@

 
   
   
   
   
   
HOME
NEWS  
NEWS FEATURES  
INTERVIEWS  
POLITICAL COLUMN  
THIS IS MY NATION  
MILITARY MATTERS  
EDITORIAL  
SPORTS  
CARTOON  
BUSINESS  
EYE - FEATURES  
LETTERS  
EVENTS  
SOUL - YOUTH MAG  
KIDS - NATION  
ENTERTAINMENT  
NATION WORLD  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

News  


 

Transnational Eelam Govt ploy to perpetuate terrorism

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha said the LTTE’s initiative to forming a so called “Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam” (PTGTE), with “country working groups” at national and regional levels in Western countries was a ruse to perpetuate its terrorist struggle, and has urged the European governments not to provide any political or symbolic support towards these moves.


Ambassador Aryasinha observed that these bodies constituted through pseudo elections and comprising largely of known LTTE members/activists, was being used by many Tamils who have entered Western countries illegally, and who would in the normal course of events be sent back home given the restoration of normalcy in Sri Lanka, to keep the pot boiling and to seek to remain relevant in countries where they have sought asylum.
Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations when he addressed the “2010 Diplomatic Security Conference on the Terrorism Situation and Trends in the EU” held at the Colonial Palace in Brussels on May 11, 2010, where the findings of Europol’s EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TESAT) 2010 were discussed. The Conference, attended by politicians, diplomats, academics and members of the law enforcement and criminal justice community, was co-hosted by the European Corporate Security Association (ECSA) and the Belgian Foreign Ministry.

“Sri Lanka’s story in fighting terrorism is instructive to this forum for two reasons. The phenomenal success of the ground battle with the LTTE is well-known and that was won decisively exactly a year ago. But what we often pay little attention to, is the fact that the LTTE was not just a terrorist force, but also a very efficient network which spanned the globe and could fool a lot of people. Their organisation was diversified, the assets were scattered, and they operated through numerous front organisations and operatives. Therefore, while their leaders may be gone and their central command disrupted, we must not lose sight of the fact that they still have a lot of money, expertise and contacts, particularly in your part of the world.

He said when he was asked at a Seminar on the LTTE organised by Europol in December 2008, as to what will happen if the LTTE was defeated in Sri Lanka, “I remarked it is then that your problem will begin:” and in a sense that has come to be true.
“Since May 18, 2009 there has not been a single bullet fired in Sri Lanka on account of terrorism.