NGOs write to South African MPs
[TamilNet, Sunday, 20 December 1998, 18:16 GMT]
The NGO Consortium of Kilinochchi and the Organization for the Displaced in the Vanni has sent memorandums to the South African Parliamentarians who visited the country recently, urging them to put pressure on the Sri Lankan Government with the assistance of the international community to find a permanent solution to the ethnic issue.
"We the people of Vanni eagerly waited to receive you all in the Vanni. We are extremely disappointed you were not able to visit our area," the memorandum said.
The South African delegation said earlier they had been denied permission by the Sri Lankan military to visit the LTTE-held areas, on the basis that there was no time.
"The displaced people in the Vanni are forced to live in small huts under tarpaulin roofs below the shades of the trees. They are without basic facilities. Due to the Sri Lankan's military attitude, the displaced people have lost their basic human rights of living independently" the NGO consortium said.