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Tigers issue peace warning

Tamil Tiger rebels have warned that the sinking of one of their ships by the Sri Lankan navy will have far-reaching implications for the country’s peace process. The Tigers say all 11 members of the crew on board were killed when the navy fired on them in international waters, about 300 kilometres (187 miles) off the east coast. The navy says the rebels fired on them first. The incident is the most serious clash between the two sides since a ceasefire took effect over a year ago. It comes a week ahead of the next round of peace talks in Japan. Negotiations are aimed at forging a lasting peace after nearly two decades of civil war in which more than 60,000 people have been killed. Last month, three rebels blew themselves up after ceasefire monitors boarded their heavily-armed boat off the northern coast of Jaffna as they tried to smuggle arms to the island. Full Story

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