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UK rejects appeal to lift LTTE terrorist designation

June 23, Colombo (LNW): The UK Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission has denied the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) request to remove the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from the UK’s list of terrorist organisations.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry confirmed that the LTTE will remain proscribed in the UK.

He announced on ‘X’ that the independent appeals commission, chaired by a high court judge and two retired senior diplomats, upheld the terrorist designation.

The TGTE, advocating for an independent Tamil state in north-east Sri Lanka, had appealed for the LTTE’s ban to be lifted.

Sabry also noted that while the TGTE is not banned in the UK due to its non-violent pursuit of political aims, the LTTE’s international network aims to get foreign governments to lift the ban in order to revive the group.

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