Tigers end Sri Lanka peace deadlock, talks in Geneva

KILINOCHCHI, Jan 25 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels Wednesday agreed to hold talks with the Sri Lankan government in Geneva in mid-February, a top Norwegian peace broker said here after hectic closed-door negotiations. KILINOCHCHI, Jan 25 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels Wednesday agreed to hold talks with the Sri Lankan government in Geneva in mid-February, a top Norwegian peace broker said here after hectic closed-door negotiations. The talks would focus on strengthening their ceasefire agreement after a surge in violence left 152 people dead since December, envoy Erik Solheim told reporters after a rare meeting with Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.

“We expect Geneva to be the venue for such a meeting,” Solheim said.

Solheim travelled to the political capital of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after discussions with President Mahinda Rajapakse in Colombo in a bid to save the truce that has been in place since February 2002.

“There may be a need for more meetings,” Solheim said. “They would be held in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe.”

He said the agenda for next month’s ice-breaking meeting between the new Colombo government and the Tamil Tigers will be “to strengthen the cea