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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka unequivocally condemns LTTE air attack on the Sri Lanka’s air force base

London, 28 March, (Asiantribune.com): The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka has unequivocally condemned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the aerial bomb attack on the Sri Lanka’s air force base and urged the British Government to fully implement the Sri Lankan Tamil outfits proscription.

In a statement issued by the Lord Naseby of Sandy, Co-Chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka alleged “This provocative action really undermines the peace process.”

Lord Naseby said that this attack demonstrates the offensive air capability of the LTTE, which undoubtedly poses a threat not only to the security of Sri Lanka, but to the entire South Asian region. He added that this also exemplifies that LTTE’s steady expansion of its military capapablities with the objective of carrying out terrorists attacks.

He pointed out, “The fact that the LTTE has used ultra light aircraft which are difficult to detect on the radar for carrying out bombing and possible suicide missions, is a development which the international community must note with great alarm. The acquisition of air capability by a terrorist movement poses a new threat and runs counter to the current global efforts to defeat terrorism.”

The Co-Chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka urged the British Government to take cognizance of the dangerous factor that undoubtedly those international terrorist groups constantly adopts each others tactics and this incident would set a dangerous precedent.

The UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka through its Co-Chair Lord Naseby of Sandy requested the British Government to fully implement the LTTE proscription, bearing in mind the close nexus between its fund raising in this country and its acquisition of further military strike capabilities.

“The recent detection of ship loads of arms consignments and possession of military hardware are a clear result of the steady flow of funds to the LTTE’s war chess,” underlined Lord Naseby.

Confidence was expressed that the UK Government would firmly supports the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to bring about a political settlement to the conflict through discussion.

Lord Naseby urged "The British Government therefore must bring concerted pressure upon the LTTE to return to the negotiating table, by pro-actively curbing its fund raising activities in the UK, which are undoubtedly a major contributory factor to its present intransigence."

- Asian Tribune-

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