The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), a leading diaspora group in Canada, said it supports the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at the Parliamentary election.Earlier the London based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) had also supported the TNA and had urged Tamils to back the Tamil political party at the polls. The CTC said that the resolution of the Tamil problem will invariably involve meaningful negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka, the elected representatives of the Tamil people, and other relevant stakeholders. In this context, Parliamentarians elected by the Tamil people will have a major role to play. One strong united voice speaking for Tamils will have a significant impact at these negotiations.CTC noted that the TNA, under the responsible and experienced leadership of R. Sampanthan, has earned the recognition and respect of not only the Tamil people, but also other community representatives in Sri Lanka and international community members like Canada, USA and India. He has carefully and consistently articulated the concerns, grievances and aspirations of the Tamil people CTC, in a statement today, said that it strongly urges Tamils and all citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their right to vote at the upcoming Parliamentary elections. “The presidential election of January 8th, 2015 was a turning point in the recent political history of Sri Lanka. Voters turned up in large numbers and voted for change and a new beginning. While Canada and other members of the international community acknowledged and welcomed these changes it is the duty of all responsible Sri Lankan citizens to ensure that these tenuous beginnings are consolidated without giving any chance for their reversal. Although many issues of the Tamil people including land rights, political prisoners and disappearances were not addressed as expected, the election did bring about early signs of goodwill, as reflected in some actions that were taken by the current government. CTC believes that these positive developments, together with new-found political optimism, can be further strengthened after the August election,” CTC said. CTC works closely with TNA, and its partnership has been crucial in some of the diplomatic achievements made in Canada as well as at the UNHRC in Geneva. CTC firmly believes that a strong mandate given to the TNA to represent Tamils in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka will strengthen our position during negotiations. CTC says together with a victory for the progressive forces that advocate democracy and good governance in the South, the chances of achieving a negotiated political resolution, accountability and sustainable reconciliation in Sri Lanka will more likely become a reality. (Colombo Gazette)
Canadian Celeste Copper has entered into an earn-in agreement to acquire up to a 100% interest in Cornish Minerals, which indirectly owns the property and assets known as the South Crofty mine in the tin/copper district at Pool, near Redruth, Cornwall. The agreement has been entered into among Celeste, Cornish UK, the shareholders of Cornish UK being Cassiterite Ltd, a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands and Baseresult Holding, a corporation existing under the laws of England, and Cornish UK’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Cornish Minerals and Western United Mines (WUM). WUM owns all freehold surface property together with the related sub-surface mine workings, intellectual property and mine plant and machinery and Cornish Bermuda owns certain related freehold and leasehold mineral rights and mineral setts situate in the County of Cornwall, UK. The South Crofty Mine is an amalgamation of 12e mines that were historically mined primarily for tin and copper. The properties are located between Redruth and Camborne in Cornwall, England and comprise approximately 150 km2 of mineral rights in this historic mining district. Mining in this region goes back approximately 4,000 years and includes mines like South Crofty, Dolcoath and Roskear mines, which are included in these mineral rights. It is the first time in the region’s history that such a large package of mineral rights has been assembled, with an opportunity to apply modern exploration and development mining techniques. Denis Clement, President and CEO of Celeste stated: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the expansion and redevelopment of the historic South Crofty mining region in Cornwall.” South Crofty closed in March 1998, having produced 2,250 t of tin-in-concentrate in its last full year of operation.