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Sri Lanka’s bid to woo rebels

Sri Lanka’s invitation to Norway to continue mediating in its conflict with Tamil rebels is aimed at persuading the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam against returning to conflict, analysts said Thursday. “The move could be a bid to prevail upon the LTTE not to resume ethnic conflict because Norwegian peace negotiators recognize only the LTTE as the sole representative among Tamil groups in Sri Lanka,” said senior political analyst R.C. Rajamani at the Statesman newspaper. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka’s new president, Mahinda Rajapakse, who is seen as a hard-liner, invited Norway to continue its role as a facilitator in the peace process. Rajamani said the president’s move could be an effort to persuade the LTTE to understand it still has a chance. Full Story

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