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CANADIAN ASSOCIATION SAYS THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT'S FOOT DRAGGING MAKES TERRORISTS FUND RAISE OPENLY

By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

Since Canada has dragged her feet in enacting legislation to suppress terrorism, front organizations of some of the most brutal and ruthless terrorist organizations are brazenly and openly raising funds in Canada, charged Sri Lanka United National Association (SLUNA) of Toronto.

In a letter addressed to Canada's foreign Affairs Minister John Manley and all his cabinet colleagues the Canadian organization of expatriate Sri Lankans said Canada has been dragging her feet in enacting legislation to comply with the UN accord on the suppression of Financing of terrorism , which was adopted in December 1999 with the consent of Canada.

The SLUNA letter signed by its president, Mahinda Gunasekera drew the attention of the Canadian government to the recent fund raising event which took place in Toronto's Kandasamy Temple , which was reported by the LTTE's own website Eelamnation to have raised 11,000 Canadian dollars. The fund raising event was organized in the guise of felicitating a LTTE lyric writer , Kasi Anandan, who composes songs to be used as the terrorist organization's martial music. Every donor for the LTTE war chest in return received a book of verses, entitled "Are you a Tamil or Tamilinglish" written by Kasi Anandan .

"Throw the Sinhalese army out and secure Thamil people's freedom" were described as aims of the fund raising by Velupillai Thangavelu , a well known Liberation Tigers fund raiser , who addressed the event. Thangavelu was second in command to Manickawasagam Suresh, who is currently under deportation orders by the Canadian government, when the latter was the President of the World Tamil Movement (WTM) and the Federation of Canadian Tamils (FACT) for allegedly raising funds for the terrorist activities of the LTTE. Both organizations have been recognized as front organizations of the Liberation Tigers by the Canadian Intelligence Agency.

"Suresh Manickawasagam," said the SLUNA letter, " yet remains in Canada, while his fellow travelers are merrily dining and dancing with politicians and funneling funds raised through criminal and other means to the insurgent terrorist group known as Tamil Tigers who are wreaking havoc in distant Sri Lanka."

The letter pointed out that the recent maniacal attack on the International Airport in Colombo by the terrorists of the LTTE, who continue to receive funds from Canada, was aimed at not only destabilizing Sri Lanka's economy but was also directed towards disrupting international air traffic.

The letter described the lethargy of the Canadian politicians to wipe out terrorist related activities from the soil of Canada as an attempt merely "to garner ethnic votes supposedly controlled by terrorist front organizations such as WTM, FACT etc. operating in" Canada.

The letter concluded by charging the Liberal Party government of Canada for being soft on terrorists,"thereby abandoning its obligations in terms of international accords."


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