COLOMBO, April 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has rejected
as bias the final report presented by the Sri Lanka Monitoring
Mission(SLMM) on the sinking of a Chinese trawler in the northeastern seas off
Mullaitivu last month, her office said on Tuesday.
””””In a letter to both the head of the SLMM Major General Tryggve Tellefsen
and the Sri Lankan Navy Commander Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri, Kumaratunga said
"there is much evidence to raise suspicion against the LTTE (Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam) regarding this attack."
””””She pointed out that the SLMM has not conducted a "full and impartial
inquiry as they have failed even to mention some of the evidence, which
apparently goes against the LTTE."
””””The SLMM has blamed the attack on the Chinese trawler on an unidentified
armed group and urged both the government and LTTE rebels to identify and disarm
””””"We have not heard of any criminal elements or prates operatingin the Sri
Lankan seas for many centuries," she said.
””””The president ordered the navy commander to initiate a court ofinquiry into
the incident and submit to her a report within two weeks.
””””"The attempt to equate LTTE with the government which is a sovereign state,
recommending that they jointly should take actionto prevent disputes in the sea
in the future implies that the LTTEhas already set up a separate sovereign
state," she noted.
””””The Chinese fishing trawler Fu Yuan Yu 225 was sunk by suspected LTTE
rebels, 33 Kilometers northwest off Mullaitivu in early hours on March 20. Eight
Chinese fishermen and a Sri Lankan national was rescued by another Chinese
fishing trawler in the same area. Eight other Chinese fishermen remain missing.