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"Bargaining power" in peace talks
AFAR
1/10/2003

Peace talks between the Tamil Tiger rebel group and the Sri Lankan government held in Thailand entered its fourth and final day. While the negotiations were said to be going well, the Tamil Tigers have firmly refused to disarm until a final political settlement had been reached.

The chief negotiator for the rebel group reassured that this did not mean they will resort to violence but rather explained that the arms are the bargaining power of the people and that they have to bargain from a position of strength.

The rounds of talks ended with an agreement on the schedule to resettle the hundreds of thousands of refugees displaced by the 19-year ethnic war. As well, it was announced that United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will visit Sri Lanka next month to give his support to the peace process.

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