Joint mechanism will not marginalize minorities or fund LTTE; Jayantha Dhanapala

The proposed joint mechanism will not fund LTTE military activity and will not marginalize minorities, says Jayantha Dhanapala, the head of the Peace Secretariat. The proposed joint mechanism will not fund LTTE military activity and will not marginalize minorities, says Jayantha Dhanapala, the head of the Peace Secretariat. “The yanthranaya (mechanism) has been turned into a kumanthranaya (conspiracy),” said Dhanapala, the Secretary General of Sri Lanka’s Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process, at a forum organised by the Council for Public Policy – a local NGO.

The proposed joint mechanism is an administrative arrangement that would allow the government of Sri Lanka to work with the LTTE, on tsunami reconstruction, in the war ravaged Northern and Eastern parts of the island.

The main governing party the UPFA says such an arrangement is needed particularly to operate in LTTE controlled parts of the North and East.

Radical groups however, including the government’s own coalition partners, are agitating against such an arrangement.

Earlier this week President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga told diplomats and donors that the proposed j