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Tamil Diaspora gets a chance in bringing dollars to settle SL economic crisis

The Government’s move of de-listing six Tamil international organizations including the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and 317 individuals from the banned organization label will pave the way for Tamil Diaspora towards helping Sri Lanka to overcome dollar crisis and pay off its foreign debt of $ 52 billion, political analysts said.

Under this situation the Tamil National Alliance could also join hands with President Ranil Wickremasinghe to form the all party government,political analyst attorney at law Prathiba Mahanamahewa said.

The Tamil Diaspora has now been an opportunity to make their dollar investments in the development of the North and East while helping the government to tackle the massive external debt crisis, he pointedout.

There was a call from Sri Lankan elected leaders for help from the Tamil Diaspora for Sri Lanka’s economic crisis.

There are two million Tamils from Sri Lanka who proudly call them Tamil Diaspora and live in foreign countries. Most of them are financially well-off, highly educated, and well trained and experienced in various fields.

While de-listing six Tamil international organizations including the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and 317 individuals, the government has added 55 new individuals and three more organizations to the banned list as part of this year’s review, informed sources said.

According to the gazette notification issued on July 28 this year signed by Defence Ministry Secretary General

(Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne ban on Global Tamil Forum (GTF), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC),TAMIL Eelam Peoples Assembly (TEPA), British Tamil Forum (BTF) and Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), have been lifted.there were 18 entities that were listed as banned organizations in Sri Lanka.

At the same time a ban on 317 individuals out of 577 individuals, has been lifted. GTF Spokesman Suren Surendiranan is also among those delisted.

The ban was retained on fifteen entities including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),TAMIL Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) and Save the Pearl.

According to UN resolution 1373 (adopted in 2001), UN member states should appoint a Competent Authority and it should recommend to the Minister of the respective country, regarding the removal of the names of any person, group or entity designated from the List every year after reviewing each and every entity and individual.

A senior military official said that the listing or delisting process should be carried out following a thorough investigation into those entities and individuals and it should be reviewed every year.

In response to the reason for de-listing the influential Tamil diaspora organization Global Tamil Forum, the official confirmed that during last year there had been no evidence that the above organization financed terrorism-related matters.

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