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Norway invited to Sri Lanka talks

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has invited Norway to resume its role as negotiator between her government and Tamil Tiger rebels. Norway’s Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik said he had been asked by Mrs Kumaratunga to help resume peace talks, which broke down in November. Norway helped broker a 2002 ceasefire that has held ever since. Norway has replied with a conditional “yes”, but stated it must be invited by rebel chiefs too before re-commencing. The BBC’s Frances Harrison in Colombo says there is no reason to think the rebels would have a problem endorsing the role of the Norwegians as the have always strongly supported international involvement in the peace process. Full Story

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