Written by Bella Dalima
22 Oct, 2014 | 9:48 pm
The Ministry of External Affairs has expressed its surprise at recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at 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 Ministry says that these statements by interested parties are based on an inaccurate premise.
On October 16 the General Court of the EU, annulled measures taken to designate the LTTE as a terrorist organisation.
Furthermore, the Court also lifted the asset freeze imposed on the LTTE; the de-freexing of assets will come into effect in 3 months.
Issuing a communiqué, the Ministry of External Affairs states that from the outset of the case being filed, legal advice and expert opinion were sought from within the European Union system and specialist European lawyers.
The communiqué reads that, the government of Sri Lanka took action in the most effective manner available, by providing material of a substantive nature to the defendant and the interveners on a regular basis.
The MEA says that in these circumstances the GoSL provided all relevant material to the European Commission in order to assist the Commission to resist the claim by the LTTE.
The MEA notes further that the defendant and interveners have recourse to an appellate procedure within the stipulated period from the notification of the judgment.
With regard to future action, the MEA notes that the EU Council, the Netherlands and the UK have the options of adoption of new restrictive regulations, appeal to the European Court of Justice and national measures by European Union member states.
The MEA says the government 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.
Speaking to News1st via Skype on the sidelines of a legal conference in Tokyo, Japan, the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Attorney-at-Law Upul Jayasuriya, said the Ministry of External Affairs, must be more pro-active in its approach to matters of such grave concern.
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