LTTE responds to US terror listing

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 October 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The LTTE has formally responded to the US State Department's decision to include it on the list of organizations engaged in terrorism. Expressing both 'deep dismay and displeasure', the LTTE said that the State Department's decision would only serve to escalate the conflict.

In a statement distributed to the world's media, the Liberation Tigers said that it was 'regrettable' that the US 'has chosen to characterize and discredit the legitimate struggle of the Tamil people', pointing out that the US itself had won its right to self determination by violent struggle.

The LTTE said that the 'rather imprudent diplomatic move to placate Sri Lanka' was 'unfair, unfounded and irresponsible' and that it would 'encourage the racist Sinhala state to pursue its policy of war and military repression against the Tamils and thereby escalate the present armed conflict'.

The Tigers also pointed out that if the US intention was to undermine support for the LTTE by intimidating the expatriate Tamil community, then it was a 'serious miscalculation' as the Tamil community 'has an unshakable conviction in the legitimacy of our struggle and in the passionate yearning of our people for freedom from Sinhala domination and oppression'.

TamilNet has been informed by sources close to the LTTE that the organization will mount a legal challenge to the listing.


Related Articles:
09.10.97   US says LTTE engages in terrorism

 

Latest 15 Reports
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
27.09.20 12:05   Photo
Tamils unify to mark Thileepan Remembrance, brave Colombo's suppression of memorialisation
26.09.20 09:10   Photo
Commemorating sacrifices of Tamil struggle is an inalienable right, not a subject for ‘SL permission’
25.09.20 22:08   Photo
South Asia mourns SPB's demise
15.09.20 06:37   Photo
UN Rights Chief joins her predecessors in watering down collective rights of genocide affected people
04.09.20 22:13   Photo
Diaspora youth group re-aligns Tamil narrative on enforced disappearances
03.09.20 15:41   Photo
Jude Lal Fernando’s Sputnik interview exposes unfolding British duplicity on KMS ‘investigations’
02.09.20 22:03   Photo
Gotabaya's ‘Task Force’ monk threatens Tamils to stay away from their paddy fields in Thiriyaay
01.09.20 23:36  
Colombo extends genocidal land grab targeting farmlands of Tamils along NE border: Ravikaran
31.08.20 16:36   Photo
Families of war-disappeared send strong message braving SL restrictions on International Day
08.08.20 01:05   Photo
Sumanthiran alleged of exerting Colombo’s influence to tamper with preferential vote counts
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=104