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Sri Lanka Steps Up Security

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has ordered a tightening of security measures on the island, a spokesman said. The move – taken at an emergency meeting overnight – follows Monday’s decision by the Tamil Tiger rebel group to suspend peace negotiations in protest at the handling of “critical issues”. “The president is of the view that the reasons put forward by the [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] for their withdrawal from the talks are feeble,” Mrs Kumaratunga’s office said in a statement. In his first reaction to the news, the head of the government negotiating team, GL Peiris, told the BBC he was taken completely by surprise. He said it indicated clear differences of opinion which the government would not be able to compromise on simply to keep the peace process on schedule. The president’s statement said security measures implemented in 1995 – when a 100-day ceasefire collapsed with a Tiger attack on the Sri Lankan navy – would be reintroduced “to ensure the safety and security of the people”. Full Story

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