Sri Lanka Tigers rule out peace talks stemming from tsunami aid effort

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels Friday ruled out tsunami aid talks leading to political negotiations and warned the government against using the catastrophe for scoring points or strengthening the military. Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels Friday ruled out tsunami aid talks leading to political negotiations and warned the government against using the catastrophe for scoring points or strengthening the military. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said talks with the government would only focus on reconstruction and rehabilitation of devastated areas.

“Even at a perilous juncture in the wake of the unprecedented Tsunami disaster, the government seems to be more engaged in subtle political moves and exert its power,” LTTE chief peace negotiator Anton Balasingham said.

He told tsunami survivors in the rebel-held coastal region of Mullaitivu that the government was trying to use massive foreign aid to rebuild its military machine.

“All moves of right thinking people at this time should be focussed in alleviating the hardships of the displaced people and providing them the wherewithal to rebuild their life.

“Parochial politics is out of the equation at this hour,” Balasingham w