A Presidential Commission (of Inquiry) tasked with investigating the ongoing wave of attacks on the LTTE (Vanni faction) wouldn`t be able to proceed unless the warring factions appeared before it.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Monday appointed the Commission, comprising two High Court Judges, `to inquire and report on the recent circumstances and or any other motives leading to attacks on LTTE cadres` in the Ampara-Batticaloa theatre.
The President has asked for the report within a month from the date of commencement of hearing.
The military pointed out that this would be a futile exercise without the participation of the LTTE factions, particularly Karuna loyalists responsible for a series of successful operations targeting the Vanni faction, particularly in the Ampara-Batticaloa theatre. Karuna loyalists launched attacks about a month after the Vanni faction dislodged Karuna cadres following a bloody battle on the banks of the Verugal river on April 9, last year.
Authoritative sources said that the LTTE wouldn`t appear before a Presidential Commission. The Karuna faction wouldn`t surface for obvious reasons, the sources said. `Karuna loyalists have repeatedly claimed responsibility for attacks on Vanni cadres,` the sources.
A senior police official said that the LTTE was reluctant to acknowledge that dissidents continued to enjoy a `greater deal of sympathy and support among the civilian population.`
The recent attack on three LTTE female cadres including Kuveni had been carried out in the LTTE-held area on Monday evening. He dismissed claims that the attack had been carried out near a police commando detachment. The nearest detachment at Tirukkovil was approximately seven kilometres away from the scene of the attack, he said.
The STF headquarters said that commandos had nothing to do with the latest attack.
The military dismissed claims that a person allegedly involved in this week`s attack off Tirukkovil had been arrested by police commandos. An army officer said that he surrendered to police commandos claiming that the LTTE was gunning for him. The man had been identified as Pratheepan.
He had surrendered at the Carmel Fatima College Tsunami refugee camp in the Kalmunai town.