Limited progress reported in Omanthai meet

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 19 November 2002, 13:05 GMT]
The meeting between the Liberation Tigers (LTTE) and the Officers of Security forces to discuss problems arising from High Security Zones (HSZ) in Vavuniya, Mannar and Mullaitivu districts, conducted in Omanthai no-mans land concluded with decision taken to continue discussions at the forthcoming sub-committee meeting, sources said. The meeting started Monday morning at 9.30am and lasted for 5 hours.

Head of LTTE Southern Military Command Colonel Jeyam, Vavuniya district head of Political section Elilan, Mannar district head of political section Amuthab, Mullaitivu district head of political section Muhunthan, Mannar head of Sea Tigers Lt.Colonel Laxman, Major Viduthlai of Sea Tigers and an Officer of the political section Thaya Master participated in the discussions on behalf of LTTE.

Government of Sri Lanka was represented by Major General Shantha Kottegoda, Vanni Head of armed forces Major General Susil Chandrapala, head of Northern Region naval forces Rear Admiral Weerasekera, Chief Police Commissioner Abdul Majeed, and Army Officer Gunatilleke.

Civil servants, Vavuniya Government Agent K. Ganesh, Vavuniya Regional Secretary Sivalingam Sathiyaseelan, Chettikulam Regional Secretary Ms. T. Thuraisamy, Vavuniya Planning Commissioner Ms.V.Vigneswaran also participated in the discussions, sources in Vanni said.

Colonel Jeyam, talking to the press, said that the talks mainly focussed on the issue of resettling people displaced from the areas of HSZs in Mannar and Mullaitivu districts. He was disappointed that no significant progress was made during the deliberations. He added that the issues will be again taken up during the forthcoming sub-Committee meetings.


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