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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

Ceasefire Monitors suspend sea monitoring

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 14 May, (Asiantribune.com): Scandinavian ceasefire monitors have suspended sea monitoring after Tiger guerillas issued the final warning against sea monitors.
"Sea monitoring activities have temporary been stopped," Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Ulf Henricsson told the "Asian Tribune."

The SLMM Chief, however, said suspension is temporary. "We are adjusting ourselves and hope to come up with new safety regulations and some solutions hopefully by next week," he said.

The LTTE warned sea monitors against going aboard the Navy patrol craft, saying that the truce monitors do it at their peril.

On Thursday, Sea Tigers attempted to attack a Navy passenger carrier, ferrying 710 troops aboard along with one ceasefire monitor.

Last warning to the ceasefire monitors boarding naval vessels was sent on Thursday morning, hours before a flotilla of sea Tiger boats fought a fierce battle with four gunboats escorting the Navy Passenger ferry, Pearl Cruiser. There was one sea monitor aboard one of the Dvora gunboats.

In the third letter which was sent to the SLMM Chief on May 11, Tamilselvan warned, "Please take this as the last warning to you not to board Sri Lankan naval vessels."

Three letters had been sent to SLMM Chief Ulf Henricsson by LTTE political chief Tamilselvan, warning the Scandinavian truce monitors against boarding the Naval vessels, first on April 18, second on May 10 and the third and final one on May 11.

- Asian Tribune -

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