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Sri Lankans trade little but accusations at talks

Sri Lankan officials and Tamil Tiger rebels spent their first round of peace talks in eight months trading accusations in Geneva on Saturday amid few expectations for progress and a resurgence of violence. While a ceasefire remains officially in place in Sri Lanka, up to 1,000 people have been killed in army offensives and rebel attacks since decades-old hostilities flared up again in July in the country of 20 million people. The government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been under rising pressure to address the violence and humanitarian strains caused by their ongoing conflict over rebel demands for an independent homeland for minority Tamils. Full Story

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