The military Friday said that the forthcoming talks on the Oslo-arranged Cease-Fire Agreement should focus on the Nordic monitoring mission`s reports dealing with the four-year-old truce.
The Oslo-led mission comprising representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden has ruled that the LTTE violated the CFA on 3,471 occasions during the past four years.
The mission`s head Hagrup Haukland (Norway) is scheduled to take part in the two-day talks, the first direct contact after the LTTE quit negotiations in April, 2003. Mission spokesperson Helen Olafsdottir said that they were yet to decide on the agenda for talks. Declaring that the mission would not reveal what it intended to take up in Geneva, she said that they have identified certain problems and the relevant parties have been made aware of them.
According to reports seen by The Sunday Island, the mission rejected 3,280 complaints lodged by the government, civilians and rival Tamil groups during the same period. The reports deal with incidents reported after the signing of the agreement on February 22, 2002 to December 31, 2005.
A military spokesman said that although almost half of the complaints were dismissed, the number of complaints accepted as violations by the Nordic mission was proof of what he termed as LTTE misconduct. The monitoring mission is headed by the facilitator, he said emphasising the need to take punitive action against the LTTE. The co-chairs to the Tokyo Donor Conference, particularly the European Union should take notice of this and act accordingly, he said. Both Sri Lanka and India last year urged the EU to proscribe the LTTE.
According to the Nordic reports 2003 was the worst-ear with 1,113 violations including 191 cases of abduction of adults, 27 cases of abduction of children, 593 cases of child recruitment, eight cases of forced recruitment of adults, one assassination, two cases of torture and 104 cases of harassment.
The mission has recorded 994 violations in the first year (February 1-December 31, 2002) with two military-related abductions, six cases of torture, 141 cases of abduction of adults, one case of abduction of a child and 676 cases of child recruitment.
One hundred and fifty-five abductions of adults, 56 abductions of children and 346 cases of child recruitment, 19 cases of forced recruitment of adults, nine assassinations, four offensive naval actions and 45 provocative acts are among 845 violations recorded in 2004.
The truce monitors have ruled 519 violations last year including 100 abductions of adults, 113 abductions of children, 179 cases of child recruitment, eight assassinations and 19 provocative acts.
They also ruled over a dozen cases of firing of weapons, sabotage, carrying of arms in government-held areas, construction of new positions, movement of arms, ammunition and military equipment, families of detainees denied access and the obstruction of truce monitors as violations.
The military pointed out that the Nordic mission is yet to rule on the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and a series of LTTE attacks on security forces after the November 17 presidential polls resulting in the deaths of about 100 forces and police personnel and injuries to about 200. Some of these attacks were carried out this year before Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim met LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in late January.
Although the Nordic mission received 1,313 complaints against the forces and police, only 162 had been ruled as violations. Among them were 41 cases of harassment, eight cases of hostile actions against civilians, six cases of occupation of private property and a case of abduction.
Army Headquarters pointed out that the truce monitoring mission also ruled the LTTE occupied private property (23 cases in 2002 and 2003), hostile actions against civilians (49 cases in 2002 and 2003), torture (eight cases in 2002 and 2003), intimidation (13 cases in 2003), extortion (33 cases in 2002 and 2003) and harassment (163 cases in 2002 and 2003).