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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

11 SLMM officials to stay in Sri Lanka to conclude administrative formalities

Colombo, 18 January, ( Government of Sri Lanka has given six weeks time for 11 Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission officials to remain in the country to conclude their administrative formalities, before winding up their operations once and for all, though officially SLMM concluded its operations on the evening of 16 January 2008, and most of its staffs have already left the country.

However with effect from 16 January 2008, the Ceasefire Agreement stands terminated following notice given by the Government of Sri Lanka through the Foreign Ministry to the Royal Norwegian Government, in terms of Article 4:4 of the Agreement on a “Ceasefire between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)” concluded on 22nd February 2002.

Accordingly, the Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA) on the Establishment and the Management of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) dated 18th March 2002, between the Royal Norwegian Government and the Government of Sri Lanka also stands terminated with effect from 16th January 2008.

According to a statement released by the Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “on a request by the Royal Norwegian Government, the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has permitted 11 SLMM personnel to remain in the island for a further period of six weeks, in order to complete the remaining administrative formalities. “

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