LTTE declining fast in Germany
The LTTE and its sympathisers are fast fading in Germany. Several
attempts made by them to raise funds by holding campaigns have failed,
said Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Berlin, Sarath Kongahage.
In an interview with the Daily News, Kongahage said that the Sri
Lankan community in Germany is around 60,000, of which around 8,000 are
Tamils. LTTE sympathisers tried to hold a protest to coincide with Sri
Lanka’s Independence Day on February 4.
They wanted to hold a mass protest and tarnish the image of Sri
Lanka. However, their plans were a utter failure as only eight people
turned out for the event,‘‘ he said.
He said that the Sri Lankan community too organised themselves and
had a separate event. He said that one of the main reasons for this is
that the Tamil population in Germany knows that government is keen to
safeguard the rights of the Tamils and they are being protected and
looked after well.
“They also know about the massive development that is taking place in
the North East which has opened up new avenues of employment and better
living standards,” ambassador Kongahage said.
“Sri Lanka and Germany have been having diplomatic ties for a long
time and Germany is the third largest tourism feeder to Sri Lanka after
India and the UK. Germans are keen on Sri Lankan Blue sapphires and a
special Blue Sapphire stamp too was issued recently” he said.