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Balasingham's funeral on Wednesday

December 17, 2006 20:53 IST

The funeral of Anton Balasingham, the chief strategist and negotiator of the LTTE, will be held in London on Wednesday.

Prior to the funeral, the body of 68-year told Balasingham, will be kept at the Alexandra Palace Hall.

According to official sources, the venue would be open from 8 am to 3 pm for people to pay their respects.

Balasingham passed away at his home in south London on Thursday, where he had been resting since his diagnosis last month with bile duct cancer, a rare and aggressive malignancy of the biliary system.

Norwegian special envoy for the peace process in Sri Lanka, Jon Hansen-Bauer praised Balasingham for his invaluable contribution to the peace efforts, and said Norway will miss a much valued friend.

Speaking at a memorial meeting in Oslo arranged at the Tamil Resource and Consultation Centre in Oslo on Friday, the Norwegian special envoy said that it is through Balasingham he learnt much about the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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