Talks Delayed

Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have been postponed until the political crisis in Sri Lanka is resolved, the governments chief peace negotiator G.L. Peiris said Monday.
“Given everything that has happened in the past few days, it is logical to assume that we have to resolve the threshold issue before anything else,” Peiris said.rn

rnHe was referring to the power struggle between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.rn

rnPeiris insisted the government could not pursue the Norwegian-backed peace process with the rebels with the president holding the defence, interior and information portfolios, which she wrested from the government last week.rn

rnNorwegian envoys are due to arrive in Sri Lanka Monday night and had been expected to arrange a preliminary meeting between the government and the rebels either later this month or in early December.rn

rnPeiris said the government would have “a candid discussion” with the Norwegian s