Tiger rebels warn of truce collapse, Sri Lanka says no return to war

Lanka’s Tiger rebels have warned that a truce brokered by Norway was at “grave risk” of collapsing even as the Colombo government said it had no intention of returning to war. Lanka’s Tiger rebels have warned that a truce brokered by Norway was at “grave risk” of collapsing even as the Colombo government said it had no intention of returning to war. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told Norway and the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission at a meeting in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi that saving the truce was the responsibility of the government.

“The ceasefire agreement is at grave risk and the Sri Lankan government has the responsibility to salvage it…,” the LTTE’s political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan said on Wednesday, renewing a call for increased security for their officials.

“We are not asking for the moon,” he said. “We only request that the government sincerely implement clause 1.8 to put an end to the accelerating violence perpetrated by these groups, which alone can ensure a violence-free environment.”

He was referring to calls for the government to disarm paramilitary groups whom the Tigers blame for attacks against thei