Sri Lanka tightens defences amid fears for truce

Sri Lanka’s top military brass held emergency talks with field commanders Wednesday amid fears that a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels was in danger of collapse after a fresh wave of violence killed 27, officials said. Sri Lanka’s top military brass held emergency talks with field commanders Wednesday amid fears that a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels was in danger of collapse after a fresh wave of violence killed 27, officials said. The army, navy and air force chiefs stayed overnight in the northern peninsula of Jaffna where 16 soldiers have died since Saturday, officials said. Another 11 people have been killed in the island’s east.

“The service commanders are taking a closer look at the defences in the area and want to change some of the tactics,” a top military official in the north said when contacted by telephone.

While senior commanders visited Jaffna, suspected Tiger rebels lobbed a grenade at a police vehicle on Tuesday night, officials said, adding that the passengers escaped without injury.

The Sri Lankan government has blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the surge in bloodshed and urged the international community to condemn the guerrillas.

UN Secretary General Kofi A