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Tigers reject Jaffna troop offer

Tamil Tiger rebels have warned the Sri Lankan Government that its latest plan for relocating a high security zone in rebel heartland is unacceptable. The rebels said the proposed new site in the northern Jaffna peninsula was too close to busy public areas and could provoke protests. Renewed disagreement comes as the government and Norwegian mediators are desperately trying to woo the Tigers back to the negotiating table. The rebels broke off talks 10 days ago, complaining they had been marginalised, and cut off direct contacts with Norwegian officials. Meanwhile, two senior peace negotiators for the Sri Lankan Government have arrived in Delhi for talks with Indian officials. Norway’s deputy foreign minister, Vidar Helgesen, and Japan’s special envoy, Yasushi Akashi, will take part in the meetings. Although India is not actively involved in its neighbour’s peace process, Colombo has kept Delhi closely informed of developments. Full Story

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