January 2005
Asia Monitor: South Asia Monitor;Jan2005, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p7
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This article reports that Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have threatened to return to war if the government does not resume peace talks based on the rebels' demand for self-rule. A strike called by the Tamil Tigers in northern Sri Lanka closed off entry points to areas controlled by the rebels for the first time since a 2002 ceasefire, leaving up to 25,000 people stranded at the border and sparking sporadic violence. Insisting that the rebels must agree to discuss a final solution before any negotiation on the Tiger's demand for interim self-rule, President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government has now categorically stated that threats won't help start peace talks.


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