Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sri Lanka Pursues Power-Sharing, Bans Tamil Tigers

By Jay Shankar

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka will pursue its plan for devolving power in regions previously controlled by Tamil rebels after renewing a ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, effectively ruling out new peace talks with the group.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Cabinet will “take a decision on what the political solution to end the conflict will be” once an all-party committee presents draft proposals for power-sharing, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, the minister for media and information, said in an interview in the capital, Colombo. Full Text