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Tamil Tigers give ceasefire pledge

Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka say they have no plans to break a year-old ceasefire, according to international peace monitors. The news comes after the Tigers suspended participation in peace talks on Monday. Opposition leaders have demanded an urgent recall of parliament to discuss the crisis. Despite talk of security being tightened, there is no visible sign of any increased troop presence in the capital, Colombo, or elsewhere. The rebels say they have now launched a propaganda drive in the northern Jaffna Peninsula to explain their move to their supporters. The Tigers are angry at what they say are government attempts to marginalise their role in the peace process. The BBC’s Frances Harrison in Colombo says the rebels feel the need to keep their support base on board at a time when they are taking a controversial step. Full Story

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