Tigers warn of war if Norway quits peace process

June 26, 2006 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger guerrillas Monday warned that Sri Lanka would descend into full-scale war if peace broker Norway quit, as the killing of a top army general ended a week-long lull in violence. Tiger political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan told the tamilnet.com website that war would be “unavoidable” if Norway pulled out after June 29 crisis talks to discuss the future of the truce monitoring mission here.

He said such a decision “would signal an end to the already fragile ceasefire and plunge the island into war,” the pro-rebel website reported.

The Norway-brokered truce — the key to a peace initiative aimed at ending three decades of ethnic bloodshed which has claimed more than 60,000 lives — was thrown further into crisis by the Tigers’ demand last week that European Union monitors quit.

The rebels have questioned the neutrality of observers from EU members Finland, Sweden and Denmark after the organisation outlawed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last month, forcing Norway to re-evaluate the monitors’ role.

But the rebels have eased their demand that the EU monitors leave within one month.

Norway has suggested a six-month transitional period to replace the 3