EU yet to respond to Sri Lankan government’s request to outlaw LTTE front organizations

Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the European Union Ravinatha Aryasinha notes that the European Union (EU) is yet to respond to a request from Sri Lanka on listing LTTE front organizations in Europe as terrorist entities.

The Sri Lankan government requested the EU last month to list LTTE front organizations operating in Europe as terrorist entities. The EU listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization in 2006.

The government has noted that individuals arrested by the European and other authorities last year and this year, have been found to be members of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) and other LTTE front organizations.

Aryasinha has told the media that Sri Lanka is trying to maintain the spotlight on the activities of LTTE front groups still operating overseas.

He has said the only meaningful way to deal with the LTTE is to not just ban the organization but also ban its affiliated groups operating under different names.

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