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Tamil Tigers' Chief Negotiator to Head Rebels' Talks with Sri Lanka's Government


Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels say the group's chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham, will lead their delegation in the upcoming peace talks with the government in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Sri Lankan government has named Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to head its delegation in the two days of talks set to begin February 22.

Norwegian peace-broker Erik Solheim announced the date Monday after meeting in London with Balasingham.

The talks will be aimed at salvaging a Norway-brokered truce that went into effect in February 2002. Although subsequent peace talks broke down one year later, the truce more or less held until recently.

But renewed violence has put that truce in jeopardy. Since December, more than 150 Sri Lankans have been killed.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.
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