Separatist Tamil Tigers rebels said on Thursday they want to continue a 2002 cease-fire with the Sri Lankan government, a week after Colombo officially withdrew from the truce. "We are shocked and disappointed that the government of Sri Lanka has unilaterally abrogated the cease-fire agreement signed in 2002," said B. Nadesan, the group's political head, in a statement. He said the Tigers were "ready to implement every clause" of the truce.
Sri Lanka's government officially notified peace-broker Norway on Jan. 3 it was pulling out of the cease-fire, saying the growing violence over the last two years had rendered the agreement irrelevant. The truce becomes formally invalid on Jan. 16.
"It must be underlined that this agreement with the LTTE was seriously flawed," Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said.