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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 101

Australian newspaper reveals LTTE ban preparation underway, Australian aid groups worried

Colombo, 02 June, (Asiantribune.com): Preparation for the ban of LTTE is now underway in Australia. "Although the federal Government says it has made no formal decision to proscribe the Sri Lankan separatist group LTTE, preparations for the move are believed to be under way in Canberra" reported “The Australian” yesterday.

The paper said "Australian overseas aid groups also fear that any move to proscribe it could cause them to pull out of Sri Lanka for fear of breaching the law in areas controlled by the Tigers."

But it added "However, any decision to proscribe the LTTE in Australia will spark an angry backlash from many of the country's 30,000 Tamils…although not all Australian Tamils support the violent campaign waged by the LTTE in Sri Lanka, there is widespread support for its aims of an independent homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka.".

“The Australian” is a leading broadsheet daily published across the Australian continent and is reportedly the second highest selling newspaper in Australia.

The paper said "the move (to ban LTTE) would rank it alongside 19 other proscribed groups, including al-Qa'ida, Jemmah Islamiah and Lashkar-e-Toiba and bring into line with other Western countries that have banned the LTTE."

"Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has expressed alarm at the recent escalation of fighting between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE in a conflict which has killed more than 70,000 since the early 1980s" the report said.

- Asian Tribune -

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