Battered LTTE says aid only through TRO
The LTTE has insisted that it will not allow relief workers from outside to enter the areas under its control and demanded that all aid be channelled through its Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation.

The TRO is an NGO approved by the Government and has already embarked on collecting relief supplies, both in cash and kind. The move came amidst rumours that the tsunami had killed LTTE leader Velupullai Prabhakaran and Sea Tiger chief Soosai. In a move to scotch these rumours, Mr. Prabhakaran issued a statement where he sympathised with the Sinhala people in the South. A significant feature in this statement was that Mr. Prabhakaran placed his signature on it in Tamil.

In a similar bid to scotch rumours, the LTTE took the unusual step of allowing special Sea Tiger Commander Soosai to be interviewed by a Colombo based TV Station. The Interview took place in an area near Kilinochchi with armed guerrilla cadres moving around.
(Iqbal Athas writes in his Situation Report about how the LTTE's military machine was affected by last Sunday's catastrophe.)

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