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S.Lanka PM vows new approach with Tigers if elected

Sri Lanka’s peace bid with the Tamil Tigers needs a fresh approach, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said on Wednesday, vowing if elected president to invite his opponents to join forces to negotiate with the rebels. Left-of-centre Rajapakse, who will face off against right-of-centre predecessor Ranil Wickremesinghe in presidential elections in November, says converting a 2002 truce into lasting peace after two decades of civil war and pursuing economic development are his top priorities. While detractors balk at election pacts he has forged with hardline nationalist Marxists and Buddhist monks, who want him to take a tough line with the Tigers, Rajapakse says consensus is crucial to peace.Full Story

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