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Last updated: 23 May, 2006 - Published 17:19 GMT
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No intention to by- pass Norway - LTTE
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have said they have no intention of by-passing Norway in the ongoing peace process.

They say that they have urged the Sri Lankan government to ensure full implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

"While appreciating your concern for peace and harmony, we cannot by-pass Norway in establishing contacts with the (sri Lankan) government to initiate a dialogue with President Mahinda Rajapakse," said SP Tamilchelvan, head of the Tiger's political wing.

A Tiger statement said he was speaking after meeting an inter-religious group in the northern rebel-held town of Kilinochchi.

A group of Buddhist priests and Catholic clergy met with Tiger leaders on Tuesday and urged them to develop contacts with the president Rajapakse, the statement said.

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