The LTTE has warned that time was fast running out with the patience of the rebel leadership dwindling and urged the Government to give up its ?delaying tactics? and show more urgency to hold immediate talks on strengthening the ceasefire agreement.
The rebels also claimed that the Government was not showing consistency in its faith in Norway by welcoming Oslo as peace facilitator but rejecting the same country as a venue for talks on the ceasefire agreement.
The LTTE`s Trincomalee district political head S. Elilan, told the Daily Mirror that the grace period given by the LTTE leadership to the new government of President Mahinda Rajapakse was being misused by the State as a delaying tactic and would only force the rebels to find a solution to their demands on their own.
?It has been more than one month since our leader gave the new government a grace period to resolve the ethnic issue. But it seems the State is misusing the time given. We will not be cheated again and again. If the State doesn`t do anything soon, to get the talks on track, we will have no choice but to earn it by using our method,? he said.
Mr. Elilan also questioned the Government`s silence on the Karuna factor which he said was the underlying cause for most of the recent violent incidents in the north and east.
Mr. Elilan, had questioned the Trincomalee SLMM Chief on Sunday, if the ceasefire agreement was actually in operation, since the military continued to work with the Karuna faction in violation of the agreement.
?The fact that the State is silent on how it intends on dealing with Karuna is because it is working with him. The State will not say or do anything that goes against the Karuna faction,? he charged.
Mr Elilan further said that if the Government used the Constitution as an excuse for the non implementation of several of the LTTE`s demands, like it did with the P-TOMS agreement, then there was little chance of anything seeing light.
He urged the State to show more flexibility and go beyond the limitations of the Constitution, if it was serious on pursuing a negotiated solution to the ethnic conflict.