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

EU congratulates new president and hits LTTE hard on .......

[b]EU congratulates new president and hits LTTE hard on its election violence and obstruction of voters[/b]

[b]Colombo, 20 November, ([/b] The international backlash against the LTTE violence in the last Thursday's election has been severe and instantaneous. The UK Presidency of the EU has condemned (1) the LTTE violence in the north and the east in last Thursday's election and (2) the preventing the Tamils of the north and east from exercising their democratic right to vote by the actions of the LTTE.

The LTTE lobbed hand grenades into houses and security forces, killed Muslims in the east and set up road blocks to prevent Tamil voters from reaching the polling booths. This anti-democratic violence of the LTTE is going to have a further impact on EU's policy towards the LTTE, according to political observers.

The head of the EU election monitoring mission,John Cushnahan, said that the last presidential election was "marred by violence accompanied by an enforced boycott" by the Tigers.

Cushnahan said that the Tamil Tigers used "unacceptable tactics" and they should be condemned for that." EU accepted this statement and condemned the actions of the Tamil Tigers. on Saturday condemned Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels for allegedly blocking ethnic Tamils from voting in the country's recent presidential election. John Cushnahan led an 83-member monitoring mission.

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