Government dispels fears over diaspora festival

Ajith Perera 1The Government today insisted that LTTE members living overseas and those who still have links with the LTTE will not take part in a diaspora festival scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in December.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith.P. Perera said that while an open invitation has been extended to all Sri Lankans living overseas to attend the festival, individual invitations will be sent closer to the date of the event.

Perera said that the event is open to all those who accept a united and undivided Sri Lanka and is also not limited to just the Tamil diaspora.

The opposition has raised concerns that groups linked to the LTTE will attend the festival in Sri Lanka but Perera said that he does not expect anyone who still backs the LTTE to attend.

The Deputy Foreign Minister also said that India, the United States and the EU share intelligence with Sri Lanka on the LTTE and other matters.

He said that the Government agencies are on alert for any attempt to harm national security and so there is no room for the LTTE to raise its head once again in Sri Lanka.

Perera also noted that the Government is in the process of reviewing a ban on some individuals and groups over alleged terrorism links.

He said the Government does not believe there should be a blanket ban on all groups and so those who have renounced terrorism will have the ban lifted.

“All Tamils who are overseas or all those who left Sri Lanka because of the war are not terrorists,” the Deputy Minister asserted.

The Deputy Minister also said that the new Government has no intention of following the same foreign policies of the former Government as the people clearly wanted change. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The West is warning about the LTTE, it means the West is going to keep you busy with the LTTE fear factor; but plans to hit you with something else 😉

  2. Can the Deputy Foreign minister define what he meant by ‘All those who accept united and undivided SriLanka
    Does he mean that 13A which calls for a federal state
    for the Tamils of N/E is not acceptable.
    What was the necessity to talk to diaspora while the Tamils are facing loads of problems locally. Is this a
    ploy to divide the Tamils.

  3. JVP killed >20K SInhala civilians very brutal way and raped many Sinhala women but LTTE’ massive mistake not be like the SIN-HELLa terrorists. Had LTTE Freedom Fighters butchered >20K Sinhala civilians and raped several 100 Sinhala women, Srilanka WOULD HAVE ALLOWED LTTE like JVP. Is that the Logic of Srilanka???
    LTTE were not real terrorists, that is massive mistake by the LTTE.
    LTTE is the SYMPTOM not the cause of the war in Srilanka, In Srilanka SIN-HELLa Fundamentalist State Terrorism is the CONSTANT ISSUE forced the Tamils to form the Freedom Fighters LTTE to counter the SIN-HELLa terrorism by Srilanka. NOT VICE VERSA is true.
    As long as Srilanka discriminate Tamils, occupy Tamil areas with >300K SIN-HELLa Terrorist Military, there will be LTTE like Freedom Fighters as normal human nature to fight any TERRORISM by Srilanka SIN-HELLa racist state.
    NO SIN-HELLa Terrorism by Srilanka, No need of LTTE.
    Lets hope that common sense prevail in the THICK HEAD of Ajith Perera

  4. jobless peris has nothing better to do other than scaremongering. he thinks he can get back into power by arousing passions about ltte, terrorism etc. this is exactly what they were doing since 2009. talking about ltte and terrorism day in day out. peris is a waste of space.

  5. Mangala S , already united the anti sri lankan forces in Europefew days ago. even those who showed no interest in sri lanka. Now enjoy the future carnival. any way who is this perera Dupty, FM . seems like a another comedian..

  6. I don not think that this govt will till December this year. They should not count chicks before they are been hatched.

  7. We dont ned this at this juncture,The govt has better things to do to the people who are living in Srilanka.we dont have to bother about persons who left our shores when the were required to be here for economic gains and didnt care twi hoots egarding the LTTE hooliganism her..No sir we dont want them we can do without them without insulting the ciizens who bore all this ,Obviously the govt members dont know this because they were not involved with the eradicationof the tigers .The previous govt did it

  8. This Minister has no fear as he is only on a Temporarily Given Post. In few weeks time he is gone for ever, so he does not feel how many Army and Navy soldiers sacrificed their lives to protect the country from Terrorism. Cannot forgive Yahapalana Donkeys if they promote Terrorism again by joining west.

    • Thanks nick for speaking out about people sacrificed in to free country from the terrorist. All Tamils at one time when LTTE was strong supported terrorism and contributed to the deaths of innocent civilians killed by barbarians

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