LTTE’s Eastern Province military wing leader Karuna who participated
in the second round of talks in Thailand for the first time, greets
Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda while LTTE theoretician Dr.
Anton Balasingham looks on
Lasantha Wickrematunge In Nakorn Pathom
LTTE delegation charged during the second round of talks that President
Chandrika Kumaratunga and a group of MPs loyal to her were out to
sabotage the peace process and questioned the stability of the
government to meet the challenge.
the Supreme Court ruling on the 19th Amendment to the constitution, Head
of the LTTE delegation, Dr. Anton Balasingham asked the government
delegation how it intends implementing decisions reached in the talks
which require a two third majority in parliament in view of the failure
to introduce the 19th Amendment.
head of the LTTE delegation said the most prudent option was available
to the government to seek a fresh mandate from the people to advance the
said the government would in the alternative have to restrain the
President’s powers to restore stability in the peace process.
Balasingham told The Sunday Leader that unless the government
wisens upto this situation, the President would undermine the entire
process which he said is progressing very well at the moment.
learnt that Minister G. L. Peiris responding to Balasingham had said
there were no doubts about the stability of the government and that it
would be established at the forthcoming budget.
Minister had also said if the President was an obstacle to the peace
process, there were other options available to the government.
learns that the LTTE will re-agitate this issue and seek a commitment
from the government at the closing session of the talks scheduled for
the LTTE also lodged a strong protest with the government on the High
Court sentence against the LTTE leader and said the timing was perceived
as an obstacle to the peace process.
said while it is acknowledged that the government cannot interfere with
the independence of the judiciary, the timing left much to be desired.
he said it will not in anyway affect the LTTE’s commitment to the
formula agreed upon on JTF
progress on the implementation of the Joint Task Force (JTF) was made in
Thailand on Friday (1) after the government, LTTE and Sri Lanka Muslim
Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauf Hakeem agreed on a compromise formula.
JTF was threatening the previous night to lead a collision coupe between
the LTTE and the SLMC leader, but back room diplomacy by the Norwegian
facilitators led to a compromise formula being evolved where the
composition of the JTF will now be expanded to four representatives each
from the government and the LTTE with enhanced participation for the
earlier agreement was for the JTF to comprise three members each, but
Hakeem pressed for a four member team from each side with an enhanced
role for Muslim participation.
(31) night, a worried Hakeem said Friday could be a decisive day for the
peace process if no accommodation can be found for Muslim concerns with
regard to the JTF, but a beaming Hakeem on Friday afternoon after the
morning session on the second day said a compromise formula that
satisfies not only Muslim aspirations, but those of the government as
well as the LTTE was reached at the negotiating table.
are that the JTF itself will now comprise members of the negotiating
team. “I had an off the table discussion with LTTE’s Eastern
Province military leader Karuna and arrived at a working arrangement and
the test now is to see it implemented in practice,” he said.
also said additional credence can be attached to the assurances given by
the LTTE as they were made in the presence of the Norwegian facili-
significant pro- gress made on Friday’s talks was also confirmed by
Constitutional Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris soon after the morning
session. Minister Peiris said they are all looking forward to the donor
conferences in Norway and Japan to push ahead with the agreements
reached during the talks.
also said the High Court sentence on LTTE leader Velupillai Prabha-
karan was not a factor at the talks and that on the contrary, the LTTE
reiterated its commitment to the peace process.
detailed joint statement outlining the agreements reached during the
talks is expected to be released on Sunday.
to be reconstituted
government and LTTE initiated the second session of peace talks in
Thailand with an evaluation of the implementation of the Ceasefire
Agreement (CA) over the past eight months.
determination to consolidate the CA and advance the peace process, the
parties agreed to a set of measures to improve the security situation,
inter-ethnic cooperation and respect for human rights in the north and
eastern provinces, a statement from the Norwegian government stated.
statement said that in this context, the parties emphasised in
particular their commitment to accommodate the needs and aspirations of
all three communities in the east — Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese. The
parties set out specific measures to improve relations between the
Muslim and Tamil communities.
parties agreed to continuously monitor the implementation of each of the
agreed measures and to report on progress at future sessions of the
peace talks, the statement stated.
that in the light of the principal challenges in implementing the CA at
this stage, the parties agreed to reconstitute the Sri Lanka Monitoring
Mission (SLMM) established in accordance with paragraph 3.7 of the CA.
To this end, the parties agreed to replace a number of their appointees
to the committees with senior representatives from both sides, it said.
is the full text of the statement.
parties are pleased to note that the SLMM has established Points of
Contact (PoCs) in the north and east as sub-offices of the SLMM district
offices, in order to improve access to SLMM by local communities. The
parties agreed to request the SLMM to consider establishing additional
sub-offices, particularly in Batticaloa and in Ampara districts.
parties agreed to establish direct communications between the commanders
of the LTTE and the GOSL, Special Task Force in the east, in order to
improve the security situation. The parties agreed to establish a
process of regular consultations between LTTE leaders and Muslim
and Karuna agreed to work together in the east to meet with local
communities and address their specific concerns and aspirations,
including matters relating to the occupation and cultivation of land.
They will work in accordance with the MoU reached between he leader of
the LTTE and the leader of the SLMC on April 13. The parties further
agreed to remove any impediments to the pursuit of traditional economic
activities of the Tamil and Muslim communities such as fishing, farming
parties took special note of the need to address fully and cater for the
interests and concerns of the Sinhala community in the eastern province
in the context of the ongoing peace negotiations.
parties agreed to establish peace committees at community level in order
to facilitate the resolution of local problems, contribute to
inter-ethnic communication and reconciliation and promote respect for
human rights. The committees may include local community leaders such as
religious, political, business and civil society leaders. The committees
will include local LTTE and GOSL leaders.”
of four tropical forests awaits decision on US swap plan
will decide the fate of four tropical forests this month when
authorities take a final decision on a strange debt swap plan proposed
by the US government, according to authoritative sources.
relatively new concept, introduced by the US government for third world
countries that are knee-deep in public debt, was also proposed to Sri
Lanka in 2001 through the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA).
to the legislation proposed, the US will waive off debt owed by the
island nation to the US in exchange for control of four selected peak
wilderness areas which are of immense ecological significance to Sri
said that, upon returning from the Climate Convention Conference that
concluded on Friday November 1, Environment Minister Rukman Senanayake
will engage in a series of discussions to take a final decision on the
fate of the four selected pristine wet, mountainous forest areas.
tropical forest management plan seeks to write off US $ 400 million if
the US designed forestry conservation plan is accepted by the Sri Lankan
government. In the debt swap, the US will take over management and
conservation of the ‘nominated forests.’
forest areas are the single world heritage rain forest in Sri Lanka, the
Sinharaja, Knuckles Range, Namunukula Range and the Horton Plains - all
forests coming under the preview of the Department of Forestry.
has additional protection as UNESCO declared it a world heritage. All
four forests enjoy unique bio-diversity and some areas are home to
endemic flora and fauna.
to the US Embassy, this plan though new has worked well in Costa Rica
and Bangladesh, a move that has been dubbed as ‘blatant plundering’
by environmentalists the world over.
Sri Lanka had committed itself to an Asian Development Bank funded
seven- year forestry plan. Under the US tropical forests conservation
plan, the four forests would be at least 70 % managed by the US.
Ministry sources told The Sunday Leader that the country’s negative
growth rate last year added to the debt burden of a country that
financed an expensive war for nearly 20 years and has no option to
consider the proposal.
is only a lull in the war due to the truce, and war could break out
which would mean that the government will have to fork out money for the
war, once more” the senior official said.
country’s public debt stands at a staggering US $ 4 billion, and the
government is keen to find a way out of it, he added.
to the plan, a fund would be set up for administration and the Sri
Lankan government, the US and several NGOs would represent the board of
Embassy official, defending the debt swap insisted that such debt relief
measures for developing countries was new, but served the countries that
would otherwise fail to protect their otherwise vanishing forest
to Sarath Fernando, the conservator of forests, there is no need to buy
the US proposal. “ It could actually be to our detriment, but then,
the ministry should decide finally,” he said.
and environmental lawyer Jagath Gunawardane told The Sunday Leader that
such benevolence could not stem from a state that seeks to thrust debt
recovery legislation upon the third world. These are attempts to dodge
their commitments to the world in areas of emission control and
reduction of pollution, he argued.
need our genetic resources. They are also interested in carbon trading
and pharmaceuticals. This would be the worst sell off undertaken by any
government, if the plan materialises. These interests should be pursued
by Sri Lanka in furtherance of its own interests and not allow the US or
any other country to come in and exploit our natural resources” he
Sri Lanka Green Party Leader Piyal Parakrama criticising the US
agreement with Costa Rica said that it was unfair to a nation that
boasted of 5 % of the world’s bio-diversity.
Supreme Court determination on the Eppawela phosphate mines, he said it
was upheld that a government could not on its own decide how o deal with
the disputed natural resource as it was not the sole property of a
government to deal with as it pleased, for all natural resources
belonged to the country and its people.
is the case, no government could decide on its own, at least without
proper consultation with its people whether our forests could be handed
over on a platter to the US for an unholy debt recovery mechanism,” he
need to bring new buses - PBOA
Bus Owners Association (PBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne says that at
present there are around 23,000 private buses in the country and there
is no room on the roads for more buses.
the private bus drivers are doing their best to give the public a good
service, he said.
General Secretary Rohan de Silva told to The Sunday Leader that their
association is concerned about the recent buying of 39% of shares of
cluster bus companies by a foreign investor.
said a recent survey conducted revealed that there are enough buses to
run on the roads and that there is no need to bring new buses.
what the entire transport industry needs is proper management to make
full use of the present buses, as multinational companies are only
profit-oriented and interested in making money, he said.
is at present holding discussions with the Transport Authority not to
allow companies to increase the number of buses on the roads.
Ministry of State Transport, M.Susiriwardene says that he is aware of
the private bus owners’ grievances but admits that there is definitely
a problem with the country’s transport system too.
ignoring complaints, says resident
of Galawi-lawatte, Homagama in a letter dated 25.2 2002 has complained
to the Human Rights Commission accusing the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB)
of ignoring complaints made by him on a number of occasions.
to the resident, an electric wire was pulled across his premises without
his permission. However, when he complained to the CEB, the Deputy
General Manager (CEB) in a letter dated 10.4 2000 said the resident has
to pay for the removal of the wire.
the delay in the removal of the wire I got delayed in building my house
and lost the loan I had applied for from the bank” the resident said.
made to the Homagama CEB for the removal of a public lamp post situated
in the middle of the road was also delayed with various excuses given.
“The lamp post has prevented us from even bringing a vehicle down the
road” the resident said.
without my permission forcibly encroached on my land and cut some
valuable trees in order to pull a wire across my land. Up to date I
haven’t received any compensation for my loss,” the resident said.
the Dehiwela zoo be shifted?
location of the Dehiwela Zoo has come under the microscope with
indications that it might be shifted.
adjournment debate two weeks back, Environment Minister Rukman
Senanayake said that there was a suggestion to shift the zoo to an
outstation location and relocate it in a 200-acre plot.
authorities at the Dehiwela Zoo are adamant that the zoo will remain
where it is and are charging that businessmen are eyeing the land in
this prime location.
has always been included in tour packages for children and adults alike.
But if the zoo is shifted to Pinnawela, people from the north and east
will find it difficult to travel and won’t be able to afford the cost
either. Once the zoo at Pinnawela is completed we will take some of the
excess animals there and the National Zoological Gardens will become the
city zoo” Director, National Zoological Gardens said Brigadier H.A.N.T.
acres of land are occupied by the animals and the balance by trees and
shrubs at the zoo and according to nature lovers it consists of many
trees and plants, hundreds of years old. This area, situated in the
highest point of the Colombo District once served for the production of
kabok and was given over to
the Sri Lankan government in 1936.
According to Minister Senanayake, the plan is to construct a zoo where
animals can roam free in specific areas. He did not say whether the
Dehiwela Zoo would be shifted.
wants minister to pay for land
Reform Commission (LRC) has written to Rehabilitation Minister Dr.
Jayalath Jayawardena requesting him to pay for over 40 perches of prime
land in Nuwara Eliya, which he had secured free of charge in 1984.
taken by Dr. Jayawardena is situated at Westward Ho Estate, Nuwara Eliya
and demarcated into two 20 perch blocks.
The entire estate is valued at Rs. 1 billion.
block number 90 and 91, the LRC on September 23 this year, requested Dr.
Jayawardena to pay Rs. 1.79 million for lot no. 90 and Rs. 1.85 million
for lot no. 91, which had been given to him
free of charge. Block
number 90 consists of 0.0708 hectares while block no. 91 consists of
0.0719 hectares. The LRC is
requesting payment based on a government valuation done on the land in
Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, however, said that he plans to request
all those who had been handed out this land to pay charges on a fresh
government valuation of the land in question.
had been divided in 1984 and handed out free of charge to 91 public
servants and politicians by the then Government Agent for Nuwara Eliya,
Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena the present MP for Nuwara Eliya, S.
Muthusivalingam had also secured a 20 perch block of land free of charge
at this estate.
Jayawardena, meanwhile, said that the land was given to him in 1984 at
the time he served as a public servant.
“Not only me but many others including the then SSP of the area
were all given blocks of land at this estate,” he said, adding that he
will appeal against making payment.
LRC, Lakshman Ranasinghe said the government agent for Nuwara Eliya had
no right to hand out the land in this manner since the entire estate
belongs to the LRC
Senaratne asserted that the Lands Ministry will now have a huge problem
on its hands to recover Rs. 1000 million (one billion) from these 91
people as some of them have re-sold the land to another party. This
means that even title deeds would have been forged in order to enact a
Jayalath Jayawardena meanwhile said he originally took the land because
his wife’s hometown is Nuwara Eliya.
only through negotiations
one third of people in Jaffna stated that they believe peace will be
achieved soon, a majority believed that it could only be achieved
through negotiations stated Social Indicator October 2002.
talks are the path to achieving peace was the opinion of
91% of the people. 2.2% believed that the LTTE could defeat the
government while 0.6% believed otherwise.
(58.8%) said what war meant to them was death and destruction, 36.8%
believed it meant fighting for rights and 10.8% said it was disharmony
the belief that all ethnic communities can live together has decreased
by 12.7% since last June, when it was at 71.2% and is now at 58.5%. In
spite of that, 32.8% of the people believe that the ceasefire agreement
SLMM is impartial, however, is an opinion that has decreased though a
majority (45.8%) still continues to believe so. A third party was
essential to solve the
north east conflict is stated by 73% of the people. An overwhelming
majority (82.4%) approved of the decisions taken at the talks, like the
setting up of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and 74% approved of Norway
assisting in the peace process.
of the people claim they are highly satisfied with the outcome of the
first round of talks, unemployment emerged as the issue of most concern.
26.6% of the people who took part in the survey stated that unemployment
was the biggest problem, while the ethnic conflict rated second at
issues that emerged were the cost of living (12.4%), education (5%),
terrorism (3.1%), security (4.6%), corruption (1.2%), environmental
pollution (2.2%), law and order (2.8%), democracy (0.9%), human rights
(5.3%), resettlement (4.3%) and fishing rights (0.9%). An overall level
of dissatisfaction with the available facilities and services was noted.
large number (49.8%) remained unable to give a time frame for when peace
would be established in Sri Lanka, 35% believed it will be achieved
31.3% of the people were unaware that peace talks were held between the
government and the LTTE in Thailand and out of the 68.1% who were aware
of the peace talks, 50.9% were unaware of the decision to set up a Joint
Balasingham’s statement that Eelam
does not connote a separate, independent state and that the LTTE
would settle for regional autonomy was considered a credible one by
47.3% of the people. 55.9% of the people were aware of the President’s
request for her representative to take part in the talks and a majority
(54%) disagreed with her request.
to impeach CBK
A group of
government legislators led by several ministers are canvassing
opposition support to successfully move an impeachment motion against
President Chandrika Kumaratunga in
government sources said.
aftermath of the failed 19th Amendment where an outright effort to clip
the wings of the president - the
government attempts to extend an
olive branch to work out a cohabitation strategy with the President -
too has proved to be of no avail.
As part of
the peace deal, Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne, an arch critic of
President Kumaratunga met her last Monday after 11 long years to see
whether they could bury the hatchet, sources said.
other ministers who have been vociferous critics of her and her
administration have been told to go gentle with the President to avoid
yet another general election.
minister told The Sunday Leader that after the failure of
the 19th Amendment, there were only three courses of action
available to the government. “ To work out a cohabitation policy with
the President, impeach her, or slash her vote at the forthcoming budget,
effectively crippling her functions.”
government, currently attempting a peace deal with the
President is also
seeking support from the opposition ranks to effectively clip the
presidential wings, if cohabitation theories fail to yield any results.
the President and the UNF do agree that the situation is such that all
need to co-operate if the country is to be properly administered. Both
sides are too tired of
attempting to browbeat the other,” a senior minister who is brokering
peace between the country’s two political leaders said.
government sources claimed that mustering the two third majority in
parliament is not a problem. “ The PA was aware that there was two
thirds support to pass the
19th Amendment which prompted them to seek judicial intervention. By
then, they lost their political clout within parliament to prevent a
number of its members from supporting that piece of legislation,” an
authoritative UNP source said.
cohabitation attempts do not work out this time, it would certainly
compel the government to move twin impeachment motions - against the
President and the Chief Justice.
an opposition, we pledged to impeach the chief justice on many counts.
It does not augur well for any government when it fails to deliver on
its main pledges,” a source said.
that the UNF will shortly decide if both impeachment motions should be
moved in parliament, or the motion against the President should be
further delayed to facilitate a better understanding between the two
main political parties.
at police hospital
staff at the Narahenpita Police Hospital are outraged at the promotion
of a female medical officer who they claim is unfit for the position she
to police hospital sources the female officer in question has violated
the basic rules and regulations pertaining to government service and had
resigned from her post internship without completing the probationary
period of nine months that is compulsory for all medical officers.
female doctor’s post internship appointment was in late 1987 and she
served in Polonnaruwa Base Hospital. She had been absent from work since
late 1988 and been abroad for sometime. Upon returning to the country
she had joined the Police Department in 1999 as a reserve woman
assistant superintendent of police (R/WASP),” police hospital sources
told The Sunday Leader.
alleged her appointment had been without any interview or notification
and thus, police hospital sources claim it falls outside the proper
guidelines of recruiting staff for government service.
Leader also learns that this doctor had been seconded to work in the
Ampara Hospital in November 2001 after she was absorbed in to
the Health Department. However, she had continued to serve in the
Narahenpita Police Hospital for a further two months and had taken up
her position in Ampara in February 2002. She had worked at Amapara
Hospital for a period of only 17 days and had returned to her service at
the Narahenpita Police Hospital.
Hospital sources also claim that she had been enjoying official benefits
- namely an official vehicle, fuel and driver facilities from both
government departments during this period - from
November 2001 to February 2002.
the doctor had
completed the Diploma in Family Medicine (DFM) and since then had been
promoted to the post of reserve woman superintendent of police (R/WSP).
While police hospital sources acknowledge that she passed the exam for
the diploma and gained the qualification through her own merit, in
sitting for the exam they claim she had again violated certain
regulations concerning examinations.
only be followed by medical officers with a service exceeding eight
years, therefore she had sat for the exam as a private candidate.
“Eventhough this exam is open for a few private medical doctors,
medical officers currently serving at the police hospital were not
allowed to follow the course as they had not completed the eight year
service period,” they said.
other discrepancies this doctor
who is still serving as a preliminary
grade medical officer is currently serving in a position where she
oversees the work of medical officers who are serving in the first and
second grades. Furthermore, the female medical officer is also accused
of using political influence for her advantage in work related to her
career and service at the police department.
children suffer in silence
independant survey carried out by Rev. Fr. S. Guy de Fontgalland of the
Leo Marga Ashram says that according to reports from the year 2000, there are a total of 339,408 plantation
80,000 of them are under five years of age and 180,000 are schooling.
Around 15,000 of the plantation children suffer from disabilities
leaving a balance of 64,408 children at home.
problem about these children is the health issues of the very young
children who are in age
groups between three to 36
UNICEF show that there are more than 24,000 infants under the age of
one, 96,000 between the ages of one and four and 24,000 between the ages
of five to 14.
to UNICEF Project
Development Abhiyan Rana, studies have shown that in 2000 the percentage
of children who are stunt was 31.9%.
percentages of children who are underweight are 43.2% in the plantation
sector and 10% in other rural areas.
As seen by
these preliminary figures the situation is getting better but it needs
more improvement, according to a UNICEF report.
comes to access to clean drinking water, 67% of the families in the
estate areas get their water from rivers and streams. Regarding
immunisation in the year 2000, 86.1% of plantation children received
immunisation when compared to 94.4% of children from other rural areas.
year 2001 there are now approximately 339,408 children under the age of
18 living in estates.
It is also
reported that there are 26,037 children engaged in economic activity and
out of this total 52% are below the age of 15.
engaged in economic activity while attending school or not attending an
234,618 children engaged in economic
activity and not attending any education institute, 11% are under the
age of 15.
children are reportedly engaged in economic activity and of this 30,533
children are living away from home and 9% of the children are reported
to be idling and also living away from the family.
prefer the streets
government launched a programme to rehabilitate beggars, the beggars on
the streets of Colombo say they cannot abide by this since conditions
in the Ridigama rehabilitation camp, make it impossible to live
Minister John Amaratunga directed officials to round up beggars in
Colombo city describing the presence of beggars in the city as a
‘nuisance’ and ‘ugly sight’ for tourists.
Leader learns that beggars are unwilling to cooperate with the
authorities because they feel the living conditions in the
Ridigama camp are unbearable and that living there would be worse than
living on the streets.
Minister Amaratunga does this according to President Premadasa’s
vision, then it will be fine. But otherwise, it is not good. The people
who have been there say that it is a terrible place and that people die
there all the time. We too will just die there under those conditions.
If they allow us to work and guide us to a better path, it will be good.
At present they are not rehabilitating but destroying us. There are so
many like us. We are used to work but due to misfortune we are begging
now. I do small jobs but I live on the street,” said Somadasa.
don’t want to go there. The ministers will only talk. I would rather
stay here because this way we have our freedom. All the people who have
been there say that Ridigama is a terrible place,” said Charlie,
on the road because we have no place to go to but we don’t like to go
to Ridigama. My husband works in the municipal council and my daughter
does not go to school yet but we will somehow find the money and rent a
house soon,” said Shanthi.
speaking to The Sunday Leader, Minister Amaratunga said that it was an
exercise to rehabilitate beggars and after taking them into the camp,
their needs would be seen to and that they would be well fed and looked
if they are unwilling to go there, they will not be allowed to be on the
streets either he added.
“We are trying to help them - they can’t have a five star hotel. At
Ridigama we will give them vocational training and will see that their
medical and other needs are met.”
unfit for travel
International in its latest issue has said Russia has begun a major
safety regulatory shake-up by permanently grounding certain types of
transport aircraft and announcing tighter rules. The Ilyushin II-18
aircraft have been roundly condemned for its poor performance record.
an investigation into an explosion and subsequent crash of an IRS Avia
Ilyushin Il-18 in November 2001, the State Service of Civil Aviation (GSGA)
has revoked the airline’s operating license and grounded all 17 Il-18s
on the Russian register, the magazine stated.
further stated that the Il-18s had faults that were unrectifiable.
Leader learns Expo Aviation
operates this aircraft from
Colombo to Jaffna. It operates two flights a day. The Sunday Leader also
learns despite the article appearing in
Flight International, condemning the Il-18s, the local
authorities here in Sri Lanka continue to ignore safety measures and
allow flights between Colombo and Jaffna.
gets tough on foreign work visas
government now has second thoughts about extending visas to foreign
workers at management level, Interior Minister John Amaratunga revealed.
to the Minister the government is to shortly review this issue on a case
by case basis to find out whether such extensions are necessary.
Minister says such extensions are depriving local workers from
participating in jobs that are connected to management. “We should be
able to make maximum use of
our manpower. But this is not happening. Since foreigners are holding
managerial posts, our workers who have the skills and the abilities are
going abroad,” he said.
the visa office would not grant visas blindly to foreigners without
proper scrutiny in the future.
to assist fallen heroes
War Veterans Association of World War II has appealed to the public to
increase their contributions to the present day soldiers who have
scarified their lives for the sake of their motherland. The Remembrance
Day falls on November 10.
association has requested the public to show more sympathy towards the
soldiers who have lost their limbs and specially the ones who have gone
missing in the war.
more than 22,000 solders who have died or are missing in action
following the Eelam war
that broke out between the government and the LTTE.
association helps the soldiers and their families with funds, education
for their children and medicine.
soldier should not be forgotten at this juncture. It is because of their
sacrifice we are able to live in peace today,” the association has
said in a statement.