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Colombo in talks with Tigers after peace offer

Four Sri Lankan ministers opened direct talks with a Tamil Tiger leader in northern Sri Lanka, a day after the guerrillas publicly unveiled their land-mark power-sharing plan, officials said. The four ministers held discussions with S. Pulithevan, the head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) peace secretariat, in the northern town of Vavuniya, government officials said. “They discussed matters arising from the peace process,” an official said, but declined to give details. Trade Minister Ravi Karunanayake, lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Agricultural Minister S. B. Dissanayake and Rural Economy Minister Bandula Gunawardena had three hours of talks with Pulithevan, officials said. The four ministers are not directly involved in the peace process, but the closed-door talks came a day after the LTTE unveiled their first ever blueprint for a power-sharing plan with the Colombo government. Full Story

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