DMK chief urges Indian Prime Minister to boycott CHOGM

Responding to the Indian External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid's, assurance of his participation in the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the DMK party urged Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to announce India's boycott of the summit. Describing Kurshid's remarks as "shocking and disappointing" and calling for an Indian boycott , the DMK chief, M Karunanidhi, urged , "I insist that the Prime Minister makes the announcement in this regard immediately."

Will the real TNA please stand up?

After reports that the TNA had decided to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the new chief minister of the Northern Provincial Council, CV Wigneswaran is said to have rejected the decision. According to the Sunday Times, “hardline Northern Provincial Councillors failed in their attempt to persuade Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran for a TNA boycott”. He is said to have rejected their calls on Saturday, the day after the inaugural meeting of the NPC. Wigneswaran said to the Times of India that India should attend to express their concerns over the Tamil issues. On Saturday,...

British Tamils protest as SL envoy addresses Pre-CHOGM Forum in London

A Pre-CHOGM Forum entitled “The Commonwealth in Colombo: Prospects for the 2013 Commonwealth Summit” was held in Senate House last week, while Tamils protested outside against Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister GL Peiris, who was earlier reported to be one of the speakers, but he was replaced by Ambassador Chris Nonis. [ more ]

Malaysian opposition calls for CHOGM boycott

One of Malaysia's leading political parties, the Democratic Action Party, has called on the government to boycott the upcoming CHOGM due to the crimes committed by Sri Lanka against Tamils. DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, had said in a statement , "Malaysia must boycott this as a humanitarian protest against The recalcitrant Sri Lankan government’s stubborn refusal to account for the deaths of tens of thousands of Tamils during the closing stages of the Sri Lankan civil war.” “In this respect, DAP thinks that holding of CHOGM in Colombo is not an appropriate thing to do." “To date, the...

TNA instructs Northern Province Chief Minister to boycott CHOGM

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told its Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V Wigneswaran, to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) today. Following a lengthy discussion held between the constituent parties of the TNA , a decision to boycott the summit was agreed upon and officially communicated to CV Wigneswaran.

Cameron to approach Sri Lanka with 'tough message'

David Cameron outlined, in a meeting with Burmese opposition leader Aung Suu Kyi, that he would travel to Sri Lanka with a “tough message” for the Rajapaksa regime. During his meeting with Aung Suu Kyi, explaining his decision to attend CHOGM, he said , “My decision is the right thing for us to do… and have some very tough conversations with the Sri Lankan Government.” “I am not happy with their human rights record. I’m not happy with what they’ve done following the conflict and we’ll have some very frank conversations to make those points.” Suu Kyi, also stated that, Cameron should, “engage...

Wigneswaran says Tamil people have rejected separatism

The first Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, CV Wigneswaran has said in his inaugural speech that people in the south need to understand that the Tamil people have rejected separatism. Calling on Colombo to keep the Sri Lankan Army in their barracks, Wigneswaran also said the NPC would fully cooperate with the government to receive international assistance to rehabilitate Sri Lankan soldiers and integrate them into civilian life. Wigneswaran said that the council would extend a hand of friendship to the government, with the expectation of reciprocal commitment. During its...

Kurshid confirms attendance at CHOGM

India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid has confirmed his attendance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka next month, despite a resolution passed unanimously in Tamil Nadu’s assembly, calling for an Indian boycott of the summit. “I can say I will be there. The issue of Sri Lankan Tamils remains important to us,” Khurshid told Times Now. “By not engaging with Sri Lanka, India will be losing out. Even if it means raising…the Tamil fishermen issue. How can India do it without engaging?” When asked whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would attend, Kurshid said a...

Development not a substitute for justice - Jaffna diocese

The director of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna, Father Managalarajah, has written to the Holy See’s representative in Colombo, explaining that development alone has not helped to settle the “basic unresolved issues of the people in the North and East.” In the letter Mangalarajah describes human rights violations and lack of accountability for the ‘killing of thousands of innocent civilians’ in the final stages of the war, and also details threats and intimidation faced by Tamils wishing to register disappearances or give witness statements. Also...

Tamil Nadu ill-informed on plight of Tamils – SL envoy

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Prasad Kariyawasam, warned that India will be isolated if PM Manmohan Singh boycotts the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. “If PM Singh doesn’t go, we have to think about who it will affect. Who will be isolated? Every other country barring Canada is attending. So those who don’t attend will be in isolation. “The Tamil Nadu Assembly is uninformed on the status of Tamils and eventually, the decision on PM Singh’s visit is prerogative of Indian government only,” Kariyawasam said to CNN-IBN.