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Tamil Tigers agree to peace talks with Sri Lanka

[JURIST] Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen reported Thursday that senior leaders in the Tamil Tigers [faction website; MIPT profile] have agreed to attend peace talks to be held with representatives of the Sri Lankan government [official website]. The date and location of the talks has yet to be decided, but the meeting will be the first between the two sides in the last two years. Military and political personnel from both sides are expected to attend and will discuss issues ranging from government paramilitary groups to a tentative cease-fire agreement. The Tigers have come under immense international pressure to reach an agreement with Sri Lanka following the assassination of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar [Sri Lankan official press release] last week. Sri Lanka's Colombo Page has local coverage of the official presidential press release. BBC News has more.

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