Wednesday, 03 December 2014 - 13:48
Government welcomes EU appeal against the court order on lifting the LTTE sanctions.
Sri Lanka welcomes the decision of the Council of the European Union to appeal the judgment of the General Court of the European Union on 16th October 2014, which annulled measures taken by the Council to designate the LTTE as a terrorist organization and the freezing of LTTE funds.
Ministry of external affairs issuing a communiqué said action taken by the Council of the European Union demonstrates commitment for the fight against terrorism at a time when this threat is increasingly posing a significant challenge to global peace and stability, necessitating a collective and vigorous international effort to counter.
Sri Lanka has worked closely with the EU and its Member States in investigations against activities on EU territory by networks of the LTTE, which remains proscribed in the USA, Canada, India, the UK and Sri Lanka and impressed the urgent need for action to be taken to maintain the proscription.
It is encouraging that the decision by the Council of the European Union to appeal, suspends the effects of the judgment until the completion of the appeal process, particularly given the continued activities of the LTTE networks in Europe.
Sri Lanka remains committed to provide assistance to the EU in their future course of action in this regard.