Denmark to Ban TRO
Danish Government has also assured to take appropriate action on the continuation of the GSP Plus facilities to Sri Lanka.
This was disclosed by Lars Bredal, Acting Head and the Director-General of Denmark’s Department of Asia and Latin America.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Ranjit Jayasooriya met separately with Lars Bredal and Ms. Ditte Bjerrejaart, Sri Lanka’s Desk Officer on Friday in Copenhagen to participate in the annual meeting with the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
In the bilateral talks with Danish Foreign Ministry Officials, ambassador Jayasooriya explained that as a result of the LTTE separatist terrorism, there is a huge threat for the economic development, democracy, the rule of law and deterioration of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka since 1976. He said the present government with the support of the security forces succeeded in freeing the terrorist menace and for all communities to live with peace and harmony in Sri Lanka forever.
Responding to Sri Lanka Ambassador’s observation, Lars Bredal said that Denmark seriously considers the deterioration of human rights situation in Sri Lanka pointing out arrests, assaults and killings especially journalists and several other incidents.
Lars also said that it is very important to allow access by NGOs, INGOs and UN Agencies to the places of IDPs in the Northern Province, as there are many human rights sufferings.
He further requested the support of the Government of Denmark to Sri Lanka for its request to the EU for the continuation of another 03 years GSP Plus facility to the EU market accession and also listing the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in the EU countries as a terrorist support organization.
He pointed out that all funds collected by the TRO were used not for any rehabilitation work, but for building huge earth bunds ranging from 10 km to 25 km, canals and bunkers for military purposes by the LTTE and it is visible in the 95 per cent of the liberated Northern Province areas and also in the entire Eastern Province. Lars Bredal indicated that considering human rights violations and the Government responses to improve the present situation, they will take appropriate actions on the continuation of the GSP Plus facilities to Sri Lanka and also consider listing the TRO as a banned organization. (Asiantribune.com)
(Courtesy: Asian tribune)