21 July, 2024


What’s In A Ban On A Non Existent LTTE ?

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

“After three decades of pain and anguish, today, Sri Lankans of all ethnicities, living in all parts of Sri Lanka, are free from LTTE terror and no longer live in a state of fear.” – HE the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa at the General Debate of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, 23rd September, 2011

“I think the major victories were achieved after 18 May 2009. We had to take care of the civilians, demine the land and resettle people in villages. We also had to rehabilitate and socialize the 12,800 surrendered LTTE cadres. Further 5,000 captured are languishing in jail. Demilitarization of the paramilitary forces such as EPDP, PLOTE, TELO, was another need. We could not let them keep arms after we finished the LTTE. Secretary MoD, Gotabaya Rajapaksa – In an interview published in the official Army website on 19 November, 2013

President Rajapaksa told the world in 2011, there is no LTTE terror in Sri Lanka. That people of all ethnicities and in all parts of Sri Lanka, no longer live in a state of fear. Two years later, President Rajapaksa decided he could hold elections to the Northern Province and the election was held on 21 September 2013. That was 04 years and 04 months after he officially declared the military intervention against the LTTE was over and the LTTE had been completely eliminated, “in a humanitarian operation” as he called it. Except KP, everyone in the LTTE high command including Prabhakaran was killed in the war. Two months after the Northern PC elections were held and the TNA elected in grand style, the Secretary MoD very clearly said, “….we finished the LTTE”.

Prabakharan1 Colombo TelegraphThus it’s not just two brothers telling the world they finished the LTTE in May 2009, but it’s the President and Head of State, Chief Commander of all three Security Forces and Minister of Defence and the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, who say this. Two authorities whose statements on the elimination of the LTTE cannot be questioned and to date, has not been questioned or suspected.

What then is all the hype by this Rajapaksa regime on European Union (EU) lifting the ban it finally slapped on the LTTE on 29 May, 2006 ? Over 08 months before in September, 2005 the EU first restricted LTTE travel in European member States, considering it a “terrorist organization”. Of the 25 EU member States, most States like Germany have been monitoring LTTE activities even before the travel ban. Their internal intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of Constitution (BfV) in its Annual Report for 2005, accepted the LTTE strength is around 800 members and they raise funds through organizations like the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) and Tamil Co-ordination Committee (TCC). The North Rhine-Westphalian state where the LTTE strength was said to be most accumulated, the provincial security agency had then noted that without continuous financial support from abroad, the LTTE would not have kept its military apparatus intact in Sri Lanka.

The logic for the ban that was slapped on the LTTE thus worked on information that supports the assumption, EU member country territories were used by the LTTE to finance and support terrorist activities in Sri Lanka. In this modern world, no country allows any “terrorist” organisation to use its soil to advance “violence and terror” in another country. The final decision in banning LTTE in May 2006 was therefore based on a EU parliament resolution on 17 May which condemned LTTE attacks on a Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) vessel a week earlier. It was thus clear, the decision to ban the LTTE was not for their political demand to separate from the Sri Lankan State, but for their “terrorist activities”. It was “terrorism” that finally made the ban.

Now the issue is, if the Sri Lankan government at its highest authority says there is no LTTE after May 2009, the LTTE had been eliminated including its leadership, what is there to ban ? Why fight to keep a ban on an organisation that is not in existence anymore ?

Why, because it serves to keep a Sinhala hype here in the South, on which this regime lives. As all speculations indicate, this regime is into another hurried presidential election in 2015 January. It needs a face wash to its image as a patriotic leadership that would not compromise with the “unitary” status of the Sri Lankan State, which is Sinhala and Buddhist too. The LTTE is therefore needed by this regime to keep the Sinhala psyche ticking against “Tamil separatism”.  That was why the State owned and controlled radio got Presidential Spokesman at President’s office, Mohan Samaranayake to say “This (lifting of LTTE ban by EU) will be a fine opportunity for the LTTE and other pro-LTTE elements to regroup and revitalize their movements.” (SLBC / 18 October, 2014).

The fact is, it was not the lifting of any ban on the LTTE, that prompted State intelligence and defence authorities to claim in March 2014, there is a very subtle regrouping in the Vanni by a remnant LTTE group led by Gopi, Appan and Thevian. Having arranged space in the media for their “writers” to provide long, descriptive details of a new network that has even established safe houses in Colombo, the defence establishment realised, this would contradict their competence that previously “certified” Sri Lanka as completely free from LTTE presence. They then claimed that this tiny LTTE group too was engaged and eliminated in the jungles of Nedunkerny, off Vavuniya on 10 April 2014. Thus there is not even a semblance of LTTE presence anymore after the Sinhala Hindu New Year.

The Rajapaksa regime nevertheless needs to continue with the LTTE bogey for domestic requirements of keeping the Sinhala Buddhist majority in a fear psychosis. A fear they feel would make the Southern voter stay with them, as the only President and a regime that had the “political will” and developed the military capability to defeat “LTTE separatism”. To this end, “Elements in the Diaspora” become important. The Rajapaksa regime has been talking of “different Tamil extremist groups in the Diaspora” ever since the war was said to be over. In end March this year, the Rajapaksa government banned 15 Tamil organisations outside Sri Lanka, categorising them as “foreign terrorist” organisations.  Lifting of the EU ban on LTTE, they argue would allow space for these banned “foreign terrorists” to campaign for an “Eelam State” and would thus negate the importance of eliminating the LTTE.

Naming and banning Tamil Diaspora organisations which openly function as civil society entities in Western countries as LTTE “fronts”, nevertheless cannot be anymore accused of funding “terrorist activities” in Sri Lanka, when the government denies the existence of the LTTE in the country. Therefore the only accusation that can be brought against them is that, these “extremist Tamil Diaspora” groups still stand for the “separate Eelam State” the LTTE fought for. It is this line of argument the President put forward in Jaffna, when he told the TNA to “give up your Eelam stand and I will abolish the Executive Presidency”.

Yet in this modern democratic world, political campaigning by any community or social entity to demand separation for them from a unitary or a federated State, is “no terrorist” activity. The “Right for Self determination” is now an accepted democratic right. This right was campaigned for by the French speaking Canadian citizens of Quebec from early 1960. It first came to the fore in Canadian national politics in 1980 with the Quebec nationalist party, Parti Québécois demanding a referendum to establish a “sovereign” Quebec State. After the referendum was defeated decisively, Canadian national politics continued the debate with compromises worked out to allow Quebec more Constitutional freedom. But no Canadian government or political party labelled the campaigning Quebec leaders as “terrorists”. After much debate and failed compromises, in 1995 Quebec went into another referendum in an effort to establish itself as a separate sovereign State. This time, the “No” vote had a very narrow margin, to keep Quebec within Canada.

The latest separation to form its own sovereign State was sought by Scottish nationalists. Over a month ago on 18 September this year (2014) Scottish people, though Citizens of the United Kingdom (UK), held a referendum, termed the “Independence Referendum” to declare Scotland a sovereign State. Of course the referendum decided to stay within UK, with a poll of 55.3%. But the right to organise and campaign for a separate sovereign Scotland was never denied and was not labelled as a “terrorist” activity.

The TNA accommodating itself within mainstream politics in Sri Lanka, will compromise for a “federal” power structure within a united Sri Lanka and would guarantee they don’t stand for a “separate State”. That may not compel the Tamil Diaspora groups to refrain from canvassing for a “referendum” to have a separate Tamil State. Such campaigns will not be labelled or termed “terrorist activity” by the international community including the EU. Lifting of the ban on a non existent LTTE by the EU thus becomes popular domestic politics for the Rajapaksa regime and its Sinhala extremist “fronts” in finding a platform to keep the Sinhala slogan afloat. For the UNP that is crazy thinking it could use it against the Rajapaksa regime, it serves no real purpose in a Sinhala South that showed the Rajapaksa regime is anyway on a popularity decline of over 20% in Uva province. The LTTE has thus become a dud coin with the South changing priorities, 05 years after the war and 05 years of corruption and misrule by the Rajapaksa regime.

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  • 8

    I’m not sure what’s so difficult for certain dimwits to grasp. LTTE terrorism was eliminated in Sri Lanka. The LTTE and their terrorist ideology however is alive and well (unless ghosts can hire lawyers) :D

    ” Why fight to keep a ban on an organisation that is not in existence anymore ?”

    Yep, might as well legalise The Nazi party too while we’re at it :D

    • 8

      The ‘ghosts’ were partying in London in celebration soon after the court ordered the LTTE delisted as a terrorist organisation. Soon the very same ‘ghosts’ will attempt to get their hands on the funds held in escrow.

      It is no secret that some LTTE’rs abroad metamorphosed into suspect ‘human rights’ activists. They however did not get rid of their stripes and the terror paraphernalia is all too evident.

      • 2


        Its true.

        Some LTTE supporters are now the champions of human rights.

        Some champions of human rights and supporter of Palestian liberation have mutated into war criminals.

      • 2

        Correctly pointed out by Ram and Siva and Sivasankaran, that the known leaders of the Terrorist Tamil Tigers were liquidated but there are others who aspire and doing overtime to revive the LTTE. There are many pro LTTE and anti Sinhala fora and activists; a glimpse of these would confirm the need to be vigitant and pro-active to counter and crush with force any re-emergence of organisation/s resembling the LTTE. Kusal Perera seems to live in cuckkooland, probably belong to a clan that professed Terrorism cannot be defeated militarily and were prepared to concede North, East and the Centre to Prabha and Balasingham. Sure, Mr K Perera, I have no doubt you have difficulty in understanding the most elementary of facts!

    • 0



      We need to get rid of the King.


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  • 3

    Hello Kusal –
    Great question. This is a way of scaring the people of Sri Lanka that there is still an imminent threat of the dreaded LTTE and subjugating the people even further. At least you see the problem.

  • 2

    This is a very good analysis of the tactics of Mahinda Rajapakse family. It is very obvious for a neutral person. Unfortunately, most of the Sinhalese are not able to understand this truth because none of the Sinhala or English media are free to express their opinion because they have to face the reality check; that is similar to what happened to Lasantha. Even if the people go against this regime, they will go to the extent to bring Chinese military to protect them and Gotapaya may become the military dictator. They know very well that people are no longer believe them and I am sure they may have already made plan B or C which may a complete bloodshed in the southern streets. The regime is capable of doing that irrespective of any race or religion.

  • 2

    An excellent analysis by Mr Kusal Perera. For these moron to be in power they an enemy dead or alive. They will be beating this dead beast more as we approach the Presidential elections. This process has already begun with the requirement for a ” visa” to go to north by any foreigner. This is what they did when they ordered the UN personnel to leave Wanni area. so that the war wil end without any witnesses on the pretext that they cannot provide them security. The UN personnel without resisting the order caved in and left Wanni much to the disappointment of the civil population. With this new requirement, the South will not know what these devils are up to in the North and vice versa.
    Mr Perera brought out what happened in Canada and Scotland. What is important is to realize that the referenda was held that speaks volumes for the type of Goverment these countries have. That was democracy in action very open and transparent. Can we expect the Deomocratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to have such a referendum in Sri Lanka where the Tamils can decide whether they want to be part of Sri Lanka or not?.

  • 4

    What logic is this?
    Why lift a ban on a non existing organization comes before why worry about lifting a ban on a non existing organization.

  • 8

    Then why maintain the ban on Nazism which died 69 years ago?

    Why ban Al Qaeda when Osama died 2 years ago?

    Who got the LTTE ban lifted in Europe? Ghosts?

    Who is stopping Muslims resettling in Jaffna? Ghosts?

    LTTE is still around under different names.

    • 1

      Why no ban on JVP in Sri Lanka?
      Why no ban on Karuna, Kp and Douglas?
      Why no ban Weerasena?
      Why no ban on Gota?
      Why no ban on Mahinda?

      All terrorists!

    • 0

      still around under different names….
      that rings a bell Fathima or is it Tamodaya or is it Lorenzo?
      Keep fooling the idiots at LW
      LW moderator caught you out lieing too

  • 3

    Kusaul ……are you blind on international politics that you don’t know, that LTTE still back by US EU and UK?

    LTTE is no more organization for ‘ liberation for Tamil People’ hence LTTE is organization that was hijack by Big power proxy outfit.

    Its turn into Ruthless Tamil Terror outfit back by Big power vested interest as similar as Al Kida; proposed projects is that to be set up New Rough state in tip of Indian Ocean that undermine Sovereignty and democracy of People of Sri lanka.

    Ban is just legal cover, that it has no effect support for LTTE by big powers! only form of cover, no barrier, no longer there to put big power back and help support LTTE and diaspora in West.

    Look at UNHRC projects of ‘war crime and human rights violation’ as example.

    Kusual you have many learn lesson from simple facts and seek truth by facts.
    Your are more responsible Editor of left Wing news paper originated by ex-JVP leader.

    • 1

      What LTTE you saying? Article say no LTTE according to Rajapakse President and Secretary Gotabhaya. How can US EU back LTTE if our President tell UN there is no LTTE in our country?
      You are not in Sri Lanka and you don’t know situation here.

  • 2

    Kusal perera is believing that Pbakaran was axed in NanthiKadaal.

    I thought Pabakaran is watching TV some where.

  • 1

    Thank u Kusal for your beautiful analysis. I appreciate it because it has come from a Southerner who is concerned about the whole of SL including the ethnic and religious minorities. Your’s and many other peace loving Southerners who produce similar write ups or voice the concern about all Sri Lankans are following real Dharma.

    Ajith among few others you have given enlightening comments.

    S L is supported and controlled by the giant China ( who is the Godfather of current MaRa regime ) who is now successfully building an Asian Empire in South Asia first and then expand to other parts of the world.

    S L STOPPED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN 1976. Look at the recent death sentences on 5 Indian fishermen and 3 Srilankans. Now Subramania Swamy who is adviser to both MARA and Modi regimes
    is going to be a broker to make MARA regime win political concessions from Modi regime at the expense of the political rights of the Tamils. This will give an advantage to Mahinda to win the presidential election by Stealthily non implementing the Indo Lanka accord.
    The 3 Srilankans who are facing the death sentence may get Presidential Pardon and 5 Indians will be sent to Indian prison as per Swamy’ s cunning plea.

    Commonwealth Secretary Kamal Sharma will become another lose and have to eat his own words commenting on the Judicial Freedom in his recent visit to SL.

  • 1

    The more pertinent question today that is of concern to the Tamils in the north and their kith and kin wanting to visit them from abroad, is the newly imposed internal travel visa requirements.

    The reasons given by the government are very spurious and hence suspicious.

    The last time I was travelling from Jaffna to Colombo by car, I was questioned by a policeman in Vavuniya about why I had gone to Jaffna. I replied I was coming from by home in Jaffna, rather sternly and asked him there were any laws to stop me travelling in my counry. He then called the Sinhala driver to the back of the car and made inquiries about me. This was before the new restrictions were anounced.

    Have these something do with the UNHCR inquiries? Why has the TNA not taken this issue up in the Supreme Court? The actions of the government cannot be arbitrary or based on sheer madness.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    • 0

      Dr Narendran,

      Your experience is neither unique nor isolated. This Sinha Inquisition is played out many times a day, and is evidence of the paranoia of the security services and the government. As far as the government is concerned they are of the firm conviction that this impresses the lowest common denomination that supports the continuing trampling of our Tamil population. The Sinhalese will surely find out soon that the stick used in the North will increasingly be used in other parts of our blessed land.

      Alas, the TNA can do little at the moment given that they are treading a tightrope with many competing priorities.

      The Sinhalese are incapable of trusting their own, what chance for trusting other communities. They fail to appreciate that we are all but creatures of circumstances, and our strength will come from accepting and trusting each other and working together towards common goals.

      IF only someone could translate ‘E Pluribus Unum’ for local consumption, we might be able to get some traction on the mission to turn this country around.

  • 3


    It was the LTTE who hired lawyers to argue that they were freedom fighters and not terrorists, so they can get their hands on frozen funds and assets. Five years is not a long time for a terrorist organization to go underground after a defeat. What do the LTTE intend to do with the funds if they gain access to it?

    • 0

      Much or all of the LTTE properties, investments and funds kept in the name of trusted supporters have been plundered by these individuals. What is left may not amount to much. the likelihood of anyone making making mischief in the name of the LTTE will remain a reality with or without access to these funds, as long as the Sri Lankan government realizes the best way to prevent future trouble is to trust the Tamils, win their trust and treat them as full fledged citizens. The Tamils are sick of the wars and violence. They do not want the LTTE or anything like it in their midst. With this attitude dominant among Tamils it will be impossible for anything similar to the LTTE phenomenon to recur.

      The government like the shepard boy is crying wolf and its wish may come true only because of its actions.


      • 1

        I grant that there are trustworthy Tamils, and others who are utterly untrustworthy. Wigneswaran, deemed a civilised man, was among the former TILL he bacame CP NP and opened his mouth. Now he belongs amongst the latter. Everybody is sick of war and violence, but yet an uncooperative antagonistic LTTE proxy has been elected, with near identical rhetoric. All the measures put in place by the government to improve the conditions in the North, after thirty years of LTTE destruction, have gone unrecognised. Wigneswaran was a mistake, a big mistake.

    • 1

      Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam

      “What do the LTTE intend to do with the funds if they gain access to it?”

      There is no LTTE as we knew it.

      Perhaps those who supported the campaign on lifting the ban may want to return the funds to the original contributors.

      What is the link between the campaigners and those whom you think are the original depositors.

      Is there an amount that you can confidently quote that you assume being controlled by whoever that is?

  • 2

    Not sure about Kusul and his outfit , but many other NGOs were third party Logistics providers and mentors for the LTTE before it was banned.

    Some of them are still engaged in looking after the interests of Mr Prabakaran,

    Lifting the ban is a shot in the arm for them.

    Plus the LTTE offshoots in EU and England in particular where the hardcore are based.

    The latter ,even with the ban in place prevented the President visiting England twice.

    And the same hardcore ex LTTErs are now Alliance partners of the UNP and the TNA.

    Obviously the Common Candidate didn’t go to Great Britain to ask the PM to buy our Sword Fish which were banned by the same EU or ask the UK Govt to give our the inhabitants , cheap loans.

    He was checking on the progress of the UNP UK Branch and the GTF arrangements to finish off Rajapaksa.

    How can that not be an Election issue?.

    In fact it is the main issue for the great majority of the inhabitants who don;t wish to live in a country with Bantustans where Vellalas rule Dalits.

  • 1

    Nice one Kusal!

    You write “””In this modern world, no country allows any “terrorist” organisation to use its soil to advance “violence and terror” in another country.”””

    So very true. In this modern world, countries that can take the view that if there is any terrorism to be done, THEY will do it. Usually in a cosy coalition. Shock and awe!

    You couldn’t make it up.

  • 1

    The LTTE is a busted flush and their capacity for regeneration in Sri Lanka has been seriously diminished – possibly forever. Even Sri Lankans know that backing a loser is not a good career move. However, there is an appreciable pot of cash swilling about in the Diaspora and, tigers are tigers, they cannot get rid of their stripes overnight. Wisely used, as in the guise of fighting for human rights, investigation of war crimes, etc, etc, can lend some respectability, and give them lot of mileage, but we are all getting wise to the machinations – of ALL parties.

    The latest de-listing of the LTTE can be a blessing in disguise. Let them come out of hiding, into the open. Let us take a closer look at the losers. The Sri Lankan security forces now have a head start and are likely to operate smarter, and get leaner with better intelligence; and will NOT stand for any nonsense, from ANYONE, that will derail the Rajapakse gravy train.
    The LTTE bogey is of course a good tool for the Regime to use locally, where the mere invocation of the dreaded empire will bring support for the ONLY government that found the political will to end our 30 year misery.

    A far, far bigger challenge, for this, or any new government of Sri Lanka, will be to tame the new forces of evil now masquerading in our midst, dressed in tight underwear and fetching saffron robes and setting one community against another. The ensuing mayhem will be a fine cherry on the top of Tamil cake we have baked for the UN and our international tormentors.

  • 0

    It is alleged that MR managed to win the 1st presidential election with the help of Praphakaran . MR Embraced the notorious executioner Karuna Amman LTTE man as a patriot and made him an Honourable minister of his government!. That Pillayan the Alugosu Pundai Andi was also elevated to the level of a great patriot. And what about KP? Recently our great King MR is said to have had a discussion abroad with another former leader of the LTTE, too.It should be understood that this tyrant MR needs LTTE or at least its ghost for his mere survival .Rajapaksa family is the real enemy of the Sinhala bauddhayaas but unfortunately these fools do not realize the fact because they are being systematically brainwashed by government media.

  • 1


    Are you retarded . have you been to Switzerland or Canada ?



  • 1

    The Sinhala Buddhists of this country are digging their graves, It is they who created LTTE because they reacted violently against moderate democratic political Tamil leaders like Samuel Chelvanayagam.They disenfranchised 1.5 million estate workers who were here for two generations, slogging to create our Tea-economy and rail roads. Would they disenfranchise them if they are Sinhala Buddists. The same Sinhala chauvinists left thousands of Tamil government workers without increments and jobs by the introduction of Sinhala-Only Act.
    Now they blame the LTTE?

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