EU for stringent enforcement of ban on LTTE

EU parliament called upon member states to enforce the ban on the Tamil militant organisation in a stringent manner, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2006 18:01 IST

Stung by the LTTE's refusal to accept truce monitors from the European Union (EU) countries, the EU parliament on Thursday called upon member states to enforce the ban on the Tamil militant organisation in a stringent manner.

The LTTE was banned by the EU at the end of May this year. Subsequently, with effect from September 1, the LTTE refused to accept truce monitors from the EU countries on the plea that they had lost their neutrality as a result of the ban.

The EU Parliament's resolution on the current situation in Sri Lanka asked member states to take "robust and determined" action to investigate the agents of the LTTE; properly enforce the travel ban on its officials; inhibit the movement of agents and couriers; arrest and repatriate those involved in terrorist support activities; confiscate assets associated with the LTTE, including its commercial shipping fleet; freeze suspect bank accounts and close companies and undertakings associated with the LTTE.

The resolution urged member states to take effective measures to "prevent the indoctrination and intimidation of Tamils resident in their countries and the extortion of money to fund LTTE activities."

The EU came down heavily on recruitment of children by the two factions of the LTTE (one led by Prabhakaran and the other by the renegade Karuna).

It described the recruitment of child soldiers as an "appalling abuse of children".

Calling upon the government of Sri Lanka to safeguard human rights, the resolution welcomed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's offer to invite an international independent group of eminent persons as observers of investigations into the recent abductions and disappearances and extra judicial killings in the island.

It asked Rajapaksa to seek the advice of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, in establishing the independent commission "so as to ensure its independence and effectiveness."

For the maintenance of better law and order and render ethnic justice, the EU parliament asked the government of Sri Lanka to appoint the members of the National Police Commission and recruit more Tamil and Tamil-speaking police officers.

The EU parliament called upon the government of Sri Lanka and the opposition United National Party to work in close cooperation to take "robust" action against terrorism and to address the legitimate grievances of the Tamil minority through a "bold gesture of reconciliation."

First Published: Sep 10, 2006 18:01 IST