Power struggle over tsunami aid to Tiger territory: sources

A battle for control of tsunami relief aid has dimmed prospects of reviving Norwegian-backed peace talks between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Colombo government, sources close to the rebels said Sunday. A battle for control of tsunami relief aid has dimmed prospects of reviving Norwegian-backed peace talks between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Colombo government, sources close to the rebels said Sunday. The top negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Anton Balasingham, left here early Sunday without agreement over the handling of international help for tsunami relief, a source said.

“The LTTE is proposing a structure in which it will have a majority control (in the Tamil-dominated east and northeast), but the government is opposed to that,” the source said.

The LTTE has also made it clear any discussion over handling of tsunami relief will be kept separate from the peace process which remains stalled since the Tigers pulled out of talks in April 2003.

“The Tigers want to receive foreign aid to their areas without the central government interfering, but the government says it can’t bypass the treasury,” the source said.

The Tigers were also seeking the establishment