Tigers say Colombo curbs undoing Swiss talks

Mar 23(AFP) – The Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday accused Sri Lanka of endangering efforts to end ethnic bloodshed by imposing fresh conditions on their political activity. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said the government had forbidden the rebels from flying their own flags on offices they want to re-open in military-held areas of the island’s north-east, and had said children should not take part in Tiger celebrations.

The guerrillas who closed their political offices amid an escalation of violence late last year had wanted to go back after last month’s talks at a Swiss village where they agreed to scale down attacks against each other.

“The army does not want us to have our own flag at our political offices and wants to prohibit children taking part in our celebrations,” a Tiger official in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi said when contacted by telephone.

He said the conditions were unacceptable and were a violation of the agreements reached in Switzerland.

Tiger rebels raising their own flag in government-held areas has been an emotive issue in the past and has led to several clashes.

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