SLN, SLA reject requests to fish, resettle
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 October 2002, 17:41 GMT]
The Sri Lanka army and Navy Tuesday refused to open
the main road along the peninsula’s southeastern
coast, refused to allow free access to the lagoon
within the limits of the Jaffna town and rejected a
request by an MP to relocate defence positions at the
Tellipalai Junction to facilitate refugee
At a conference to discuss issues
related to security and resettlement in the Jaffna
District Secretariat Tuesday, SLA and SLN officers
also rejected a request by fishermen’s organisations
to fish in the seas off Mathagal on the peninsula’s
northwestern coast and Kottodai on its southeastern
The government agent for Jaffna, Mr. S. Pathmanathan
presided at the meeting.
Tamil National Alliance MPs Mr. Mavai Senathirajah and
Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and the Divisional
Secretaries of Tellipalai, Kayts and Maruthankerni
took part in the meeting. The SLA was represented by
Maj. Gen. Ratnasabapathy.
Mr. Senathirajah MP asked the SLA to move its camps at
Tellipalai Junction 600 metres away from the area to
the Post Office Road. Maj. Gen. Ratnasbapathy turned
down the request.
Representatives of the fisheries society of Oorikkaadu
asked that fishing be permitted in the seas off the
coast between Karainagar and Mathagal. The SLN officer
who attended the meeting rejected the request.
He suggested that fishermen could fish in the sea
beyond the Mathagal coast under Navy supervision. The
representatives of the fisheries societies refused to
accept the suggestion.
Maj. Gen. Ratnasabapathy said that the SLA has already
informed the Liberation Tigers that it cannot open the
Pt. Pedro –Maruthankerni Road, the main artery for the
villages on Jaffna’s southeastern coast.
The Liberation Tigers urged Colombo last month to
reopen the road to help displaced people resettle in