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Norway To Try Reviving Sri Lankan Peace Process

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Norway says its special envoy for Sri Lanka will arrive in the South Asian island republic Sunday for talks aimed at reviving the fragile peace process between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. Norway, which is facilitating the peace process, said Friday its envoy Erik Solheim will meet with officials from both sides for talks that will also focus on recovery from the devastating December tsunami. The disaster killed 30,000 Sri Lankans. But it is hoped that cooperation in relief efforts will help revive the peace process.

The Tamil Tigers have fought for a separate homeland for more than two decades. The violence killed more than 60,000 people before the two sides signed a ceasefire in 2002. Peace talks have been stalled since April, 2003, when the rebels pulled out, accusing the government of failing to honor its pledges.

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