The Sri Lankan government on Sunday slammed the LTTE for the assassination of a top government peace official, Kethesh Loganathan, in Colombo on Saturday.
The government's Peace Secretariat said in a statement that the killing was done by a 'pistol group of the LTTE'.
It said that LTTE felt 'threatened' by the 'Tamil dissident', who was actively participating in the government's efforts to formulate a solution to the ethnic question in the country in his capacity as Deputy Director General of the government Peace Secretariat and member of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC).
"The only sin committed by Kethesh, the gentle intellectual, was to be a Tamil dissident voice which challenged the sole representative status of LTTE."
"The LTTE are known to have on several occasions threatened Tamil representatives on the APRC in an effort to cripple the process," the secretariat's statement said.
The Nordic truce monitors also condemned the assassination of Loganathan, but without blaming LTTE for it.
"There are no words strong enough to condemn this vicious and cold blooded murder of yet another statesman living for peace," said the head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Maj Gen Ulf Henricsson.
Loganathan (54) was gunned down at his house in Dehiwela at the outskirts of Colombo at 9.30 pm on Saturday, by men who came in a van.
Shot in the head at point blank range, he was dead by the time he was rushed to the nearby Kalubowila government hospital.
Defense spokesman Keheliya Rambukwela told the media on Sunday that the police had suggested a certain security drill for Loganathan in view of the threat to him as a Tamil dissident. But since he felt uncomfortable with that, it was adjusted to his satisfaction.
"He was satisfied with the security arrangements," Rambukwela said.