Tigers give new message on reviving Sri Lanka peace talks

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday said they conveyed a secret message to President Chandrika Kumaratunga through peace broker Norway on ending a 19-month deadlock on negotiations. Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday said they conveyed a secret message to President Chandrika Kumaratunga through peace broker Norway on ending a 19-month deadlock on negotiations. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said the undisclosed message was given to Foreign Minister Jan Petersen during a rare meeting with Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran Thursday.

“We have conveyed a message to her (the president) on how to take the peace process forward,” LTTE’s chief peace negotiator Anton Balasingham was quoted as saying on the pro-rebel Tamilnet website.

“But the Norwegians have requested us not to speak about it to the press until they discuss it with the Sri Lankan president.”

Petersen is due to return to Colombo from the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi, 330 kilometres ( 206 miles) north of here for a second round of talks with Kumaratunga before leaving the island early Friday.

During late-night talks with Kumaratunga Wednesday, Petersen was asked to convey the