Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers have insisted that Nordic truce monitors must be replaced because EU governments have described them as a “terrorist organisation”.
This means that Norway must try to find monitors to replace 37 from EU members Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The Tigers currently claim to control the north of the island and the east coast where the Hindu Tamil minority lives. Government forces have recently reinforced their defences that border the region, despite a ceasefire signed in 2002.
“In the previous few weeks we have seen an increase in activities from their side as they launch attacks on that line,” said a Sri Lankan army spokesman. An escalation in clashes between both sides has left at least 700 people dead so far this year.
The Tigers say the four-year-old truce the monitors are supposed to be overseeing is just a piece of paper with no meaning. But the government says it is trying to persuade the Tigers back to peace talks.