The Sunday Leader

LTTE Ban In EU Remains

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.

The 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.

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