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Monitors Fear for Sri Lanka Truce

Sri Lankan peace monitors have said their future role in maintaining ceasefire between the government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels needs to be reviewed after rebels declined to vacate a camp reportedly established inside government-controlled territory in eastern Sri Lanka. Tiger rebels insist that the camp in Trincomalee district falls within their area of control but the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) recently ruled that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE) had violated the ceasefire agreement by establishing the camp in government-held territory. LTTE’s firm refusal to vacate the camp in Wan Ela has come as a rude shock to the Scandinavian peace monitors who are concerned about possible repercussions. Talking to the BBC, SLMM’s deputy chief, Hagrup Haukland said the LTTE’s refusal to vacate the camp could possibly damage the 17-month long ceasefire. Full Story

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