EU Commissioner slams LTTE for continuing with violence unab
[b]EU Commissioner slams LTTE for continuing with violence unabatedly[/b]
[b]Brussels, 22 December, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] European Union Commissioner for External Affairs slams the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for continuing with its violent activities unabatedly, despite the travel ban imposed on them by the EU on 26 September. She urged the Sri Lankn Tamil citizens living in the European Union countries to make use of their good offices to convey this message of urgency to the LTTE’s leadership.
In an open letter, Ferraro Waldner, EU Commissioner for External Affairs, in response to European Union’s citizens of Sri Lanka origin’s petitions stating their objections to travel ban imposed by the European Union on 26 September, she emphasised that it was most unfortunate that EU has not witnessed any progress in the LTTE’s attitude since the September statement.
The EU Commissioner expressed her dismay and frustration over the actions taken by the LTTE on the day of the Presidential election to prevent the people from exercising their right to vote in some parts of the North and East of Sri Lanka.
She categorically stated that once again EU would assess the progress by the LTTE against the four elements: renouncing violence, stopping political killings, putting an end to child soldier recruitment and allowing for political pluralism in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
She expressed her dismay by writing, "This is in complete contradiction with our earlier calls for greater pluralism and democracy in that part of the country."
The following is the Ferraro Waldner's EU Commissioner for External Affairs, Response to Tamil EU citizens’ objections to travel ban imposed on the LTTE. She gives a firm reply and her reasons and conditions very clearly.