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British Tamil Conservatives: Rajapaksa’s visit would tarnish Queen’s six decade reign

London, May 15 (): Britain gears up for four-day long celebrations from June 2-5 to mark the remarkable 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

On this momentous occasion, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the commander-in-chief of the war-crimes has been invited to take part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the British Monarch Queen Elizabeth.

The British Tamils for Conservatives (BTC), committed to bring awareness of the predicament of the Tamils in Sri Lanka within the Conservative party and also seek justice, peace and self-esteem for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, has however put across its unhappiness about the news.

Arujuna Sivananthan of the British Tamils for Conservatives has expressed their feelings that Her Majesty has led an exemplary life binding together various communities not just in the United Kingdom but the world. He opined that as Conservatives committed to the principle of individual liberty, they do not wish the celebration of her six-decade reign be tarnished by the presence of individuals alleged to have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mr. Sivananthan further communicated that all British Tamils and all those worried about humanity should get in touch with their MPs without any delay and let them know of their feelings in certain terms on this issue.

Mahinda Rajapaksa had last visited Britain in 2010, aggravating considerable protests from the Eelam Tamils in the United Kingdom who blamed him of war crimes and thousands of killings during the ethnic conflict with Tamil rebels. By then, his planned address at the Oxford Union was also called off due to the greater magnitude of protests.

On a four-day visit, Mahinda Rajapaksa would as per programme leave for Britain on the 3rd of June and is expected to engage in talks with the officials of the British government during his stay. But, official sources of the British High Commission in Colombo say that high-level official talks are not yet confirmed as it does not happen to be a State visit.
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