The European Union Lists Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a Banned Terrorist Organization

The EU had in September 2005 already imposed a travel ban on LTTE members. Its new decision followed earlier similar moves by the United States, Canada, Britain, and India. A freeze on Tamil assets could hurt the LTTE’s ability to raise funds from Tamil expatriates.

It is debatable whether this move will help efforts to dampen the march toward renewed conflict. It may well worsen the situation by making the LTTE more intransigent—less wiling to negotiate and to cooperate with European ceasefire monitors.

“EU Bans Sri Lanka’s Rebel Tamil Tigers—Diplomats,” Washington Post, 29 May 2006.