TIGERS HAVEN’T GIVEN US
ANY REASON TO BE HOPEFUL: U.S.
US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald A.
Camp last Wednesday drew the attention of the US Congressional
Sub Committee on Asia and the Pacific, to a recent report
by the US Human Rights Watch titled Funding the ‘final
war’ LTTE intimidation and extortion in the Tamil
Diaspora, which had detailed the manner in which
the LTTE was receiving funds from the Tamil Diaspora.
Emphasising the role Tamil Diaspora funding
played in sustaining the conflict in Sri Lanka, Camp said
"their fundraising in the US, was forbidden by law
in terms of the proscription against the LTTE as a Foreign
Terrorist Organization (FTO)".
The hearing titled "Unrest in South
Asia: Recent Developments in Nepal and Sri Lanka"
was held at the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill in Washington
DC. It was chaired by Congressman James A. Leach, of the
Sub Committee on Asia and the Pacific, of the US House
Committee on International Relations and attended by Congressman
Brad and Congressman Eni F. H. Faleomavagea.
Statement by Donald A. Camp, US Principal Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
of the hearing