The government yesterday hailed Canada for deciding to ban the LTTE there.
Media Minsiter Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the government believed the entire world has accepted that negotiation was the only way to solve problems.
With the exception of the TNA, the major political parties praised the decision taken by the Candian government to outlaw the LTTE in Canada with the main opposition UNP seeing it as a positive move.
UNP Assistant General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told the Daily Mirror that such international bans would create a conducive atmosphere for the government to reach a negotiated solution to the problem.
However, Mr. Attanayake said it was a matter of concern for the Canadian government and the LTTE. ?We need not get involved in this case,? he said.
The JVP said the ban was an achievement for the country and a big blow to the LTTE. The party`s Parliamentary Group Leader Wimal Weerawansa said this ban would be more meaningful only if Canada could also prevent the LTTE from raising funds under other names.
?LTTE will start collecting money using false names and under the pretext of various other organizations like the TRO,? he said.
The JHU which has always taken a hardline stand against the LTTE welcomed the move saying it would scuttle fundraising activities in Canada, a major tiger base for such purposes.
JHU parliamentary group leader Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thera said the government would have an immense advantage in the present context.
The Ven. Thera, however, queried as to why the government was not capitalizing on this conducive atmosphere to defeat the LTTE terrorism.
The TNA, an LTTE proxy, responding to reports on the LTTE ban said it was unfortunate that the Canadian government had to take such an action at a time when the rebels had pledged to honour the Ceasefire Agreement and take forward the peace process.
Party`s General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah said they wondered why the international community had not considered state terrorism against Tamils.
?We are disappointed and much worried about this decision. However, it will not affect our liberation struggle,? he said.