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Swiss talks expose gulf in Sri Lanka conflict, foreign pressure mounts

Talks between Sri Lanka’s warring parties entered a second and final day as foreign pressure mounted on both sides to show flexibility and save the island’s troubled peace process. Although negotiators from the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sat down at the table, their uncompromising stands were putting the entire ice-breaking initiative at risk, diplomats said. The final round got underway after Sri Lanka’s key international financial backers — the US, Japan, the European Union and Norway — asked the two sides to be more accommodating. “We urge parties to approach the opportunity with an open and flexible attitude,” said the quartet known as “Co-Chairs” in a statement issued in Washington. Full Story

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