Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels to discuss politics


Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators ended four days of peace talks today with the clearest picture yet they are on track to end one of Asia's longest-running conflicts.

They agreed to set up three committees to overlook rehabilitation needs in war-hit areas, push military de-escalation and look at political questions at the heart of the 19-year-old war that has killed 64,000 people.

"The parties demonstrated a positive, pragmatic and conciliatory approach in discussing a wide range of issues, including present challenges as well as matters related to long-term solutions," a Norwegian government statement said.

Norway has helped bring the two sides to the negotiating table after they signed a ceasefire in February.