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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675

Truce monitors discuss safety amid Tiger threats on lives.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 17 May, ( Scandinavian truce monitors from the North East converged at the Head Quarters in Colombo to discuss their safety amid threats by the Tiger guerrillas against continuing with sea monitoring activities.

The sea Tigers last week carried out an abortive attack on Sri Lankan Navy passenger ferry with a truce monitor aboard.

Ceasefire monitors suspended sea monitoring activities after the Tigers issued third and final warning against monitors going aboard naval vessels.

The SLMM said in a statement that naval monitors met the Head of the Mission Ulf Henricsson and discussed Thursday’s attack and resumption of sea monitoring activities.

“The SLMM will forward some requirements to the parties before the resumption of naval monitoring can take place. The modalities of these requirements will be worked out in the coming days,” the statement said.

The passenger ferry M V Pearl Cruiser II was sailing under the flag of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission when it came under attack from sea Tigers.

The attack came hours after the LTTE issued the final warning against the sea monitoring activities and warned the sea monitors that if they continue with monitoring, it is at their own peril.

Meanwhile Government Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the SLMM Chief Gen. Henricsson had assured the government that the SLMM would continue with the sea monitoring activities and resume operations soon.

“They are very much into it and they assured that they will continue with it (sea monitoring), said Minister Rambukwella.

- Asian Tribune -

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