Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged visiting U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon to raise the ongoing persecution of Tamils – including the plight of Tamil political prisoners and Prisoners of War (POW), Tamils who were subjected to enforced disappearance, and international accountability for the mass killing of Tamils – during the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue to be held in the week of November 6th, in Sri Lanka.
There is continued militarization of Tamil areas, adversely affecting Tamil’s lives. According to a recent report by Think-Tank Adayaalam Center for Policy Research, there is one Sri Lankan Soldier to every two Tamils in the Northern district of Mullaitivu.
TGTE also urged that international accountability for tens of thousands of Tamils who were killed and women sexually assaulted and raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces during the final months of the war in 2009, be added to the agenda of the dialogue.
The US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue will become meaningless unless the above mentioned critical issues are discussed during the Dialogue, said TGTE.