Tigers pressure Norway to disarm Tamil rivals in Sri Lanka

CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Ravi Dadlani (right) and Lanka Ashok Leyland CEO Umesh Gautham exchange the OEM agreement

Apr.05 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels Wednesday asked Norway’s new peace envoy to make sure Sri Lanka’s government disarms para-military groups ahead of a new round of truce negotiations in Switzerland. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they told Jon Hanssen-Bauer to ensure Colombo delivers on a pledge made in a previous round of talks in Switzerland in February to disarm groups that include a rival Tamil faction.

The LTTE said their political wing leader, S.P. Thamilselvan, expressed “concern and disappointment over non-fulfillment” of pledges relating to the activities rival Tamil militant groups.

“Our expectations were very high when the government delegation pledged… to end para-military activities and we are totally disappointed,” the LTTE quoted Thamilselvan as saying.

The rebels had sought security guarantees to travel to Switzerland for talks tentatively scheduled for April 19-21 and issued veiled threats that they may not participate unless the rivals were contained by the government.

The government has denied Tiger allegations that it supports a breakaway rebel faction and other groups to carry out attacks against the main guerrilla outfit.

Hanssen-Bauer, O

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