Tamil Tigers OK talks with Sri Lanka
"We have said that we are ready for talks. We have not placed any conditions and neither has the government."
- Daya Master, rebel spokesperson
Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels agreed Tuesday to unconditional talks with the government but warned they will pull out of a 2002 cease-fire if the government persists with its military campaign, a spokesman for the insurgents said.
He was speaking after Norway's peace envoy, Jon Hanssen-Bauer, met with Suppiah Thamilselvan, the head of the rebels' political wing, to press for an end to months of recent bloodshed and a return to talks, suspended since February.