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Sri Lanka rebels warn army offensive may derail talks

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers said they might pull out of peace talks planned later this month if the military continues a new offensive in the east, as sporadic artillery duels continued on Saturday. The army was around 3 miles (5 km) inside Tiger territory in the restive eastern district of Batticaloa early on Saturday, officials said, after pushing through the rebels’ forward defence lines on Friday to the alarm of aid workers and truce monitors. The rebels have threatened to withdraw from the truce completely if attacks by the military continue, while the government says it reserves the right to retaliate if the Tigers attack security forces. Full Story

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