The United States has encouraged the European Union (EU) to list the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a banned organization, Sri Lanka's official Daily News reported Wednesday.
In an exclusive interview with Sri Lanka's national television Rupavahini on Tuesday at the end of his two-day visit, U.S. State Department's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Camp said "the LTTE is very deserving of that label."
Camp said banning the LTTE "will help cut off financial supplies and weapons procurement and the like."
He urged the LTTE to re-assess its methods and abandon terrorism, as "that's the only way it can really have a future in a united Sri Lanka."
Camp also maintained that the Sri Lankan government should address the legitimate grievances of the Tamil people and deal with the disturbing number of killings in recent months.
He told the local MTV television that he hoped the United States and other co-chairs on Sri Lanka's peace process could help move Sri Lanka back to the peace process and de-escalate the current crisis in the upcoming meeting in Tokyo.
The escalation of violence since April has claimed about 170 lives and put the island country's peace process in danger.
The Norwegian brokered a ceasefire between the government and the LTTE in February 2002 after nearly three decades of fighting in the north and east that claimed over 64,000 lives.
The LTTE rebels want to set up a separate homeland for the minority Tamil community in the north and east.