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It is up to the SL foreign Minister to engage with the foreign missions to educate them about the realities in Sri Lanka

(Courtesy of Asian Tribune)

In the meantime, ignoring the strong protests of the Attorney General’s Office, the Swiss Federal Courts acquitted 12 persons accused of raising funds for the LTTE from 1999 to 2009.

Among the reasons, the Swiss courts “felt” that there does not exist enough evidence to consider the LTTE as a criminal group. Adding salt to injury, the court goes on to claim that had the LTTE engaged in any terrorist activities, it is to be recognized as an independent ethnic community.

This is a wakeup call for the Foreign Ministry to engage with the foreign missions in Sri Lanka and educate them of the realities of the situation.

It must be emphasized to these missions that over 50 percent of the Tamils live outside the North and the East. During these thirty years of terrorism, the ones who suffered the most were the Tamils caught in areas infested with the LTTE. They underwent untold misery and hardships at the hands of the LTTE Tamil terrorists. They were mercilessly extorted by the LTTE, whose annual profits were Rs 300 million out of which not a cent was spent for the welfare of the Tamil civilians.

The Foreign Ministry must address this as a matter of urgency or face dire consequences at the upcoming Geneva sessions in March. In any case, this uphanded behavior of ambassadors, embassies and foreign governments that treats criminal elements as victims and treat the legitimate government of Sri Lanka as a pariah must be brought to a resolute stop.

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