awaits LTTE response on P-TOMS
The Government is awaiting the LTTE’s response on the Post
Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) in the wake of
Friday’s Supreme Court ruling suspending key provisions of
Government’s Apex Committee nominee, Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara,
told The Sunday Times: “We will have to see whether the LTTE
is willing to go ahead with certain provisions of the agreement.”
said the government was prepared to continue implementing P-TOMS
agreement provisions which were unaffected by Friday’s Supreme
Court ruling, but added “it will depend on LTTE’s response.”
Minister Gunasekara said among the areas they could go ahead with
were the establishment of the “District Committees”
which have not been restrained by the court ruling.
declined to elaborate on measures to seek LTTE’s approval
for government plans to continue implementation of the rest of the
agreement. But, a high-level Norwegian delegation led by Foreign
Minister Jan Peterson and his Deputy Vidar Helgsen are due in Colombo
next week. Issues regarding the P-TOMS agreement are to figure during
the LTTE has summoned Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians for
a meeting with Political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan. The TNA
members are to raise the issue about the status of the implementation
of the P-TOMS.
“The P-TOMS will be the main issue to be taken up at the discussions
as it concerns the distribution of relief for tsunami victims,”
TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senathiraja told The Sunday Times.
was no immediate reaction from the LTTE office about the ruling.
An official statement on Friday said the government was studying
matters raised by the Supreme Court and that it will be making further
representations at the main hearing.
S. L. Gunasekara, who appeared for some of the petitioners said
that according to the ruling, the Project Management Unit would
also now have to be brought under the government.
A soldier was killed when LTTE pistol gang members opened
fire at him at Vandharumullai in Batticaloa yesterday evening, police
The soldier, Sunil Kumara, succumbed to his injuries at the Valachchenai
was deployed at a road block when the killers arrived on a bicycle
and shot him at close range.