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Last updated: 19 May, 2006 - Published 18:00 GMT
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EU 'actively considering' Tiger ban
Tiger leader Prabhakaran
Tigers are already banned in the US, UK, India and Canada
The European Union says member states are actively considering banning Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka as a terrorist outfit.

The representative of the EU Presidency in Sri Lanka has clarified media reports on an EU move to proscribe the LTTE.

“This process will be concluded in due course of time by a decision of the Counsel of Minister of the EU Member States,” a press release issued by the EU Presidency on Friday said.

Travel ban

EU imposed a travel ban on the LTTE after the assassination of former Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The United States, Great Britain, Canada and India have already listed the Tigers as one of proscribed organisations.

 At this stage, a possible listing of the LTTE is under active consideration by the MEmber States of the EU
EU statement

Earlier this week the US urged the EU to ban Tamil Tigers following an upsurge in violence between the rebels and government forces in the recent weeks.

Welcoming the engagement by the EU in Sri Lanka’s peace process as a member of the Co-Chair, the Sri Lanka government says it is committed to the continuation of talks with the Tigers.

“It is fervent hope of the government that the LTTE will take into account the expressed view of the international community and desist from further acts of violence,” a government statement said.

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