese political arena are pushing for implementation of the 13th Amendment in its entirety, in the pretext of rescuing the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

On these grounds, the British Tamils Forum stands in solidarity with our people in our Tamil Homeland and state that any political initiatives grounded in the 13th Amendment cannot be feasible and will not create an enduring peace in Sri Lanka.

The British Tamils Forum insists that any political solution to the Tamil National Question has to be conducted through an internationally mediated referendum – only this can lay the foundation for a lasting peace and satisfy the socio-political and economic aspirations of the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka.

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    oh yes, when the regime’s trying to do away with the NPC and the 13A all together, and keep demonising every international body out there, these bunch of irrelevant morons just give them even more reason to go on with this. brilliant.

    50+ years, and they still have no idea whatsoever as to how politics in Sri Lanka is played. Sad.

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      This bunch of irrelevant morons of BTF should read 
      Swapan Dasgupta’s “Sri Lanka’s diaspora dilemma” – on 16 June 2013 …
      http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/right-and-wrong/entry/sri-lanka-s-diaspora-dilemma

      I quote “….. However, this tropical paradise has just emerged from a 30-year civil war that was unbelievably bloody and damaging. Merely reading about the “ethnic conflict” cannot convey the horror and the pain the country endured — and with a very stiff upper lip. 

      The origins of that war lie in a divisive, chauvinist politics that, thankfully, the country has now repudiated. There is a sense of optimism in Colombo and a great sense of relief in Jaffna that the war which probably left no family in the island unaffected is over. 

      Tragically, the quiet elation over a new dawn is being soured on a daily basis by a diaspora that wants its own version of Sri Lanka, crafted in Canada, UK and Norway. That many of the 8 lakh-strong Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora left the island under traumatic conditions is undeniable . They nursed that bitterness so strongly that they actually bankrolled the most brutal military machine since Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. It was this easy and unending supply of diaspora funds that gave the LTTE the luxury of never having to bother about public opinion inside Sri Lanka. The diaspora bankrolled murder. 

      Today, the LTTE has been militarily defeated but the diaspora funds are being used to keep alive the old Sinhalese-Tamil divide in politics and international relations . There is peace and growing prosperity in the Tamil areas, and only the political loose ends remain. This in itself is a challenge but the reconciliation process isn’t helped if the diaspora is determined that its unchanging historical memory and hateful vision for the future must set the tone for the country they left behind. 

      Imagine our reaction if India’s politics was sought to be remote-controlled from Southall and New Jersey….”

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    ‘The British Tamils Forum’ ? So,are you residents/citizens of the British, dual citizens (with one leg here and another leg there or subjects pending the seek of an asylum?
    You talk of not wanting a solution on the 13th amendment when your so-called poor downtrodden and displaced countrymen led by a very comfortably placed politicians’ enjoying all priviledges given to them by the state are now trying to grab the tail end of this 13th amendment and make a political living out of it not actually knowing what the poor Tamil peace loving citizen wants.
    You,the British Tamil forum please enjoy the comforts of the ‘Old Blighty’ and the social crumbs it throws at your feet to enable you to voice your insincere concerns by way of protests and resolutions at meetings and street protests.The Sri lankan tamil gentry are well aware of this and how the local Tamil politicians are riding on top of a Cart, literally, which is being dragged by the poor innocent Tamils of the Wanni and other districts with a far seen hope and faith, on a solution.
    Frankly, i feel that the Tamils of Sri lanka displaced or otherwise have the ‘Hobsons choice’ of taking the palm of the present Government offering and take part in the forthcoming NCP elections and win it and start to build and lead a meaningful life. At the start it may be bitter,than it was earlier, but how the tamil citizens grasp it and work towards gaining the confidence and the admiration of the majority Sinhalese and other minorities, will determine a better future….., INSTEAD OF HAVING TO JUST LISTEN AND DREAM OF ALL THE UNFATHOMABLE HOPES THAT YOU, ‘THE BRITISH TAMIL FORUM’MEMBERS CAN GIVE THEM.
    Will 10% of your kind sacrifice your present positions and comforts, to come back here and join your brothers in their future endeavours in your ‘MOTHERLAND’ ?

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    British Tamil Forum, British Tamil Racist Forum

    Get rid of the words Tamil and Sinhala. These are the two curses of Lanka. Lanka was peaceful during the times of Veddah, Naga, Yaka and Rakshaysa, before the advent of Buddhism, and the hegemony if the Buddhist Monk-King Axis.

    Look at Bali, Indonesia,94% Hindu and peaceful.

    This is about Racism,both Sinhala and Tamil.

    From where did you guys originate? From the Moon? No. From Africa.
    From Southern India.

    Read:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genographic_Project

    Say”
    Racists Abhor Breathing Space For Those who do not Belong to their Race.

    Examples:

    1. Sri Lanka Racist Sinhala Buddhists (Buddhists?). Is this the reason why there are hardly ant Tamil Buddhists?

    Another reason Why the Racist Monk Mahanama Myths need to be Expunged.

    Sri Lanka’s Tamil Racist Hindus and Christians chasing out Sinhala and Muslims from the Northern Province.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MASigQJTgaQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTxV8ZOGbjM

    Dr. Farzana Haniffa on North Muslim issues – SLT42b

    Tamil Forum, we would like to hear from you.

    2. German Nazi Racists ( Christians?)

    3. Japanese Racists (Buddhists)

    4. Burma Racists (Buddhists)

    ADD YOUR LIST, but provide credible support.

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    Hilarious. The BTF “insists that any political solution to the Tamil National Question has to be conducted through an internationally mediated referendum.” How exactly will they force GoSL to hold a referendum?

    I’ve got news for the BTF. There was a locally mediated, 30 year war that settled the matter once and for all.

    If BTF members were unable to take part in that war because they were too busy setting up Facebook protests, dancing, demonstrating and going on fake hunger strikes, it’s too late to whine, now.

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    Solid !!!! Reject it I say, Reject it!!! …………Now what?

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    BTF rejects any political solution based on 13A but does not offer any solution other than an internationally mediated referendum. Correct. The results of a referundum, internationally mediated or otherwise would be overwhelmingly for a unitary Sri Lankan state. 13A was introduced as a method of devolution under the unitary constitution of Sri Lanka. At least it should be tried and tested before going in for any further changes.

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    Why should we listen to these idiot terorist

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    BTF, Just declare your true goal to the world. Ealam. Only for Tamils, ethnically purified for your convinience. Happy?

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      Ben Hurling

      “BTF, Just declare your true goal to the world. Ealam. Only for Tamils, ethnically purified for your convinience. “

      For your convenience in a joint enterprise, both the Tamils and Sinhala/Buddhists have been ethnically cleansing the land for 2,500 one way or another.

      Now the Sinhala/Buddhists who have the numerical majority with their Mahawamsa mindset continue their way of life, ethnic cleansing of other minorities supported/enforced by inflated ego driven brutal Sinhala/Buddhist armed forces and the permanent Sinhala/Buddhists bureaucracy in order to establish a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto in the Indian ocean.

      The racist Sanghas play their role when necessary to rid of or assimilate minorities, in the name of safe guarding Sinhala/Buddhism.

      Buddha renounced possessions and power. Sanghas accumulate possessions and power. Its time Buddhists got rid of Sangha and the clan.

      You are one of them, who is blinded by parochial loyalties and is possessed by petty pride being a Sinhala/Buddhist.

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        “Sanghas accumulate possessions and power” history repeated… “The Kabbalist Crusades”, or just a “Children’s crusade”?

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    LTTE proxy Sambandan who totally rejected it when his God Son was around is now pleading with his fellow in the UNP MPs not to allow the Govt to ditch the Thirteen according to the English Broadsheets in Colombo.

    Rajapaksa infact not only has given his own party MPs a conscience vote.but has gone even further and planning a referandum,for the inhabitants to decide.

    Presidents will come and go.

    After all isn’t it their land and their children and grandchildren who have to live there?.

    Is it the same sort of referandum this B T Reverend is demanding?

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      Noosed, what you expect?

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    LTTE is the biggest terrorism in the world..they killed thousand of people in srlanka. every one know that.. so why should we listen to that people …we must try to destroy this terrorism in the whole world..not to help them… otherwise we can’t save our lives also… EALAM not need to us..

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    ‘Presidents will come and go’. O LEELA you are a real comic. Did you mean this? This is OK if someone else havesaid but you.
    You do all sorts of Dhobi work for Orangotan family and your only wish is for them to stay as long as they can.
    LEELA is still at large, can some one please take him to Angoda.

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    Send the Kanhaiya to Pataliputra.

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    bTF are foreigners who has no authority at all tom decide on the future of Tamils of north and east.overseas Tamils ,if you have any compassion for your brethren please go and set a business or an industry that will help few unemployed Tamils.I a

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    bTF are foreigners who has no authority at all tom decide on the future of Tamils of north and east.overseas Tamils ,if you have any compassion for your brethren please go and set a business or an industry that will help few unemployed Tamils.I Am a Tamil from overseas and set up an industry and employing about 20 people in Sri Lanka.so I can speak with aithority.Tamils in north and east want a descent life where they can live peacefully with dignity.BTF ,if you cannot help,please don’t hinder it.I am in touch almost daily with the ordinary Tamils in Jaffna.believe me ,their mind set is changed now.you can import Jaffna products like palmyrah products,rice based products,or even sea food based products – processed ,that will help the Tamils.you help the Tamils to get economic freedom fordt,then the political freedom will come automatically.please look at the number of widows who are committing suicide because of no support.no Jaffna people are intelligent,trustworthy and hard working and pride people.BTF or overseas Tamils please ask yourselves,what you done to uplift the economy of your brother?even a small deed will help some people.

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    WONDERFUL! The British Tamil Forum is one of the main Eelamist Tamil Diaspora organizations. If they don’t want Power Devolved under the 13th Amendment, then the GOSL will NEVER satisfy the Eelamist Tamil DEMANDS with it, because it is the Eelamist Tamil Diaspora that is driving the pressure brought to bear on Sri Lanka by Western countries to do devolve power.

    It is JUST AS WE HAVE SAID ALL ALONG: No reasonable accommodation can be achieved with the Eelamists; they want outright secession, just as the late unlamented Velupillai Prabhakaran wanted all along. He fought when he felt powerful, and talked when he was on the ropes, but NEVER BUDGED from his goal of an INDEPENDENT EELAM STATE. So it is with the Eelamists of today.

    Therefore, AT LEAST NOW, dear Mr. President, TAKE A STAND and set an EARLY DATE for a NATIONWIDE REFERENDUM to REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVE the Provincial Council System, and LET THE SOVEREIGN PEOPLE OF Sri Lanka DECIDE the ISSUE!

    The RIGHT TO ELECT one’s candidates to the National Parliament is FRANCHISE ENOUGH for any Law Abiding Citizen. Only SEPARATISTS and Provincial Council Bureaucrats with CUSHY JOBS paid by the Sri Lankan Taxpayer want Provincial Councils. GET RID OF THEM, they are a source of ABUSE & WASTE, and are a RAVE THREAT to the INTEGRITY OF THE COUNTRY. Tiny Sri Lana DOES NOT NEED another layer of EXPENSIVE & UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRACY …. it makes Sri Lanka NON_COMPETITIVE in the Global Marketplace!

    NEVER …. NEVER ….. NEVER let the UNREPENTANT SEPARATISTS Control ANY Provincial Council, or we will have COMMUNAL WARFARE AGAIN in Sri Lanka!

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