Soft Stand

Sri Lankas Tamil Tigers told Norwegian peace brokers Monday they were willing to resume talks based on their plan for self-rule, but warned the new government here not to support renegade rebels.rn
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told a top Norwegian envoy the rebels were ready to open negotiations with the Sri Lankan government at any time provided talks were based on their peace blueprint unveiled in October.rn

rn “The Liberation Tigers are fully prepared to resume the negotiations on the same principles and atmosphere as it did with the previous government in Colombo,” Tiger political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan said.rn

rn President Chandrika Kumaratunga has already rejected the proposal which would set up an “Interim Self-Governing Authority” granting greater political and financial powers to the rebels in the islands northeast.rn

rn Speaking to reporters at the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi after talks with top Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim, Thamilselvan said th