The World Tamils Protection Conference has resolved to convene a meeting of a steering committee in Penang in Malaysia for setting up a Permanent World Tamil Protection Secretariat, said Puthiya Tamilagam leader K. Krishnasamy and Deputy Chief Minister of Penang P. Ramasamy on Sunday.

Briefing reporters on the resolutions passed at the conference held here, Dr. Krishnasamy and Mr. Ramasamy said that there was a need for a permanent secretariat to voice concern whenever Tamils anywhere in the world faced a crisis.

The formation of the secretariat, its location, structures and function would be finalised by the steering committee.

The conference welcomed the decision to form a Transnational Government for Tamil Eelam.

Mr. Ramasamy said that a political settlement for Sri Lankan Tamils even in a federal set up was the need of the hour. Dr. Krishnasamy said that internally displaced Tamils should be settled in their home towns. There should not be a compulsory settlement of Sinhalese in Tamil belts and there should not be any move to set up army camps in Tamil settlement areas.

One of the resolutions flayed the Tamil Nadu government, Central government and the United Nations for “gross failure” in rendering justice to Sri Lankan Tamils.

Mr. Ramasamy questioned the need for a conference for the language when the Tamil race was facing untold hardship. The effort should be first to protect the race then the language.