US Ambassador visits Jaffna, meets civil group leaders
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 March 2003, 17:02 GMT]
The Ambassador for United States of America in Colombo, Mr.Ashely Wills, paid
a one-day visit to Jaffna Tuesday and held discussions with representatives
of Jaffna civil groups and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians,
The president of the Jaffna NGOs Consortium, Mr. S.Paramanathan, Ms Saroja
Sivachchandran of Women Development Centre, Rev. Fr.J.Bernard of Goodwill
Committee for Justice and Peace, and the Jaffna regional co-ordinator of the
Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Mr.Ruwan Chandrasekara participated at
the discussion held at Jaffna Beach Hotel Tuesday morning.
Representatives of Jaffna civil groups brought to the notice of the US
Ambassador Mr.Ashely Wills that although one year has passed since the
signing of the ceasefire agreement by the government and the LTTE, normalcy
has not yet returned to the lives of the Jaffna people.
The US envoy said he would discuss the high security zone issue with the
Jaffna area Sri Lanka Army (SLA) commander Major General Sarath Fonseka.
Mr.Ashely Wills expressed confidence that in the near future people could
expect more improvement in their livelihood through the Memorandum of
Understanding signed by the government and the LTTE.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna district parliamentarians Messrs Mavai Senathirajah, N.Raviraj,
G.G.Gajendrakumar and Selvam Adaikalanathan met the US ambassador.
Mr.Ashely Wills assured the TNA delegation that America would exert more
pressure on the government to take forward the peace process. Mr. Wills
commended the TNA for working closely with the LTTE, TNA sources said.