proposes Trinco solution
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse who visited Trincomalee for
an extensive on-the-spot probe has warned that the security forces
could become vulnerable because the state media was being used to
In a report
to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the opposition leader said there
had been a big exodus of LTTE cadres from the North to the East
and thus the Tigers had increased and expanded their camps.
the government of not pushing for the dismantling of the LTTE camps
in Trincolmalee, though LTTE Political Wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan
had said that any camp that posed a problem to the peace process
would be removed.
He said villagers
around these camps had told him that they could hear the Tigers
training in the area with live ammunition. He said he had spent
time with 64 Sinhala families in Vilgam Viharaya - the scene of
an LTTE massacre - and found that they were suffering terribly without
basic needs such as food, water and electricity.
The plight of
the Muslims in the area was equally bad. Mr. Rajapakse said he had
visited a refugee camp where for 13 years Muslim families were living
in two Paddy Marketing Board warehouses and Muslim politicians appeared
to be doing little for them.
As part of
the solution to the crisis, Mr. Rajapakse has proposed the development
of the Trincomalee fort area as a tourist zone as it could then
serve as a buffer zone to prevent clashes between government and
He said he
would meet the President and relevant ministers to discuss remedial
measures in Trincomalee while he reiterated the appeal to the state
media to desist from carrying reports that demoralize the security