SL President appeals for restraint and calm in Trincomalee
[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 July 2005, 12:23 GMT]
Expressing concern and sadness for the violence triggered by the killing of several senior unarmed political cadres of the LTTE in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka's President Kumaratunga appealed for calm and "instructed [authorities] to conduct a complete investigation of the events that have occurred in the Trincomalee area and to take strict action
against the perpetrators in accordance with the law."
Full text of the media releas follows:
President appeals for calm and restraint in Trincomalee
President Kumaratunga is deeply concerned and saddened by the
violence and loss of life occurring in and around Trincomalee,
precipitated by the assassinations of several senior unarmed
political cadres of the LTTE in their Trincomalee office earlier this
The President held several meeting since Monday the 11th July, with
the security forces commanders at National Security Council meetings
regarding the deterioration in the law and order situation in
Trincomalee. Several specific measures and systems have been put in
place to arrest and remedy the situation and the respective security
forces commanders have been instructed to directly oversee the
implementation of the same.
Specific measures to ensure strict adherence to the CFA by all
parties shall also be implemented. Also the authorities have been
instructed to conduct a complete investigation of the events that
have occurred in the Trincomalee area and to take strict action
against the perpetrators in accordance with the law.
President Kumaratunga firmly believes that conflicts that have caused
political violence should be resolved through dialogue and
negotiations and not through hostility.
At a time when the Government of Sri Lanka has taken the momentous
and historic decision to commence working together with all stake
holders in the post-tsunami reconstruction efforts in the North and
East, through the P-TOMS (Tsunami Relief Council), it is regrettable
but not entirely surprising that opponents of the same would seek
through various means including orchestrated violence to disrupt the
conflict transformation process, desired by the vast majority of the
people of Sri Lanka. The President appeals to all concerned to
exercise restraint and contribute towards normalizing the situation.
Presidential Media Unit