Tamil Tigers ease war fears in Sri Lanka as president renews talks offer

A Tamil Tiger deadline for a political deal in Sri Lanka eased fears of an immediate return to war in the South Asian nation and left room for the new government to manoeuvre, analysts said Monday. A Tamil Tiger deadline for a political deal in Sri Lanka eased fears of an immediate return to war in the South Asian nation and left room for the new government to manoeuvre, analysts said Monday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Sunday gave the new government of President Mahinda Rajapakse until year’s end to come up with a “reasonable” political settlement or risk a war for full independence.

The president told Colombo-based diplomats on Monday he wanted talks with the rebels, but did not respond directly to the Tiger deadline.

“Let me use this occasion to reiterate my invitation to (LTTE leader Velupillai) Prabhakaran for talks,” the president said.

“We can resume work immediately on reviewing the operation of the ceasefire, whilst we prepare ourselves for eventual substantive talks.”
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japakse, who on Friday told parliament he wants a “new peace process” and a “revision” of the current truce, said he expected the LTTE to abide by the ceasefire, stop human rights