Picketing campaign in Tellipalai called off

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 January 2003, 15:33 GMT]
As a result of the understanding reached between the Government of Sri LAnka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the fourth round of peace talk in Thailand related to the settling of displaced in Jaffna, the one week old picketing and fasting campaign of the displaced people in Jaffna district in front of the office of the Tellipalai Additional Government Agent was called off Friday afternoon, sources said.

Several hundreds displaced participated in the campaign demanding that they should be allowed to resettle in their lands in the high security zones in the north of Jaffna district, Valikaamam Peoples Forum (VPF) sources said.

A spokesman of the VPF said the campaign was called off expecting that the government would look into the grievances of the displaced living several years in welfare centres and refugee camps elsewhere. Several hundred thousands were displaced from villages adjoining the Palaly military headquarters, airbase and Kankesanthurai harbour following military operations in 1990, sources said

If the government failed to take favourable steps promptly in regard to their demand they would be launching a larger protest campaign covering the entire peninsula, VPF spokesman said.

 

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