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Sri Lankan Tamils in U.S. to form group

BOSTON, JULY 30. After New York, the Sri Lankan Tamils residing in several States of the United States of America met in a Boston suburb last Saturday and decided to form an international group committed to non-violence as a creed in the struggle for justice and human rights of the suffering Tamils of Sri Lanka.

The Janata Party president, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, addressed the gathering.

Dr. Swamy later told mediapersons that the gathering consisted of software engineers, bank executives and retired officials of the Jaffna-based Red Cross and their wives.

The general consensus was to constitute a 21-member international group by October to explicitly commit itself to non-violence and multi-party democracy, and that it would settle for a federal constitution as the second-best solution in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Swamy said during his recent visit to Washington, a senior State Department official told him the U.S. was clear that the LTTE was a very undesirable and dangerous organisation which his Government would oppose. Hence, Dr. Swamy said, an international consensus was emerging that the LTTE should be outlawed in as many countries as possible.

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