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"Look at the centre, Mr. Balasingham" – Media at t

[b]"Look at the centre, Mr. Balasingham" – Media at the Geneva Peace talks. [/b]

Geneva, 23 February, ( When the two chief negotiators, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Anton Balasingham posed for the cameras yesterday, after the formal opening of the peace talks at Chateau de Bossey in Geneva, the photographers repeatedly asked Balasingham to "look at the centre" as he was turning his head away to face cameras shooting from all angles.

The central problem at these talks too is to look at the centre – the middle point at which both parties can compromise. But the initial signals are that he will keep looking in all directions except the centre.

Analysts agree that the talks will not produce positive results. The best that can be hoped, according to analysts, is agreement to disagree for the moment and to meet again for another session of talks.

This was confirmed by Erik Solheim, who formally opened the latest round of talks when he tried to hose down high expectations. He said: "xpectations must be kept at a realistic level. What can be achieved is in bringing confidence between two sides. The outcome would be to meet again."br>
He pointed out that a new government with a new political leader which had not met as a team before, except for a few individuals, can expect to build and increase confidence from a love level.

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