SLA discusses fishermen grievances
[TamilNet, Friday, 20 September 2002, 15:34 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army Thursday held a discussion with representatives of
Vadamarachchi fisheries societies regarding their grievances. The
conference held at the headquarters of the 52-4 Brigade of the SLA.
assurances were given at the conference that the SLA would take up the
question with higher authorities to allow displaced Vadamarachchi fishermen
now in LTTE held Vanni region to travel by sea in their boats for
resettlement in their villages.
Colonel Dalhagoda of the SLA presiding over the discussion said that he is
prepared to attend and resolve the difficulties of the fisher
folk. He appealed to the fisheries representatives to co-operate with the
SLA for the smooth implementation of the ceasefire agreement.
"The SLA is prepared to find solution to any problems by fishing community
through talks. We will invite the representatives of the LTTE to
participate in these talks if necessary," said Colonel Dalhagoda.
" Fishermen can return from sea at any time during night. There is no
restriction on this. I will issue necessary instructions to security
personnel who engage in night coastal patrolling," said Colonel Dalhagoda
when representatives of fisheries societies pointed out the difficulties
they encounter in returning to the shore during nights.
The soldiers involved in the incidents that had taken in the high
security zone had been handed over to the police for interrogation, the SLA