LTTE fronts collecting funds

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris said that that there are continuing fund raising activities carried out by LTTE front organizations and reiterated the importance of sustained vigilance in this regard.

He said this during a meeting he had with a visiting delegation for Relations with Countries of South Asia in the European Parliament, the External Affairs Ministry said.

Prof. Peiris acknowledged the ongoing co-operation on counter-terrorism, and judicial action taken by several member countries of the European Union against terrorist elements inimical to Sri Lanka.

The Minister referred to Europol’s Terrorist Situation and Trend Report (TESAT) this year which states that these organizations are still considered active and benefitting from some support, especially in countries with a significant diaspora.

Minister Peiris stressed that the delegation had the opportunity of making their own independent assessment because they had visited the country as recently as last year, and they could now observe for themselves the progress since then.

The government, he said, welcomes this, because what is important is that foreign delegations should be able to rely on their own judgment rather than be influenced by propaganda, the External Affairs Ministry added. (Colombo Gazette)

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