My message to the British Tamil Forum
"The election of the new Sri Lankan President seems the best news for Sri Lanka in general, including very importantly Tamils in Sri Lanka, for many years.
Tamils and their friends, in Sri Lanka and worldwide, must now work with the new government in Colombo.
We all have a duty to make sure that the new President's declared commitment to equal treatment for all races, groups and faiths and to freedom for all, including the press, are now delivered in reality as well as in words.
After many years of war, struggle and despair, we all commit ourselves to building support for a new sort of Sri Lanka."