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Tamil Rebels Say Captured Sri Lankan Soldier Trespassed into Their Area

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels say they have captured a government soldier who they say trespassed into an insurgent-controlled area.

The Tigers told the Tamilnet website Saturday they captured the soldier in the northeastern area of Muttur.

Under a 2002 cease-fire agreement, rebel and government forces may not enter each other's territory.

The rebels have fought for a separate Tamil homeland for two decades. The civil war claimed more than 60,000 lives before the cease-fire.

In recent months, however, European truce monitors have said the parties' failure to restart peace talks is putting the truce under strain.

The rebels pulled out of the talks in 2003, accusing the government of failing to honor pledges it had made. Both sides say they remain committed to peace but have been unable to agree on a basis for talks.

Some information for this report provided by AP.