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Sri Lanka Seeks Joint Border Patrols with India

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Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse has urged India to conduct joint patrols of their maritime border to curb an influx of arms to Tamil Tiger rebels and halt cross-border terrorism.

Mr. Rajapakse, who is in India on a five-day working visit, said Sunday he plans to talk to Indian leaders about strengthening patrols along the Palk Straits which divides the two countries.

After a groundbreaking ceremony for the Indo-Sri Lanka Human Rights Center, the Sri Lankan leader said the Tamil Tigers would pose a threat to the world, not just Sri Lanka, if the insurgents gain strength.

On Wednesday, he is scheduled to hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the latest situation in the island nation.

Friction between the government and rebels has been increasing since the collapse of peace talks in Geneva last month.

Despite a 2002 ceasefire agreement, more than three thousand people have been killed in clashes between the rebels and Sri Lankan troops in the past year.

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