Foreign Pressure

The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told representatives of donor countries and international aid agencies that the tug-of-war between the president and the prime minister could undermine the truce.rn

rnLTTEs political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan pointed out that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had sacked three ministers just four days after the rebels unveiled their blueprint for a political deal to end three decades of bloodshed.rn

rnThe LTTE in a statement quoted Thamilselvan as saying that Kumaratungas actions against the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had seriously affected the Norwegian-backed peace bid.rn

rn”Hardly a week passed and the executive president, under the guise of a security threat to the nation, took over three vital ministries — vital to the maintenance of the ceasefire agreement — from the legislative prime minister leading to a virtual political crisis. rn

rn”This arbitrary action of the executive has created problems of vast magnitude v