First Flush

Sri Lankas new government held its first talks with neighbouring India Thursday ahead of plans to revive stalled peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels
Lakshman Kadirgamar, the foreign minister in President Chandrika Kumaratungas government, met Indian leaders on a brief visit to New Delhi before Norwegian peace brokers begin a trip to Sri Lanka at the weekend.rn

rn Kadirgamar held closed-door talks here with his Indian counterpart Yashwant Sinha and was due later to brief National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra, an official said.rn

rn The United News of India agency quoted Kadirgamar as saying that he expected peace talks with Tamil Tigers to resume by the end of June.rn

rn The Tigers held six rounds of face-to-face talks with the previous Sri Lankan government which had kept New Delhi informed every step of the way in the fragile peace process.rn

rn Shortly after Kumaratungas leftist Freedom Alliance won the April 2 elections, Kadirgamar said the new government wanted a “more direct rol