Displaying LTTE flags in UK: SL wants stern action

22 October 2018 03:25 pm - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Sri Lankan Government had highlighted the British Government the importance of implementing its Terrorism Laws and taking stern action against the four individuals who were arrested for displaying the LTTE flags.

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranwaka, who was in the UK, had expressed these views when he met with Mark Field, Minister for Asia and Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

The minister was referring to the recent incident where Thames Valley Police arrested four activists of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam for exhibiting LTTE flags and other insignia.

He said he hoped that British law enforcement authorities would ensure that UK’s own Terrorism Laws were correctly observed and that stern action would be taken against appropriate individuals, as these acts by extremists go directly against the reconciliation processes being encouraged in Sri Lanka by the British government.

Sri Lanka’s UNHRC Resolution, which was co-sponsored with other nations including UK, was also discussed and Minister Ranawaka had reassured that the Sri Lankan government was maintaining its commitment to ensure that all communities enjoyed lasting peace and reconciliation.

At a separate meeting in the House of Lords, Lord Naseby, President of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Sri Lanka was also briefed by Minister Ranawaka on the preparations being discussed in Cabinet for the next UNHRC Geneva Sessions in March 2019.

Lord Naseby had stressed that Sri Lanka’s Govt should adopt a firm stance and mentioned the importance of repealing the current Prevention of Terrorism Act and introducing fresh Counter Terrorism legislation as soon as possible.

The highlight of Minister Ranawaka’s visit was a London Investment forum that attracted a host of British and international companies and institutions to present the considerable business opportunities in Sri Lanka being offered through the implementation of the various Megapolis projects and especially the current development of Port City Colombo.

  Comments - 15

  • One side Monday, 22 October 2018 03:41 PM

    You all expect other countries to listen to you but you all are not prepared to listen to any country on the ethinic issue in Sri Lanka.

    Dee Monday, 22 October 2018 05:09 PM

    You referring to the ethnic issue which ended 9 years back?

    PC Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:10 AM

    There was never an ethnic issue. It was always terrorism by a few members of the tamil community!

    Nesam Monday, 22 October 2018 03:49 PM

    As someone who resides in London, I fully agree with the minister. The LTTE flag and emblems are defiantly displayed in many parts of London. The British authorities are not too concerned, as they never killed a Westerner. I am ashamed and embarrased when I see this, as they do not represent us, the majority.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 22 October 2018 03:50 PM

    Sri Lanka and the LTTE are far too insignificant for the UK to endanger the health and integrity of their police to confiscate LTTE flags. Minister Ranwaka should not give pressure, as this can only lead to the UK lifting the ban on the LTTE. If the UK police confiscated LTTE flags, that's ok, if not, that's also ok.

    Nesam Monday, 22 October 2018 04:51 PM

    Wolfstein, you really are a mindless moron; any other support for a proscribed Terrorist organization is severely clamped down on. They give people even more reason to hate us, Peaceful Tamils.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 23 October 2018 03:13 PM

    Dear Nesam. I live longer in Sri Lanka than half of the population has been born and I know what I say about this country. Nobody has to agree with me, but it is evidence of a very bad upbringing to offend people with a different opinion online and anonymously.

    mohan Monday, 22 October 2018 04:59 PM

    if you take closer look you may find little differ from llte flag technically it not ltte flag .

    Tinkiriya Monday, 22 October 2018 07:52 PM

    Minister Ranawaka, the British imperials will never give up their old habits like "divide, conquer, rule and ethically cleansing" strategy that their military industrial complex. Perpetual war and new wars created help profit these blood suckers. If not why would the British trade arms to the Saudis to unleash the curren human genocide in Yemen?

    Jude Monday, 22 October 2018 10:51 PM

    British government have NOT done anything regarding The Chilcot Inquiry!! Where former British PM Tony Blair guilty of misusing power and deliberately misled British Parliament on Iraq invasion!!! And that actions led to crimes against humanity in Iraq !!! So you think British government will take action on this Flag issue!???? Huh!!! Ya It ain't gonna to happen!!?? Ya !!

    Parra Sudda's enemy Tuesday, 23 October 2018 04:12 AM

    Try displaying a black flag with one Arabic letter and you will be branded a AlQaida terrorist (even if you're not) and then sent to the Gulag or executed by the parra sudda!

    Soam Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:01 AM

    The UNHCR Resolutions , even though the phase of the implementation is low, they are being undertaken. The diaspora Tamils should take hard look at their mindset. Change or keep dreaming.

    Cobra Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:29 AM

    And upset their LTTE vote base? You got to be kidding!!!

    karthik Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:18 PM

    The ethnic issue gave rise to terrorism.

    Rajash Wednesday, 24 October 2018 03:09 AM

    oh dear LTTE was apparently defeated a decade ago. Ranawake still wants to play LTTE card in UK for back sinhala moadays

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