Nordic monitors pull out of district after Sri Lanka blasts

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Jan 17, 2006 (AFP) – Scandinavian truce monitors on Tuesday indefinitely suspended work in Sri Lanka’s northeastern port district of Trincomalee after a series of mine attacks. Jan 17, 2006 (AFP) – Scandinavian truce monitors on Tuesday indefinitely suspended work in Sri Lanka’s northeastern port district of Trincomalee after a series of mine attacks. The Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said their first ever suspension of work in an entire district followed an escalation of violence culminating in a bomb attack against a navy bus that wounded 12 sailors.

“The SLMM has decided to suspend operational activities in Trincomalee until further notice,” the mission said in a statement, adding they planned “to resume normal monitoring activities as soon as the situation calms down.”

Suspected Tiger rebels set off two more mines and fought a gun battle with troops Tuesday as the United Nations urged talks and peace broker Norway made a fresh bid to save the ceasefire which was put into effect in February 2002.

The defence ministry said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had ambushed a navy bus by setting off a landmine in the Trincomalee dist