Paper lists public places occupied by military

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 June 2002, 12:36 GMT]
The Sri Lankan military is occupying at least 139 places of worship, 74 schools and 113 public buildings across the north and east of the island in violation of the permanent ceasefire between the government and the Liberation Tigers, the Tamil Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday. The London-based weekly published the details, categorised by type and district, of the public locations it said are presently under military occupation.

In its editorial, the Tamil Guardian said “the list is not exhaustive, but the intensity of the continuing state of militarisation of the Tamil areas can in any case be readily appreciated.”

“As those urging a negotiated settlement to Sri Lanka’s conflict are painfully aware … the peace process is undeniably at an impasse. The reasons are equally obvious: despite Sri Lanka’s insistence that the ceasefire is being implemented, little is actually being done,” it said.

According to the ceasefire agreement which came into effect on February 23 (referred to as ‘D-day’ in the document), “places of worship (temples, churches, mosques and other holy sites, etc.) currently held by either of the parties shall be vacated by D-day + 30 and made accessible to the public."

The agreement also states that “beginning on [D-day], school buildings occupied by either party shall be vacated and returned to their intended use. This activity shall be completed by D-day +160 at the latest.”

 

Latest 15 Reports
04.08.20 20:57   Photo
Occupying Sinhala military reminds Eezham Tamils of whose elections they partake
03.08.20 21:05  
TMVP-linked operatives collaborate with SL Navy, suppress Tamil fishers in Vaakarai
02.08.20 18:29   Photo
Manifestos of TNA, TNPF and TMTK expose lacuna, hint areas for corrections of Tamil polity
01.08.20 21:17  
Unified Eezham Tamil national front, beyond electoral politics, is next step: Jothilingam
31.07.20 22:39  
Colombo isolates Tamil political prisoners within heavily fortified cells
30.07.20 20:09  
Criminals banished from South deployed for Sinhala colonisation in Musali, Mannaar
29.07.20 18:26  
Colombo resumes surveying of lands for Sinhala colonisation in interior Batticaloa
28.07.20 18:31   Photo
Community physician referring North and East as Tamil areas was ‘racism’ for GMOA
27.07.20 20:24  
SL Police blocks protest by families of missing persons in East
26.07.20 20:17   Photo
Sinhala Archaeology officials attach GPS tracking to ‘heritage’ stones in East
25.07.20 18:26   Photo
Colombo's CID questions Wigneswaran for claiming Tamil Buddhism as predating Sinhala
24.07.20 22:15   Photo
Saiva deity statue destroyed 20 days after ‘inspection’ by Sinhala monk in Batticaloa
23.07.20 22:46   Photo
University students mark Black July Remembrance in Jaffna, Vavuniyaa and Batticaloa
22.07.20 23:38   Photo
Sinhala ‘Army & Archaeology’ target 600 sites for heritage occupation in Batticaloa
21.07.20 23:30   Photo
Colombo's Archaeology Department, SL Police threaten chief priest of Chiththaa'ndi temple
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=7057