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Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, Norway's Peace Envoy Discuss Tsunami Relief

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels say their meeting with Norway's peace envoy has failed to reach a deal on a controversial government proposal to share the distribution of tsunami aid with them.

The head of the rebels' political wing, S.P. Thamilselvan, made the remark after talks Wednesday with Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen in the northern town of Kilinochchi.

Mr. Helgesen met with President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday. The envoy said he will return to Colombo to clear up remaining obstacles, including a request from Sri Lanka's Muslim minority to be included in the aid plan.

Last week, the ruling party's main coalition partner quit the government over the joint aid plan. The country's influential Buddhist monks said such an agreement would help the rebels' cause for a separate state.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.