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Tamil Rebels Cancel Tsunami Aid Meeting

Tamil Tiger rebels, blaming the government for the killing one of their top leaders, canceled a key meeting with international donors about tsunami relief in the first sign the slaying could disrupt reconstruction and peace talks. Shops and schools in Tamil-majority areas in the north and east were closed for a general strike Wednesday to mourn the death of E. Kausalyan — the Tigers’ political chief in the eastern districts of Batticaloa and Ampara, residents said. The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site said a meeting Tuesday between the rebels, World Bank and Asian Development Bank chiefs’ had been postponed indefinitely. Instead, rebel leaders held “emergency talks on the implications” of Kousalyan’s killing, the Web site said, without elaborating. Full Story

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