Japan offers to host talks to save Sri Lanka truce

Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi Sunday invited Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels to meet in Japan for talks to save their ceasefire, which is threatened with collapse after 34 people were killed in fresh violence. Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi Sunday invited Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels to meet in Japan for talks to save their ceasefire, which is threatened with collapse after 34 people were killed in fresh violence. Akashi said he offered to host the talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas after the two parties failed to agree on an acceptable venue to discuss the salvaging of their Norwegian-brokered ceasefire.

“Japan would be delighted if the parties agree to Japan to have the talks,” Akashi told reporters at the end of a five-day visit during which he met President Mahinda Rajapakse and other leaders.

Earlier, the Tigers wanted the talks held either in territory held by them or at an overseas venue, while the government insisted that negotiations should be within the island.

Norway proposed the island’s only international airport as a neutral venue but the Tigers rejected it.

Colombo called for a review of the truce after the August assassination of F