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Lanka asks Europe not to support LTTE remnants

With remnants of the LTTE trying to form 'transnational government' with the support of ethnic Tamils settled abroad, Sri Lanka has asked the European countries not to provide any support to the groups.

world Updated: May 15, 2010 16:40 IST

With remnants of the LTTE trying to form 'transnational government' with the support of ethnic Tamils settled abroad, Sri Lanka has asked the European countries not to provide any support to the groups.

Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha said LTTE's initiative to form the so-called 'Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam' with "country working groups" at national and regional levels in western countries was a ruse.

Addressing the 2010 Diplomatic Security Conference on the Terrorism Situation and Trends in the EU in Brussels, he said the situation in Sri Lanka has been peaceful since the LTTE was defeated by Army in May last year.

The move by LTTE remnants was to perpetuate its "terrorist" struggle, Aryasinha said and asked European nations not to provide any political or symbolic support to these groups.

"Since 18 May 2009 (after the death of LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran) there has not been a single bullet fired in Sri Lanka on account of terrorism," he said.

"But when I look around in your part of the world, over the past few months, I see arrests and convictions of LTTE activists taking place at regular intervals," the top Sri Lankan diplomat said.

Aryasinha said these remnant LTTE bodies have been constituted through "pseudo" elections and comprised largely of known LTTE members or activists.

Aryasinha said the LTTE was not just a militant body but also had a very efficient network which spanned across the globe and could "fool" a lot of people.

"Their organization was diversified, the assets were scattered and they operated through numerous front organisations and operatives," he said.