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Weekly voyages to Kankesanthurai back to normal
[04 Jan 2001]

The weekly voyages between Trincomalee and Kankasanthurai following a tripartite agreement reached last week between the security forces, the ICRC and the LTTE, security sources revealed yesterday.

During last year's Jaffna crisis, The weekly voyages between Trincomalee and Kankasanthurai were suspended, military sources reported. 

The resumption of the north-south patient transfer service would help the Jaffna civilians immensely, sources reported.

'Jaya Gold' which transport patients from the north to Colombo hospitals, reached Kankasanthurai harbour carrying 35 patients on Wednesday, ICRC spokesman Harsha Gunawardena said.

The voyages have become the sole mode of transport for patients from the north referred to Colombo hospitals.

However the government deployed another vessel, 'Lanka Mudhitha' on December 9 and 13 which facilitated about 2500 people to travel between Trincomalee and KKS, in view of the non-availability of "City of Trinco". 

Both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE have given 'security guarantees' that they would not interfere with the ship service.



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