A Newspaper Published by World Institute for Asian Studies. Powered by WIAS, Vol. 7 No. 001

Another ‘Civilian Safety Zone’ declared to facilitate civilians safety

Colombo, 12 February, ( Security Forces Headquarters in Vanni in response to humanitarian concerns, had now announced the demarcation of a new 12-km long Civilian Safety Zone ( No Fire Zone), along the western boundary of the Mullaittivu, with effect from Thursday 12 February and is expected to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid and medical supplies for the people held forcibly by the LTTE.

According to the Sri Lanka Army media sources, the new Civilian Safety Zone beginning from the northwest of Vadduvakal (09 17 26.60 N & 080 47 10.60 E) to the west, and north of Vadduvakal (09 18 06.08 N & 080 48 08.30 E) to the eastern coastal boundary, runs up to Palamattan south (09 22 17.70 N & 080 42 35.60 E) on the western side. On the coastal belt up to the extreme north, the eastern strip ends at the southeast of Palamattalan (09 22 35.60 N & 080 42 53.80 E). The area between the northwest of Vadduvakal to the north of Vadduvakal that touches the eastern sea boundary is about 2 km in width and the extent at the northern end of the strip, touching Palamattan area is about 1 km in breadth.

The entire uncleared coastal stretch from North of Vadduvakal includes a few villages: Vellamullavaikkal, Karayamullivaikkal,Velayanmadam, Ampelavanpokkanai and Putumattalan, Army further said.

Sri Lanka Army, announced that it is fully committed to provide maximum safety for the lives of entrapped or forcibly detained civilians in un-cleared areas in the Mullaittivu district, calls upon the public to move into those specified areas at the earliest.

Earlier, the Sri Lankan Government on Jan 21, declared a 'No Fire Zone' which LTTE terrorists discarded with contempt, moving its heavy artillery batteries and mortar guns inside the safety zone, using civilians to shield against military retaliation. Despite, attempts by LTTE to intimidate security forces, troops have continued to adhere to the zero civilian casualty (ZCC) policy while engaging in its all out effort to eradicate the terrorists.

Sources: Sri Lanka Army; Defence lk

- Asian Tribune -