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Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam

Volume 589: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have made any response to the speech by the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka at Chatham House on 15 April, in which he said that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam terrorists were organising and funding their campaign of violence in Sri Lanka from London. [HL1653]

No. The Sri Lankan Government is aware that we attach the highest priority to countering any activity in the United Kingdom by international terrorists and their supporters. Where there is credible evidence that organisations or individuals are involved in terrorism, action is taken. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary announced last year the Government's intention to publish a consultation paper on the future of the United Kingdom's counter-terrorism legislation. This will include proposals to increase powers to deal with fund-raising by terrorists. The Government also intend to bring forward legislation which will make it illegal to conspire in this country to commit terrorists acts abroad.