New Sri Lanka Peace Effort

Sweden has launched a fresh effort to salvage Sri Lanka’s faltering ceasefire ahead of a Tamil rebel deadline for European Union peace monitors to leave the country.

According to a government spokesman in Colombo, Swedish envoy Anders Oljelund met Sri Lankan officials Wednesday and is set to have discussions with Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday.

The Swedish-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission says the 2002 truce exists only on paper following a surge in violence since December.

Tensions rose again in May when the European Union outlawed the Tamil Tigers, which led the rebels to demand that monitors from Denmark, Finland and Sweden leave the country by September 1.