We welcome any genuine efforts by the international community to stop the genocide of Eelam Tamils. In this respect, five representatives of the ICET, representing 14 countries, along with representatives of the TGTE, BTF, and USTPAC were officially invited by the South African political delegation to meet with them on May 25, 2015 in London, UK. It should be noted that the Global Tamil Forum, representing individuals, met with the South African delegation separately on the same day.
The meeting was framed as a preliminary discussion on the modalities that must be fulfilled before any official meetings to negotiate can begin. The aim was to appraise the South African delegation of their role, facilitating conditions that must be fulfilled on the ground, and the modalities of potential negotiations under South African auspices.
At the meeting, it became apparent that the South African delegation, based on their own experience of oppression and how they attained eventual freedom, expected that a political solution to our conflict could be found through an internal mechanism.
However, our delegation clearly explained the differences between their struggle against a racial oppression and our national liberation struggle against genocide. Only the freedom of our homeland, recognition of our nationhood, and self-rule will bring lasting peace in the island.
We the ICET through our six decades of experience of numerous abrogated pacts made between the Eelam Tamils and the Sinhalese political leaders clearly explained that internal negotiation will not yield any long lasting solution to the conflict. Successive Sinhalese governments have only used and continue to use such negotiations as a ploy to buy time to complete the genocide of the Eelam Tamil Nation.
Based on the above, the ICET wanted to explore the possibility of internationally mediated peace talks only under a pre-condition of normalcy on the ground is attained due to the implementation of the following confidence building measures implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka in good faith.
The ICET enumerated the 17 pre-conditions (i.e. taking into consideration the Northern Provincial Councils Genocide Resolution, international independent investigation of the Tamil genocide, de-militarization of the Tamil homeland, return of all the lands forcibly taken away from Eelam Tamils, repealing of the 6th amendment, release of all political prisoners held without any charges for decades) for an internationally mediated peace negotiations to begin the international community should ensure the implementation. It was also reiterated that any political solution should be based on the Vaddukkoddai Resolution being reaffirmed through a referendum of Eelam Tamils both within and outside the Eelam Tamil homeland.
In the backdrop of numerous rumours circulating surrounding this meeting, as the true international representatives of the Eelam Tamils entrusted with fulfilling their aspirations and political will, we are duty bound to release this clarification to show our openness and accountability to our people.
International Council of Eelam Tamils