Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will seek assistance from the diplomatic community to apprehend LTTE operatives who have been issued Interpol red notices.
Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris will request the cooperation of the diplomatic community when he meets the ambassadors and high commissioners in Colombo next Thursday to brief them on the recent proscription by the Sri Lankan government of 16 organizations that have links with the LTTE, according to official sources.
The government on April 01 signed the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373, which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing.
With the signing of the Resolution 1373, the Sri Lankan government has banned the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and 15 other Tamil diaspora groups that are alleged of having terror links and involved in reviving the terrorist movement in the country.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka police had obtained Interpol Red Notices on 40 suspected LTTE operatives active in foreign countries.
Two of the Red Notices are for LTTE operatives identified as LTTE leader Perinpanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyawan who is believed to be in Oslo and Vinayagam, who is living in France.
"When an Interpol red notice is issued there is a duty cast upon the international community to assist the country where the suspect is wanted," External Affairs Ministry Publicity Division Director General A.M. Saddiq has told Sunday Observer.
However, the official has noted that it was important for these countries to have the political will when dealing with terrorist suspects.
Sri Lanka recently arrested a senior LTTE leader with the cooperation of Iranian and Malaysian authorities.
The senior LTTE leader known as Nanthagopan, who has been functioning as one of the two deputy leaders of Nediyawan was detained by Iranian authorities when he was on his way from Malaysia to UK through Iran and deported to Malaysia to face terrorism charges. Malaysia, which shares an extradition treaty with Sri Lanka, extradited him to Sri Lanka where he was arrested.
The Ministry official has however expressed regret that some countries in the West are extremely reluctant to place equal importance to arrest LTTE suspects as against those linked to Al Qaeda.