|Saturday, 10 January 2004|
|Security||Today's Top Story|
by Ranil Wijayapala
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Acting Chief Hagrup Haukland has asked explanation from LTTE Political Wing Leader S. P. Thamilselvan as to why the LTTE in Trincomalee detained two of their monitors for nearly two hours at gunpoint last Monday.
According to SLMM spokeswoman Agnes Bragadottir, the SLMM Acting Chief wrote to Thamilselvan in this regard on Thursday since there was no reaction to the inquires made from 'Colonel' Pathuman, the LTTE military wing leader in Trincomalee, regarding the incident.
Bragadottir told the Daily News that LTTE cadres at gunpoint, South of Trincomalee detained two of their monitors from the Trincomalee office for nearly two hours while they were on routine patrol in the area.
"The LTTE had detained the two monitors from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Monday while on routine patrol in the LTTE controlled area," Bragadottir added.
However, she declined to give details of the detained truce monitors saying there was an inquiry proceeding regarding the incident.
"The two monitors were released later," she added.
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