proposals contained Apex Body for the North-East
The UNF Government's latest seven page proposals, rejected by the
LTTE on Friday, envisage the setting up of an Apex Body (council)
for the North East but make no reference to an interim administration.
advisory and review board," an interim measure pending negotiations
and final agreement, was to be vested with the responsibility for
"planning, prioritizing and monitoring of implementation of
programmes and projects undertaken in the north and east."
This is contained
in a note titled "Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka
(GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) regarding
administrative and financing arrangements to expedite efficient
implementation of programmes and projects relating to relief, rehabilitation
and development in the north and east."
The note has
been directed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Norwegian
Foreign Minister Jan Peterson for onward transmission to LTTE Chief
Negotiator Anton Balasingham. It was delivered in the Wanni on Thursday
by Norwegian Embassy's Tomas Stanteland.
Times learns that Premier Wickremesinghe's note containing the draft
agreement was prepared after consultation with Colombo-based diplomats
of donor countries and Attorney General K.C. Kamalasabeyson.
In terms of
the draft agreement, the Apex Body was to direct the use of all
funds derived from the Government and the donors that would be utilized
by state Agencies, NGOs (including TRO - Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation,
an LTTE backed body), international agencies and the private sector
for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development projects, schemes
and programmes. It was to be headed by a Special Commissioner to
be appointed by the Government in consultation with the LTTE.
Negotiator Anton Balasingham on Friday rejected the draft agreement
as unacceptable. He said the Government has not addressed the critical
issue of setting up an "interim administrative structure for
the north-east as suggested by the LTTE leadership."
head of the Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP)
told The Sunday Times the Government was studying the LTTE response.
"A decision on whether or not to respond has not yet been made,"
Report by Iqbal Athas for full details of the Government's draft
proposals and related stories.