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New group should take up cause of Lankan Tamils: Tamil diaspora

A new group wedded to democracy and non-violence should take up the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka following the defeat of LTTE, a leader of the Tamil diaspora in the UK said.

world Updated: May 19, 2009 00:47 IST

A new group wedded to democracy and non-violence should take up the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka following the defeat of LTTE, a leader of the Tamil diaspora in the UK said on Monday.

Thaya Idaikkadar, Chairman of the British Tamil Councillors and Associates, said "leading members of the Tamil Diaspora spread all over the globe including the UK, Australia, France, Germany and Canada should meet and find a way forward".

"We should take up the aspirations of Tamils with the Sri Lankan Government," he said.

Idaikkadar spoke even as pro-LTTE Tamilians continued their protest in front of the British parliament to safegueard the human rights of the Tamils amid the military operation in the country.

He said the new group should take its decisions democratically, after ascertaining the views of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Velupillai Prabhakaran, the ruthless LTTE supremo who led a bloody movement for over three decades for a separate Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, was today killed by the army ending a saga of militancy that devoured over 70,000 lives, including a score of Tamil and Sinhalese leaders besides Rajiv Gandhi.

Idaikkadar said short of an independent nation, the Tamil diaspora would support a region within Sri Lanka, with a degree of political and economic autonomy which was offered to LTTE earlier.