Face To Face

Norways foreign minister met with the top Tamil Tigerrnleader Tuesday in efforts to revive peace talks between the Sri Lankanrngovernment and the guerrillas that stalled a year ago.rn
The meeting between Jan Petersen and Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaranrnin northern rebel-held Kilinochchi came amid concerns that a recent spate of killings may jeopardize Sri Lankas fragile cease-fire and hinder attempts to end two decades of civil war, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.rn

rn A rebel official reached in Kilinochchi confirmed the meeting hadrnstarted but said he wasnt authorized to make any comment.rn

rn Earlier, the rebels media office advised Colombo-based journalists not to travel to Kilinochchi, saying tight security for Prabhakaran may hinder their movement.rn

rn European truce monitors warned Monday that the recent killings of atrnleast nine Tamil Tiger rebels and one army soldier in the countrys eastrnposed a serious threat to the truce and peace negotiations.rn

rn The Sri