Sri Lankaâ€™s Tamil Tigers remain a terrorist group: EU
ECONOMYNEXT – The European Union continues to consider Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatists as a terrorist organisation and the EU’s restrictive measures against them remain in force.
The announcement was made in a statement from the European Union mission in Colombo on the judgement by the European Court of Justice regarding the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation
“European Union has taken note of the European Court of Justice’s judgement annulling measures against the LTTE, namely the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and the freezing of LTTE funds,” it said.
The judgment is a legal ruling of the European Court of Justice on the procedure used for listing the LTTE, it said. It does not involve any assessment by the Court of the substantive reasons for the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation.
The EU statement said the annulled measures cover the period 2011-2015. Designations of the LTTE adopted by the Council later in 2015-2017 are not covered by the present ruling.
“This means that the LTTE remains listed as a terrorist organisation by the EU,” it said.
“The European Union continues to consider the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and the EU’s restrictive measures against the LTTE remain in force.”
(COLOMBO, May 27, 2017)