Sri Lanka gives security guarantee to Tamil Tigers
The decks are now cleared for the rebels to attend talks in Norway next week aimed at bolstering the monitoring of a shaky ceasefire.Updated: Jun 02, 2006 13:59 IST
The Sri Lankan government on Friday gave a security guarantee to Tamil Tiger rebels, allowing them to attend talks in Norway next week aimed at strengthening the monitoring of an increasingly shaky ceasefire.
"As far as Sri Lankan government is concerned, we are taking full responsibility," when the rebels travel through government-held areas, government minister and spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters.
Senior rebel official Seevaratnam Puleedevan said on Thursday that they had agreed in principle to attend June 8-9 talks in Oslo, Norway, but they needed a security guarantee from the government.
The rebels are required to pass through government-held areas to board flights from the country's only international airport on the outskirts of the capital, Colombo.
Norway proposed the talks to review the monitoring of the Oslo-brokered truce, which appears increasingly tenuous due to violence that has left an estimated 374 people dead since the start of April.