LTTE asks Norway to break ice over talks

Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday asked peace broker Norway to help end the deadlock in Sri Lanka’s peace process amid a renewed outbreak of internecine clashes. Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday asked peace broker Norway to help end the deadlock in Sri Lanka’s peace process amid a renewed outbreak of internecine clashes. Norway’s special peace envoy Trond Furuhovde met with the political wing leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), S. P. Thamilselvan, in a bid to lift the impasse in the troubled peace process.

“We stand firmly committed to restart talks first on the implementation of the ceasefire and the government must respond to the Norwegian initiative to break the ice,” Thamilselvan said in a statement after their talks.

Oslo sent Furuhovde to meet separately with the two sides after failing to arrange face-to-face talks to salvage a truce which came under new pressure when foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was shot dead in August.

Last week, Norway ruled out early direct talks between the Tigers and the Sri Lankan government over the ceasefire which went into effect from February 23, 2002.

Diplomatic sources said fresh cl