23 November 2015
A gazette notification announced that it had significantly scaled back a list of foreign-based “terrorists” as part of reconciliation efforts. 8 Tamil advocacy groups were de-listed, but 8 more groups including the separatist LTTE remained on the banned list. On a list of proscribed organisations and people created by the previous administration in March last year, the number of terrorist groups was reduced to eight from 16 and the number of individuals cut back to 155 from 424. The government had promised eight months ago to carry out a review as part of reconciliation efforts. The terror designation applied to several organisations in Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States. When inquired regarding this from Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi, he stated that upon close monitoring of the actions of certain groups during recent past, it was decided to remove them from the list.
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