SLMM action sought on stopping new SLA camps in Jaffna
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 17 June 2003, 19:13 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Tuesday asked the Sri Lanka Monitoring
Mission to take immediate steps to stop the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) from
establishing new camps in the peninsula and disrupting the normal life
of the people in the name of strengthening security, sources said.
The LTTE’s political activists in Jaffna, led by district political head
Mr.C.Ilamparuthi, made the request at a discussion held Tuesday at
the political office of the LTTE in Jaffna, sources said
The head of the SLMM in Jaffna, Ms. Kareena Ericsson, participated in the
discussion. The LTTE team comprised Mr.Ilamparuthi, Mr.Nishanthan and
Mr.Suthas, all from the political wing.
The discussion centred on the latest developments in the Jaffna district,
the LTTE said in a press release Tuesday evening.
The press release said that the LTTE team provided the following observations to the SLMM, and sought prompt action:
- Sri Lanka Army presently conducts checking here and there and
everywhere in Jaffna. This has curtailed the freedom of movement of the
LTTE activists from carrying out their political activities. The
SLA should stop this type of checking immediately.
- The SLMM could search our camps as usual. However we cannot allow
SLA to search our camps.
- SLA should immediately stop provoking people, assaulting and
using firearms against them.
- SLA should stop harassing and disturbing the normal life of the
people in the name of strengthening security. Establishing new camps is a
violation of the ceasefire agreement. Hence SLA should stop constructing
new camps in the peninsula
- We are not involved in any murders. We deny all allegations made
against the LTTE regarding such killings.
The SLMM was asked to ensure that such acts of the SLA
should not continue in the future. However the SLMM delegation told the LTTE that they would reply after holding talks with the SLA authorities regarding these requests, the LTTE press release said.