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New LTTE political group emerges

By Easwaran Rutnam

 

A new organisation using the name “The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” has emerged in Switzerland, forcing the Government to keep a close watch on their future moves.

The organisation issued a statement yesterday using the LTTE logo, raising concerns on whether there was an attempt by some diaspora groups to form a new LTTE.

The newly-formed LTTE promotes itself as a political group shunning violence while pushing for Tamil concerns to be addressed.

The LTTE is represented by Lathan Suntharalingam and Kuruparan Kurusamy.

Both Suntharalingam and Kurusamy have been very active members of the Tamil diaspora community, supporting the now militarily-defeated LTTE.

Suntharalingam also played a key role in attempts to get the European Court of Justice to issue an order against the ban on the LTTE.

In an emailed statement yesterday, the newly-formed LTTE said that they are an organisation formed by the people, for the people, and of the people of Tamil Eelam, to safeguard their homeland.

“We are neither a warrior group, nor an armed group or a violence-based group. We have been an organised movement defending the Tamils against the violence we were facing by the government-sponsored groups, and against state terrorism,” the newly-formed LTTE said.

The Government however said it is keeping a close watch on the organisation.

Government Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told The Sunday Morning that the LTTE ideology always existed despite the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.

He said there was suspicion on the timing of the emergence of the new LTTE and if they had any links to political parties in Sri Lanka.