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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2857

US action against TRO hope to spur other countries to curb LTTE fronts activities

Colombo, 17 November, ( Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama speaking in parliament welcomed the speedy investigation carried out and action taken yesterday against the TRO operations by the US Government. He said in doing so the US Government becomes the first foreign government to have taken tangible action against an LTTE front organization abroad.

Noting that contrary to its pretensions of being engaged in rehabilitation, the US designation was based on evidence “the TRO, a charitable organization that acts as a front to facilitate fundraising and procurement of weapons for the LTTE, he said the effect of this decision is that “it freezes any assets the TRO may have under U.S. jurisdiction and bans Americans from engaging in transactions with it”.

The Minister said the Government of Sri Lanka hoped the US action “should encourage other countries which are also currently investigating LTTE front organizations including the TRO – particularly Australia, Canada, Denmark, France and the UK, to take tangible action against these organizations”.

Minister Bogollagama cautioned that “while one can expect a significant decline in the monthly collections of the LTTE worldwide, estimated at US $ 20-30 million, at the same time we need to be vigilant, of the propensity shown by the LTTE to shift its operations from one organization to another, when they realise its running into trouble with the law of the land.”

- Asian Tribune -

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