ITAK-run Chava PS wants NPC to rebuild LTTE cemeteries in NP

 By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Chavakachcheri Pradeshiya Sabha on Monday (14) passed a resolution calling for the reconstruction of LTTE cemeteries in the area, coming under the purview of the newly elected Northern Provincial Council. The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) run PS also decided to commemorate those who died fighting for the LTTE.

The ITAK is the dominant constituent of the five-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA), comprising the TELO, the EPRLF, the PLOTE and the TULF.

Jaffna based sources told The Island that the resolution passed by the Chavakachcheri PS could lead to more local government bodies adopting similar resolutions. In fact, all local authorities, administered by the ITAK, could move similar resolutions, sources said.

Sources said that the issue could soon come up at the Northern Provincial Council, also in the hands of the ITAK. The inaugural sessions of the recently elected NPC is scheduled for Oct. 25.

The resolution was moved by Sri Ranjan at the monthly meeting of the PS, held with Chairman T. Thurairasa in the chair. It was endorsed by Deputy Chairman T. Yogarasa.

Asked whether the government anticipated the move, sources pointed out that the ITAK went to the extent of recognizing the LTTE as the sole representatives of Tamil speaking people way back in 2001. They said that the resolution passed by the Chavakachcheri PS seemed to be a well calculated move to provoke a confrontation with the security  forces and police.

Concerned security authorities said that the pro-LTTE move would have to be studied by legal experts before the military and the police formulated a response.

Sources pointed out that the ITAK could adopt a similar strategy in the Eastern Province, where it controls some local authorities.

Since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009, attempts were made to commemorate those who perished fighting for the LTTE.

The government recently thwarted a move by United Nations Rights Commissioner Navy Pillay to lay flowers on the final battlefield during her much publicized visit to Vanni east.

The army overran several LTTE maintained cemeteries during Eelam war IV both east and west of the Kandy-Jaffna A9 road.

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