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Last updated: 14 April, 2006 - Published 11:38 GMT
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Donors: talks should go ahead
FM Samaraweera with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US, Japan, Norway and the EU says the talks should go ahead with talks
Main foreign donor countries of Sri Lanka have called for planned peace talks between the government and Tamil Tigers to go ahead as scheduled.

The two sides had been due to meet in Geneva next week, but on Thursday the rebel leaders requested a new date, saying they had to attend a gathering of their senior commanders.

A joint statement by Norway, Japan, the European Union and the United States, co-chairs of the international group donating aid to Sri Lanka, also expressed concern about the worsening security situation in Sri Lanka.

More than thirty people have died in attacks since Monday.

The government has blamed the Tamil Tigers for the violence, although the rebels deny involvement.

International monitors have warned that the violence could derail the talks.

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