Italy recognised the dangerous possible of terrorists by arresting those with hypothetical links to the release Tiger of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Italy, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya told Adnkronos International (AKI).
In an interview with AKI in Rome, Warnakulasuriya, said the Italian administration had taken the lead in Europe in clamping down on anyone who tried to extract money from the Sri Lankan group of people to support the Tigers.
Italian establishment in June under arrest 28 suspected Tiger sympathisers in nine Italian cities counting Rome and Naples. Warnakulasuriya said others had been arrested elsewhere in Italy. "The Italian Government supports Sri Lanka in its brawl against terror agents. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is a terror organisation whose tentacles increase all over the world," he told AKI. "It is an organisation against civilisation and democracy.
"The Italians realised this and prosecuted those involved." But the ambassador harassed that each Tamil was not a terrorist or a Tiger sympathiser.
"The whole Tamil population are not or do not hold up the Tigers but they have money extorted by agents," he said. "It is nothing but extortion when populace don't want to contribute."
Speaking about the Mumbai terrorist attacks the diplomat said Sri Lanka and India wanted to strengthen collaboration to fight terrorism and work with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to protect South Asia from extremists.
He said India had underpredictable the risks posed by terrorists and were not ready for an assault of this scale.