EU to Appeal against Lifting LTTE Ban




The European Union (EU) said that it will  appeal against the Judgement of the General Court that decided to   annul measures taken by the Council of the European Union to  designate  the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and the freeze it’s funds.


“It is important to remember that this legal ruling was clearly based on procedural grounds and it did not imply any assessment by the Court of the substantive issues of designating the LTTE or of freezing LTTE funds,” the EU office in Colombo said.

According to the ruling the freeze on LTTE funds  remains for another three months.

The Council has now decided to challenge some of the findings of the Court regarding the procedural grounds to list terrorist organizations under EU autonomous measures to combat terrorism, as set out in Common Position 2001/931. The effects of the Judgement are suspended until a final judgement is rendered by the Court of Justice.

The EU institutions are also studying carefully other appropriate remedial actions that may be taken to avoid possible annulments in the future.

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