Sri Lanka president demands new plan to end bloodshed

June 1, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse urged political parties Thursday to develop a plan that involves giving some power to minority Tamils in exchange for peace, his office said. Rajapakse said he has asked majority Sinhalese political parties meeting here Friday to come up a plan to end violence with Tamil Tiger rebels in the embattled nation, a statement from his office said. Rajapakse made the announcement during talks with visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, Richard Boucher, who pledged military aid, but warned against returning to full-scale war.