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European Union shuts the door on LTTE

Warns it is considering listing it as a terrorist organisation

V.S. Sambandan

COLOMBO: The European Union said on Tuesday that its member-states would no longer receive delegations from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and warned the group that the EU was "actively considering" listing it as a "terrorist organisation."

"The EU is actively considering the formal listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. In the meantime, the EU has agreed that with immediate effect, delegations from the LTTE will no longer be received in any of the EU member states until further notice," a statement issued by the British High Commission here said.

"Unacceptable methods"

Condemning the LTTE's "continuing use of violence and terrorism," the EU said the "pursuit of political goals by such totally unacceptable methods only serves to damage the LTTE's standing and credibility as a negotiating partner and gravely endangers the peace process so much desired by the people of Sri Lanka."

It reiterated its condemnation of the "shocking murder" of Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and "of so many others in Sri Lanka in recent weeks."

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