The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission is deeply concerned over the attack on Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapakse in the heart of Colombo, Friday December 1st. The SLMM notifies that the blast bares the hallmarks of methods used by the LTTE in the past. The recent and escalating violence, including today's attack on a high-ranking politician, threatens seriously the lives of innocent civilians in Sri Lanka. The SLMM urges the Parties to respect the Cease Fire Agreement and to give up violence.
1. OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSESSMENT
1. OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSESSMENT
The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) met in Geneva 22-23 February 2006 for talks on the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA). The GOSL and the LTTE committed themselves to respect and uphold the CFA and reconfirmed their commitment to fully cooperate with and respect the rulings of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).
After consulting with the Sri Lankan Government the SLMM has decided to make the following statement:
The air strikes that were conducted by the Sri Lankan Government in Trincomalee district on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) targets in Sampoor area on 25 and 26 April 2006 are a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement.
Article 1.2 of the Ceasefire Agreement clearly states "Neither Party shall engage in any offensive military operation".
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission would like to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to refrain from such operations as they can jeopardise the Ceasefire further and will only add fuel to the conflict
With regards to the LTTE the …
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) strongly condemns the attack on the Sri Lankan Navy vessel that took place off Kudiramalai Point, Kalpitiya on the 25 March 2006. It is still too early to establish exactly the details of the attack and the SLMM is currently conducting inquiries.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have denied any involvement. However, based on SLMM's previous experience during the period of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) we feel that we cannot at this stage rule out their involvement.
Following the recent escalation of violence in Trincomalee, culminating in the bomb attack against a SLN bus earlier today, the SLMM has decided to suspend operational activities in Trincomalee until further notice.
It is important to underline that the suspension is limited to Trincomalee district only and we plan to resume normal monitoring activities as soon as the situation calms down.
SLMM strongly condemns the latest attack on Sri Lanka Navy soldiers in Cheddikulam on the 12th of January. Our sympathy goes to the families that have been affected by this brutal murder.
This attack is yet another serious blow to the Ceasefire Agreement and SLMM believes that if such attacks or retaliation of such attacks continue the Ceasefire Agreement will be over. Over 100 people were killed last month half of which were civilians. Killings and serious attacks continue and the situation is getting worse.
The recent escalation of violence on Jaffna Peninsula is of great concern to everyone, and the SLMM strongly condemns the cowardly attacks that have resulted in the deaths of several SLA-soldiers and Tamil civilians. In addition, many people have been injured. However, the violence has not escalated out of control as of yet.
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has observed and witnessed a dangerous trend of violence in the North and the East in the last few days resulting in a number of deaths and injuries of both civilians and security forces personnel.
SLMM Colombo: May 24, 2005 - The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) created the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) through the signing of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) on February 22nd 2002. Based on the CFA The Royal Norwegian Government (NRG) and the Government of Sri Lanka concluded a Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA) where status, privileges and immunities of SLMM and its members are defined and determined. The SOMA is endorsed by the LTTE leadership.