Friday, May 1, 2009

US Country Reports on Terrorism says Tamil Diaspora financed Sri Lanka's rebels

May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's rebel outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) financed itself with contributions from the Tamil Diaspora in North America, Europe, and Australia, the United States said in its 2008 Country report on Terrorism.

The annual report released yesterday by the US State Department said the LTTE financed itself with contributions from the Tamil Diaspora in North America, Europe, and Australia, by imposing local "taxes" on businesses operating in the areas of Sri Lanka under its control, and reportedly by extortion in government-controlled areas. The LTTE also used Tamil charitable organizations as fronts for its fundraising, it added.

The report criticized the Sri Lankan government for its military offensive against the LTTE saying that it is engaged in "any means necessary" tactics to fight the war.

The report also criticized the government for its relationship with the TMVP, the party founded by the breakaway LTTE commander of the Eastern Region, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna and Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan saying that the government has used paramilitary organizations to win the war with the Tigers.

The segment on Sri Lanka in the Country Report is given below :

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