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DateLine Sunday, 19 August 2007

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SLMM confirms need to disarm para-military groups

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) confirmed the need of disarming all para-military groups in the East to restore normalcy in the region.

The SLMM has insisted that only the Security Forces and the Police could use weapons in government controlled areas. SLMM sources told the 'Sunday Observer' yesterday that the SLMM has looked into this matter following the recent statements made by high-ranking government officials which stressed the need of disarming the para-military groups in the East.

The SLMM Head Maj. Gen. Lars Solveberg has discussed the matter with the Chairman, Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe at the routine meeting last week, which was held to discuss the ongoing issues related to the peace process. Both parties had welcomed the government stance and agreed to the need to disarming para military groups in the East, especially to restore the day-to-day life in the region.

SLMM sources said that the SLMM agreed to look into continuous LTTE attacks on civilians in villages in Weli-Oya in the Anuradhapura district and another LTTE attack on civilians in uncleared areas in Mannar. "We had received five complaints of abductions in the East during the week", he said.

Meanwhile, the SLMM has informed the SCOPP about recent abductions reported from the East and constant shelling reported in the North.

According to SLMM sources the SCOPP has agreed to look into these allegations. According to SLMM sources, the report on incidents which took place in Jaffna during the past two weeks will be published soon.

 

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