No re-grouping on British soil:
Britain appeals against EU de-proscription of LTTE
Britain has appealed against the de-proscription of the LTTE in the
EU, the visiting British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Office Hugo Swire said.
Due to the appeal, the LTTE still remains a proscribed organisation
in the EU, he said and added that the UK supports the belief that the
LTTE should not be permitted to clear its name from the list of
The LTTE was first proscribed in the EU in 2006, months after the
assassination of former Foreign Minster Lakshman Kadirgamar by an LTTE
In October last year, the EU Court of Justice annulled the LTTE ban
on procedural grounds, saying that a proper procedure was not followed
in continuing the ban. The action would have unfreezed LTTE assets
within the EU and removed its designation as a terrorist organisation,
if not for the appeal.
Swire who was in Sri Lanka from January 28 to 30, said that some of
the organisations the previous (Sri Lankan) government banned as LTTE
fronts should not be treated that way.
“We have a big Tamil community in the United Kingdom. The vast
majority of them are peaceful businessmen and women,” he said and
assured that the LTTE would not be permitted to regroup on British soil.
“If you can show me evidence that there has been fund-raising by
groups in the UK and the money has been coming back here to do bad
things, that evidence can be presented to the British police for
immediate action, he said.