May 09, Colombo: Organized events to commemorate LTTE terrorist cadres killed in battle in the North or any other part of the country will not be allowed, the military spokesperson and the director of the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said.
The military spokesman said however, any family who had lost a member during the terrorist insurgency has the freedom to privately mourn the loss of their loved ones in keeping with their religious beliefs.
According to Brigadier Wanigasooriya display of flags or any other insignia of the LTTE or any other organization proscribed in the recent gazette notification as organizations espousing terrorism is illegal, and therefore, will not be allowed.
Organized events of any form to commemorate members of the LTTE will not be allowed in any part of the country as it is illegal since LTTE is a proscribed organization, he clarified.
Meanwhile, the fifth year celebration of war victory will be held at Matara on 18 May, the Spokesman said.
The spokesman, dismissing media reports which said that Defense Ministry was behind a decision to close universities in certain parts of the country, said the Defense Ministry does not get involved in making decisions on subjects that come under other ministries.