not complying with MoU: SLMM
15, 2003 - 10.00 GMT]
The Scandinavian Monitors
overseeing Sri Lanka's
truce said Tamil Tiger rebels were not complying fully with the terms of a
peace agreement with the government and they would demand an
Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) brought in to monitor the Ceasefire
Agreement (CFA), signed by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE February
last year, gives independent rulings on violations committed by either
the monitors' rulings, the LTTE has failed to dismantle a new camp in
Kinniya division, just south of the eastern Trincomalee port, which the
monitors ruled was built in government-held territory. The LTTE is still
refusing to vacate the camp.
said it should be removed immediately and they have not complied. Both
parties gave the SLMM certain authority to rule. When one of the parties
does not comply with our rulings, then we need to re-consider the CFA. The
Government side has always obeyed the rulings '', Hagrup Haukland, deputy
head of the SLMM told PRIU today.
17-month ceasefire paved the way for direct talks between the Government and
the Tigers aimed at ending the two-decade war over a separate state. The
peace process has been in limbo since April, when the LTTE suspended
negotiations and refused to attend the Tokyo aid conference in June,
demanding an Interim Administration. They refuse to resume talks with the
Government until this specific demand has been met.
Under the terms of the Norwegian-brokered truce, combatants are not
permitted to build camps or carry weapons in areas controlled by the other
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Date: July 15, 2003 - 10.00