LTTE moves to
Talks to shift Jaffna Agriculture Faculty
The LTTE has demanded the relocation of the Jaffna University Agricultural
Faculty, to Kilinochchi in the LTTE controlled Wanni region in one
of the first steps towards taking control of administrative activities
in the north.
The demand was
made by LTTE's Political Wing Secretary S.P.Thamil- chelvan when
he summoned the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University, Prof.
T.Balasubramaniampillai and six other Deans for a meeting in the
Wanni this week. This is the first time that state officials have
been summoned to the Wanni for a discussion with the LTTE.
The Jaffna university
has been operating with funds provided by the University Grants
Commission and the request for any change will need to have the
approval of Colombo.
UGC Vice Chairman
Lakshman Ratnayake said that Colombo had not been informed of such
a meeting and such a decision would need the approval of Colombo.
of the academic staff are reportedly reluctant to shift to Kilinochchi
as they would have to pay more taxes similar to what their colleagues
have been paying in the eastern province.
The move was
seen as a direct attempt by the LTTE to gain direct control over
the administrative activities in the north as they begin to push
for the establishment of the interim council in the north and eastern
The move to
gain control over the administration in the north comes in the wake
of further complaints that the government was slow in implementing
the ceasefire agreement.
including Tamil National Alliance (TNA), government and LTTE representatives
will this week travel to places in the north to check on the implementation
of the ceasefire agreement. The decision to appoint such a committee
came after a meeting between the TNA Parliamentarians and Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The Head of
the Monitoring Mission General Trond Furuhovde met Mr.Thamil Chelvan
on Friday evening to discuss key issues relating to the ceasefire
agreement, a spokesman for the Monitoring Mission said. The other
issues which were discussed were the issue of a separate sea route
for the LTTE from the uncleared areas to the eastern coast, public
transport on the A 9 road and the joint inspection of places of
religious worship and schools, the spokesman said.