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Thailand to host LTTE peace talks

SINGAPORE MARCH 29. Thailand will be the venue for peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The decision came after a meeting between the Thai Foreign Minister, Surakiat Sathirathai, and the visiting Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister, Vida Helgesen. The talks, according to Mr. Surakiat, would commence within the next month. ``We are not involved in the dialogue process. The timing depends on Norway and Sri Lanka. We have nothing to do with that. But the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister told me the talks would be held next month,'' Mr. Surakiat was quoted as saying in Bangkok.

``The Government of Thailand has, on the request of the Government of Norway, accepted to provide the venue for negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE,'' Mr. Helgesen said.

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