Colombo Telegraph

WikiLeaks: EU Acknowledged The Possibility Of A Backlash By LTTE Front Groups In Europe

“Commission Director for Asia James Moran told Owen that he would travel to India the week of June 15 to discuss plans for the next EU-India summit, tentatively scheduled for November, 2009. Owen briefed Moran on Washington’s preliminary thinking about a U.S.-India strategic dialogue. On Sri Lanka, Moran noted the size and strength of the Tamil diaspora in Europe and acknowledged the possibility of a backlash by LTTE front groups in Europe to the LTTE’s military defeat in Sri Lanka. Moran said that Colombo was not cooperating with the EU’s ongoing human rights investigation, which would inform its decision about renewing Sri Lanka’s GSP status.” the US Embassy Brussels informed Washington.

James Moran

A classified diplomatic cable which details a meeting on United States – European Union on South and Central Asia, just after the Sri Lanka’s war. The Colombo Telegraph found the related ‘Confidential’ US diplomatic cable dated June 22, 2009 from the WikiLeaks database.

In a separate meeting with Owen [ South and Central Asia Bureau Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Owen], Sri Lankan Ambassador to the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha expressed concern that the EU was ‘overplaying its hand’ regarding Sri Lanka and said he had encouraged key EU officials to recalibrate their relationship with Colombo. Aryasinha asked for USG help in encouraging the EU to designate LTTE front organizations, which he saw as a threat to Europe as well as Sri Lanka.

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