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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2423

Jordanian Ship crew arrived in Colombo

Colombo, 26 December, (Asiantribune.com) : The 25-member Jordanian Ship crew arrived in Colombo yesterday evening. The International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) facilitated the release of the crew of the cargo vessel FARHA III from LTTE detention on Monday morning.

According to the Media Centre for National Security, the ship crew members had crossed the Omanthai entry/exit point into Vavuniya around 12.30 p.m. yesterday from the Tiger held Kilinochchi. The crew along with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission personnel gathered at the ICRC office in Vavuniya before setting off to Colombo.

However, Jordanian ship crew left the rebels' stronghold of Kilinochchi on board five ICRC vehicles and arrived subsequently in Colombo after a 10-hour drive.

Police cleared journalists from the hotel where they were staying before the convoy arrived.

Last Saturday, on 23 December, Jordanian cargo vessel FARHA III drifted towards LTTE stronghold Mullaithievu following a technical failure.

The 150m long vessel was carrying about 14,000 tons of rice from Kakinada in the Andhra Pradesh, India to Durban in South Africa when suddenly on Saturday; it began drifting in the Mullaithievu Sea towards LTTE stronghold following a technical failure.

It is immediately not clear whether any efforts were on to repair the grounded ship and retrieve the cargo on it. On Sunday, the military said it would make efforts to free the ship from LTTE custody.

In the meantime Jordanian News Agency Petra reported yesterday that according to Saeed Suleiman, Director General of the International Al Salam (Peace) Company for Trade and Transport, negotiations with kidnappers and the company, in cooperation with the International Red Cross, are still underway to release the ship and its cargo.

Sri Lankan army officers walk with Jordanian ship captain Iraqi Ramaz S Abdul at a military check point in Omantai, Sri Lanka December 25, 2006. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday released 25 crew of a Jordanian ship Sri Lankan army officers walk with Jordanian ship captain Iraqi Ramaz S Abdul at a military check point in Omantai, Sri Lanka December 25, 2006. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday released 25 crew of a Jordanian ship

A Sri Lankan army officer talks to the Jordanian ship crew as they pass a military check point in Omantai.A Sri Lankan army officer talks to the Jordanian ship crew as they pass a military check point in Omantai.

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