Speculation is that the Scandinavian truce monitoring mission has stopped informing the government and the LTTE of its rulings on violations of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA).
The Island learns that the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) has not received SLMM rulings so far this year. An authoritative government spokesperson Wednesday confirmed that the SCOPP had not received SLMM rulings this year.
According to the SLMM rulings, the government violated the CFA on 346 occasions and the LTTE a staggering 3,827 times between February 2002 and December 31, 2006. LTTE violations included child recruitment (1,743), abduction of adults (579), abduction of children (253), assassinations (117), forced recruitment of adults (35). Among the charges against the government were abduction of adults (22), abduction of children (3) and assassinations (34).
Although the Norwegian-led mission and the SCOPP discussed the issue, they haven`t been able to resume the process. The monitoring mission has attributed the delay to the shortage of staff, a sharp increase of the number of complaints and delays in inquiries conducted at the local level of the mission, according to the spokesperson.
An SLMM spokesman too, confirmed this. The mission suspended naval monitoring on May 11 last year following an abortive Sea Tiger attack on a civilian passenger ferry carrying about 700 off duty security forces personnel to the Kankesanturai harbour. Contrary to statements issued by the mission immediately after the attack, the naval monitoring is yet to be resumed.
The mission suffered another setback when the LTTE forced Swedish, Danish and Finish members to leave Sri Lanka after the EU proscribed the group.
The mission receives complaints of possible violations of the CFA from the government, the LTTE and the people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Although the mission has acknowledged its intention to reduce the tension between the government and the LTTE by rapidly inquiring into any alleged violation, the process appeared to have come to at least a temporary standstill.
The rulings are given consequent to inquiries made through SLMM Local Monitoring Committees in the districts and/or through direct contacts between SLMM HQ and the top leadership of parties to the CFA.