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UK rejects appeal for lifting ban on LTTE

June 24, 2024 7:57 am

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry

Colombo: Foreign Minister Ali Sabry says the UK Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission has rejected an appeal by the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) for lifting the proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation in Britain.

Sabry says the UK will continue to maintain the proscription on the LTTE.

Taking to ‘X’, the Foreign Minister said that the UK Proscribed Organisation Appeals Commission, an independent court set up by Parliament and headed by a High Court judge and two retired senior diplomats had ruled against de-proscribing the LTTE.

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) who supported the creation of an independent Tamil state in north-east Sri Lanka appealed to the UK to lift its ban on the LTTE, he added.

Furthermore, Ali Sabry noted that the TGTE is not proscribed in the United Kingdom as it seeks to pursue their political and ideological objectives through non-violent means.

“The LTTE international network’s approach and strategy is to get foreign governments to de-proscribe the LTTE so that they could revive the LTTE”, he added.

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