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The latest ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2011’ of the United States say that in 2011 there were no incidents of terrorism in Sri Lanka and most counterterrorism activities undertaken by the government targeted possible LTTE finances as the government remained concerned that the LTTE’s international network of financial support is still functioning.
The report says that the government of Sri Lanka, although not immediately concerned over a possible resurgence of the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), remains concerned over its overseas financial network. It further says that despite the military defeat of the LTTE, the Sri Lankan government is of the belief that sympathizers and organizational remnants continue to raise funds in many countries.
‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2011’, an annual report mandated by the U.S. Congress, was issued on 31st July by the State Department reviews the counterterrorism events worldwide last year.
The report, whichThe Department of State will release the annual Congressionally mandated Country Reports on Terrorism 2011 on Tuesday, July 31 a provides an assessment of trends and events in international terrorism revealed within the last year, continues to list the LTTE as a U.S. government designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
According to the report, since LTTE had used a number of non-profit organizations for terrorist financing purposes, including the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), during 2011, the government has actively searched for other financial links to the LTTE and remained suspicious of non-governmental organizations, fearing they would be used by the LTTE.
The report also says that the Sri Lankan government cooperated with other countries on regional counterterrorism issues but the counterterrorism cooperation and training with the United States in 2011 was minimal due, in part, to statutory and policy restrictions imposed by the U.S. government. According to the report, the government of Sri Lanka remained committed to the counterterrorism efforts of international bodies such as the United Nations.(niz)