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Sri Lankan Rebels Reject Efforts to Re-Start Peace Talks


Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected efforts to re-start peace talks with the government, as violence continues on the island.

The head of the Scandinavian truce monitoring mission, Ulf Henricsson, called off attempts to meet with Tamil Tiger leaders Saturday. The envoy was seeking to broker a deal to allow the talks to open Monday in Geneva.

The rebels last Sunday refused to attend the talks because of a dispute over how to transport commanders to their northern headquarters for consultations.

The rebels have insisted they be given helicopter rides or use their own boats to travel to the north - demands rejected by the government.

Meanwhile, violence in Sri Lanka continued today, as a series of mine attacks killed four soldiers and wounded 10 others.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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