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Tamil Americans welcome Obama's statement on Sri Lanka

india Updated: May 14, 2009 11:38 IST

The Tamil-Americans, who have been holding a peaceful protest demonstration in front of the White House for past three days, on Thursday welcomed the statement of US President Barack Obama on Sri Lanka.

"Tamil Americans welcome President Obama's statement, bringing much needed attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians in the conflict area and in internment camps in Sri Lanka," said Elias Jeyarajah, president of Americans for Peace in Sri Lanka.

"The leader of the free world has spoken clearly that the world won't sit idle when carnage of this magnitude goes on in any corner of the world," he said, as the protesting Tamil-Americans erupted into cheers as soon as they came to know that Obama has expressed his deep concern over the deteriorating humanitarian condition in Sri Lanka.

"Thank You, Thank You, President Obama," and "Yes You Have" the protesters started raising slogans no sooner Obama finished his statement on Sri Lanka on the White House lawns this afternoon. The Tamil Americans plan to hold "Thank You Obama" meet in front of the White House for the next two days.

"We hope that the Sri Lankan government cannot ignore the categorical call of President Obama to stop offensive fire into Tamil civilian areas and to allow immediate humanitarian access to the civilians to take food and medicine," Jeyarajah said.

The Americans for Peace in Sri Lanka also welcome the statement by the Tamil Tigers publicly committing to a ceasefire and their willingness to negotiate modalities for a safe rehabilitation of the cornered Tamil civilians.

Stating that the Sri Lankan forces have killed more than 11,000 Tamil civilians within the last four months, the Tamil-Americans reiterated their call to President Obama and other countries to undertake a humanitarian intervention based on the doctrine of "Responsibility to Protect - R2P".

"We also urge the Obama administration to bring about a ceasefire and political negotiations to restructure the Sri Lankan state in order to bring lasting peace," the statement said.

"The conflict afflicted Tamils within and outside of Sri Lanka should be allowed to express their aspirations on a UN sponsored referendum to determine the terms of coexistence of Tamils and Sinhalese in the island," Jeyarajah said.