Sri Lanka will ban all groups who promote the LTTE ideology or separatism in Sri Lanka.
Cabinet co-spokesman Udaya Gammanpila said that Sri Lanka is not prepared to engage with such groups or individuals.
Speaking at the post Cabinet press conference today, Gammanpila said that Sri Lanka does not recognize the term diaspora.
He said that diaspora is a Greek term used when Jews were expelled from Israel.
"Nobody has been expelled from Sri Lanka. There is no diaspora as such," he said.
Gammanpila said that Sri Lanka will closely engage with the expatriate community but will ban any group or individual who promotes the ideology of the LTTE.
"The LTTE is proscribed in Sri Lanka and separatism is banned under our Constitution," he said.
The Minister said that anyone who propages the ideology in Sri Lanka or overseas and anyone who promotes separatism will be banned.
The Government has already banned a number of Tamil diaspora groups, including some influential organizations based in the UK.
Some of the groups were banned in 2014 but were de-listed by the Government in 2015.
The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), British Tamil Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), National Council of Canadian Tamil, Tamil Youth Organisation and the World Tamil Coordinating Committee have been proscribed by the Ministry of Defence.
The have been banned under Regulation 4(7) of the United Nations Regulations No. 1 of 2012. (Easwaran Rutnam)
ChanakaJ Tuesday, 30 March 2021 12:30 PM
Finally, common sense prevails! No progressive country will tolerate groups or political parties who are plotting their downfall, and using terrorism to achieve it.
DJ Tuesday, 30 March 2021 12:53 PM
From 2015 todate it is the SLPP, you guys who used the term diaspora, so ban yourselves.
BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 30 March 2021 01:00 PM
"Nobody Expelled" then what do you call 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983, Jaffna Library burning down? Sinhalese yakko carnivals?
ding dong Tuesday, 30 March 2021 01:05 PM
what about banning UNHRC?
Antony Jude Tuesday, 30 March 2021 01:08 PM
Also ban all groups and individuals who promote sinhala buddhist racism and extremism which caused creation of the LTTE in Srilanka.
European Tuesday, 30 March 2021 01:36 PM
# ding dong: good idea. It will save us a lot of money
roobarbie Tuesday, 30 March 2021 01:59 PM
Excellent. Ban them from entering the country
citizen Tuesday, 30 March 2021 05:14 PM
ban all extremist groups and individual who try to divide this country for their benefits and political gain
Manu Tuesday, 30 March 2021 09:59 PM
Ban too TNA.
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