Tigers agree to review Sri Lanka truce, emergency extended

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to meet with the government and review their truce which was threatened following the assassination of the foreign minister, the BBC reported. Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to meet with the government and review their truce which was threatened following the assassination of the foreign minister, the BBC reported. Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had agreed to discuss ceasefire implementation with the Colombo government, the BBC said on its website citing the Norwegian peace broker.

The report came as Sri Lanka’s parliament Thursday extended a state of emergency and President Chandrika Kumaratunga asked Norway to arrange an urgent meeting with Tiger rebels whom she has accused of assassinating her foreign minister.

The assembly voted 124-21 to extend for a month the tough emergency laws imposed by the president. They give extra powers to police probing last Friday’s killing of Lakshman Kadirgamar, a stern critic of the Tigers.

“We need the emergency to investigate the assassination,” Public Security Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said. “Tigers contin