The A9 Road is expected to be opened at Muhamalai entry/exit point early next week to facilitate a food convoy reach Jaffna, said Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Spokesman Thorfinnur Omarsson yesterday. The government has requested the SLMM to take steps to send food and other essential items to Jaffna to address the humanitarian crisis in the Peninsula.
?We are in discussion with the LTTE about the necessary steps that needs to be taken with regard to the security of the convoy. We expect a favourable response from them. It is expected that by early next week we will be able to open the road,? said Omarsson.
In the mean time, the SLLM has requested the government to formalise a more detailed proposal. ?The government is now working on this proposal and we expect them to inform us within a few days,? he added.
The government Peace Secretariat chief Palitha Kohona said the plan to open the A9 is proceeding well.
He also said, ?As far as the government is concerned the A9 has always been opened.? He added that the SLMM is currently engaged in discussions with the LTTE and the government is awaiting the decision.
Kohona also said that the safe passage of the convoy to Jaffna is entirely dependent on the attitude of the LTTE.