Claiming there is a “threat” to national security, Sri Lanka’s opposition on Monday called on the government to act urgently on a US report that said the international network and the funding of the LTTE was intact.
“The Government must act on this urgently. There is a threat to national security,” said GL Peiris, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). He said the government should convene a special cabinet meeting on the report.
The US State Department report released last week had said that the international network and funding of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was intact. He said that the defeated group was very much alive in the international world.
The report noted that there had been no known attacks in Sri Lanka that could be verifiably attributed to the LTTE since the end of the war, but a total of 13 LTTE supporters, many of whom had planned attacks against facilities American and Israeli diplomats. in India were arrested in Malaysia in 2014.
Peiris said that recent actions by the Sri Lankan government, such as holding talks with Tamil diaspora groups, are encouraging those who want to see the revival of the LTTE. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had engaged diaspora groups in London for talks aimed at addressing the immediate needs of war-affected Tamils. The government had said it was keen to engage all overseas Sri Lankan groups to rebuild the country.