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Sri Lanka, Tigers move closer to deal on tsunami aid

Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government are close to agreement on cooperation in the distribution of relief aid to tsunami survivors, sources said.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2005 07:05 PM IST

Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government are close to agreement on cooperation in the distribution of relief aid to tsunami survivors, sources close to the rebels said on Thursday.

A decision could be announced before a top Tiger rebel peace negotiator returns to his base in London at the weekend, the sources said adding there was intense international pressure on both parties to work together.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief negotiator Anton Balasingham is expected at the country's only international airport near in Colombo on Saturday before heading back to London, the sources said.

This could provide an opportunity for a meeting with government officials or Norwegian negotiators.

"There could be some sort of an agreement soon," one source said.

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