Tigers to urge repeal of PTA at next round

By Franklin R. Satyapalan
The LTTE will take up the crucial issue of Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at the next round of talks with the government to request it to repeal it early, said ACTC leader and MP Appathurai Vinayagamoorthy yesterday.

The LTTE will ask the government to repeal the PTA to enable the release of suspects in custody without trial. LTTE and TNA MPs claim that normalcy was yet to be restored in the North and East though peace talks have gone on for one year.

Vinayagamoorthy said that other than TULF President V. Anandasangari all the TNA MPs were present at Kilinochchi at the invitation of LTTE’s political chief S. P. Thamilchelvan on February 23. The discussion commenced at 10.30 a.m. and continued till 1.30 p.m.

The LTTE and the TNA stressed that all displaced people especially those from Valikamam North and Tenmaratchi should be resettled as soon as possible.

Thamilchelvan also expressed the strong view that there could not be differences of opinion among the TNA, TULF and the LTTE.

Thamilchelvan also expressed his displeasure at the statement by TULF leader A. V. Anandasangari who held different views on the Jaffna Central Library issue.

It was decided that a representative of each party in the TNA should meet the LTTE’s political chief S. P. Thamilchelvan at Kilinochchi every month to discuss outstanding issues.

It was also decided that the TNA and the LTTE would forge a common front on important issues.