The Government yesterday expressed the hope it could meet the requirements of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission if it was to resume sea monitoring activities suspended since Sunday.
Government spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told a news conference that most of the SLMM requirements submitted to the government, were of a technical nature and the government would have no difficulty in meeting the requirements.
The SLMM on Tuesday said it was submitting a list of requirements to be met by both parties if the SLMM was to resume sea monitoring which was temporarily suspended following last week`s deadly Sea Tiger attack on navy vessels.
At the time of the attack, SLMM sea monitors were on board two of the naval craft that were providing security to a navy vessel transporting 710 soldiers and in the sea battle 17 sailors, a soldier and a number of Sea Tigers were killed.
Mr. Rambukwella ruled out reports the SLMM had totally withdrawn from sea monitoring and said SLMM head Ulf Henriksson had assured the government the move was only a temporary measure.
Ten sailors remain missing following the sea attack.
The defence spokesman said a major calamity was averted when the navy with the help of the air force repulsed the Sea Tiger attack on the seas off Vettilakerni.
He paid a tribute to the security forces personnel who were involved in the operation and emphasised the government`s commitment to the ceasefire agreement despite the latest violence. ?The government will take all whatever measures necessary to safeguard national security,? the defence spokesman said.He drew attention to the LTTE now training and arming civilians for conflict while there were moves to use them as human shields.
?This can be a ruse in case of retaliatory attacks to claim the forces are attacking civilians,? Mr. Rambukwella said.
Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said for the first time since the ceasefire was signed, the LTTE were burying anti personal land mines targeting the security forces. He said auto rickshaws and motorbikes were also being used to attack the army.