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SL foreign secy to arrive in India on Thursday

The visit is aimed to brief India about peace talks scheduled in Geneva with the Tamil Tigers between April 19-21.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 17:07 IST

Sri Lankan foreign secretary HMGS Palihakkara will be arriving on Thursday night to brief India about peace talks with the Tamil Tigers scheduled in Geneva from April 19 to April 21.

Accompanying Palihakkara will be Finance Secretary PB Jayasundara and Secretary General of the Sri Lankan government's Peace Secretariat John Gooneratne.

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapkse, a brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, was also scheduled to come earlier.

Palihakkara and Gooneratne are expected to inform Indian external affairs ministry officials about the situation in Sri Lanka ahead of the Geneva meeting with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Palihakkara's visit comes immediately after a two-day trip by former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a host of senior Indian politicians, officials and others.

Norway's new special envoy to Sri Lanka Jan Hanssen-Bauer will be arriving on Friday along with his predecessor Erik Solheimfor consultations with the Indian government on the peace process.

On Wednesday, the LTTE warned that it might reconsider its participation in Geneva if Colombo did not carry out its pledge to disarm the anti-Tamil outfits known as "paramilitaries".

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 17:07 IST