By Easwaran Rutnam
The European Union (EU) is yet to respond to a request from Sri Lanka to list LTTE front organizations operating in Europe as terrorist entities.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the European Union Ravinatha Aryasinha told The Sunday Leader that Sri Lanka is trying to maintain the spotlight on the activities of LTTE front groups still operating overseas.
He said that while the EU has yet to respond to a request made last month to list such organizations as terrorist entities, it was still too early to expect a response anytime soon.
“The only meaningful way to deal with the LTTE is to not just ban the organization but also ban its affiliated groups which are operating under different names,” the Ambassador said.
Asked if by focusing on such groups it would give the impression that the LTTE has not been completed defeated, the Ambassador said that Sri Lanka has maintained that even though the LTTE has been defeated militarily it is still active overseas through its front organizations.
The government, last month, updated its request to the European Union to list front organizations of the LTTE as terrorist entities, as they had done since 2006.
The government noted that individuals arrested by the European and other authorities last year and this year, have all been found to be members of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) and other LTTE front organizations.
The government said this amply demonstrated that the activities of the LTTE front organizations are carried out for or on behalf of, or at the behest of the LTTE, which although militarily defeated in Sri Lanka, continues to be active internationally, particularly through its network of front organizations.