The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission is likely to rule the sea movement conducted by the LTTE on Sunday night as a ceasefire violation as the Tigers do not have a right to the sea, the SLMM said yesterday.
There was high drama in the Trincomalee seas early last morning hours after the LTTE attempted to transport some of its cadres by sea from the east to the Wanni aboard sea tiger vessels defying government objections resulting in the Navy opening fire on the Tiger vessels.
Five LTTE sea tiger attack craft, which attempted to enter the Trincomalee harbor at around 5.54 last morning, came under Navy attack at Foul Point resulting in the destruction of one rebel boat and causing minor injuries to five sailors.
?We attacked the five LTTE boats that attempted to infiltrate the Trinco harbour. One boat caught fire while the rest fled. One of our Dvora boats was hit by rebel gun fire. Five sailors received minor injuries,? Navy spokesman Commander D.M.K. Dassanayake said.
Earlier on Sunday night the LTTE attempted to transport some of its cadres from the East in Kokkilai, Trincomalee to the Wanni but their plans were thwarted by the Navy who launched a barrage of gunfire on the sea tiger vessels. Commander Dassanayake said the sea tiger craft retaliated before fleeing to their original location minus the cadres they attempted to transport.
The LTTE however said the cadres managed to reach their destination with the rebel Trincomalee political head S. Elilan telling the Daily Mirror the vessels, which departed from Mullaitivu in the Wanni to Trincomalee returned to Mullaitivu with the eastern cadres on board at around 10 pm on Sunday despite navy resistance.
Mr. Elilan said that the cadres who allegedly reached the Wanni by sea on Sunday were not part of the top level group that was awaiting travel arrangements to meet the LTTE leadership as part of preparatory talks prior to the second round of Geneva discussions with the government.
?That group which includes top eastern leaders are still awaiting travel arrangements from the government. The cadres who went to Mullaitivu on Sunday were part of a group that usually travels between the east and the Wanni but could not make their usual trip owing to new conditions from the government and threats by the Navy,? Mr. Elilan said.
The LTTE had earlier warned it will go ahead with its own sea transport with or without SLMM monitors on board like on previous occasions thus opening the doors for clashes with the navy.The SLMM has said the LTTE does not have a right to the sea as the waters belong to the government and as such it cannot carry out sea movement without state permission.