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Killings dim Sri Lanka peace hopes

Suspected Tamil Tigers shot dead a soldier in eastern Sri Lanka after the rebels warned that Norway’s renewed efforts to broker peace in the island were in jeopardy, a local official said. The victim, a member of an intelligence unit, was taken off of a bus and killed in broad daylight near the town of Batticaloa, the official said. The killing came on the eve of a visit to Sri Lanka by Norway’s Foreign Minister Jan Petersen in a bid to jumpstart peace talks to end the three-decade ethnic conflict which has claimed over 60,000 lives. The Tigers said a ceasefire brokered by Norway in place since February 2002 was at risk because government troops were behind the killing Thursday of two of their cadres in Batticaloa, 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of Colombo. Full Story

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