Provocations of this nature can only have one result -- setting one community against another.

The government is still committed to peace.

Our insistence is that talks must be held as soon as possible. We also affirm that the violence must end, but that is not a precondition for the government to go for talks.

We are hoping this time the Tigers will respond favorably and ease the violence that has reached unbearable levels in the north and east.

This is a containment action. It is also designed to deter. Over and over again servicemen were killed in callous attacks.

So far the reaction we have through Norway has been positive.

It is a more than unfortunate act. I think the government still has to absorb this. I think there will be some heart-searching.

Tomorrow is not possible anymore.

There is a limit to entertaining excuses. The package of excuses may have now run out.