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Norway: Sri Lanka Leaders Must End Tiff

Norway, broker of Sri Lanka’s peace process, said Friday that further talks on a lasting settlement would be useless until the island nation’s president and prime minister settle their political dispute. Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen said the cease-fire that Oslo brokered in February, 2002 between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government will hold. “We are going home to wait,” Helgesen told The Associated Press. “In the current political situation holding talks will be impossible.” President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week wrested control of the ministries of defense, interior and media from her rival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, claiming he had made too many concessions to the Tamil rebels in the peace process. Full Story

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