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August 23, 1985

Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil separatists were adjourned indefinitely, Indian High Commissioner (Ambassador) J.N. Dixit said. The breakdown came after Tamil militants, who want a separate state, walked out of Saturday's session in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, charging Sri Lankan forces with slaughtering civilians. Dixit blamed the collapse of the talks on "the resurgence of violence in Sri Lanka" and "some gap between the expectations of the Tamil delegation . . . and what was offered by the Sri Lankan government."

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