Sri Lanka rebels warn full-scale war if strikes resume

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Aug 6, 2006 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels who agreed to end a bitter water dispute Sunday warned peace broker Norway that they would resort to full-scale war if Sri Lanka resumes air strikes, a spokesman told AFP. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told Oslo’s top envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer that they were lifting a water blockade that sparked heavy fighting in the past two days. “If the government carries out any more air strikes or artillery attacks, we told Norway that we were afraid we will consider it as full-scale war in future,” spokesman Velayudan Dayanidi said.