Tigers ready to resume peace talks


Colombo, May 3:

Tamil Tiger rebels today said they are ready to resume stalled peace talks with the Sri Lankan government based on their proposal for self-rule.“The Liberation Tigers are fully prepared to resume the negotiations ... talks can begin when the government of Sri Lanka says it is ready,” the Tigers’ political chief, SP Thamilselvan, was quoted as saying on the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site. Thamilselvan conveyed the rebels’ stand during discussions with Norwegian peace-brokers in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi earlier Monday.The rebel leader stressed that the group is prepared to resume negotiations on its blueprint

for self-rule, called the Interim Self-Governing Authority, the Web site said.