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JUNE 28, 2004 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka cease-fire strained as Tamil Tiger rebels refuse to meet with military
Associated Press, Mon June 28, 2004 11:20 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels refused on Monday to resume regular meetings with the Sri Lankan military to review a fragile cease-fire, further straining the truce and complicating efforts to revive stalled peace talks, officials said. The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site quoted Thamilselvan as saying the Tigers ``will not recommence meetings with the Sri Lanka - army'' while the government and military ``continue to harbor'' the renegade leader, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan.

Peace efforts aimed at ending the island's 19-year civil war suffered a major blow last week when the Tigers accused the government of trying to divide and weaken the separatist movement by supporting Muralitharan.

The government admitted that some military personnel had helped protect the breakaway faction, but said the soldiers had supported the renegades without the government's ``knowledge or connivance.''

Since then, the Tigers have refused to meet with security forces in the east for routine talks to address day-to-day problems in maintaining the February 2002 cease-fire agreement, which has held despite a breakdown in peace talks more than a year ago.

``It complicates our role and things at a local level,'' Haukland said, stressing that the discussions were the ``cornerstone'' of the truce.

``I don't think it will jeopardize the agreement but it does make things difficult,'' Haukland added.

The Tigers' tough stand came hours before a top Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim was to arrive in the island to try to bridge the widening differences between the two sides and kick-start the stalled peace talks.

``The future of the cease-fire agreement and the peace talks is not in our hands now. It is in the hands of the Sri Lanka - army, Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission and the Norwegian facilitators,'' Thamilselvan said.

The Tamil Tiger rebels began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's minority Tamils. More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the truce.

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LTTE serves war-or-peace ultimatum to Lanka over Karuna
The Hindu, Tuesday, June 29, 2004 : 0230 Hrs. Colombo, June 29. (PTI): Sri Lanka's faltering peace process suffered another setback on Monday when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) gave an ultimatum to the government to either stop supporting the rebel Tiger leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, a.k.a. Karuna, or risk war.

The LTTE officially told Norwegian truce monitors that they would indefinitely boycott truce review meetings with the military until they stopped harbouring Karuna.

"The future of the ceasefire agreement and the peace talks is not in our hands now," the LTTE's political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan told reporters.

"It is in the hands of the Sri Lanka army, truce monitors and the Norwegian facilitators." More...
Published: Mon Jun 28 23:15:52 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Truce monitors travel to meet Sri Lankan Tamil rebels, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon June 28, 2004 15:09 EDT . Truce monitoring group, Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) traveled to Kilinochchi town to hold talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels on the issue of rebel decision to pull out of a joint truce review meeting with the government forces.

The LTTE has been accusing the troops of covertly helping the renegade eastern commander known as Karuna who broke ranks with the LTTE in March. Revelations by four former close female members of Karuna on the military assistance to Karuna had angered the LTTE who announced their decision to boycott the security review meetings in protest. The routine meetings are held to sort out day to day problems in maintaining the February 2002 ceasefire agreement in order to ensure no breakdown of the truce in spite of minor hiccups. Later on Monday the Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim is due to arrive here on a four-day visit, senior government officials said. He would visit Kilinochchi on Wednesday to hold talks with the LTTE's political wing leader Thamilselvan on the resumption of peace talks.

Both the LTTE and the new United People's Freedom Alliance government led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga have expressed willingness to restart the peace process which has been stalled since April last year.

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Published: Mon Jun 28 23:10:06 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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