Sri Lanka opposes delisting of LTTE as a terror group in the UK

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Britain’s Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission, have delisted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation on Wednesday. Sri Lanka has appealed against this judgement. A statement from the Foreign Ministry stated that Lanka was aware of this open judgement.

The decision of the Commission arises from an appeal filed on May 2019 by LTTE organisation, which challenged the decision of British Secretary of State for Home Affairs dated March 8, 2019, the group refused the application to de-proscribe the LTTE from the list of Proscribed Organizations under the UK Terrorism Act of 2000.

Sri Lanka was not a party during these proceedings at the commission henceforth could not make direct representation. The Sri Lanka Government gave relevant information regarding terrorist activities. “The Open Judgement given by the POAC while allowing the Appeal, provides for further hearings, and the Government of Sri Lanka will continue to closely monitor the progress of the case in the UK,” the statement said.

Sri Lanka stated that it has enough evidence to prove that the remnants working with  LTTE are active in foreign countries, working to incite violence and destabilize the nation.

Sri Lanka remained observant of threats of its national security and will always support members of the international community in the global fight against terrorism, the statement said.

LTTE ran a Military campaign for more than 30 years in the nation before the army collapsed in 2009 that is after the Sri Lankan Army killed its supreme leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.  UK has listed the LTTE as a terrorist outfit in early 2000.

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