Chief Troubleshooter

Sri Lanka Friday named a former United Nations disarmament chief to spearhead new peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels.
Jayantha Dhanapala, a UN undersecretary general for disarmament affairs until last year, was named secretary general of the governments “peace secretariat,” President Chandrika Kumaratungas office said.rn

rnDhanapala, a Sri Lankan, was also named a senior adviser to the president from June, Kumaratungas office said in a statement.rn

rnThe appointment came as Norwegian peace brokers were set to announce dates for peace talks between the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and Kumaratungas government which came to power in April.rn

rnThe Tigers, who have waged a three-decade campaign for a separate Tamil homeland, announced Thursday they will resume peace talks suspended a year ago after a Norwegian envoy made an unannounced visit to the rebel-held north. (AFP)rn