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UPDATED: 07:51, May 19, 2006
Sri Lanka gov't disclaims "low intensity" war claims of Tiger rebels
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The Sri Lankan government said Thursday that they were not in agreement with the Tamil Tigers' contention that the current wave of violence affecting the country was "a low intensity war."

Anura Yapa, the minister of media and information told reporters that "we do not believe what is happening is a low intensity war although the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) say so."

Yapa was responding to a statement by the LTTE's chief of the Peace Secretariat S. Pulithevan, which said that "a low intensity war is already going on" and "there are lots of civilians being killed in the military controlled areas in the whole north and east."

Yapa said that the LTTE was carrying out a campaign of violence but the government remained committed to the Norwegian backed peace process.

"Our stance has not changed," Yapa stressed.

Over 250 people have been killed since the beginning of April in a cycle of violence which has endangered the Norwegian backed ceasefire.

The London based human rights watch dog, Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the government to investigate the killing of 13 civilians in an islet controlled by the government in the northern Jaffna peninsula.

The Tiger rebels have been blamed for the late April assassination attempt on Army Chief Sarath Fonseka and for last week's attack on a vessel ferrying troops from the east to the north.

More than 64,000 people had been killed in Sri Lanka's drawn out ethnic separatist armed conflict between mid 1980s and 2002 when the Norwegians brokered a ceasefire.

Source: Xinhua

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