|International Crisis group
The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups should move away, once and for all, from the failed agenda of the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) says the Internatinal Crisis Group.
“New diaspora initiatives attempt to carry forward the struggle for an independent state in more transparent and democratic
ways, but they must repudiate the LTTE’s violent methods”, says Robert Templer, Crisis Group’s Asia Program Director. “And
they must also recognise that the LTTE’s separatist agenda is out of step with the wishes and needs of Tamils in Sri Lanka”.
In a recent report titled ‘The Sri lankan diaspora after the LTTE” the Crisis group says that the gap between the diaspora
and Tamils in Sri Lanka has widened.
The report calls on the government of Sri Lanka to address the legitimate grievances at the root of the conflict: the political
marginalisation and physical insecurity of most Tamils in Sri Lanka.
“Tamils in Sri Lanka currently have little appetite for a return to armed struggle”, says Robert Templer. “But should the
Sri Lankan state continue to fail to respond to their collective aspirations, some may eventually seek a solution through
violence and could find willing partners in the diaspora”.