Bishop asked to mediate POW release
[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2000, 21:34 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Mr.Jeyaraj Fernandopulle wrote to the Bishop of Mannar today requesting him to mediate the release of the Sri Lanka army soldiers held by the Liberation Tigers in the Vanni. Church sources in Mannar said that the Bishop is expected to leave shortly, once he obtains clearance to visit the Vanni.
The Liberation Tigers say that the Sri Lankan government should send a senior official to negotiate the release of the POWs in the custody.
Organisations and parents of SLA soldiers missing in action have been stepping up pressure on the government in recent weeks to respond to the LTTE's position on negotiations regarding the release of the SLA POWs.