LTTE gives up plan to reopen dam
Tigers take the decision after army fires artillery shells in vicinity of Mavil Aru dam, reports PK Balachandran.india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 23:08 IST
The Sri Lankan army fired artillery shells in the vicinity of the Mavil Aru dam on Sunday, when the head of the Nordic truce monitoring mission, Maj Gen Ulf Henricsson, was at the dam to see to its opening, a spokesman of the monitors told Hindustan Times.
The LTTE, which had earlier in the day declared its intention to open the sluice gates by evening, said that it would not do so, after the government forces shelled the area when its officials and the truce monitors' chief, were at the site, endangering their lives.
"Maj Gen Henricsson was at the anicut (dam) when the shelling took place. I do not know how far away the shells fell," said the monitors' spokesman Thorsinnur Omarsson.
Asked which side fired the shells, he said it was the army.
The Taminet website said that among those at the dam site at the time of the shelling, was S Elilan, the LTTE's political leader for Trincomalee district.
The truce monitors confirmed that the army fired shells into Mutur East also.
Tamilnet said that the army fired Multi-Barrel Rocket Launchers.
It was only in the afternoon of Sunday that the LTTE's political wing leader SP Tamilselvan had met the Norwegian peace envoy, Jon Hanssen Bauer, in Kilinochchi, and said that the dam would be opened by the end of the day.
But he added that the Sri Lankan government would have to assure that it would stop all military action against the LTTE.
If it did not, the LTTE would assume that the government had declared war.