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Sri Lanka Frees Four Suspected Tamil Rebels Ahead of Peace Talks


Sri Lanka's government has freed four suspected Tamil rebels in a goodwill gesture as the two sides prepare for peace talks in Geneva next week.

The Tamil men were released on bail Friday after spending four months in prison in the northeastern district of Trincomalee.

Reports say the Sri Lankan government freed the men as part of a prisoner swap with the Tamil rebels. The rebels say they plan to reciprocate by releasing two Sri Lankan policemen in their custody.

The two sides will meet in Geneva Wednesday to discuss ways of ending a recent wave of fighting that has killed around 150 people since December last year.

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