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Sri Lanka sides hold rare talks

Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger officials have held a rare high-level meeting in the capital, Colombo. Chief government negotiator Jayantha Dhanapala said his rebel counterpart, S Puleedevan, had paid a “courtesy call”. It comes after weeks of tension during which the Tigers have accused the military of waging a covert war by allegedly supporting a breakaway rebel. Tuesday’s talks – days before a Norwegian envoy is due in Sri Lanka – are a positive sign, say observers. Official sources told the AFP news agency the meeting had been an “ice-breaker”.Full Story

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