Sampur capture has ended truce: LTTE
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Sampur capture has ended truce: LTTE

The LTTE conveyed this message to Norwegian envoy Hans Brattskar in Kilinochchi, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 21:28 IST

The LTTE has told the Norwegian peace brokers that the conquest of Sampur in Trincomalee district by the Sri Lankan armed forces has brought an end to the February 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA).

"The seizure of Sampur has nullified the CFA," the LTTE's political wing leader SP Tamilselvan told the visiting Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar in Kilinochchi on Wednesday.

"The Sampur incident has disturbed all efforts to find a peaceful negotiated settlement and strengthen the ceasefire," Tamilselvan said, according to the pro-LTTE Tamil website

"Weexplained to the Norwegian Ambassador that there is no question of any peace talks or negotiations until the lines and territories held by the two sides on the day of the signing of the CFA are restored," the LTTE leader told the media after the meeting.

"The CFA clearly demarcates the areas held by the LTTE and the government. If these lines are violated by one side, it means that that side has abrogated the CFA," Tamilselvan argued.

"Sampur indicates that the Sri Lankan government has fully withdrawn from the CFA," he asserted.

"The Sri Lankan government has pushed the LTTE into abrogating the CFA," he added.

"We told the Norwegian Ambassador that the LTTE cannot be an idle spectator when the Sri Lankan government is in occupation of the lands of the Tamil people and raining shells and aerial bombs on them," Tamilselvan said.

"By claiming the capture of Sampur as a great victory, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is only pushing the Tamil and Sinhala people to the brink of a great disaster," the LTTE's political commissar warned.

"Very soon, the Sinhala troops will be driven out of Sampur and other parts of the Tamil land," Tamilselvan warned.

First Published: Sep 06, 2006 19:36 IST