LTTE, SLA commanders meet in Trincomalee
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 28 May 2003, 18:34 GMT]
Commanders of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
in the Trincomalee district met for the first time Wednesday evening at the
no man zone near Kattaiparichchan bridge which separates the LTTE held
Muttur east and SLA held area in Muttur division in the presence of the
Trincomalee head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), security sources said.
The meeting was arranged by the SLMM for the two parties to meet face to face and resolve issues confronting them in the implementation of
the ceasefire agreement, sources said.
The temporary camp put up at no-man zone at Kattaiparichchan where LTTE
and SLA commanders met Wednesday. While discussion was going on SLA
personnel, LTTE cadres and Tamileelam police personnel were seen without
arms outside the camp
On behalf of the Sri Lanka Army Trincomalee 21 division Brigade Brigadier
Senevira and 221 Brigade Brigadier Zahir participated at the discussions. On
behalf of the LTTE its Trincomalee district commander Colonel Pathuman,
Trincomalee district political head Thilak, Trincomalee district military
commander Uthayan and head of the Ilango brigade Vimal participated.
SLMM Trincomalee head Mr.Jan Ledang presided over the discussions.
(L-R) LTTE Ilango brigade head Vimal ( partly hidden), LTTE Trincomalee
military commander Uthayan, LTTE district political head Thilak, LTTE
Trincomalee district commander Colonel pathuman, SLMM Trincomalee head
Mr.jan Ledang9middle) SLA Trincomalee 21 division Brigadier Senevira, 221
division Brigadier Zahir
After about an one hour discussion held between the parties in a temporary
camp which was put up specially for this event, Trincomalee SLMM head
Mr.Jan Ledang told media persons that the discussion was very constructive
and held in a cordial atmosphere. Both parties agreed to work out solutions through direct discussion.
situation also came up for discussion, he said. Both sides exchanged their
telephone numbers for future contacts when necessity arose, he
LTTE Trincomalee district commander Colonel Pathuman , district political
head Thilak, Trincomalee military commander Uthayan and head of the Ilango
brigade Vimal are coming from LTTE controlled area escorted by LTTE cadres
to no man zone to attend discussion with SLA commanders
LTTE Trincomalee district commander Colonel Pathuman told press persons
that more discussion would follow. No decision on any problems has been
taken at Wednesday's discussion and no date has been fixed for future
meetings. Wednesday's meeting was held to formulate modalities to meet in
future to resolve problems confronting us, he said.
At a discussion between the SLMM Norwegian head retired major General
Triggve Teleffsen and LTTE district commander Colonel Pathuman held on
April 8 it was agreed to initiate such discussions between the LTTE area
commanders led by Colonel Pathuman and SLA commanders at no man zone at
Kattaiparichchan to resolve problems between the two parties including
transportation of food and medicine by LTTE cadres to their areas through
SLA controlled areas. However the meeting fixed for April 21 was not held
as scheduled due to violence in Muttur, sources said.
SLA Trincomalee 21 division Brigadier Senevira and 221 division Brigadier
Zahir coming from SLA controlled area to no man zone to attend discussion
with the LTTE commanders.