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US says LTTE getting diaspora funds

2014 May 02

The United States (US) says the LTTE uses its international contacts and the large Tamil diaspora in North America, Europe, and Asia to procure weapons, communications, funding, and other needed supplies.

In its latest annual report on terrorism, the US State Department Bureau of Counterterrorism says the LTTE employed charities as fronts to collect and divert funds for their activities.

“Despite its military defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan government in 2009, the LTTE’s international network of sympathizers and financial support persists. In early 2009, Sri Lankan forces recaptured the LTTE’s key strongholds, including their capital of Kilinochchi. In May 2009, government forces defeated the last LTTE fighting forces, killed LTTE leader Prahbakaran and other members of the LTTE leadership and military command, and declared military victory over LTTE. There have been no known attacks in Sri Lanka that could verifiably be attributed to the LTTE since the end of the war, but LTTE’s financial network of support continued to operate throughout 2013,” the report said.

The report, which notes that the LTTE is still listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in the US, said that the rebels are known to be operating from Sri Lanka and India.

The report also notes that the Government of Sri Lanka remained concerned that the LTTE’s international network of financial support was still functioning. It also says that the Sri Lankan government continued to maintain a strong military presence in post-conflict areas and continued to voice concern about the possible re-emergence of pro-LTTE sympathizers.

The US report provides the Department of State’s annual, statutorily mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired in 2013, including country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation, and profiles of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

 

http://colombogazette.com/2014/04/30/us-says-ltte-getting-diaspora-funds/

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