to resurrect gravestones
By Our Jaffna Correspondent.
Gravestones of the war-dead of the LTTE are to be rebuilt by the
LTTE with funds collected from civilians. A statement issued by
a committee in charge of this operation said gravestones which had
been destroyed by the Army in Kopay, Kodikamam and Nelliyaddy would
The Sunday Times
asked Kaviyanpan, a member of the LTTE's political wing why the
LTTE was rushing to reconstruct these gravestones in Army-controlled
areas. He said the LTTE was hopeful that a political solution could
be found and then there would be no more destruction.
committee has opened accounts in the People's Bank branches in the
Jaffna town, Chavakachcheri and Nelliyaddy.
zones must go: TNA
By Shelani Perera
With the withdrawal of security forces from schools, places of worship
and public buildings, a new problem has arisen over high-security
zones around those places.
Alliance sources said they would be meeting Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe on Tuesday to ask that normalcy be restored around
the places vacated by the security forces by allowing people to
spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said that some of the places where
the security forces had been withdrawn were within the high security
zones as there were other security installations in the areas.
The TNA sources
said checks by them had revealed that the forces had withdrawn from
most places as specified in the ceasefire agreement and they were
confident that it would be completed by the deadline on Friday.
The TNA held
a series of meetings with the Defence Minister and Defence Secretary
during the last week assessing the progress of the evacuation.
S. Vinayagamurthy told The Sunday Times that the high security zone
would be one of the issues to be taken up with the PM. "This
is a serious matter. We wanted the troops to move away so that normalcy
will return but the people cannot live in these places
As for the
withdrawal we are satisfied with the progress. Some of the main
schools and places of worship have been vacated. There are a few
places which we believe will be vacated by the deadline," he
meeting between TNA MPs and LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran scheduled
for yesterday has been postponed for Saturday. Reports said the
LTTE leadership had been busy at a meeting with the SLMM over the