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Rajapaksa rules out separate Tamil homeland

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ruled out Tiger's demand for a separate homeland in the island's North and East.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 12:41 IST
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday ruled out Tamil Tiger demands for a separate homeland in the island's north and east, but said he would rein in armed groups—a central rebel demand ahead of crunch talks.

"There's only one country, we can share power. Not a separate state. That idea must be taken off ... It is completely out," Rajapaksa said ahead of upcoming talks with the rebels in Switzerland to avoid a slide back to war.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 15:28 IST