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Tamil Tiger defeat impossible ‘without our friends in Washington’

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17 May 2016

By Indika Gamage

The foreign minister of Sri Lanka has confirmed that the support of United States of America was key to  defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a war that ended with the massacre of at least 70,000 civilians.

Tamil Tigers being proscribed in the European Union in 2006 was ‘the biggest blow to the LTTE,’ said Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in an open letter to the country’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mangala Samaraweera had previously held the foreign ministry portfolio under Rajapaksa from 2005 to early 2007, before been appointed as foreign minister by President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015.

“It was also thanks to my predecessor Lakshman Kadirgamar that the LTTE was proscribed in the United States in 1998 and the UK in 2001. And it was during my tenure that I, along with the help of our friends in Washington aimed the biggest blow to the LTTE by listing them in the 27 countries of the EU and Canada. By 2007 with the LTTE banned in the US, EU and Canada, its funding and procurement network was severely affected,” Samaraweera says in his open letter….

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