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New Lankan government ready to resume talks with LTTE

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 3, IRNA
The new government in Sri Lanka headed by President Mahinda Rajapakse is ready to resume peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to find an amicable solution to the ethnic issue, Lankan Home Minister Saradh Amunugama said today.

Amunugama, who was in Chennai along with his family to watch the first cricket test between Sri Lanka and India, told newsmen at Anna Internatonal Airport that Rajapakse was now considering the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran's ultimatum to the government.

Prabhakaran had asked the new Sri Lankan government to come up with a political settlement before the end of this month or risk establishment of "self-government" by the rebels.

Amunugama said he hoped peace talks could be resumed soon.

Asked about the assassination of former Sri Lankan foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, Amunugama said investigators have obtained some clues and the inquiry called to investigate the assassination was going in the right direction.


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