Diplomats rush to save Sri Lanka truce amid war fears

Diplomats from Sri Lanka’s key backers held an emergency meeting with Tiger rebels Saturday amid fears the country could slip back into war after a day of violence that killed 18 people, officials said. Diplomats from Sri Lanka’s key backers held an emergency meeting with Tiger rebels Saturday amid fears the country could slip back into war after a day of violence that killed 18 people, officials said. Representatives from the quartet known as “Co-Chairs” held talks with the head of the Tiger political wing, S.P. Thamilselvan, at Kilinochchi, 330 kilometres (206 miles) north of here, a rebel official said by telephone.

He had no immediate details of the discussions which came after the Colombo government urged the international community to pressure the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to de-escalate the violence in the troubled northeast.

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake told diplomats from the Co-Chairs — the United States, European Union, Japan and Norway — that the international community must take “specific measures” to prevent the Tigers from unleashing violence.

At least 15 sailors were killed and an equal number wounded in an attack Friday by suspected Tamil Tiger