Nordic Support

Scandinavian truce monitors held talks with Sri Lankas Tamil Tigers as a rift within the rebel leadership threatened to undermine an already fragile ceasefire, officials said.
The head of the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Trond Furuhovde had a hastily arranged meet with the political wing leader of Tamil Tigers, S. P. Thamilselvan in the islands north, officials said.rn

rn”They had a good, constructive meeting,” SLMM spokeswoman Agnes Bragadottir said declining to give details of talks.rn

rn However, the Tigers said they discussed the “political situation” in the eastern district of Batticaloa where their regional leader, V. Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, was reported to have defied the rebel Supremo.rn

rn Diplomatic sources said Karuna, who is also a member of the Tigers peace negotiating team, had informed peace broker Norway through his aide that he should be treated as a separate entity, signalling his dissent.rn

rn The peace secretariat of the rebel Liber

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