Sri Lanka condemns death of five soldiers as international donors meet LTTE

Apr.10 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Monday condemned the killing of five soldiers in Jaffna today while island’s key international lenders met Tamil Tiger rebels. Five army personnel and three others, including two aid workers, died in a claymore mine blast by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Jaffna on the A-9 highway between Kodikaamam and Muhamalai.

The blast damaged the army vehicle and vehicle carrying aid workers belonging to Caritas Organisation, a non-governmental organisation, the government said.

The explosion occurred as Sri Lanka’s international donors were urging the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to attend the April 19-21 talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile Norwegian-brokered truce.

“The LTTE has continued to blatantly violate the ceasefire and the commitments made in Geneva by conducting planned operations against the security forces, in many instances in total disregard for civilians in the vicinity,” Anusha Pelpita, Director of Government Information said in a statement.

However, despite many such assurances, the LTTE has shown scant regard to such undertakings, he said.

“This is another example