Security relaxed but tension remains
By A T.M. Gunananda
Troops strength in the Trincomalee town has been scaled down, but
the tension continues with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) demanding
the removal by June 15 of all additional troops brought in after
the Buddhist statue issue flared up.
withdrawn from the main town areas have been placed in camps. Top
security officials said security in the suburban areas too was thinned
down resulting in a calm atmosphere, but added that in the event
of any emergency security would be tightened.
security in the area where the statue is located remains unchanged.
The tight security around the statue area with barricades remains
unchanged with a temporary Army post established as there is speculation
of an attack. The TNA has warned that if the statue is not removed
by June 15 the hartal will take place as planned.
people were skeptical that a hartal can cause a breakdown in the
daily life of the people, specially as the A/L exam is currently
being held. "If this campaign is not successful and if the
statue does not go by then, it has been decided to re-stage the
hartal once the exam is over", a spokesman for the group campaigning
for the removal of the statue said.
Trinco women's and children's protection society has appealed to
the respective parties and the government to ensure the issue is
society organised a march by Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim women after
which petitions were handed over to the Ceasefire Committee, the
LTTE political office and the Government Agent.
the case against the erection of the statue on Crown land sans any
authority, filed in the district court of Trincomalee, is due to
be taken up on Monday. It is now learnt that the parties concerned
were willing to discuss the issue with the mediation of a non-religious
decisive meeting in this connection is to be held today at St. Mary's
cathedral arranged by the Inter-religious Peace Foundation. Foundation
treasurer Rev. Fr. Anura Perera said the issue was due to a misunderstanding
between two parties and there was nothing serious in it.
the parties had several rounds of discussions separately there were
no talks held together. But now we are able to make them meet each
other which is a good catalyst for a settlement as a decision that
is not detrimental to one party but agreeable to all can be arrived
at then", he said.