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Sri Lankan government, Tamil rebels to discuss power sharing in Berlin

Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels will discuss how to share power when they meet next week in Berlin for the fifth round of peace talks, the top government negotiator said Wednesday. The rebels say they have given up their demand for an independent homeland and are willing to settle for autonomy within Sri Lanka. Both sides have agreed to work on a federal structure of power sharing but the details are still to be worked out. “Now we are in a position to talk about specific issues and discuss how to make progress with these matters in the next few months,” government negotiator Gamini Peiris said. The two sides halted 19 years of fighting last February and have since held four rounds of peace talks to end the war, which has left 65,000 people dead. Full Story

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