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TNPF demand international investigation into genocide

The Tamil National People Front (TNPF) - stated there was an "urgent need" for an international, independent investigation, and urged international action of the continuing "genocide" of the Tamil nation, reported Tamilnet on Tuesday.

During a press briefing in Jaffna, Vice President of the TNPF, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said,

"The report places the blame on the LTTE and other tamil groups. We can no longer remain patient.

There is urgent need for the International Community to conduct an independent investigation. What happened is genocide.

While the war ended two and a half years ago, structural genocide against Tamil people is continuing, and International community should not hesitate to raise its voices."

"While Colombo regards any independent investigation into war crimes as a threat its sovereignty, we demand that all dastardly crimes and instruments of oppression carried out against the Tamil people from 1948, the year of independence, need to be presented as evidence before an independent panel, and perpetrators of the crimes should be brought to justice."

"We also condemn the continued engagement of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with the Government of Sri Lanka while the Government has embarked on a planned agenda of oppression against Tamils.

We demand that TNA should avoid making vague and slippery statements on the LLRC report, and make a public statement of categorically rejecting the contents of the LLRC report,"

"TNPF applauds the memorandum issued by the 76 members of the Tamil Civil Society to the TNA, which reinforces our belief that Tamil people will always take a righteous stand on seeking justice on the basis of equality and exercising the Tamils right to self-determination.

And we are concerned with the agenda followed by the TNA that is inimical to the political future of the Tamil people.

"Colombo is insisting that the release of the LLRC report has obviated the need for another investigation. If Colombo is convinced that the report contains the truth, why should it be scared of an independent investigation,"

The TNPF is a group of former TNA parliamentarians and civil society members, formed in early 2010 in exasperation at the TNA's reluctance to base its policies on the Tamil nation's rights.

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