Tamil Tiger rebels were trying to intimidate the Sri Lankan government ahead of crunch peace talks next week by launching high-profile attacks, the head of the state’s peace agency said. There has been a surge of violence in the island nation in the past month with scores of people being killed in rebel attacks. Both sides meet in Geneva on Oct. 28-29 to try and end the fighting that has killed around a 1,000 people since July and made a 2002 ceasefire almost redundant. “They seem to be following a strategy designed to intimidate the government,” Palitha Kohona, the Secretary General of the state’s peace secretariat, which coordinates and handles peace dialogue for Colombo, told Reuters in an interview. Full Story
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