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Last Updated: Friday, 17 September, 2004, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Sri Lanka talks still deadlocked
Erik Solheim
Solheim met both sides but failed to make a breakthrough
The latest attempt by Norway to kick start the stalled peace process in Sri Lanka has ended without any sign of progress.

Norwegian envoy, Erik Solheim, failed to make a breakthrough in meetings with the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Mr Solheim held separate discussions with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the leader of the rebels' political wing, SP Tamilselvan.

Direct talks between the two sides have been suspended since April last year.

Walkout

A presidential spokesman said the government was unhappy at the Tamil Tigers' indecision over whether to resume peace talks.

For their part, the rebels said Mr Solheim had not brought any constructive message from the government.

The Tigers walked out of talks in April last year, saying the government had not honoured pledges.

Peace hopes diminished further this year following a rift in the rebel movement.

The main rebel faction blamed the government for supporting the breakaway group, led by Colonel Karuna, and using it to fight a covert war.

The Tigers began their armed campaign for a separate state in the north and east more than 20 years ago.


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