Sri Lanka says will ‘review’ peace process after killing

Sri Lanka Monday said it will undertake a “serious review” of the Norwegian-backed peace process following the assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels. Sri Lanka Monday said it will undertake a “serious review” of the Norwegian-backed peace process following the assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels. The government’s peace secretariat chief Jayantha Dhanapala suggested that there would have to be a change in dealing with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) following Friday’s slaying of Lakshman Kadirgamar.

“Jayantha Dhanapala noted that in the light of the assassination, there would have to be a serious review of certain policies and procedures followed up to now in relation to the peace process,” the foreign ministry said on Monday.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen, attending the funeral of Kadirgamar, said there were elements on both sides of the ethnic divide in Sri Lanka who could capitalise on the assassination to disrupt the fragile peace process.

Petersen said what Colombo wanted was mainly for the Tigers to reaffirm that they will abide by the February 2002 truce agreeme