The Sunday Leader

TNA Seeks De-listing Of Diaspora

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the Government to review its decision to list several Tamil Diaspora organizations over alleged links with the LTTE.

TNA leader R. Sampanthan, in a statement issued yesterday, said there is no evidence to back claims that the groups listed by the Government have links with terrorism.

While acknowledging the right of the Government to take appropriate steps to counter violent threats to national security, Sampanthan said that regressive steps taken by the Government is consistent with many other measures that it continues to take in the North and East that are against the spirit of reconciliation.

Sampanthan noted that among the groups listed by the Government are many who supported the TNA’s quest to find a political solution to the national question based on a framework of devolution that is within a united Sri Lanka and acceptable to all communities.

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), the British Tamil Forum (BTF) and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) are among 15 groups operating overseas listed by the Government in a new Gazette notification issued in March.

In all there are now 16 groups on the list and this includes the LTTE which is already banned in Sri Lanka.

The listing was enforced under a UN Security Council resolution 1373 which was implemented following the September 2001 terrorist attack in the United States.

The listing gives the authorities the green-light to freeze funds, assets and economic resources belonging to or owned by the designated persons or entities until they are removed from the designated list. Moving, transferring or dealing with frozen assets without the permission of the Competent Authority is prohibited. In terms of the Regulation, any person who fails to comply with an order to freeze assets is liable to heavy penalties. (ER)


6 Comments for “TNA Seeks De-listing Of Diaspora”

  1. This government is not at all keen in reconciliation. It is more keen in creating terrorism. UN will find the truth very soon. Gotha is a terrorist and he should be investigated.

  2. Malin

    The government shouldn’t be naïve and comply with the request of TNA to de-list the banned LTTE fronts.

    • Mailin Gunawardene

      The present Govt in SL must be de-listed for commiting war crimes against
      40, 000 innocent Tamils.

  3. Ram

    ” Stand and Deliver “.

  4. there is no terrolist in srilanka, this is a politicians game.give equal rights for all no one is above the law in country,

  5. gamarala

    The evidence against these individuals and groups should be exposed in the media and to governments of countries where they reside.
    Merely labelling them as “terrorists” is ridiculous.

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