Norway seeks fresh talks in Sri Lanka to save truce

May 27 (AFP) – Peace broker Norway Saturday asked Tamil rebels and the Sri Lankan government to attend a meeting next month to discuss the role of Scandinavian monitors observing a troubled ceasefire, rebel sources said. The SLMM last week asked for more monitors to boost its 60-member unarmed force. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said Norwegian envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer made the formal invitation to them Saturday during talks with their political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan.

“The LTTE was invited for the talks to discuss the role of the SLMM (Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission),” a rebel source said after Hanssen-Bauer had talks in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi.

The Tigers said they will decided if they will attend the June 8 and 9 meeting in Oslo in about two days.

The Tigers made it clear that the proposed meeting in Oslo would be a fresh initiative and was not part of the inconclusive Swiss talks the two sides held in February to discuss the implementation of the 2002 truce.

The government and the Tigers had two days of talks in Switzerland to review the ceasefire in February and a second round scheduled for April was put off indefinitely after the Tigers cited logistical dif