Breaking The Ban

Sri Lankas Tamil Tigers have asked India to reconsider its extension of a ban on the rebels imposed over the assassination of former premier Rajiv Gandhi.
The Tamil National Alliance, the rebels proxies in parliament, said the ban raised the concern of the islands minority Tamils about Indias commitment to ending the three decades of bloodshed that has claimed more than 60,000 lives.rn

rn”While efforts are being made with the support of international community to revive the peace talks between the Liberation Tigers and the government of Sri Lanka it is only appropriate that the government of India re-evaluates its decision,” Alliance legislator Selvam Adaikalanathan said.rn

rnAdaikalanathan, quoted by the pro-rebel website Tamilnet.com, said the support of neighbouring India was essential to end the drawn-out conflict.rn

rnIndia last week extended for two years its ban on the Tigers for two years.rn

rnThe ban was first imposed after India held the Tigers responsible for the May 1991 slaying of