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Sri Lankan PM offers talks as Norway mounts salvage bid

Norwegian peace brokers were desperately trying to salvage Sri Lanka’s peace bid with Tamil rebels as the prime minister agreed to meet the president, but declined a unity government, officials said. Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to meet with President Chandrika Kumaratunga Wednesday for the first time since she sacked three ministers and suspended parliament, plunging the country into political turmoil. The offer came as Norwegian peace brokers tried to breathe new life into the process after last week’s events threw the country into a tailspin with the markets in freefall and the tourism industry reeling. Norway’s deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen and Special Envoy Erik Solheim met with the prime minister for talks, but neither side gave details of the meeting. Full Story

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