Sri Lanka's Military and Tamil Tiger Rebels Are Re-arming Even as They Prepare for a New Round of Talks in Geneva

Both sides are trading accusations about alleged abuses and ceasefire breaches. The government claims that the Tamil Tigers have increased their recruitment of child soldiers, but UNICEF says there is no evidence of higher recruitment. Another issue of contention is the activities of the Karuna group, a Tiger breakaway faction. The Tigers said they might postpone Geneva talks unless the government disarms the Karuna group, but Colombo denies that the group operates from government-controlled territory.

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Peter Apps, "Sri Lanka and Rebels Rearm Despite Talks—Army Chief," Reuters India, 24 March 2006.