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Tamil Tiger Rebels Reject Sri Lanka's Peace Talks Offer

17 December 2005

Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected an offer from the Sri Lankan government to hold another round of peace talks because of a dispute over the venue for the session.

The government has suggested talks to take place in any Asian country. The rebels have turned down the offer, insisting that the talks be held in Norway. The rejection comes just days after Japan offered to host the peace talks.

The rebels have been fighting for a separate homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority for more than two decades. The conflict claimed more 64,000 lives before Norway brokered a cease-fire between the rebels and the government that took effect in 2002.

The deadlocked talks are threatening to further disrupt the already shaky truce.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.

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