The LTTE Sunday claimed that it was about to
leave Sampur in Trincomalee south when security forces attacked
The group said that they were in talks with
Norwegian facilitators when the military launched an offensive.
"The LTTE was ready to move weapons from Sampur
if the government ceased all shelling and aerial bombardments,"
the Tigers said.
"While the negotiations were in progress
(through Norway), the government of Sri Lanka launched its
onslaught for occupation."