Sri Lankan government will assist the parties to defend the LTTE ban


The Sri Lankan government today said the recent statements by interested parties on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE at the European Court seeking the lifting of sanctions are based on an inaccurate premise.

Issuing a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said from the outset of the case being filed the Government of Sri Lanka took action most effectively and provided material of a substantive nature to the defendant and the interveners on a regular basis.

The Government of Sri Lanka said it provided all relevant material to the European Commission in order to assist the Commission to resist the claim by the LTTE.

However, the General Court of the European Union in its October 16th ruling said the contested measures are based not on acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities, as required by law but on factual imputations derived from the press and the internet.

The Sri Lankan government said it regards this as a matter of the highest priority and therefore, it has already commenced and will continue to assist the parties to the case in their future course of action, in the interest of protecting its citizens against intimidation through extortion by the remnants of the LTTE and the possible resurgence of terrorism in the country.