New Head for SLMM

[February 22, 2006 - 9.00GMT ]

Swedish Brigadier Ulf Henricsson will head the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) from April 1st this year. He will succeed Brigadier Hagrup Haukland from Norway. Brigadier Haukland served the SLMM for four years as Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2004 and as Head from 2005.

According to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry the appointment comes after consultation with both parties to the Ceasefire (CFA), the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. The two parties are currently in Geneva for peace talks facilitated by the Norwegian Government.

Norway invited all the countries in the Nordic mission to propose candidates for the post of Head of Mission of the SLMM. The Norwegian Minister for International Development, Erik Solheim said of the successful candidate Brigadier Henricsson, “It is very positive that another country in the SLMM has produced such an excellent candidate for this important post”.

Mr. Solheim also commended Brigadier Haukland for his long and dedicated service, saying, “Norway is very grateful to Brigadier Haukland for his commitment and the outstanding performance of his duties in the SLMM.”

The SLMM was created through the CFA signed by the GoSL and the LTTE in 2002, to inquire into any instance of violation of the terms and conditions of the Agreement.

The Monitoring Mission consists of members from five Nordic countries, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.


















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Last Updated Date: February 22, 2006 - 9.00 GMT


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