Ten new monitors for
By Munza Mushtaq
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has been given a
manpower boost with ten new monitors being flown into the
country from Norway and Iceland thereby increasing the number of
observers from 20 to 30.
SLMM spokesman Thorfinnur Omarsson told The Nation that last
week five new monitors arrived and another five were scheduled
to arrive this week.
“We are now capable of reactivating our activities in the East
at full steam following the manpower boost with the ten new
monitors,” he said.
The mission currently consists of personnel from Norway and
Iceland. The majority of the observers are from Norway and
amounting to around two third of the manpower.
The main SLMM office for the Eastern Province is based in
Trincomalee, but monitoring offices will also be located in the
Ampara and Batticaloa districts.
The mission’s main office for the North is in Vavuniya with
monitoring units in Jaffna, Mannar and Kilinochchi as well
Meanwhile the SLMM in its weekly report ending June 24
emphasized the need to re-open the Omanthai Entry/Exit points
continuously. The entry/exit points are currently open only
thrice a week.
“The SLMM made an assessment of the Omanthai Entry / Exit point
and the area in its vicinity. The limited opening days of
Omanthai is affecting the population north and south of it in
numerous ways; necessities are not always available north of
Omanthai and people who travel to visit family members north of
Omanthai are reportedly being harassed when they return,” the