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List LTTE as terror group: US to EU

The recent killings of civilians in Jaffna has forced the world community to take action, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 23:21 IST

The United States has suggested to the European Union that it list the LTTE as a terrorist group.

"We have encouraged the EU to list the LTTE," said Donald Camp, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, in an interview to the state-owned Sri Lankan TV network Rupavahini.

"We think the LTTE is very deserving of that label. We think it will help cut off financial supplies and weapons procurement and the like," Camp said.

The visiting US official described the LTTE as a "terrorist group of the first order."

But he added that, while the LTTE had to be curbed, the government too had certain responsibilities to fulfil.

"One of these, which the government has certainly acknowledged, is to address the legitimate grievances of the Tamil people."

"That includes, of course, dealing with the disturbing number of killings in recent months."

"This is something that the government has said it will investigate."

"We think those investigations should be carried out promptly and thoroughly. We think it is the responsibility of the government to uphold law and order, and that is a responsibility of any democratic government," Camp said. 

In an interview to the leading private channel MTV, Camp said that as the killings were taking place in areas controlled by the government, "it is certainly government's responsibility to uphold law and order."

The recent killing of civilians, including two very small children, in Kayts island off Jaffna, has caused much concern.