SLMM-Govt. to discuss Tiger demand
The SLMM head Hagrup Haukland will meet Peace Secretariat chief Jayantha Dhanapala on Monday, four days ahead of the deadline by the LTTE, in an attempt to resolve the controversy over providing security arrangements for Tiger cadres crossing government territory.

Mr. Haukland’s meeting would follow another meeting between Mr. Dhanapala and President Chandrika Kumaratunga. “We are expecting a response from the Government on Monday”, Mr. Haukland said referring to the two-week deadline set by the LTTE on providing their own security between the North and the East.

The LTTE has delayed naming their representatives to the P-TOMS committees on June 16 pending a response from the Government. The Government representatives are also yet to be named. Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Ministry Secretary M.S. Jayasinghe said they were expecting to get the Committees operational within two weeks of the signing.

Mr. Haukland on Thursday while travelling to the Trincomalee district made an attempt to meet LTTE district leader Elilan, but the meeting had to be called off as he was not present.

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