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Preliminary Announcement
Capacity of Tamil Eelam to Conclude Peace Treaty -  Law Working Group of International Federation of Tamils
An Introduction to the Muslim Question
 Conference Conclusion


Towards a Just Peace

An International Conference
organised by the International Federation of Tamils at
the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
15 February 1992

Preliminary Announcement
January 1992

Conference Leaflet

''It is the Sri Lanka government that has failed to learn the lessons from the emergence of the struggles for self determination in several parts of the globe and the innovative structural changes that have taken place.''  Velupillai Pirabakaran

The International Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has initiated consultations on the issues that confront the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam and the need to concretise the steps towards a just peace. In response to this initiative, the International Federation of Tamils (IFT) has planned a series of seminar discussions, in London and elsewhere.

A preliminary meeting was held by the IFT in London, on Sunday 29 December 1991, with a representative cross section of the Tamil expatriate community in the United Kingdom.The consensus view was that there was a need to examine in depth the features of associative structures where both the Tamil nation and the Sinhala nation can coexist and in certain areas cooperate for the freedom, peace and prosperity of both nations.

Broad agreement was reached on the agenda for a proposed seminar to be held in early February 1992. The London Seminar will be jointly sponsored by the IFT and other Tamil community based organisations in the United Kingdom. Similar initiatives are being taken by the expatriate Tamil community in Australia and the United States. The International Federation of Tamils has called for contributions from both Tamils and non Tamils, in the form of papers on the agenda items and on step wise proposals to secure a just peace. Contributions may be addressed to the IFT,P.O.Box 417, Cambridge CB3 9LZ, U.K.

Seminar Agenda

- the political reality

parties to the conflict - armed conflict, its legitimacy and/or lawfulness - ethnic conflict or national liberation struggle? - multi ethnic plural society or two nations? - muslim minority - plantation Tamils

- the political solution

negotiations: piece meal �practical� approach or radical conceptual approach - legal framework to accord with political reality - associative structures, confederal, commonwealth - separation

- towards a just peace

time table for steps towards a just peace - confidence building - ceasefire - monitors to supervise ceasefire - lifting of blockade - role of mediator - parties to the talks - roundtable or square table - venue for talks - ratification by referendum



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