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Sri Lanka's Leaders Agree to Meet Again

Sri Lanka’s summit talks failed to reach a breakthrough Wednesday, but the country’s president and the prime minister, who are locked in a bitter power struggle, agreed to meet again next week, government officials said. “Today’s meeting was more exploratory to find out what the president is thinking,” Bradmon Weerakoon, secretary to the prime minister said about the 2- 1/2-hour meeting between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “We have got fairly good idea and we agreed to meet again early next week,” Weerakoon, a bureaucrat, said of Kumaratunga, who in a dramatic power-grab fired three Cabinet ministers and suspended Parliament on Nov. 4. A top Sri Lankan analyst called the meeting “a “positive development.” “It is good sign that the meeting did not breakdown,” said Jehan Perera of the independent think-tank, the National Peace Council. Full Story

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