Lanka says EU LTTE ban to remain

The Government says it has managed to convince the European Union (EU) to maintain a ban on the LTTE despite an earlier EU court decision to lift some sanctions on the group.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that efforts of the new Government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had ensured the rebels remain on the latest list of banned groups issued by the EU.

Perera said that Wickremesinghe had communicated with the EU on the need to ensure the rebels are banned in the EU despite the defeat of the LTTE militarily in Sri Lanka nearly six years ago.

Wickremesinghe had written to the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini last November urging the EU to file an appeal against the EU court order on the LTTE.

imagesThe Judgement of the General Court of the European Union last year had annulled measures taken by the Council of the European Union against the LTTE, namely the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and the freezing of their funds.

The Court gave the judgment following a case filed in support of the LTTE and against the EU ban on the rebels. (Colombo Gazette)