SLMM Head visits Sea Tiger base in Mullaithivu

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 May 2006, 23:56 GMT]
"Unless the SLMM is present in LTTE vessels, the monitors would not be able to make clear judgements on the disputes that may arise between the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in the seas," Col. Soosai, the special commander of the LTTE told Maj. Gen. Ulf Henricsson, who was on a familiarising trip to LTTE controlled areas this week. The Sea Tiger Special Commander received the Head of Mission in Mullaithivu on Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Ulf Henricsson with an SLMM official in Mullaithivu


During the two hour long visit to the Mullaithivu naval base, Col. Soosai told the monitors that restoring normalcy to the people along the shores, and SLMM presence on LTTE vessels were two immediate measures necessary to avoid the escalation of hostilities, and to prevent a full scale war.

Maj. Gen. Ulf Henricsson received by Sea Tigers Special Commander Col. Soosai


Northern Front Forces Commander Lawrance (behind Henricsson) showing the Sri Lanka Army FDL from LTTE FDL near Muhamalai
SLMM delegation on familiarisation trip to Mullaithivu
Maj. Gen. Henricsson visiting an LTTE FDL bunker
Ulf Henricsson talking to Mariyarasa, Mullaithivu fisheries community leader
The Ceasefire and the post-tsunami efforts, facilitated and supported by the International Community have so far failed to restore normalcy and ensure the basic livelihood needs of the fishing community, a key economy in the northeast, Soosai said.

The fishermen are forced to operate under threatening conditions in Sri Lankan military controlled areas. They are only allowed to fish within a 3 km zone from the shore from 6:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., amid SLN harassments, Col. Soosai said. The other important means of livelihood in the northeast, agriculture, is also affected by the demarcation of large areas of fertile lands as High Security Zones, and the SLA occupation, he added.

The Sea Tiger Commander reiterated the need for the presence of SLMM monitors in LTTE vessels to monitor SLN violations, and to facilitate transportation of LTTE cadres transportation. Monitors' presence will serve as a deterrent to SLN engaging in provocative acts, and thereby prevent clashes in the seas that can lead to full scale war, Soosai warned.

The SLMM Head, on a familiarising trip to LTTE controlled areas, visited the institutions central to LTTE's de facto administration, the Tamileelam Police, the Tamileelam judiciary, humanitarian projects and the Muhamalai Forward Defence Line (FDL) of the Tigers where he met the Northern Front Forces Commander Lawrance at 4:30 p.m., sources said.

"The Sea Tigers have destroyed nearly half the fleet of the Sri Lanka Navy in the sea battles from 1985, when the first Sea Tiger died, till the Ceasefire in 2002, and have evolved into a powerful naval force, sacrificing more than 1300 cadres in the sea against the enemy fleet," the Special Commander of the Liberation Tigers naval wing, the Sea Tigers, told Mr Henriccson.

"The Sea Tigers were able to transport and move their Commanders and personnel at will throughout these years.

"The then Head of SLMM, following the CFA, paid cordial visits and facilitated our sea travels with SLMM monitors present in our own vessels, but now the GoSL has unilaterally rejected this already agreed and practised arrangement," Col. Soosai told Henricsson.

Sea Tigers, with several squadrons of striking capabilities in the seas off northeast coasts, some even in the seas off the Southern Sri Lanka, are a full-fledged naval force and a determining factor in maintaining military parity with the Sri Lanka armed forces, Col. Soosai said, explaining the history of the Sea Tigers to Maj. Gen. Henricsson.

The SLMM Head explained the resource limitations and commented on the number of SLMM rulings of violations in the seas.

Ulf Henricsson also met the Fisheries Society President in Mullaithivu, Mr. Mariyarasa Wednesday morning.

SLMM Head viewing the LTTE built naval craft


Related Articles:
15.04.06   Colombo sabotages sea-transport, insisting on inapplicable p..
15.04.06   LTTE cancels sea travel, SLN violates agreed procedure - Pul..
07.04.06   Colombo's transport refusal to Eastern LTTE commanders jeopa..
04.10.02   Second LTTE convoy uses sea route
20.08.02   First Sea Movement of LTTE Successful -SLMM
18.08.02   Sea Tiger convoy sails under SLMM aegis

 

Latest 15 Reports
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=18358