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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Despite LTTE’s denial they are terrorists, U.S. doesn’t....

[b]Despite LTTE’s denial they are terrorists, U.S. doesn’t see them as freedom fighters, leading to EU ban[/b]

Daya Gamage – News Analysis to Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 30 September ([/b] Despite Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger outfit, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who is fighting for a separate independent state for the nation’s Tamil minority, accusing the government of discriminating against the ethnic minority, the United States has long held that the outfit was not in fact a liberation movement but a terrorist organization, which position influenced the European Union to consider eventually to declare them as terrorists and in the meantime imposing travel ban to EU countries, last Monday.

Reacting to the EU ban for their activists to travel to member states of the European Union, the LTTE immediately reacted in stating that “We are not a terrorist organization but are fighting for the rights of the Tamil people.”

The United States, whose foot prints are all over in every diplomatic, military and financial endeavors and decisions of the international community, never bought the Tamil Tiger’s repeated explanation that they are in fact a ‘liberation movement’ and are the ‘sole representative of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka.’

Sensing, and even well informed, that organizations such as Sri Lanka’s LTTE take cover behind national liberation struggles to absolve themselves of using terror tactics to intimidate and coerce legitimate democratic regimes in the Third World, two senior United States Department of State officials declared as recently as September 12 in a press briefing in New York on the eve of the UN Summit that national liberation movements no longer can be justified as reason for terrorism. National Liberation Movements, No Justification for Terrorism.

The one who stated that terrorism is not a justifiable action to promote national liberation movements was Kristen Silverberg, under secretary of state for international operations, who works closely with U.S. Ambassador to U.N. John Bolton.

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