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Tigers oppose military alliance

Tamil Tiger rebels say peace prospects in Sri Lanka could be damaged by a proposed defence pact with India. In a statement the rebels say the move could alter the military balance of power. India and Sri Lanka have been discussing a deal in which Delhi could supply military equipment and train personnel. India sent peacekeepers to Sri Lanka in 1987, a move which ended in disaster as over 1,000 Indian soldiers died. Tamil Tiger chief negotiator Anton Balasingham said any such deal between India and Sri Lanka would have “military implications at this crucial time when the peace process itself is endangered by the political crisis in Colombo”. “Such an agreement at this stage will be detrimental to the interests of the Tamils and will seriously damage their bargaining power,” the pro-rebel TamilNet website quoted him as saying. Full Story

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