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The meeting came a day after the Tamil insurgents warned of “calamityrnand destruction” unless the killings stop. They accused the military ofrnbeing behind some of the violence.rn

rn More than 15 people – including a military intelligence operative andrnrebels – have been killed in recent weeks in eastern Sri Lanka. Both thernsecurity forces and the rebels have denied targeting each other.rn

rn Army Maj. Gen. Shantha Kottegoda and guerrilla leaders met inrnBatticaloa, 220 kilometers east of the capital, Colombo, said Sri LankarnMonitoring Mission spokeswoman Disa Finnboga. They plan to meet again Junern16.rn

rn “Todays meeting was fruitful and cooperative,” Finnboga said. “Theyrnalso agreed to meet again.”rn

rn About 65,000 people were killed in fighting between the separatistrnrebels and government forces from 1983 to 2002, when a cease-fire wasrnsigned. Peace talks since then have stalled.rn

rn The Tamil Tigers have blamed the military and former Tiger members -rnwhove broken with t