TGTE Senate to Work on Roadmap to Tamil Eelam

September 23, 2012

NEW YORK – On September 9, 2012 the first meeting of the TGTE was called to order with all Senators in attendance. The newly appointed Senators of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) are tasked with drawing up a roadmap to achieving Tamil Eelam. The roadmap created by the Senators will be presented to the TGTE Parliament for consideration and action and will take into account the current global, economic and geopolitical realities.

In his address to the new members of the Senate, TGTE Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran stated that the formation of the TGTE Senate has created excitement and enthusiasm among the Tamils at large and has caused concern in the political establishment in the island. The Tamils have high expectations of the TGTE Senate, he continued, and asked the Senate to work to realize the TGTE’s goal of establishing an Independent and Sovereign State of Tamil Eelam.

At its first session, the TGTE Senate focused on strategies to mobilize world opinion including India and South Asia on the necessity for establishing Tamil Eelam, on the Genocide, human rights abuses and continued persecution of Tamils in the island, on delivering justice for the victims of war crimes and for releasing those refugees kept in custody in special detention camps in India.

Usha Sri Skanda-Rajah, who was elected unanimously as the Chairperson of the new Senate, said that the TGTE should strengthen its influence in the Tamil Diaspora, while remaining a credible, dignified and well respected organization committed to democratic principles, non-violence and continued engagement.

She expressed concern that the Sri Lankan government, feeling threatened by the TGTE, will attempt to tarnish its image and even lobby countries to ban the organization. “We must never allow that to happen but remain vigilant of forces that are there to malign us,” she said.

The members of the TGTE Senate are spread across the globe and come from different backgrounds, ranging from physicians and lawyers to journalists and human rights activists. The nine Senators were appointed on August 15, this year by the TGTE Prime Minister and the appointments of another six Senators are expected to be announced sometime in the future. The TGTE Senate has a term of three years and members can provide only non-binding advice to the elected TGTE Parliament.

For further information write to:
Senator Dr. Nagalingam Jeyalingam @

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