Capture of Sampur essential for the resettlement of displaced –MCNS [Monday , September 04, 2006 - 10.00 GMT]

The capture of Sampur, the eastern port city of Trincomalee by the Forces was essential for the resettlement of the displaced by the Muttur incident said Major Rajapaksa of the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS). He said that since Sampur was now under the control of the Security Forces civilians could resettle without fear.

He further said the Trincomalee harbour was safe with the Navy being able to manoeuvre their craft without problems.

The capture of Sampur was prompted when the LTTE launched surprise attacks on Trincomalee and Muttur areas displacing thousands of Muslim, Tamil and Sinhala civilians.

July this year the LTTE closed the Mawilaru sluice gates denying over 15, 000 families and 30, 000 acres of paddy cultivation, water. The Army then commenced a humanitarian mission to re-open the sluice gates, which they accomplished on August 8.

The LTTE, August 1, also launched mortar attacks towards Trincomalee harbour area while simultaneously directing artillery fire from Sampur areas but failed to inflict damages on the passenger vessel that was bringing 854 unarmed soldiers from Kankasanthurai to Trincomalee.

Maj. Rajapaksa said Security Forces were currently conducting consolidating operations. He said bases would be built along the coast with the Forces gradually taking control.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced the capture of Sampur by the Security Forces while addressing the 55th Annual Convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, at the BMICH today.










































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