Peace monitors rap Sri Lanka Government for deteriorating situation and paramilitaries (Sri Lanka)


Although the level of violence decreased drastically after the decision was taken to resume high-level talks, the situation became very tense again following the assassination of the Trincomalee District President of Tamil Peoples Forum on 7 April 2006. The killing triggered a resumption of attacks against the GOSL forces, which began with hand grenade and claymore mine attacks, notably in the East," the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said.


(09.06.2006)

In a seven-paged report released on Friday June 9th, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) reported that opportunity provided by the Geneva meeting in February was squandered as the Government of Sri Lanka was unwilling to implement its commitments and showed little willingness to accept requests by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to normalize the situation.

"The initial positive forward looking atmosphere was however quickly changed into reality as the GOSL remained unwilling to implement all of its commitments and instead denied even the mere presence of armed groups in their areas. In addition the GOSL showed little willingness to accept requests by the LTTE aimed at normalizing the situation," the SLMM report said.

The SLMM said that the continued attacks on LTTE forward defense lines showed that one or more armed groups were actively engaged in offensive operations against the LTTE.

"There are a number of indications that the GOSL is actively supporting the Karuna group. Known Karuna supporters have been seen moving to and from SLA camps, and it is evident that the security forces and police in some areas are not taking action to prevent armed elements from operating," the SLMM said.

"The GOSL's commitment to take all necessary measures in accordance with the CFA to ensure that no armed group or person other than Government security forces will carry arms or conduct armed operations in GOSL controlled areas has not been implemented," the SLMM statement said.

"GOSL is responsible for maintaining law and order in all GOSL controlled areas and this includes preventing operations by criminal, paramilitary and other unofficial armed groups," the statement further added.

According to the SLMM, the level of violence has decreased drastically after the Geneva talks but the situation rapidly deteriorated following the April 7th assassination of Mr. Vigneswaran, a Tamil civil society leader.

"Although the level of violence decreased drastically after the decision was taken to resume high-level talks, the situation became very tense again following the assassination of the Trincomalee District President of Tamil Peoples Forum on 7 April 2006. The killing triggered a resumption of attacks against the GOSL forces, which began with hand grenade and claymore mine attacks, notably in the East," the SLMM said.

"Mr. Vigneswaran, the District President of Tamils People Forum in Trincomalee, was assassinated outside the bank where he worked on the 7th of April. The cold blooded killing of this prominent member of the Tamil society close to major police and defense installations raised serious doubts about GOSL capability to maintain law and order," the SLMM report said.

Von: 10.06.2006, http://www.tamileelamnews.com

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