LTTE's help sought to trace Jaffna missing

[TamilNet, Saturday, 28 December 2002, 16:24 GMT]
The Jaffna Missing Persons Guardian Association (MPGA) Saturday appealed to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) seeking its assistance to trace their loved ones disappeared during 1996 and 1997 after arrest by Sri Lanka's State armed forces, sources said.

A ten-member delegation of the MPGA made this appeal when it met Mr.S.P.Thamilselvan, Political Head of the LTTE at Killinochchi LTTE political office Saturday. Members of the Jaffna Mothers Front also accompanied the JMGA delegation, sources added..

The delegation told Mr.Thamilsevan that politicians and government officials deceive them whenever they make representations to trace their missing children. "Hence we appeal to you to help in this regard," the delegation told Mr.Thamilsevan, MPGA sources said.

Meanwhile, in another meeting held at the Vembadi High School in Jaffna, presided by S. Satkunam, secretary MPGA, members of MPGA urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to submit a resolution in the Parliament to draw attention to the Jaffna missing. The members asserted that the current peace climate is the opportune time to raise the issue of the missing and bring a closure to their grief.

A delegation of the MPGA is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister in Colombo during the early part of January regarding their missing children after arrest by State armed forces in 1996 and 1997. The Jaffna Government Agent has made necessary arrangements for this meeting between the PM and MPGA, sources said.

Amnesty International said in 1997 that as many as 600 people who "disappeared" in the Jaffna peninsula after the Sri Lankan Army moved into the area in 1996, "died under torture or been deliberately killed."

 

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