The SLMM was yesterday studying the LTTE response to the requirements put forward by the monitors in order to resume sea monitoring while the government said it was still evaluating the SLMM request and was also considering putting forward some proposals of its own.
SLMM spokeswoman Miss Helen Olafsdottir told the Daily Mirror the SLMM had drafted a reply to the LTTE`s response sent last week but refused to divulge details of the contents as it was under discussion.
Government Defense spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the Daily Mirror the government, while evaluating the SLMM requirements, was also considering forwarding some of its own proposals in order for the SLMM to carry out its sea monitoring more effectively.
The SLMM temporarily suspended sea monitoring last week after its monitors narrowly escaped an LTTE attack on a navy convoy off Velvedithurai, Jaffna in which 17 sailors and one soldier as well as several LTTE sea tigers were killed.
The monitors later forwarded a set of ?requirements? to both the government and the LTTE in order for it to resume sea monitoring after the LTTE warned the monitors to stay clear of navy vessels.
?The requirements are not of a serious nature except for one. They are mainly of a technical nature and also concern the safety of the monitors. I don`t see a problem in us accommodating the SLMM requirements.
We are of course hoping to put forward some proposals to them as well to make sea monitoring more effective,? Minister Rambukwella said.
Minister Rambukwella also said he was not in a position to divulge details of the SLMM requirements or proposals the government hopes to put forward as it was still under discussion but added that he would be getting a full report on the subject from the government peace secretariat later today.