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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According to him international truce monitors were withdrawn from these two districts owing to the present volatile situation but added that plans are afoot to post officials to these areas again soon.
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 Katunayake.
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.