TGTE announces 11 committees, urges focus on Genocide investigation

[TamilNet, Friday, 18 June 2010, 10:10 GMT]
The Interim Executive Committee of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) on Thursday said it did not expect a change in the world scene turning in Tamils favour in the immediate future, but added that the TGTE was determined to seize every opportunity to advance the struggle, and was formulating the tactics in accordance with that belief. "We are drawing up our plans of action on the one hand to cultivate relationships with governments, and on the other hand to garner support among the people in our new home countries. With this in mind, convenors have been appointed to the various committees and planning work has been initiated," the statement of the TGTE said, announcing 11 committees and the names of representatives coordinating the committees.

"Our struggle is a long and hard one, but we must embark on that struggle with determination. It is to be noted that the powers which determine the course of events in international relations presently do not support an independent Tamil Eelam as the just solution to the Tamil National Question. International relations of these powers are based on their own national interests and they insist on pursuing their interests by seeing Sri Lanka as one entity. Under such circumstances, it would not be prudent to expect from these powers a support base for the establishment of an independent Tamil Eelam. We are, therefore, compelled to take this reality into account when formulating our plans of action," the TGTE statement issued by Interim Chief Executive Visvanathan Rudrakumaran further said.

"These committees will formulate immediate and long term plans in consultation with experts to be appointed to these committees. When the TGTE’s constitution is drafted, ratified and permanent bodies are established, these committees will be merged with them."

The titles of the different working committees with the names of the Convenors follow:

  1. Committee for Political and Constitutional Affairs - Pon Balarajan, Constitutional Affairs Co-ordinator - Murali Sivananthan

  2. Committee for Education, Culture, Health and Sports - Selvarajah Sellathurai
  3. Committee for Economic Welfare and Development - I. A. Selvanathan
  4. Committee for International Lobbying: Intelligentsia - Gerard Francis, Political Leaders - Thanikasalam Thayaparan, Media - Kulasegaram Esan
  5. Committee to Investigate Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity - Deluxon Morris
  6. Committee for the Welfare of Women, Children and Elderly - Balambigai Murugadas
  7. Committee for Economic and Business Development - Ponnambalam Maheshwaran
  8. Committee for the Welfare of the Families of Cadres and Martyrs - Ruthirapathy Sekar
  9. Committee for the Release of POWs - Jeyamathy Sivasothy
  10. Committee for Natural Resource Development - Thavendra Rajah
  11. Committee for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and Refugees - Muthukumarasamy Ratna






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