Point Pedro high security zone to remain
[TamilNet, Saturday, 07 September 2002, 22:58 GMT]
The Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary said Saturday that Point Pedro Hartley
College and Methodist Girls High School in Jaffna district are within in the
high security zone, which encompasses the harbour, courthouse, rest house
and some other public offices. The roads leading to these schools will not
be opened to the public, he said.
"As such only principals, students and teachers will be allowed to use the
roads that leads to these schools without any checking," said Mr. Austin
Fernando, Defence Secretary, at a conference held at the 52-4 brigade
headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army, Point Pedro Saturday afternoon.
Parents can also use the road, but will be subjected to checks by soldiers
and police manning the sentry points, he added.
"The members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Jaffna will be
allowed to monitor to ensure the freedom of movement of students through the
college road," Defence Secretary Fernando said.
"Roads through Supper Madam, Kadatkarai and the bus route 751 cannot be
opened for security reason. However, it can be reviewed later at a stage
depending on the progress of the peace talks between the government and the
LTTE," said Mr. Fernando.
When the principals of the schools pointed out that students will not agree
to these conditions, Mr. Fernando replied: "This is not our problem. It is
the students'. They can make representations to the SLMM and the LTTE, but
the army camp in the area will continue to exist."
The Defence Secretary said,"I will submit a report to the Prime Minister on
my return to Colombo. We are prepared to close down the camp if the
The Defence Secretary was on a one-day visit to Jaffna on the instruction of
the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile the Police Saturday informed the people of Point Pedro though
public address system not to allow their children to engage in activities
engineered by some elements which are all out to disrupt the peace.
05.09.02 Hartley and Methodist Girls reopen