|Sri Lanka welcomes U.S. decision to designate the ‘Tamil Foundation’ as supporter of LTTE terrorism|
|Thursday, 12 February 2009 16:57|
The Government of Sri Lanka appreciates the U.S. Government’s decision to designate the ‘Tamil Foundation’ as an organization extending support to L.T.T.E terrorism and to freeze all its U.S. assets. This decision also prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with the Tamil Foundation. The U.S. authorities have charged that the L.T.T.E uses charitable organizations such as the Tamil Foundation to raise funds to support its terror campaign. The U.S. Treasury which maintains vigilance on the financial dealings of terrorist organizations has vowed to aggressively target attempts by terrorists to use charities and other front organizations to propagate terrorism against innocent civilians.
The L.T.T.E has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization in the United States since 1997. The U.S. Treasury Department has described the Tamil Foundation as having close financial and other links to the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) which was also found to have links with the L.T.T.E and had its assets frozen in 2007. Incidentally, the Tamil Foundation which is based in Maryland, United States and the TRO are both headed by the same person.