The government today warned that the LTTE was trying to make contact with former rebel members who had been released after rehabilitation in the north and said that the LTTE had its sleeping cells in Colombo, the Chinese Xinhua reported.
Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne speaking in Parliament today said that the rebel group's intelligence wing members are at large and they aim to go north and east in order to be among people who would be resettled soon.
“The international groups of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have not given up their dream for a separate state,” Jayaratne said.
“They are in the process of stepping up their local activities in order to regroup,” said Jayaratne, adding that some 77 LTTE suspects had been nabbed during May alone.
The Prime Minister further said that the government was aware of attempts by former Tamil Tiger rebels to regroup locally with the backing of international sympathizers and added that the state of emergency needed to be extended by a further month in order to allow the defense establishment to effectively deal with the rebels' attempts to regroup.