A United States Senate Foreign Relations
Committee (USSFRC) report has revealed that Eritrea was
providing direct military assistance to LTTE.
Although a report released by the USSFRC did not
specifically identify the military assistance given to the LTTE,
it had confirmed the direct link between the LTTE and Eritrea.
This was based on the findings of a six member
Senate Foreign Relations Committee majority staff conducting an
investigation in 20 Latin American, Asian and the Middle East.
The delegation had studied ‘counterterrorism strategy, policies
and activities, giving special attention to foreign assistance.’
"Eritrea won independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
Until a UN resolution in 1952 united both countries Eritrea was
a sovereign nation with distinct nationality to that of the
Ethiopian. Since then, the Ethiopians and Eritreans have been
engaged in military offensive until the latter’s independence
endorsed by the United Nations."
"Sri Lanka was one of the countries year marked
by the Bush White House last year for enhanced military
assistance, and it is up to the diplomatic efforts of the Sri
Lanka government to use her public diplomacy from the American
ambassador to the officials of the State Department to justify
the need for military assistance to combat the home grown
terrorism that has threatened her territorial integrity,
sovereignty and democracy."
This is the first occasion that an influential
and powerful senate committee such as foreign relations has
arrived at a conclusion when discussing the Tamil Tiger
activities in Sri Lanka and the threat that it posses to this
South Asian island-nation‘s territorial integrity, sovereignty
and her near-six decade old democratic system in identifying a
member nation of the United Nations providing military aid
against another member of the same World Body which has a
legitimate democratically elected government to facilitate a
rebel group fighting for a separate state.
The then chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee Richard Lugar, now the Ranking Member of the
same committee after the Democratic majority in the Senate took
over the control of all committees of the Senate in January
2007, made the findings of his staff available for Congressional
record on 15 December 2006 with copies to the White House, State
and Defense Departments.