LTTE invites donors to Kilinochchi - paper

[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 June 2005, 06:24 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers have invited the four major donor agencies - World Bank, ADB JBIC and IMF - to Kilinochchi to discuss the outcome of the international aid conference held in Kandy last month and how future tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation work could be carried out, the Daily Mirror reported Thursday.

LTTE Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilchelvan has invited the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation for a discussion tomorrow and on Saturday, but a date is yet to be confirmed.

"We are worried over the absence of a joint mechanism and the matter will be taken up during the meeting," LTTE Peace Secretariat Chief Mr. S. Pulidevan told the paper.

When contacted ADB Country Director Alessandro Pio told the Daily Mirror a meeting was on the cards but a date was yet to be fixed.

Asked if the Kilinochchi meeting was to be similar to the Kandy forum, Mr. Pio called it a 'routine' meeting with the LTTE.

He said the future of the reconstruction and rehabilitation in the North-East will be taken up during the talks.

"Whether there is a joint mechanism or not, we have been discussing North-East rehabilitation with the LTTE continuously," he told the Daily Mirror.

Meanwhile, Ports and Aviation Deputy Minister Dilan Perera told the Daily Mirror, brushing aside the JVP's alternative proposals for the joint mechanism as unacceptable, that whether one likes it or not the LTTE is 'the main actor' and any mechanism should be with its participation.

LTTE Peace Secretariat Chief Mr. S. Pulidevan told the paper that there was growing frustration among the tsunami battered people in the Northeast due to lack of a joint mechanism and added that the aim of the meeting was to discuss how the reconstruction work could be carried forward.

 

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