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LTTE negotiator Balasingham dies

The man who articulated LTTE's stance in international negotiations for years was suffering from cancer & diabetes.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 22:26 IST

Anton Balasingham, who gave an international profile to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam during its decades of fight for a separate state in Sri Lanka, died on Thursday after battling cancer and crippling diabetes.

The 68-year-old former journalist, who for years articulated the LTTE position in international negotiations first in the India-sponsored talks in Thimpu in 1985 and later in the Norway-brokered parleys with Sri Lankan government, died at his London home.

He leaves behind his Australian wife Adele Ann, whom he married after the death of his Tamil wife in 1978.

Adele, a nurse by professional training, joined her husband in the fight for a separate Tamil state and became a prominent member of the women's wing of the LTTE.

Balasingham, who survived on regular shots of insulin, suffered from diabetes-related renal dysfunction, and was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in November.

First Published: Dec 14, 2006 21:43 IST