GOSL provided material to the EC to resist claim by the LTTE – MEA

GOSL provided material to the EC to resist claim by the LTTE – MEA

GOSL provided material to the EC to resist claim by the LTTE – MEA

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

22 Oct, 2014 | 2:29 pm

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issuing a media release on Wednesday noted that the Government of Sri Lanka provided all relevant material to the European Commission in order to assist the Commission to resist the claim by the LTTE.

The MEA states that it is surprised by some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the European Union was the defendant supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission as interveners. The MEA notes that statements made by interested parties are based on an inaccurate premise.The release goes on to note that, the Government of Sri Lanka took action by providing material of a substantive nature to the defendant and the interveners on a regular basis.

The MEA adds that the named parties now have the options of following a number of measures which include adoption of new restrictive regulations, appeal to the European Court of Justice and national measures by European Union member states.

The release concludes by stating that the Government of Sri Lanka 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. It also noted that the government regards this as a matter of the highest priority.

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