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Tamil rebel's truce plea rejected

The Sri Lankan government has rejected a call for a separate truce with a renegade rebel commander. Colonel Karuna, a Tamil Tiger commander in the east, broke ranks after facing the threat of disciplinary action. The rebels and the government signed a ceasefire agreement in 2002, which is still holding despite a breakdown in peace talks. But the unprecedented split in the rebel ranks has plunged the fragile peace process into jeopardy. A top defence ministry official said on Friday the government could not agree to Colonel Karuna’s request for a separate defence pact. Full Story

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