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The Peace Process and Germanys Responsibility
Tharmaseeli Velupillai is a member of the Executive Committee member of
the IMRV, the International Human Rights Association Bremen. She is speaking
about the peace process in Sri Lanka and Germanys Responsibiliy.
in Tamil (real-player)
Translation of the Video with Tharmaseeli Velupillai
We, from the International Human Rights Association Bremen, have many times
demanded that the German government support the peace initiative of the
Norwegian government. We had explained to the German government that, it
was Chandrika Kumaratunge ( the president) who was the obstacle to peace
and not the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. But the German government
always insisted it was the LTTE that is the obstacle to peace. Even though
the LTTE had several times implemented a unilateral cease- fire, at one
point for four consecutive months, Chandrika’s government continued the
war. During that time we proposed to the German government to use its influence
on Chandrika to stop the war and to enter into talks for peace. But Chandrika’s
policy was not talks for peace but ‘war for peace’! The German government
ignored us and accepted Chandrika’s policy. In fact, the last time Chandrika
was in Germany, the German government stated that it has complete faith
in Chandrika’s politics.
But now everyone can understand the consequence of Chandrika’s politics.
Chandrika is making every effort to destroy the peace talks that are taking
place now. German government must understand that they have made a serious
mistake of backing Chandrika and ignoring us, and they must learn from
this and work with us for peace. But, German government’s response (to
the period of peace) is to use force to deport us, the Tamil refugees,
who have campaigned for peace.
I am from Jaffna.
In Jaffna, large and important parts of our land is occupied by the
Sri Lankan armed forces, which they call ‘Security Zones’. The army refuses
to move out of these areas despite the peace talks.
In this situation where can I go to live?
We ask again from the German government that they should put pressure
on the Sri Lankan government that the army should be removed from these
places in Jaffna.
When the army goes out of Jaffna, then I will be able to go back to