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Tamilnation > Struggle for Tamil Eelam > Conflict Resolution - Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka > Norwegian Peace Initiative > Sixth Session of Talks in Japan & Aftermath > Letter from LTTE to Sri Lanka Minister of Defence
Letter from LTTE to Sri Lanka Minister of Defence
"We are totally opposed to the reoccupation of lands in the Jaffna municipal area and the setting up of a large military complex in the heart of the city.."
31 March 2003
Mr. Tilak Marapone,
Minister of Defence,
Dear Mr. Marapone,
A very grave situation of civil unrest is gaining momentum in Jaffna following your government's decision to relocate the present brigade headquarters located at the Gnanam and Subash Hotels to a vast stretch of territory in the Jaffna municipal area consisting of lands belonging to the former town hall, Jaffna municipal council offices, rest house, police department incorporating the Jaffna fort and surrounding areas. The civil and political organisations of Jaffna are alarmed and concerned over the scale and magnitude of the relocation programme in the heart of old Jaffna city in close proximity of two important reputable schools, Jaffna public library, Thuriappah stadium and the new court complex to be constructed in that area.
While we appreciate the decision of the Sri Lanka Army to vacate the Subash and Gnanam Hotels, we are totally opposed to the reoccupation of lands in the Jaffna municipal area and the setting up of a large military complex in the heart of the city. Our delegation at the Hakone talks registered its displeasure and warned the government of massive public protests. On behalf of the people of Jaffna, we urge you to reconsider your decision and find an alternative location outside the Jaffna municipal environment in consultation with the LTTE.
Head of the Political Section,
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam