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APRIL 28, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 23

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Forces Say SLMM is asleep and ineffective - We are powerless- SLMM
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M 29 April. Security forces say that the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is asleep and utterly ineffective and the monitors had not done anything to prevent the LTTE from violating the ceasefire agreement signed between the government and the LTTE.

They say the LTTE could do anything and violate the ceasefire agreement without the monitors taking action against them. One senior officer said, See what happened in the east. LTTE violated the ceasefire agreement and came by boats to Kathiraveli, Vakaneri and also through other government controlled areas to attack Karunas group. They brought in about 3000 troops. They violated the ceasefire agreement and the SLMM did not do anything about it. But, what we could laugh most about is that after carrying out the attacks and violating the ceasefire agreement, the LTTE requested the SLMM for approval to go back to Vanni via Omanthai." They fought a war, went through government areas, killed a candidate Rajan Sathyamoorthi, and tried to assassinate the Government Agent of Batticaloa, Pathamanthan, what happened? What did the SLMM do about it? Have you got reports from them? The Army officer questioned.

Other officers pointed out that no international pressure has been brought against the LTTE and even the foreign media has conveniently decided to ignore the MOU violations of the LTTE. They pointed out that nearly 1500 cadres who were under LTTEs eastern commander Karuna had come to cleared areas and are trying to resettle with their families but, the LTTE is trying to re-recruit them and to send them to Wanni. They wanted to know what the SLMM was doing about it and if any NGOs working in the east have a list of members re-united with their families. " Forces only report to the SLMM but, no action is being taken" the officer lamented.

However, Deputy Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Hagrup Haukland, says that the SLMM had no powers to execute anything. He said, " We have only verbal power". He requested for support from both parties to the conflict. " What we do is to inquire in to the incidents and inform the parties concerned. We have got only verbal power and both parties must co-operate with us," Haukland added. He said the monitors could also understand the frustration of the ordinary people since most complaints have come from ordinary people. However, he said that the monitors were yet to receive written complaints about their ineffectiveness from the government or the LTTE. When questioned if the SLMM was seeking more powers Haukaland declined to comment.
Published: Wed Apr 28 20:45:53 EDT 2004


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Tamil Tigers and truce monitors to discuss killing of rebels in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed April 28, 2004 12:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels will meet Nordic cease-fire monitors Thursday to discuss a recent attack on a rebel camp which killed seven guerillas, a rebel spokesman said.

Norwegian head of the truce monitors Trond Furuhovde would arrive at the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi for talks with the political leader S.P. Thamilselvan, rebel spokesman Daya Master said.

``It will be stressed that these type of incidents should not be allowed to take place,'' he said.

Agnes Bragadottir, the spokeswoman for the monitors confirmed the meeting but declined to give details.

An unidentified group attacked Mayawaddi rebel camp west of Batticaloa town, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of the capital, Colombo Sunday.

The rebels have blamed rebels loyal to breakaway commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan for the attack and claimed the government forces too may have helped them. The military has denied the allegation.

Muralitharan, the group's eastern commander, broke way from the mainstream rebel faction with about 6,000 cadres in a dispute over regional rivalry and political strategy. He disbanded his army and went into hiding after the main rebel group launched an offensive earlier this month.

At least 33 people, including civilians and child soldiers, died in the fighting.

Tamil rebels launched their insurgency against the government in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils accusing majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

The fighting, which killed 65,000 people, stopped with a 2002 cease-fire brokered by Norway.

A 57-member team comprising officials from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland is monitoring the cease-fire.
Published: Wed Apr 28 14:18:14 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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Eight more government ministers join Kumaratunga's Cabinet
Associated Press, Wed April 28, 2004 03:55 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Wednesday appointed eight news ministers from the Marxist party, ending an internal power struggle that had threatened the stability of her new coalition government.

Kumaratunga had awarded the Marxist People's Liberation Front, also known as JVP, four rural ministries after the April 2 national elections in which her alliance emerged as the single largest party in the 225-member Parliament. But the JVP, which holds 39 seats in Kumaratunga's 105-seat alliance, refused to attend the April 10 inauguration ceremony for the new 31-member Cabinet because they said they were not given the portfolios they wanted.

However, a compromise was reached when Kumaratunga agreed to bifurcate the influential Ministry of River Basin Development and appointed a JVP member as a Cabinet-level minister to control part of it. Provincial elections will be held throughout Sri Lanka in the coming months and whoever controls the river basin ministry is likely to secure a large proportion of the rural vote.

Kumaratunga also swore in three other Cabinet ministers and four junior ministers, all from the JVP.
Published: Wed Apr 28 04:49:23 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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