Where are the vessels of LTTE – asks Ranil; queries about lifting of EU ban

Where are the vessels of LTTE – asks Ranil; queries about lifting of EU ban

Written by Staff Writer

11 Nov, 2014 | 10:00 pm

The Annual Convention of the National Health Services Association was held at the Party Headquarters, Sirikotha under the auspices of UNP Leader Ranil Wickrememsinghe.

Speaking at the briefing, Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed the following details: “Why did not the government appear in court to stand against the European Court’s decision to lift the ban on the LTTE? The EU Court banned the LTTE organisation in 2006 following the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in 2005. It also put forward a new set of regulations in 2011 to ban the LTTE. After these regulations, the LTTE filed a court case at the EU Court against the ban. The governments of Britain and the Netherlands appeared in court but the government of Sri Lanka did not. “

He added: “Ultimately court accepted the argument presented by lawyers of LTTE. Now we asked the government about this matter. But have they addressed this issue to the EU Court or at the very least are they taking any action about this? The LTTE had 20 vessels of which we destroyed one and another was brought to Sri Lanka. Where are the other 18? There are around 600 petrol companies of the LTTE functioning in Europe and America. Have these spoken about with the EU? What are the end results of all this? We urge the president to provide answers to all of this?”

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