On this momentous occasion when the world is engaged in the delight of welcoming a New Year full of hope, I bring warm and sincere New Year greetings of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to all Tamil brethren.
The New Year dawning on January 1 and the Tamil New Year that follows two weeks later marked by ‘thai ponkal’ are important moments in the lives of all Tamils. As the first month in the Tamil calendar, ‘thai’ ushers in the Tamil New Year and the time for renewing hopes.
Let us welcome 2014 as the year that will bring a life of freedom and prosperity to the people of Tamil Eelam and indeed to all Tamils living around the world!
On this day we can also look back on 2013 as the year when the Tamil Eelam freedom struggle made some significant strides.
The Sri Lankan state remains further isolated in the international political arena through the efforts at the UN Human Rights Council and the events coinciding with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting concluded in Colombo in November 2013.
All the genocidal acts committed on innocent Tamils by the Sinhala regime have been exposed to the world last year with even more dramatic evidence.
2013 can be denoted as the year when the people of Tamil Nadu, and particularly the student population, rose up in strength as a formidable force and giving new hope and confidence to the search for justice by the Eelam Tamil Nation.
It was the year when the historic Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter was promulgated as a restatement of the nationhood of the Tamil people while emphasizing their inherent right of self determination and sovereignty.
It was also the year when the our brethren in the Tamil homeland drew worldwide attention in the manner they took part in the Northern Provincial Council elections and utilized their democratic franchise to express their rejection of rule by the Sri Lankan state.
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)elected its parliament for the second term and convened its inaugural sessions in December 2013.
While the Sinhala regime dreams of a state of permanent subjugation of the Tamil people and a total cover up of all of its War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide, we are witnessing that the deceit and duplicity of the Sinhala State are being revealed as each year passes since the 2009 massacre of Mullivaaikkal. Therefore, it behooves us all to take the necessary steps in 2004 to further isolate the Sri Lankan state in the world arena and to march forward towards freedom of the Tamil Nation.
I wish to reiterate the three-pronged strategy of the TGTE for the year ahead as outlined in my 2013 Maavirar naal message. We shall work resolutely in harnessing the support of the international community for the establishment of an independent state of Tamil Eelam, we shall undertake all necessary measures to obtain justice for the genocide committed by the Sinhala state against the Tamil people, and we shall rebuild a state of prosperity among the people of our homeland.
Furthermore, during 2014, the TGTE intends to take steps towards building the Tamil Diaspora into a vibrant and strong community.
During the inaugural sitting of the TGTE Assembly in December 2013, a series of working sessions were held in order to prepare our work plan for 2014. Based on the outcome of these sessions and the input of several resource personnel, we have been discussing a number of creative and structural changes within the TGTE.
We intend to release to the public on ‘thai pongal’ day several aspects of TGTE’s plans for 2014, including its Cabinet and other structures related to thematic, country-wise and policy formulating working programs.
On this New Year Day we appeal to all Tamils spread across the world to join hands with us in the task of moving our Tamil Eelam freedom struggle forward.
The thirst of all Tamils is Tamil Eelam!