Complaints many, recognised violation one — Monitors

By Kesara Abeywardena

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission yesterday said they have recognised only one violation of the ceasefire MoU by the LTTE as D day +60 falls today although they had received a large number of complaints.

According to the ceasefire MoU between the government and the LTTE, unarmed government troops should be permitted unlimited passage between Jaffna and Vavuniya using the Jaffna-Kandy (A9) road by D day +60. However the A9 highway has not as yet been fully opened for unrestricted civilian movement by the LTTE as required by D day +30 and thereby violated the ceasefire MoU. Security sources said it was doubtful whether the LTTE would abide by this requirement of the ceasefire agreement since they have not yet opened the A9 road for free movement of civilians as yet.

It is also required according to the MoU that an additional 100 unarmed LTTE members shall be permitted freedom of movement as of D day + 60. It also says that the parties to the ceasefire shall review the security measures and the set-up of checkpoints, particularly in densely populated cities and towns, in order to introduce systems. The Sri Lankan government has allowed unarmed LTTE members to come to the Sri Lanka Army controlled areas to carry out political work. Following the freedom of passage granted to 50 unarmed LTTE members by D day +30 the LTTE has opened its political offices in a number of areas including Vavuniya, Jaffna and Trincomalee.

Spokesman of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission Nils Lundin said both parties have done their utmost to maintain the MoU and the people love peace. He said they follow the situation and the complaints received by them are handed over to the local monitoring teams for inquiries. The ceasefire MoU between the government and the LTTE was signed on February 22.