Sri Lanka warns Tigers against provoking troops, vow to ‘protect peace’

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

Sri Lanka accused Tamil Tiger rebels of provoking government security forces and said the military was ready to take action to “protect peace,” a state-run daily reported Friday. Sri Lanka accused Tamil Tiger rebels of provoking government security forces and said the military was ready to take action to “protect peace,” a state-run daily reported Friday. The Daily News quoted acting defence minister Ratanasiri Wickremanayake as saying the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were firing towards the positions of government troops in a bid to provoke them.

“There should be a stop to their attempts of firing at the security forces from 100 meters (yards) or 200 meters,” Wickremanayake was quoted as saying. “We are ready to face any situation to protect peace.”

The minister told sailors here Thursday in a speech marking the commissioning of a coastguard cutter presented by the United States that the government will not resume a war against the rebels.

“We are doing our best to maintain peace. We have no intention of starting the war again. Even this newly commissioned offshore patrol vessel will also be used to protect peace in this country,” the minister sa