May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense has rejected a media report which said that intelligence officers had been sent foreign countries as part of an international operation against overseas organizations linked to the Tamil Tiger terrorist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The Ministry in a statement rejected a report published in a Sinhala daily on Wednesday, which quoting the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, had said that 18 Intelligence Officers had been sent to 18 countries as part of an international operation against the LTTE organizations.
The Ministry said the Defense Secretary had not made such a statement.
"The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development categorically denies that Intelligence Officers being sent to other countries to educate officials of those countries as part of an international operation, " it said.
The government recently listed the LTTE and other organizations that have links with the LTTE terrorists under the Chapter 40 of the Public Security Ordinance and UN Security Council resolutions aimed at prevention of terrorism.
"The officials of the Ministry of Defense who visit relevant countries on official duties and diplomats of the Ministry of External Affairs have educated relevant authorities in respective countries about the threats posed by those organizations and persons listed in recent gazette notification that listed the organizations," the statement further said.
It added that the diplomats of relevant countries stationed in Sri Lanka have also been educated on government actions with regards to listing those organizations and persons.
According to the Ministry, the government has taken these measures to address the threats posed by the LTTE rump organizations and LTTE operatives that are based in other countries through diplomatic channels in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution No 1373.