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Ten new monitors for SLMM

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 report noted.

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