hoots about the 2002 truce
Ceasefire violations: Govt. vs. LTTE
By Chris Kamalendran
With the government and the LTTE expressing their commitment in
Geneva on Thursday to continue to observe the February 2002 ceasefire
agreement, the staggering number of truce violations in the past
four years has cast a shadow over the monitoring task being carried
out by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission.
the ceasefire deal entered its fifth year on Wednesday—the
day both the government and the LTTE sat at the negotiating table
at the Swiss ecumenical resort, Château de Bossey, the monitoring
mission consisting of Scandinavian observers has held that the LTTE
has violated the agreement on more than 2,500 occasions while the
government and its security forces are responsible for only 165
the end of 2005, the SLMM had received 6,751 complaints against
the LTTE and 1,313 against the government, according to the SLMM.
The SLMM had ruled that the LTTE had not violated the ceasefire
deal in 1,609 cases and the government side was cleared in 748 cases.
Some 946 cases were pending before the SLMM by the end of 2005.
majority of the complaints against the LTTE related to abductions
and child recruitment. Last year alone, the SLMM received 222 complaints
about abductions and 219 about child recruitment.
2002, there were 754 complaints about child recruitment against
the LTTE, in 2003, the figure was 679 and in 2004 it was 456. Together
with the 2005 figures, the total works out to 2,108 and the SLMM
had ruled that the LTTE had violated the ceasefire agreement in
1,794 of these cases. However, a noticeable factor was that the
number of complaints regarding child recruitment had gradually declined
over the years.
2002, the SLMM received 320 complaints against the LTTE regarding
abductions of adults and in the following year the figure was 350.
In 2004 there were 314 complaints under this category and the figure
for last year was 222.
were also allegations that the LTTE had abducted children. The SLMM
had recorded 318 such complaints by the end of 2005. However of
the cases of abduction of adults and children only 784 were ruled
by the SLMM as violations.
other major complaints against the LTTE were about causing harassment
to the people and disrupting normalcy. The main complaint against
the security forces was that it was harassing the people. During
the period under review, 461 such cases had been reported against
the security forces.
of assault, disrupting measures to restore normalcy and provocative
acts were among the other complaints made against the security forces.