Open letter to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs: Hon. Lawrence Cannon Monday, Jun 1 2009
Dear Hon. Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada.
You are one strong man, I had to admit. Canadian Tamils have been protesting since January across Canada to save minority Tamils from genocide in the hands of majority Sinhala led Sri Lanka. We have protested in Vancouver, Ottawa, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, and many corners of Greater Toronto. We have protested from the confinement of parks, and sidewalks, to open streets, and highway.
You are not even willing to listen to the genuine grievances of Canadian Tamils. You have not even said a comforting words to the hunger strikers. You have let down the very constituents that you claim to represent. You are absolutely aware of the dire situation in Sri Lanka, still you kept your strong face away from Canadian Tamils!
Sri Lankan army has not spared even hospitals, as Defence Secratary Gotabaya Rajapakse confirmed in a news interview with Sky News, even hospitals were legitimate targets. Our family and friends were slaughtered barring independent journalist and non-government aid agencies from the so called “no-fire zone”, literally starving the Tamils. The no-fire zone is actually a no-safe zone, as it was confirmed by satellite pictures from UN and US [UN Leaked - UNOSAT satellite imagery analysis implicates Sri Lankan Government of War Crimes, Satellite Imagery Offers Glimpse on Sri Lankan War Zone]. Sri Lanka did not even spare the hospitals inside the “no-fire zone” as it was witnessed by government official doctors.
While all these gross manslaughter of Tamils were happening, you – our Foreign Affairs minister – called “… LTTE lay down its arms“. The only force that has been fighting for the Tamils, while international countries maintained silence over genocide of Tamils had been called to lay down its arms and surrender. The humanitarian crisis did not jolt the Conservative Canada to at least voice against Sri Lankan government. Even world’s most busiest leader, USA President Hon. Barack Obama had taken the time to condemn Sri Lankan government’s indiscriminate shelling of Tamil civilians, but our Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Stephan Harper could only do, maintain his silence. May be our Conservative Canada is trying to prove that it is not following the US at least in this matter.
Hon. Lawrence Cannon, as you called to lay down its arms, LTTE has done that. Yes, they have done what you called on them for and look what had happened. They were massacred when they surrendered [Tamil leaders 'killed as they tried to surrender', Tigers begged me to broker surrender]. Please Sir, you have not addressed the Canadian Tamil protesters, you have not voiced against the Sri Lanka, and when the Tamil leaders surrendered as you called for that, they were massacred. What are you going to do for this war crime? Where are you going to keep your face on this matter? Having successfully decimated the only force that was fighting for the Tamils, Sri Lankan government now embarks on ethinic cleansing in other Tamil areas as confirmed by aid agencies, which the Tamils were saying for few decades.
Please Sir, take some actions rather than words.
Thank you and looking forward not to your words, but actions.