Service Chiefs, SLMM visit Trincomalee
[TamilNet, Friday, 11 October 2002, 19:15 GMT]
The heads of three State armed forces and the Inspector General of Police
are scheduled to visit Trincomalee Saturday to review the security
situation in the wake of Friday violence in which three Tamil civilians
were killed and thirty-eight others were wounded, defence ministry sources
said. The Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Major General
(retd) Trond Furuhovde also is expected to visit the east port town Saturday, SLMM
Major General Anton Wijendra and the Deputy Inspector General of Police Mr.
Lal Ratnayake arrived Trincomalee Friday evening on the instruction of the
Prime Minister to take immediate steps to bring the tense situation in
Trincomalee under control. The eastern port town is now under eighteen-hour
curfew till Saturday morning 6 a.m. However, according to a defence
ministry source the curfew is likely to be extended Saturday too.
Meanwhile, addressing a press briefing Friday evening the Defence Ministry
Secretary Mr. Austin Fernando said that the Trincomalee incident would have
no effect on the ongoing peace talks between the government and the
Liberation Tigers. "Peace talks will go on as scheduled," said Mr. Austin
He added that it is the responsibility of the Government as well as the
LTTE to confront such setbacks with strength of purpose and to carry forward
the peace process with renewed vigour. The Ampara and Trincomalee incidents
will not provide
a reason for the Government and the LTTE to move away from the peace
He said that certain elements are distorting the Trincomalee and Ampara
incidents to derail the peace process. People should be alert and not to
succumb to rumours spread with ulterior motives.
The three killed in Friday violence in Trincomalee have been identified as
Sonaimuttu Konalingam (18) of Ghandinagar, Christie Mayuran (22) of
Anpuvallipuram and Kanapathipillai Sasikumar of Palaiootu.