Fresh plans by SLMM to monitor sea activity
Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Ulf Henricsson
yesterday assured the government that the SLMM was planning 'fresh'
arrangements to continue sea monitoring and dismissed reports that there
was a total pull out from monitoring sea activity.
Henricsson met the top brass of the government's Peace Secretariat
last night to discuss issues relating to the continuance of sea
monitoring activity of the SLMM. The SLMM Chief told the 'Sunday
Observer' that the SLMM was in the process of making adjustments to come
up with new safety regulations as early as next week.
Henricsson had asserted that the Sri Lankan government had full right
and control of the sea and the LTTE demand to seek control of the waters
was unacceptable under the ceasefire agreement.
Defence Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the 'Sunday
Observer' last night that the SLMM was making 'fresh' arrangements for
the purpose of monitoring activities in the sea and therefore, they (the
SLMM) needed a few days to prepare plans. 'They are very concerned about
monitoring sea movements and this is what Henriccson told us', he
Asked whether it was a 'temporary 'suspension by the SLMM, Minister
Rambukwella explained that when new arrangements were underway, it meant
that the SLMM would need a few days to get back to action.
The SLMM yesterday decided to evolve a new routine for monitoring the
sea, following threats issued on them by the LTTE after the Tigers
attacked a convoy of naval vessels off the coast of Vettilaikerni in the
North. The LTTE warned the Scandinavian truce monitors to refrain from
boarding naval vessels, or else they could be killed.