Thursday, July 06, 2006

Sri Lanka conflict beckons India to help

The Christian Science Monitor

Both the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government are making overtures to their large neighbor to mediate.

By Anuj Chopra Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

NEW DELHI – As Sri Lanka slides back into its long ethnic conflict, and with a Norwegian-brokered peace process stuck in neutral, both the Tamil Tiger separatists and the Sri Lankan government are making overtures to regional power India to get involved - and preferably on their side.
Extending an olive branch on an Indian news channel, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse invited the Tamil Tigers Tuesday for talks to "discuss what they want." He was willing to give the rebels an "outline" for peace, he said.

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