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Tigers Reject Peace Talks Move

Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have turned down the government’s latest attempts to restart deadlocked peace talks. The rebels repeated their demand for something more concrete than a proposed provisional administrative body in the island’s Tamil-dominated north and east. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe outlined the plan at a key meeting of foreign donors in Japan on Monday. In a statement, the rebels accused him of using the international community to “twist their arm into submission”. The Tigers pulled out of peace talks in April and refused to attend the Tokyo meeting, saying progress in the peace process had been too slow and they were being marginalised. The rebels have been demanding greater powers for themselves in the administration, than those being offered by Mr Wickramasinghe. They say they will not return to talks until the government has put forward a “clearly defined draft framework” for the proposed structure. Full Story

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