Revolt in the
north: LTTE warns TULF
In their bid to gain greater political supremacy in the Jaffna peninsula,
Tiger guerrillas who forced the cancellation of the official opening
of the Jaffna Library on Friday have now issued a warning to the
TULF - toe their line or face the consequences.
have gone down to TULF President V. Anandasangaree who was due to
declare open the library. He left Sri Lanka on a visit to Switzerland
Cellan Kandian told The Sunday Times that the LTTE had told him
that if they went ahead with the scheduled opening ceremony "they
we will have to face serious consequences".
He said LTTE
Jaffna area leader Illamparithy had warned him not to go ahead with
the opening ceremony as they did not want other parties to get the
credit for the opening.
The LTTE was
mainly objecting to the PLOTE, EPDP and the EPRLF that have members
in the Jaffna Municipal council. Among those due to take part in
the opening ceremony were EPDP leader Douglas Devananda.
At the meeting
the mayor had informed the LTTE area leader that he could not decide
on his own as all parties in the council had agreed to go ahead
with the opening ceremony and he wanted to invite other parties
represented in the council for the discussion. But, the LTTE had
turned down the request claiming they did not want to discuss the
matter with 'anti-Tamil elements'.
After an hour-long
meeting with Illamparithy, Mr. Kandian told journalists he would
have to consider about himself and his family before he made any
comment. The Mayor walked away without elaborating on the discussions,
but confirmed that all council members and himself had tendered
their resignation from the council.
The term of the council is scheduled to end tomorrow.
The TULF members
were divided over the issue that the ceremony had to be called off
on the insistence of the LTTE. The dispute between a faction of
the TULF and the LTTE has been simmering over the past few months
with the first instance being the LTTE opposing the appointment
of a member to Parliament who was backed by Mr. Anandasangaree.
prior to the last parliamentary elections with the formation of
the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) the LTTE claimed that all Tamil
parties had recognized it as the sole representative of the minority
Since then the
TNA has been toeing the line of the LTTE and some of the TULF members
including late M. Sivasithamparam said that the LTTE was the sole
representative of the Tamils.
The TNA, of
which the TULF is a member, will meet the LTTE representatives in
the Wanni on February 22. The Sunday Times learns that the TULF
which had been hitherto strongly backing the LTTE is divided over
the LTTE decision not to go ahead with the opening ceremony of the
rennovated Jaffna Library.