LTTE officially added to EU blacklist
BELGIUM : The European Union officially added the LTTE to its terror
blacklist yesterday, effectively freezing the group's assets across the
25-nation bloc and hindering its ability to raise money for its armed
The updated blacklist was published Wednesday, two days after EU
ministers voted without debate to include the Tigers.
"The decision of the EU to list the LTTE should come as a surprise to
nobody," the EU said in a statement.
The list also includes the al-Qaida terror group and the militant
Palestinian group Hamas.
The EU said that the Tigers had "systematically ignored" its warnings
to give up their armed conflict on the Indian Ocean island, and commit
to peace talks, the statement said.
The group still must "amend its violent course and return to peace
talks," the EU statement said, adding that it would continue contacts
with the group "where such contacts, in the pursuit of the peace
process, may help to bring about a return to negotiations and an end to
The EU also called on the Sri Lankan Government to curb violence in