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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:12 pm 
Sri Lanka Navy on alert for possible Tiger attacks

www.chinaview.cn 2005-04-10 16:56:02

COLOMBO, April 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan Navy has warned its cadres to be "extra vigilant and take maximum precautions" as the Tamil Tigers were attempting to attack vital targets, a press report here said Sunday.

The Defense Columnist in the Sunday Times said the warning sent out on April 4 had cited the possible targets as the ports in the capital Colombo and those in the eastern town of Trincomalee.

The paper wondered if the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the security forces are inching toward the resumption ofwar, breaking the three-year-long Norwegian backed cease-fire.

It said that the country's security establishment has been thrust into an increasingly defensive mood and their apprehensionsare growing every week due to the "rapid enhancement of the guerrilla military power as well as the fresh offensives they havelaunched both politically and militarily."

On Friday, the international truce monitors, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), ruled that the LTTE attack on a Naval boat in the eastern province which happened on Tuesday was a serious violation of the ongoing truce agreement.

While the cease-fire has increasingly come under threat, the Norwegian peace facilitators are trying hard to make the government and the LTTE agree on a joint mechanism to co-ordinate tsunami relief supplies to Tamil regions in the war-torn north andeast.

To this end the Norwegian special peace envoy Erik Solheim is due in the island on April 18, the paper added.


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