Jaffna Principals appeal to UNF government to establish IA

[TamilNet, Saturday, 07 June 2003, 17:35 GMT]
The Northern Principals' Association (JPA) Saturday requested the United National Front (UNF) government to establish an appropriate administrative structure in the northeast under the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to serve as a foundation for find lasting peace in the country. "This request should be accepted by the Colombo government and the peace loving groups without delay," said the Jaffna Principals' Association in a statement issued Saturday in Jaffna, sources said.

Tamils sighed relief with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last year that they could lead normal life with a sense of security in their own lands. However, the failure on the part of the government to implement several aspects agreed in the MoU has made Tamil people to lose confidence in the success of the peace process, said Mr.S.Shethuraja, President of the JPA in his statement, sources said.

Everyone agrees that an appropriate administrative structure is urgently needed to restore normalcy in the lives of Tamil people. It is the duty of the GoSL to define an acceptable structure and to hand over such administrative structure in the hands of those responsible in the province, JPA statement further said.

If the justifiable expectations of Tamils regarding the restoration of their lost rights and humanitarian needs were not implemented effectively it would once again lead the country to chaos, JPA statement stated sources said.


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