Monday, 20 October 2014 - 13:03
Let’s rally round against EU's annulling sanctions on LTTE; request religious leaders.
Sri Lanka has decided to contest the decision by the General Court of the European Union to annul the sanctions placed on the LTTE and will send an envoy to seek support in the union against the ruling.
Sri Lanka's EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel to Strasbourg today attend the EU parliament's plenary session and to mobilize two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defence.
Last Thursday, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the LTTE would no longer be kept on the Council's designated terrorist list.
It was however based on a fundamental procedural ground.
The said annulment would be maintained temporarily for a period of three months where a reassessment would be made.
The Sri Lankan government expressed concern over the court's decision saying that the judgment requires in-depth study by all the defendant parties which in this case were the European Council and Commission of the European Union, together with two member states, the Netherlands and the UK.
Ambassador Perera is also expected to lobby European Council to challenge the Court's ruling.
The EU General Court in its ruling said an appeal can be brought in the European Court of Justice, which is above the General Court, against the ruling within two months of notification of the decision.
Apart from the EU, the LTTE is proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the USA, India, Canada, the UK and Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile SLFP says that the court order given by the EU is a signal of a grave danger to Sri Lanka.
SLFP Treasurer Minister Dallas Alahapperuma, in a notice stated that the EU decision was not an isolated incident.
The notice also said that it is a consequence of a continuous operation against the motherland.
At the same time, addressing a media briefing organized by the Inter Religious Collective for national unity, its member Professor Kamburugamuwe Vajira Thera said all should rally round against the EU court order to annul sanctions on the LTTE.