Tigers reject Asian venue for Sri Lanka peace talks

Tamil Tiger rebels Saturday rejected a Sri Lankan offer to hold peace talks at an Asian venue and insisted that any negotiations must be in the capital of the peacebroker Norway. Tamil Tiger rebels Saturday rejected a Sri Lankan offer to hold peace talks at an Asian venue and insisted that any negotiations must be in the capital of the peacebroker Norway. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said any discussions with the Sri Lankan government must be in Oslo as originally proposed by Norway but rejected by Colombo.

However, as a compromise, the Colombo government last week said it was ready to hold talks at an Asian venue and Japan’s peace envoy Yasushi Akashi six days ago offered Tokyo as a venue.

“There is no change in our position with regard to the venue for talks and we stand by the Norwegian facilitator’s original suggestion that the talks on effective implementation of the ceasefire takes place in Oslo,” said LTTE’s political leader S. P. Thamilselvan.

Thamilselvan, in a statement on his political wing’s website, said fresh talks must ensure “effective implementation of the ceasefire” especially ending recent escalated violence in the country.