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``I observe that the powers and functions which by the agreement are vested in the Norwegian Government travel far beyond the role of a facilitator for the expected negotiations towards a political agreement,''Ms. Kumaratunga said in an 11- page letter to Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, last night.
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, to be set up under the accord, will be headed by a Norwegian and will be the final arbiter in interpreting its terms and the sole authority to decide disputes over `lines of control' that will separate the armed units of the Army and the LTTE.
``This is the first time in the history of post- independent Sri Lanka that a foreign Government is being authorised to draw demarcation lines on the soil of Sri Lanka'', she said in her first detailed response to the ceasefire.
``The submission of such matters to the binding authority of an individual nominated by a foreign Government appears to be wholly inconsistent with the sovereignty of the people of Sri Lanka,'' she said.
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