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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Erik Solheim to meet Balasingham to confirm LTTE's

[b]Erik Solheim to meet Balasingham to confirm LTTE's participation in the next round of talks.[/b]

[b]Colombo, 27 March, ([/b] Erik Solheim, Norway’s Minister for International Development is expected to meet Anton Balasingham, Chief Negotiator of the Sri Lanka rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, on Wednesday in London, to confirm the participation of the LTTE in the next round of talks scheduled for 19 – 21 April, in Geneva.

According to the pro LTTE Tamil dailies Sudar Oli and Uthayan, published from Colombo and Jaffna respectively, the meeting is expected to take place at the private resident of Balasingham, located at Newmodem.

Solheim who will arrive in London on Wednesday along with an official of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry is expected to meet Anton and Adele Balasingham in London and review the present political and other developments in Sri Lanka.

The news item appeared in the pro-LTTE Tamil newspapers revealed that the LTTE is angered over Sri Lanka Government's failure to implement the decisions arrived at the first round of talks in Geneva.

Consequent to Sri Lanka Government's failure in implementing the decision reached in Geneva, Anton Balasingham as well as S.P.Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE’s political division have revealed in their statements that the LTTE leadership was reconsidering whether it was necessary for the LTTE delegation to participate in the next round of talks.

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