Tigers end Sri Lanka peace deadlock, talks in Geneva

Manjula Mathews, President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka (L) and Yu Hwa Li, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka (R) present Rakhil Fernando, Managing Director of Daraz (C) with Goodwill Ambassador Certificate

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