Britain has not done enough to contain LTTE activity — Lord Avebury

by Bandula Jayasekara in London


Civil rights activist and member of the British parliament Lord Avebury in an interview with "The Island" said that Britain had not done enough to stop LTTE activities including fund-raising in that country.

"I don’t think we have failed completely. But, I am really not confident that we have done enough to stop their activities altogether. I think it still continues under various guises.

Avebury said that he is "quite certain that the LTTE has found other ways of siphoning off money particularly from those who seek asylum in Britain.

"Yes. I am quite certain that they have found other ways of siphoning off money, particularly from those who come here as refugees or asylum seekers in many cases with the assistance of the LTTE at their expense. So, they have to pay that money back. That goes on for years and years after somebody arrives in this country."

"The rackets, which are operated by the LTTE to bring people in to this country, are a very serious matter, which we need to control. Not that anyone should be deprived if he is a genuine refugee. But, I think many people who have come here in the past are not persons fleeing from persecution. They were using it as a means of getting in to this country and then they would inflow to the LTTE because they have to pay back the cost of bringing them here."

Asked why Britain cannot put pressure on LTTE since they now allowed LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham to live in London, he said:

"I have no idea if they tried to put pressure on Balasingham or not. I rather doubt if they have any official dealings with him at all. As you say, here is somebody who is a leader of an organization which is named as terrorist by the British government and yet he is living here openly and conducting his activities. I confess,

"I don’t really understand what is the viewpoint of the security authorities in allowing him to function this way, unless there is some tacit agreement with the government of Sri Lanka which allows him a certain latitude because of his role in the peace negotiations and his supposed willingness to enter in to an agreement which would ultimately solve the whole conflict, that they turn a blind eye. I am just guessing now. But, I can see no other reason why he would be left immune from the law which he is so clearly breaking."

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