Sri Lanka in new bid to restart peace talks

Sri Lanka has made a new proposal to revive peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels amid intense pressure from foreign aid donors, officials and a press report said Tuesday. Sri Lanka has made a new proposal to revive peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels amid intense pressure from foreign aid donors, officials and a press report said Tuesday. The government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga has made the offer through peace broker Norway to try to end the 20-month impasse in negotiations, the Tamil-language Sudar Oli newspaper said.

It said Norway’s special envoy Erik Solheim conveyed Colombo’s new proposal to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham, during a meeting in London Monday.

London-based Balasingham declined to give details but told the newspaper that Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was expected to respond shortly to the latest offer.

Solheim last week held talks with both the president and Tiger leaders on attempts to resume peace negotiations which remain suspended since April last year.

However, diplomats said he failed to secure a breakthrough during that visit.

Prabhakaran last month war