Sri Lankan Government has decided that enough is enough. It is banning 16 foreign based Sri Lankan Tamil organisations as foreign terrorist organizations under UN Security Council Resolution No. 1373 which was passed by the Council in September 2001. The resolution was brought by the United States following the New York twin tower attack on 11 September 2001 ( better known as nine-eleven attack).
According to journalist DBS Jeyaraj,the 16 organisations being banned are as follows:
01. LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM a.k.a LTTE a.k.a TAMIL TIGERS. 02. TAMIL REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION a.k.a TRO. 03. TAMIL COORDINATING COMMITTEE a.k.a TCC 04. BRITISH TAMIL FORUM a.k.a BTF 05. WORLD TAMIL MOVEMENT a.k.a WTM 06. CANADIAN TAMIL CONGRESS a.k.a CTC 07. AUSTRALIAN TAMIL CONGRESS a.k.a ATC 08. GLOBAL TAMIL FORUM a.k.a GTF 09. NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CANADIAN TAMILS a.k.a NCCT a.k.a Makkal Avai 10. TAMIL NATIONAL COUNCIL a.k.a TNC 11.TAMIL YOUTH ORGANIZATION a.k.a TYO 12. WORLD TAMIL COORDINATING COMMITTEE a.k.a WTCC. 13. TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM a.k.a TGTE 14. TAMIL EELAM PEOPLES ASSEMBLY a.k.a TEPA 15 .WORLD TAMIL RELIEF FUND a.k.a WTRF 16. HEADQUARTERS GROUP a.k.a HQ Group
In terms of Resolution No.1373, UN member countries have a duty to assist the Sri Lankan government when they are requested to investigate the activities of these proscribed organizations. More over UN member nations have to take action to curb the activities of these proscribed organizations. This proscription will be a major blow to prominent members of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) like Sumanthiran, Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, and Sritharan who very often fly to London, Toronto and other western capitals and address meetings organised by these proscribed foreign Tamil terroist organizations.
Recently when Sumanthiran visited Australia he was accompanied by members of the now proscribed Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) when he visited Australian political personalities.Pro-LTTE journals in Sydney have published pictures where this Sumanthiran MP is posing for the camera with NSW Labour Party leaders and a prominent ATC member. The big question here is who provide funds for these frequent air trips by these prominent TNA personalities.
Did Sumanthiran MP pay for the many trips he made to Sydney, Geneva, UK, Toronto, New York and other western capitals out of his own pockets or did any of these banned Tamil terrorist organisations paid Sumanthiran’s bills? These are questions that must be asked of Sumanthiran now that these Tamil organizations have been proscribed as terrorist organizations under the UN Resolution.
Sri Lankan Government has not just stopped with the proscription of these Tamil terrorist organisations abroad. In Sri Lankan North itself it has brought back road checks and round ups. For over four years North East Tamils felt relieved when all the road checks and round ups came to an end. There were no arrests of Tamil youths. These are back again because of the antics of these stupid fellows. With attempts to resurrect LTTE who can blame the Sri Lankan Government for taking drastic actions to prevent any revival of the Tiger terror.