(Text of a Press Release Issued by the Tamil National Alliance)
The Tamil National Alliance mourns the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a man of God who not only fought against apartheid in South Africa and injustice everywhere, but also worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation.
As the Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he showed that justice and mercy were not contradictory but an inseparable whole.
His death, coming at a time when the world remembers the coming of Jesus into the world, causes us to stop and realize this yet again.
The Tamil People in Sri Lanka remember with gratitude the statements issued by the Elders Group in solidarity with us and standing by our own struggle to attain political freedom. Archbishop Tutu lived and showed the world that there is ‘no future without forgiveness’, the title of one of his books.
Our condolences go out to the people of South Africa and to all the people who love peace and freedom in the world.
M. A. Sumanthiran
Tamil National Alliance