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LTTE rejects Govt. offer

COLOMBO, AUG. 30. The LTTE today rejected the Sri Lankan Government's announcement that it was prepared for peace talks preceded by a mutually agreed ceasefire as a survival ploy by an embattled ruling party.

``Peace talks are not a crisis management exercise to be invoked at the pleasure of a Government which is on the verge of collapse. The LTTE is not naive to jump on a sinking ship,'' the LTTE representative in London, Mr. Anton Balasingham, told the TamilNet website.