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MAY 7, 2000 IN COLOMBO
 
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Sri Lankan army collapse blamed on corruption
The Electronic Telegraph, May 7. President Kumaratunga, who is also defence minister and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, left the island in the first week of April to undergo medical treatment in London for eye injuries received during a Tiger assassination attempt in December, as well as to attend the birthday party of her daughter, who is studying at Cambridge. More..


BJP JITTERY ON LANKA SPILLOVER
The Telegraph, May 6. Spelling out the governments worries, a BJP leader said the party is keen on a united Sri Lanka as it apprehends that too much leeway to its Tamil Nadu allies and, indirectly, to the LTTE would encourage the Tigers to stoke separatist sentiments in the state. More..


War pushes Chandrika, UNP closer to Sinhala consensus
Deccan Herald, May 6. The UNP, which had hitherto refused to take a stand until the proposals already before Parliament came up for discussion, has changed tack in keeping with the changed mood which has seen peace-loving sections rally round the Government in its hour of crisis. More..


Israel guns, India aid in Lanka deal
May 7. Though this is not being openly announced, India and Israel are acting in complete harmony on this matter. What India cannot, or rather would prefer not to do direct military intervention in the Jaffna peninsula may be done by Israel. More..


Indian role in Lanka a must, opine experts

The Hindustan Times, May 6. Foreclosing the military option by analysing 1987 in hindsight is not correct because the reading of the present situation tends to get guided by emotions. He expressed concern that some other power like Pakistan, China or Israel may step into the breach. More..


Talks on Lanka statute changes to continue

The Hindustan Times, (Colombo, May 6) . DESPITE THE threat to Jaffna from the LTTE, and the country's being on a "war footing" as a result, the summit level talks between the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) and the opposition United National Party (UNP) on a new constitution for Sri Lanka will continue. More..


LTTE threat to peace in S Asia- Russia

The Hindustan Times, 1:30 IST | Sunday, May 7, 2000, New Delhi . In the background of explicit pledges, especially from Russia and Israel, the performance of the Sri Lankan troops has improved on the ground. Kilai, on the Jaffna lagoon, is still with the security forces and the LTTE's bid to move forward from Palai or Nagarkovil has been stalled. More..


Sri Lankan troops on alert

The Hindu, Sunday May 7. Sri Lanka's rapidly evolving politico-military dynamics today witnessed a toning down of the sweeping powers given to policemen recently, while on the battle front Government troopers were preparing themselves for possible LTTE attacks in three crucial sectors of the northern Peninsula. More..


Troops brace for LTTE attack

The Hindu , Sunday, May 07, 2000. Runovers of army camps have been marked by short pauses before the offensive. In this context, the relative lull in the past four days is seen by military observers here as a pause before the next strike. More..


Colombo is calm, on the surface

Times of India, Sunday 7 May 2000. It is business as usual. Being a weekend, the shopping malls are crowded; the theatres, where Shakespeare In Love and The World is Not Enough are showing, have 'House Full' signs; and the restaurants are crowded. More..


Sri Lanka mounts air attacks as Tiger rebels maintain Jaffna pressure

AFP, 06 May 2000 06:58 GMT . The Sri Lankan air force retaliated against Tamil Tiger artillery and mortar attacks in northern Sri Lanka with intense air strikes, the government said Saturday. More..


Indian air force awaits nod for Sri Lankan air drop

AFP, 06 May 2000 08:27 GMT 06. The Indian Air Force was awaiting an official green light Saturday to air drop humanitarian aid to Sri Lankan soldiers beleaguered in an island warzone, military sources said. More..


Israeli delegation going to Colombo

ADC. Reacting swiftly to Sri Lanka's unilateral move to restore diplomatic ties with Tel-Aviv, the Israeli government has announced that a high-level diplomatic delegation would be sent to Colombo early next week to "examine the modalities for the resumption of ties" between the two countries. More..


Lanka-Israel ties forged in Delhi!

The Pioneer, May 6. A team of Sri Lankan officials which conducted the negotiations with the Israeli Embassy here will leave for Israel in the next couple of days to formalise the diplomatic relations, the sources said. More..


Lanka erred in asking for help

The Pioneer, May 6 . The initial error was made by Sri Lanka s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar in going public over the possibility of his country asking for India s help in defending Jaffna and in a remote contingency, in the evacuation of the military garrison which might get trapped there. More..


LTTE has own web network to feed information

JAL News , Last updated on May 6, 2000 at 20:30(IST) . They are also making use of the TDNS (Tamil Domain Name Services) established by the Srilankan Tamils working in the information technology industries in Europe to pass on inside information to those who matter, besides putting some of the classified information also on sites known to only the insiders, the sources said. More..


Sri Lanka urged against Israel ties

BBC, Saturday, 6 May, 2000, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK . The leader of the SLMC, a key member of the ruling People's Alliance, held a meeting with President Kumaratunga to discuss the party's concerns. More..


We'll not go the IPKF way: Advani

The Hindu, 22.30 hrs (IST) on May 6, 2000 . ``We'll work out our diplomacy so that there is no loss to India in this crisis. India's interest demands that we should keep out of it. There are no differences in the NDA on this,'' he said. More..


U.S. will consider request for humanitarian help

The Hindu, Saturday, May 06, 2000. `We would certainly consider a request for humanitarian assistance. We have provided them in the past with certain military equipment as well, under careful review of human rights considerations. More..


Lankan govt amends detention law

Times of India , Saturday 6 May 2000 . The government can detain anyone for up to one year and must inform the relatives within one day, the paper said. The earlier version of the law left it to the discretion to the authorities. More..


Lanka army braces for big battle

Times of India, Saturday 6 May. Ironically, several analysts in Colombo say India's decision not to intervene militarily in Sri Lanka may be the best thing that could have happened. More..


PM calls meeting with opposition on Lanka issue

NDTV, Saturday, May 6 (New Delhi):. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, a senior Congress leader said, "Every situation is to be assessed on the basis of all relevant factors. It is of no use to sit on judgement on the decision that the government of India took on the basis of the situation which prevailed in 1987." More..


Government sets-up a new media unit.

Roy Denish in Colombo, 4.35 SLT Saturday.. Sri Lankan government established a new media unit under the ministry of information after president Chandrika Kumaratunge placed the nation on war footing.

Ariya Rubasinghe, the director of the information ministry, heads the new media unit known as Special Media Information Centre.


No fresh fighting in northern Sri Lanka.

Roy Denish in Colombo, 4.40 SLT Saturday.. Government of Sri Lanka on Saturday said that there had been no reports of heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka, but Tiger rebels continued small arms attack on army's defence posts on the eastern coastal belt of northern Jaffna.

A ministry of information news release said although there were no reports of intense fighting, terrorists were concentrating in areas northeast of Elephant Pass.

Sri Lankan government banned all military related reporting after president Chandrika Kumaratunge placed the nation on war footing on Thursday. Any articles related to war should be sent to the censor board before being broadcasted, televised or published.

Meanwhile, a group calling themselves the United Sinhala Federation on Saturday called on the people to join hands to fight Tigers rebels, now knocking on the gateway of Jaffna.

The group also called on the people to avoid large gatherings, tamashas, mass functions, be they be weddings, funeral or poojas to fight the terrorists.


Sri Lanka crisis and how India deals with it

Jal News, May 5. Vaiko had a long session with Vajpayee on Thursday and is having sessions with the External Affairs Ministry since then before he embarks upon his mission "salvation." He is rushing to an undisclosed place on Sunday to meet the LTTE strategicians but he would not disclose whether the meeting would on the Sri Lankan soil or in any other country. More:


Sri Lanka 'State of War' May Be a Sign of Defeat

Time Magazine. As Tamil separatists trap 40,000 troops on a northern peninsula, the government finds itself in the embarrassing position of being outgunned. More..


Lanka crisis -- IAF planes put on high alert at Thiruvananthapuram

The Indian Express, Saturday, May 6, 2000. The Southern Air Command headquarters here has been put on high alert by the Government.. More..


Sri Lanka seeks arms as Tamils close in

Telegraph , Saturday May6. SRI LANKA was awaiting urgent arms shipments from Israel last night to try to head off the worst defeat in its 17-year civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels, More..


India, U.S. in touch over Sri Lanka

The Hindu, NEW DELHI, MAY 5.. Diplomatic sources here say the Clinton administration is seriously concerned about the developments in Sri Lanka, and, like India, is closely monitoring the military dynamics in Jaffna. More..


DMK gives PM free hand on Lanka

The Times of India, May 6 New Delhi. Forsaking for the moment the emotive pull of ethnic solidarity with the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Dravidian stalwart M Karunanidhi on Friday said seri, or OK, to the Centre's request for a free hand to deal with the emerging crisis in the island state.

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Norwegian facilitators are still hopeful

The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, May 5 22:00 IST . DESPITE THE dismal news emanating from Jaffna, the Norwegian facilitators have not given up trying. They are hopeful of an eventual reconciliation and a peaceful settlement to the war in Sri Lanka More


Sri Lanka confident of tackling situation

The Hindu, Colombo, May 5. The Sri Lankan Government is confident that the situation will not arise when some 28,000 soldiers serving in Jaffna will have to be evacuated fearing the onslaught of the LTTE. More..


It's cricket as usual in Lanka

The Times of India, Friday 5 May 2000 . "The government will not object to the matches being played. These tours are a commercial venture," said Rienzie Wijetilleke, chairman of the country's cricket board. More...



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