Dear Mr Evans
We have met a few times some years ago, once when I presided at some public meetings for Barry Gardner and some other Labour Party candidates in the Brent area before the 1997 general elections. As President of the Tamil Writers Guild (in English), I wrote recently to Mr Barroso, President of the European Commission regarding the EU ban on travel by the LTTE which we thought was misconceived and detrimental to the Peace Process in Sri Lanka.
I know you have taken a personal interest in the plight of the Tamils of Sri Lanka as a consequence of the war against them and the advancement of a peaceful settlement in that country. My letter, which represents the views of some the professionals in the Tamil community in the United Kingdom, presents we hope a cogently argued case for a review of the ban on travel imposed by the EU. We believe the ban will only serve to increase the intransigency of the Sri Lankan Government and the isolation of the LTTE and eventually lead to a breakdown of the Peace process. We are afraid that this will ultimately lead to bloodletting and death of innocent people in that country if war were to breakout again.
I am forwarding to you a copy of my letter to Mr Barroso in the hope that we might have your support to have it progressed through the Commission. We seek your advise as our MEP and will be grateful if you could also give us an appointment to meet with you to discuss this important matter.
Ivan Pedropillai, BSc, MSc, FCCA, FCMA
President, Tamil Writers Guild - UK.