Peace monitors call for action to halt war in Sri Lanka

Scandinavian truce monitors Friday blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for a wave of mine attacks that has killed dozens of troops and called for urgent action to prevent full-scale war in Sri Lanka. Scandinavian truce monitors Friday blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for a wave of mine attacks that has killed dozens of troops and called for urgent action to prevent full-scale war in Sri Lanka. The Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said it was unable to accept denials from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

But the SLMM also faulted the Colombo government for not acting against anti-Tiger paramilitary units targeting the LTTE.

Ten Sri Lanka sailors were killed in the latest mine blast in the island’s northern district of Vavuniya on Thursday, raising to 76 the number of security personnel killed since last month.

“The LTTE claims that ‘the People’ are behind the attacks on the military,” the SLMM said in a statement. “SLMM finds this explanation unacceptable. It is safe to say that LTTE involvement cannot be ruled out and we find the LTTE’s indifference to these attacks worrying.”

The SLMM urged immediate action to stop the slide into full scale fighting whic