LTTE agrees Vanni access point
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 03 August 1999, 23:40 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers are agreeable to setting up a demilitarised zone on the A9 highway near Mankulam between the present forward defences of the LTTE and the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), said an official of the LTTE in London who was contacted by TamilNet tonight with regards to the SLA's latest proposals for an access route.
The LTTE has written to the International Committee of the Red Cross, stating its willingness to facilitate the immediate resumption of relief supplies to the Vanni, said the official, who did not wish to be named.
"As we have been saying for several weeks now, we are ready to set up a civilian security zone on the Jaffna-Kandy road between the present defence lines [of both sides]," he said.
"But the Sri Lankan government has been blocking the food supply for several weeks and unreasonably demanding we dismantle our defences and withdraw 5kms," he added.
02.08.99 New access routes proposed