Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Norway asks Tamil Tigers for monitors' safety

Norwegian peace negotiators discussed the safety of international peace monitors Tuesday with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Safety of the monitors became a pressing issue after a major naval battle in Sri Lanka on May 11. During the battle, a troop carrier carrying a peace monitor was attacked.

Norway also expressed its concern over the Tigers refusal to attend peace talks last April in Geneva.

The LTTE said it did not attend because the government had failed to provide air transport for its eastern commanders, and has not fulfilled its promise to disarm paramilitary groups.

Fighting has escalated in Sri Lanka in recent months, but both sides say they are committed to re-establishing peace.

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