Return to war at high cost, US warns Sri Lanka’s Tigers

The United States Tuesday warned Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels that a return to war would cost them dearly. The United States Tuesday warned Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels that a return to war would cost them dearly. US ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Lunstead, told a meeting of businessmen here that Washington wanted the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop its “violent activities” and return to peace talks with Colombo.

An upsurge in violence over the past month that has claimed the lives of more than 115 people has raised fears for a truce arranged and put in place by peace broker Norway since February 2002.

“If the LTTE chooses to abandon peace, however, we want it to be clear, they will face a stronger, more capable and more determined Sri Lankan military,” Lunstead said. “We want the cost of a return to war to be high.”

He said the US remained committed to the peace process in Sri Lanka, and in helping the legitimate governing bodies of the island to prepare for their roles in developing and protecting their citizens.

“Through our military training and assistance