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LARGE BATCHES OF BLACK GARBED ARMED LTTE MEN CROSS THE MAIN SUPPLY ROUTE IN DEFIANCE OF ARMY ORDERS MAKING IT “DANGEROUS”
By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

With few days to go for the much hyped “peace talks” to start somewhere close to Bangkok, Thailand between Colombo and the Tamil Tigers, both the Sri Lanka Army and the Norway backed Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission have reported a serious situation created by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam by sending black uniformed Tamil guerillas across the main Supply Line of the government in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.   

    In a statement issued to pro-government TNL Radio in Colombo Thomas Haukland,
Spokesman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission admitted that it was indeed a serious situation and they were taking up the complaint about it with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He said, “We have got complaints about it and it is a very dangerous situation.”     

The Sri Lanka army said the Black uniformed Tamil guerillas crossed the Main Supply Route of the government starting from August 25, 2002 defying orders by the Sri Lanka Army to stop.       

The Sri Lanka Army, under strict orders of the Ranil Wickremesinghe government does not shoot at Tamil Tigers due to the delicate nature of negotiations taking place between Colombo and the LTTE.       

The Sri Lanka Army in their security situation report issued on August 28 at UTC 0915 said the latest group of black garbed Tamil Tigers who crossed the main Supply Route from South towards North on August 27 around 7.45 at night defying orders of the Army amounted to 60.     

  The Sri Lanka Army report said the LTTE men “suddenly showed up from the general area on Polonnaruwa – Batticaloa Road between 128 and 129 kilometer posts defied orders of the security forces and crossed the MSR.”     

  The army report said, “ Security Forces personnel who were on duty had informed these LTTE men of the restrictions placed on such movements in accordance with the MOU but they had defied the warning.”      

 The army said they complained the matter to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in Batticaloa.     

The army report said a similar group of armed LTTE men crossed the Main Supply Route on August 25 2002 defying orders from the Security Forces, in Meeyankulam also in the Eastern Province.        (EOM)

(02/08/29 go2lanka.com)

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