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Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
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Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."
Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C

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LTTE & Terrorism

LTTE not a terrorist organisation - Karen Parker
LTTE :a Combat Force - Karen Parker 1997
Sri Lanka Bans LTTE, 1998
Sri Lanka lifts Ban on LTTE, 2002
India Bans LTTE -1992/96
US Categorisation of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a Terrorist Organisation - Law & Practice
LTTE Proscribed under UK Terrorism Act 2000, 28 February 2001
European Union Ban on LTTE, 31 May 2006
International Educational Development writes to High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka, 28 July 2007

"A situation of armed violence may be either armed conflict or terrorism but legally cannot be both. Armed conflict automatically invokes the Geneva Conventions. Terrorism invokes criminal law. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are an actual combat group, fully uniformed, occupying territory, engaging in sustained and concerted military operations with an identifiable chain of command and using the methods and materiel of armed conflict. Whether the war is viewed as one in the defense of the right to self-determination (I think it is) or a civil war, the minimum test for a war is clearly met... Using the "terrorism" label against the LTTE.. creates a huge problem if one wishes to "negotiate...""

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