SLA occupation must cease for normalcy to return - GA

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 May 2003, 10:53 GMT]
"Normalcy in the day to day lives of residents of Jaffna district will not return until Sri Lanka Army (SLA) vacates from civilian houses and public buildings," said the Jaffna Government Agent (GA) S. Pathamanathan when he met US Embassy head of Political section Chris Long at the Jaffna Beach Hotel yesterday, local press reports said.

The GA was responding to a query by the Embassy Official whether Jaffna is progressing towards normalcy.

Mr. Long further asked the GA about the rehabilitation activities, political environment and child recruitment by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), reports said.

The GA replied that the large tracts of fertile land and residential areas fall within the High Security Zone (HSZ) which is preventing large number of people from resettling in their own homes. People whose livelihood depended on fishing cannot pratise their trade as areas close to the sea are still being occupied by the SLA which disallows fishing at nights, GA said.

Only 5000 families have been given financial assistance for resettlement. 35,000 additional families are awaiting for financial help but secretariat is unable to provide them the required assistance due to shortage of funds, the GA said. Disbursement of assistance had to be slowed down deliberately to minimize serious financial shortage, he added.

The GA also told the US official that he has received no complaints of forced child recruitment.

On the political situation, the GA told the US offical that six of the nine Members of Parliament are supporting the political stand of LTTE. One parliamentarian is a Minister in the United National Front (UNF) government. The other two MPs belong to the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP).

The US official later met with the Election Commissioner and visited Sarasalai near Chavakachcheri to observe the mine clearing work undertaken by the Mozambiquan nationals.

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
06.01.21 14:26  
Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar trades off Tamils’ sovereign rights
05.01.21 07:08  
TNPF's reluctance, NGO-meddling pose challenges to formulating joint Tamil demands to UN: Shivaji
06.12.20 15:44   Photo
Colombo’s brutal suppression of Tamil Heroes’ Day counter-productive to stated objectives: Tamil MP
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=9086