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Sri Lanka allays fears on tsunami plan

V.S. Sambandan

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Government on Wednesday allayed fears that the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) would undermine national security.

The President's office also termed as "completely unfounded" fears that the agreement "will enable the LTTE to rebuild their military bases within the two km area."

The statement is against the backdrop of opposition to the MoU which was signed by Colombo and the LTTE on June 24. Subsequently the former ruling ally, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), and the National Bhikku Front and the Patriotic National Movement, both of which are seen as JVP fronts — filed petitions in the Colombo District Court seeking a stay order against the agreement, which they described as "illegal." They said the Government had "misled the people."

The President's office pointed out that the agreement "specifically states" that the ceasefire agreement (CFA) would continue to be "in full force and effect" and that the MoU would not override it.

The P-TOMS "cannot in any way affect the existence of the High Security Zones or military camps and installations."

Referring specifically to the sensitive eastern Trincomalee harbour, it said it was "under the control of the Government and the LTTE has no access" to it. Other establishments such as the Kankesanthurai harbour and the Palali military camps in the northern Jaffna peninsula were also "not under the P-TOMS."

Biography

A biography of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is scheduled for release on July 17, her biographer, Graeme Wilson, has said.

The biography of the President, who turned 60 on Wednesday, has been titled "CBK" (Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga).

An international launch has also been planned in London, Paris, Berlin, Oslo and other book capitals in the world. It deals with Ms. Kumaratunga's "personal and political life, including the challenges she had to face in promoting peace in Sri Lanka," the Daily Mirror reported on Wednesday.

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