'Tamil Tiger rebels must disarm before any future peace talks'

Sri Lanka's government said Thursday that the Tamil Tiger rebels must disarm before it would consider any future peace talks, a day after authorities decided to formally withdraw from a Norway-brokered cease-fire with the insurgents. "It's useless talking to them (the rebels) now," Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Anura Yapa told a news conference. "But in the future, due to change of situations, if they decide to lay down their arms and come to talks, the government can reconsider," he said.