SLMM monitors back in Jaffna , B’caloa soon
Says still no permission to visit Katunayake air base
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is preparing to send
international monitors to Jaffna and Batticaloa soon, SLMM
spokesman Thofinur Ommarson said.
According to him international truce monitors were withdrawn
from these two districts owing to the present volatile situation
but added that plans are afoot to post officials to these areas
According to Ommarson the situation in Sri Lanka is becoming
‘more and more volatile’ and the work of the truce monitors is
also becoming ‘very dangerous and difficult’
“We have to be extra cautious nowadays. But yet we are willing
to do our part,” he told The Nation.
Asked whether the mission had any plans to withdraw as the
Ceasefire Agreement was constantly being violated by both the
government and the LTTE, Ommarson said there were no such plans.
“We will continue to function until both warring factions
decided to terminate the CFA,” he said.
Meanwhile he also said that the government has still not granted
permission for the SLMM to visit the air force base in
He said since last Monday the SLMM has been requesting the
government to grant permission to view the bombed area at
Katunayake but to no avail.
“In fact I told the government that giving us permission two
months after the incident was over was of no use to us and to
the country, but yet there has not been any response,” he said.