Govt. says it is flexible to restart peace talks and ask LTTE to do the same.

Denying accusations of playing snakes and ladders with the process, the government said it was ‘flexible’ in its approach and dismissed peace broker Norway’s warnings that the country could slip back to war. Denying accusations of playing snakes and ladders with the process, the government said it was ‘flexible’ in its approach and dismissed peace broker Norway’s warnings that the country could slip back to war. Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen said Wednesday that Sri Lankans appeared to have taken peace for granted and said the government should move swiftly to salvage the peace process. “Today, a frozen war is melting at the edges. It is not a good situation,” Helgesen told reporters.

But Cabinet Spokesman, Mangala Samaraweera dismissed Helgesen’s remarks saying the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels agree that the country will not head back to war.

“We don’t agree with the LTTE’s ISGA [Interim Self Government Authority] in principle, but we are flexible to discuss it, considering what is at stake,” Samaraweera told reporters on Thursday.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been repeatedly asking the government to stop supporting its renegade Eastern leader Karuna