Sri Lanka’s Tigers demand stepped up security, warn truce at risk

Tamil Tigers Thursday gave the Sri Lankan authorities two weeks to step up security for rebels travelling through government-held areas, warning a Norwegian-brokered truce was at risk. Tamil Tigers Thursday gave the Sri Lankan authorities two weeks to step up security for rebels travelling through government-held areas, warning a Norwegian-brokered truce was at risk. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said it had told peace broker Norway and ceasefire monitors that Colombo must “unequivocally express its commitment” to a truce that has been in place since February 2002.

Tiger political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan had raised the issue of cadres moving through government-held territory after a mine attack wounded a woman fighter on Sunday, the LTTE’s peace secretariat said in a statement.

“Insisting that a response is being called for from the government within two weeks for the LTTE to review its transport arrangements, Mr.Thamilselvan said the government has to unequivocally express its commitment to the ceasefire,” the statement said.

“…in the absence of which, the LTTE would resort to its own pre-ceasefire arrangement that would entail confrontatio