Visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels could take place as early as September.
"A date will be fixed, which will most probably be in Septemberor thereafter," Fernando told a news conference here Thursday.
Fernando,, here for meeting with his Indian counterpart, added the peace process "could be delayed" if early national elections were called that might see political differences in the nation.
Since February, the Sri Lankan government and the rebels, who have been fighting for a separate state since 1983, have observed a truce. However, there has been no word on a date for a face-to-face talk, once slated to be held in Thailand in May, but had been postponed indefinitely.