Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka say advance units are
Australian Broadcasting Corp, May 12.
Tamil Tiger forces are only a few kilometres from Jaffna
town, the government says it's not under siege and has
halted what the rebels called, a lightning offensive.
Adding to the exchange of claim and counter-claim, the
defence ministry's released a video showing life on
Jaffna's streets continuing as normal. Other reports say
tensions are rising in the town.
Sri Lanka: The Hidden War
ChanelOne.com, May 11, 2000.
In the beautiful tropical island nation
of Sri Lanka, off the southern tip of
India, thousands of people are dying
in a vicious civil war -- many of them
teens. At first glance, Sri Lanka looks
like an island paradise. But a
long-running ethnic war -- like the
ones that have torn apart Chechnya,
Bosnia and Kosovo -- is taking place
in the northern and eastern parts of
the country. And the foot soldiers in
this war are young boys and girls,
ready and willing to die at any
Fighting nears Jaffna
BBC, Thursday, 11 May, 2000, 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK.
With the battle for Jaffna in northern
Sri Lanka intensifying, the
International Committee of the Red
Cross has called on both sides to
Civilians have been moving into
Jaffna town from outlying areas to
escape the fighting and movement in
the city is restricted, including access
to the local hospital.
A peace that neither side in
The Times of India, May 12.
The Tigers realise that before serious
negotiations begin they need to prove their
military superiority. ``The LTTE knows they
can get concessions from Colombo only
when they talk from a position of strength,'' a
source close to the Tigers said. For President
Kumaratunga it is equally important to do the
same.``A country cannot make peace on
bended knees,'' a senior Lankan official said,
echoing the general consensus in government
LTTE positions pummelled
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, May 11.
SRI LANKAN troops
Tamil rebel positions
today as fighting near the
town of Jaffna killed at
least 131 people on both
sides, the government
Israeli jets for Sri Lanka
The Hindu, Friday, May 12, 2000.
While the LTTE continues its ``all-out''
offensive on Jaffna, Sri Lanka has acquired new fighter jets from Israel
and is awaiting a shipload of arms from Pakistan, highly placed
Government sources here said.
Sources pointed out that seven Israeli Kfir fighter jets had already
arrived in Sri Lanka. Besides, Israel has also landed 24 containers of
arms and equipment in Colombo.
Solheim meets Indian Minister
The Hindu, 20.00 hrs (IST) on May 11, 2000.
reiterating offer to mediate between the
Sri Lankan Government and LTTE if
approached, India today said there is
general appreciation that any solution to
the ethnic crisis would require New
Lankan Tamils get ready to
flee war zone
Times of India, 12 May 2000.
Rameshwaram and other
coastal towns bordering Tamil Nadu may
soon become home to many of the 500,000
Tamilians settled in Jaffna.
Sources said the constant booming of
artillery and mortar within a five km range
around Chundukulai, Pasaiyur and Ariyali
had sent panic signals among the local
people, who were now getting ready to sail
Sri Lanka seeks foreign mediation to bring Tigers to the table
AFP-Yahoo, Thursday, May 11 8:28 PM SGT.
Sri Lanka Thursday said it was ready to accept foreign help to end the
Tamil separatist war as parliament was
told the country's sovereignty was threatened by the ongoing heavy fighting.
Acting Foreign Minister Lakshman Kiriella said the government of President
Chandrika Kumaratunga was
prepared to consider help, including from neighbouring India, but there was
no formal offer.
"If any country is willing to mediate to bring the LTTE (Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam) to the negotiating
table, we welcome it," Kiriella told parliament.
UNP legislator Karunasena Kodituwakku said the country had reached a
decisive stage with Tamil Tiger
guerrillas increasing pressure on government troops in the northern
peninsula of Jaffna.
"We are at a critical stage when the country's sovereignty and territorial
integrity is challenged," Kodituwakku
said adding in parliament that the government must seek a peaceful end to
the conflict without further
Tamil rebels give ultimatum to
HongKong Standard, May 11.
TAMIL Tiger rebels making fierce assaults on Sri
Lankan forces as they close in on the northern city of
Jaffna warned the soldiers yesterday to surrender or
``Sri Lankan soldiers, you are occupying our land,'' the
Voice of Tigers radio said in a broadcast in Sinhala, the
language of Sri Lanka's majority ethnic group and most of
the country's soldiers.
Sri Lankan Rebels Storm Into Jaffna Town
Thursday May 11 3:12 PM ET.
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels closed in on
the heart of their former stronghold of Jaffna town on Thursday
after a lightning strike against government troops, the
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said in a statement
from their office in London that they were only half a mile
administrative center of the city, hub of the battle-scarred
Indian role in Lanka vital--Norway
Times of India, May 11.
Eric Solheim, on Thursday held discussions with external
affairs minister Jaswant Singh on the situation in the island and
later said no solution to the ethnic conflict was possible without
India's "positive role".
"In no way can the problem be solved without India playing a positive
role," he told reporters after the meeting but parried queries on what
specific role New Delhi should play to end the crisis in Jaffna.
Solheim, who has been trying to facilitate a dialogue between Sri
Lankan government and LTTE, was here on a day's visit to discuss with
India the situation arising out of the ethnic conflict. He also held a
meeting with foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh.
BBC Sinhala & Tamil service suspended
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Thursday May 11.
The Government today suspended its contract with the BBC's Sinhala
Sandeshaya Service and its Tamil News Service which is broadcast over the
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. The Government also detailed that under
Section 14 of the present Emergency Regulations all night radio and TV
broadcasts are to be suspended with immediate effect.
The government Information Department further stated today that all
computer, audio and visual reports being sent abroad are to be first
presented to the Government Competent Authority for censorship before such
reports are sent out of the country. The State further ordered that all TV
programs including chat shows which fall under regulations of the present
emergency are to be sent to the Competent Authority before being telecast.
India rules out policy change
if Jaffna falls
Times of India, May 11.
Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee on Thursday ruled out any change in
India's policy in the event of fall of Jaffna to
LTTE, which has launched an all out offensive
against Sri Lankan troops to wrest control of
the northern Sri Lankan peninsula.
"If Jaffna falls to LTTE it will not be the first
time (such a development would take place),"
Vajpayee said in an informal chat with
Tigers say they are about to
The Times of India, Thursday 11 May 2000.
Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday said
they were ready for a final assault on Jaffna after
seizing a vital bridge five km (three miles)
outside the city, but the government said its
soldiers fought back repeated rebel attempts to
capture the bridge.
The rebels said they were now "posing a
serious threat to government troops occupying
However, government spokesman Ariya
Rubasinghe said in a statement received in New
Delhi, "Troops in strength continue to hold the
bridge at Navatkuli. Troops have repulsed many
attempts of the terrorists to get closer to the
Many takers for Indian peace bid
Asia Times, May 11, 2000.
A section of political observers agreed that New Delhi's
offer, made Monday, had opened a ''window'' of
opportunity for ending the bloody conflict in northern Sri
Lanka that has claimed more than 60,000 lives since 1983.
''There is a window of hope. The situation is not bad after
all,'' noted one of them, adding that the offer was likely to
get broad support. ''This is a very good offer and we
support it,'' said member of parliament Joseph
Pararajasingham of the moderate Tamil United Liberation
Sri Lanka volunteers outgunned
in rebel onslaught
Electronic Telegraph, May 11.
When senior officers and politicians visit the wounded
soldiers, they sing in chorus "we will take back
Pass". When alone, some have a different story to
speak of ammunition shortages, lack of air
support and most
of the army's heavy armour being rendered useless
shortage of batteries and parts.
Norwegian Envoy Talks Sri Lanka Peace in India
AFP-Yahoo, Thursday May 11 4:50 AM ET.
A Norwegian envoy, hoping to help broker a peace deal for war-torn Sri Lanka,
arrived in New Delhi on Thursday and said his country would assist in
finding a solution to the conflict.
Domestic news agencies quoted Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee as
reiterating that India could intervene only if both
the Sri Lankan government and the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) pressed for it.
Vajpayee ruled out any change in the Indian
government's policy if Jaffna town fell to
Sri Lanka fighting near Jaffna kills 104
AFP-Yahoo, Thursday, May 11 3:59 PM SGT.
Israeli-built Kfir jets were bombing bunkers of the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam at Ariyalai, Thanankilappu
and Pooneryn from dawn Thursday, the government said in a statement.
"The pilots confirm that the terrorists bunker line at Ariyalai was
completely destroyed," the statement said.
Ariyalai is located just five kilometres away from the strategically
important Jaffna town.
12 billion needed to bridge government's war effort
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.40 p.m. SLT Thursday May 11.
Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister for Justice & Constitutional Affairs today
told parliament that an additional Rs. 12 billion is required to bridge the
government's defence deficit. Rs. 6 billion will be taken from monies
allocated for various development projects which are not "top priority"
while 2.5 billion will be gathered from the government having increased
taxes on cigarettes and liquor. This week the price of a cigarette went up
by .50 cents each and a bottle of liquor by Rs. 10/=. The government will
further raise its defence levy by 1 percent. Prof. Peiris said that the
Goods & Services Tax (GST) on all food and other essential items will not
be raised. Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, MP for the United National Party
addressing the Minister in parliament said that while he agrees certain
measures have to be adopted in order to meet the present military
expenditure "the people should not be taxed as a result," he said.
India receives hijack threat as crisis in Sri Lanka escalates
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.30 p.m. SLT Thursday May 11.
The Aviation Commodore at India's southern based airport in Trichy today
received a letter from an organization calling itself the Tamil Nadu
Liberation Front threatening to hijack a plane travelling from Trichy to
Colombo. The letter stated that the hijack would be carried out if India
continued with lending Sri Lanka assistance to resolve its bloody war.
Security has been beefed up as a result at Trichy airport and all
passengers are being heavily scrutinized.
Foreign arms aid for Lankan Troops
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Thursday May 11.
Indian news reports today claim that Lankan troops fighting Tiger rebels in
the Islands northern peninsula are now being boosted by a fresh supply of
arms sent from Pakistan, Israel, and South Africa. In view of the fresh
arms supply, reports suggest, that it will not be possible for the rebels
to gain ground. Soldiers suffered heavy setbacks recently after facing
fierce onslaughts by the LTTE and lost a large number of armaments to Tiger
rebels who overran key base camps of the Sri Lanka Army.
In addition to the renewed supply of arms, It is believed that troop morale
will be strengthened by the fact that Indian naval vessels are reported to
be keeping a discreet surveillance on Sri Lanka's northern coastline.
LTTE press release claims to advance towards Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.45 a.m. SLT Thursday May 11.
An LTTE press release issued late last night claimed that the Tigers in a
meticulously planned offensive operation captured vital strategic locations
in the proximity of the Jaffna town Wednesday.
The LTTE statement says, "In a multi-pronged offensive thrust the Tamil
Tiger commando units stormed into the Sri Lankan army’s defence positions
in the early hours of the morning at Navatkuli, Ariyalai and Thanankillapu
villages in the outskirts of the Jaffna town inflicting heavy
casualties on the enemy forces. A two-kilometre stretch of A9 highway
(Kandy Road) inclusive of the strategically important Navatkuli bridge has
come under the control of the LTTE fighters. At Thanankillappu, the LTTE
fighting units have advanced 2 kilometres interior and have launched a
massive assault on the main Sri Lankan military base at Kovilkandy
junction. At Ariyalai the advancing Tiger troops have occupied
Maniyanthoddan after chasing away a detachment of government troops
The government denies that the Tigers captured the Navatkuli bridge.
The Tigers further claim to have called upon the Tamil civilians residing
close to battle areas to move to safer areas and that the people are
The army meanwhile has moved in reinforcements and heavy fighting continues
to rage in this area.
An Information Department press release also issued late last night said
that "Around 3 a.m. on May 10, 2000 terrorists in large numbers launched a
major attack on the troops manning defences at Ariyalai and Thanankillapu
salients in Jaffna."
"Terrorists continue to fire a heavy volume of artillery and mortars.
Troops fought back effectively repulsing a number of human waves of the
attackers. Although there were a large number of casualties among the
attackers, LTTE human waves continued to assault without any respect for
the lives of junior LTTE cadres."
The Government statement maintains that ground troops are supported
effectively by the Sri Lanka Air force. The official release admits that
casualties are heavy on both sides as a result of the fighting.
to the Media Minister, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera and Mr. Iqbal Athas.
(in Hindi and English)
US worried about restrictions in Sri Lanka
Times of India, May 11.
State department spokesman Philip Reeker said
yesterday, "it really remains vital that press
freedoms be preserved to the greatest extent
possible, consistent, obviously, with the need to
protect the security of military operations."
"As with the issue of censorship, while we
understand the seriousness of the crisis that Sri
Lanka faces, we call on the government to avoid
restrictions of civil liberties that could
undermine the country's democratic
institutions," he added.
In Sri Lanka, an Empty — but Expensive — Threat
Time Magazine, Wednesday, May. 10, 2000.
The Sri Lankan army pays out a lifetime's
salary to the families of its slain soldiers
— and right now that policy may be set to
place new strains on the defense budget.
Tamil Tiger rebel forces reportedly broke
through government lines near the town of
Jaffna Wednesday, two days after
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
rejected a rebel truce offer allowing her
troops safe passage out of the
beleaguered Jaffna peninsula, vowing
instead to defend the territory to the last
Lift ban on LTTE, says PMK leader
The Asian Age.
India should first lift the ban on the LTTE before
starting any peace initiative in Sri Lanka, Dr S.
Ramdoss, president of Pattali Makkal Katchi, one
of the NDA constituents said on Wednesday.
Only India had the "moral right" to intervene in the
ethnic conflict in Lanka and other countries such
as the USA, Israel and Pakistan should not be
allowed to enter the scene, Dr Ramdoss said.
Lankan Govt denies LTTE claim
The Herald Deccan, May 10.
Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Rupavahini Television tonight that
there was no truth in
the claim made by the LTTE and said the Navatkuli bridge, which is just
three km from the town on the
Jaffna- Kandy A9 highway, ''is intact.``
India to continue ban on LTTE
JAL News, May 10.
The Vajpayee Government is reimposing ban for another two years on
activities of the
Sri Lanka-based Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in India that
expires this Saturday even as at
least four partners in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) --
Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, MDMK
and PMK -- publicly call for lifting the ban.
LTTE'S PLEA TO PM: Even the LTTE has faxed a letter from its international
headquarters in London,
urging Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to "kindly lift the ban so
that we can talk to you."
Arms arriving for Sri Lanka
The Hindu, May 10.
Despite their military gains, the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may now encounter tougher resistance
from the Sri Lankan troops who are now getting fresh arms supplies
from abroad, highly-placed sources in the Government said.
players who are involved in the transfer of arms are Pakistan, Israel,
South Africa and North Korea.
Meanwhile, the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard are planning a
limited exercise near the coast. This exercise, in which a detachment of
the naval aircraft is also likely to be involved, is expected to send a
``graduated message'' of ``operational readiness'' to the
LTTE.Conversely, these manoeuvres are meant to boost the morale of the Sri
Battles on Jaffna doorstep
The Hindu, COLOMBO, MAY 10.
Pitched battles raged on the doorstep of Jaffna
town today, with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
denting Sri Lankan Army defences close to the town. Curfew was
imposed in Jaffna, which is home to about five lakh civilians.
While the Tigers claimed to have taken control over sections of the
Navatkuli bridge, sources in the Sri Lankan army refuted it this evening
saying that while there were ``gaps in the Navatkuli-Ariyalai sector, the
bridge is still with us''.
The Eelam factor - Editorial from HT
Hindustan Times, May 10.
While Bal Thackeray's endorsement of the LTTE's cause can be
ignored, it is not possible to overlook the sudden outpouring of
sympathy for the "struggle" of the Sri Lankan Tamils by some
the Vajpayee government in Tamil Nadu.
As long as the LTTE was suffering reverses, these parties and
individuals had maintained a low profile.
BJP opposes creation of separate
homeland for Tamils in Lanka
The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, May 10.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE stand of some of its allies, the BJP today
said it is opposed to creation of Eelam -- a separate homeland
Tamils in Sri Lanka. Instead, it fully supports the Vajpayee
Government's stand for a settlement to the island's ethnic
the framework of a united Sri Lanka.
Ferocious Tigers set to take Jaffna
The Hindustan Times, 01:30 IST | Thursday, May 11.
The LTTE simultaneously launched major
pre-dawn attacks on Ariyalai and
Thanankilappu towns, located on the
banks of a lagoon close to Jaffna, a
government press release said, adding
that troops held on to Thanan-kilappu,
repulsing all attacks by the guerrillas.
Government holding on to key bridge.
According to wire service reports The Sri Lanka government troops
are still defending the Navatkuli bridge with casualties mounting on both
Sri Lankan crisis intensifies as LTTE launches fresh attacks
NDTV, May 10.
If the LTTE had taken Kilali and moved ahead, they
would have been able to strike the Palali airbase in
the north with artillery fire. Instead, the
Tamil Tigers seem to have opened a new front today by
diverting their attacks south-east on
either side of the lagoon.
Sri Lanka rebels advance to outskirts of Jaffna
CNN, May 10 1452 GMT.
Tamil rebels launched a series
of pre-dawn attacks on
government troops on
Wednesday, and pushed to
within 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) of Jaffna.
Sources told CNN that the rebels had attacked by land and sea,
and that they had seized part of the main highway and sections
of Ariyalai town. The fighting began at 3 a.m.
48 hour curfew in Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 p.m. SLT Wednesday may 10.
A forty eight hour curfew has been imposed in Jaffna today by the security
forces as fierce fighting continues between Lankan troops and Tiger rebels
at Ariyalai, Navatkuli and Thanankillapu on the main Kandy - Jaffna A9
Norwegian team heads for India
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday May 10.
Foreign news agencies today said that a Norwegian team is scheduled to
arrive in New Delhi tomorrow to discuss with India a possible joint effort
to help resolve Sri Lanka's present conflict. Reports state that India
will also consult with officials from the United States to help bring about
a negotiated settlement to Sri Lanka's bloody war. News agencies Tuesday
quoted India's External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh as saying that India
will help Sri Lanka mediate a negotiated solution only if invited to do so
by both the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
British MP's call for a halt on Sri Lanka's draconian law
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday May 10.
Six British Parliamentarians today presented a resolution in the House of
Commons calling for Sri Lanka to ease on legislation effected recently
under emergency regulations, which imposed a strict media censorship and
banned all public meetings in the Island.
Tigers breach Jaffna defence, renew ceasefire
Times of India,
Wednesday 10 May 2000.
Tamil Tiger rebels have
"breached a few gaps in the army defences at
Ariyalai", about 10 km southeast of Jaffna,
Sri Lankan Information Director Ariya
Rubasinghe said in a fax statement. The
rebels also renewed the temporary ceasefire
offer to avoid ``a bloodbath'' around the city
of 500,000 people.
Rebels Make Advances in Sri Lanka
Yahoo-AP, Wednesday May 10 9:11 AM ET.
Human waves of Tamil Tiger rebels attacked Sri
Lankan army positions in fierce fighting today along three fronts outside the
northern city of Jaffna, both sides reported.
Reports of the fighting were delayed in Sri Lanka, where the government has
used wartime powers to impose censorship on news reports and prohibit news
organizations from gathering information in some cases.
Sri Lanka rebels launch fresh
Tigers breach army defenses in Jaffna
MSNBC, May 10.
Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday
breached the army's defenses in some
places in the northern Jaffna peninsula
after launching a huge pre-dawn attack on
the military, a government statement said.
Tax on cigarettes, liquor to
fund Army campaign
The Times of India, May 10.
The Sri Lankan government on
Wednesday raised cigarette and liquor prices
by 5-10 per cent to raise funds to finance the
battle against the LTTE.
China against outside
intervention in Lanka
Times of India, May 10.
Expressing concern over the battle in Jaffna
between the Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE,
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman
Zhang Qiyue said China was of the view that
Sri Lankans should handle the situation
Lankan monks bury past,
seek Indian help
Sorbitha was in no mood to talk, insisting he
spoke only to the local media. However, he
clarified that he was never opposed to India.
"The Buddha was born there, so we can
never be anti-Indian. Our friendship with
India is not something recent, but goes back
to over a 1,000 years.''
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers breach Jaffna defences
Yahoo-AFP, Wednesday, May 10 3:40 PM SGT.
The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) broke through
military lines at Ariyalai, just
five kilometers (three miles) from the strategically important Jaffna town.
Heavy fighting 10 kilo meters south of Jaffna Town
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1430 Sri Lanka Time Breaking news.
The Tamil rebels have launched a major attack on army positions in
Ariyalai/Tanakilappu sector just 10 kilo meters south of Jaffna Town.
A media release by the newly formed Special media Information Centre said
" terrorists in large numbers launched a major attack on the troops manning
defences at Ariyalai and Tanakillappu salterns".
Rebels were firing heavy volumes of artillery and mortar fire. The
communique said the troops fought back effectively repulsing a number of
human waves of the attackers. The communique admitted that the rebels had
breached a few gaps in the army defences in Ariyalai. " At present intense
fighting continues in Ariyalai sector" the communique said. The army
claims that the rebels had suffered heavy casualties admitting that the
troops have also suffered casualties " due to intense fighting". No
casualty figures were available and the rebels have not issued any
information on the fighting in this sector.
LTTE claims to take strategic bridge as heavy fighting continues on the A9
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday, May 10.
Tamil Tiger rebels in a press release issued from their office in London
today claimed to have taken the strategic Navatkuli bridge which is just 3
kilometeres off Jaffna town. This follows a press release issued by the
Ministry of Defence today which admitted that Tiger rebels have broken
through Sri Lanka Army defences at Ariyalai.
The Tigers, in their statement say that commando units of the LTTE "in a
dramatic offensive push took control of a section of the strategic Navatkuli
bridge barely 3 kilometres from Jaffna town today and cut-off the A9
highway in that sector."
The rebels claim that fierce fighting erupted close to the vicinity of
Jaffna town when "the combat formations of the Tamil Tigers launched a
massive offensive assault on three fronts in the early hours of the morning
today." The LTTE claims that Sri Lankan military bases at Thanankilappu,
Ariyalai and Navatkuli came under intense fire as the Tigers opened up
heavy artillery and mortar bombardment.
The LTTE say that the offensive, code named "Unceasing Waves 3" resumed
today after the Government rejected an offer from the rebels for a
ceasefire. The LTTE two days ago, offered to hold their fire until
soldiers were withdrawn from the peninsula. The government rejected the
offer reiterating that Lankan troops would stay and fight until the last
man to hold Jaffna.
Indian politicos ask India to say no to Lankan refugees
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.00 p.m. SLT Wednesday May 10 .
Indian politicians today asked the Indian Central Government to send back
Sri Lankan refugees to the Island. The call came amidst news reports in
India, that the central government was tightening security on its Southern
Coast to prevent Lankan refugees from entering Tamil Nadu since fresh
fighting broke our between Tamil Tigers rebels and Lankan troops in the
Islands northern peninsula. India, already holds some 100,000 Lankan
refugees who have been seeking asylum, since the Sri Lankan conflict
escalated in 1983.
Kofi Anan calls for Sri Lanka to Negotiate
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.30 a.m. SLT Wednesday May 10.
Kofi Anan, Secretary General of the United Nations yesterday called for
negotiations in Sri Lanka in order to avoid heavy civilian casualties as
the country stepped up its military battle against the LTTE in the northern
peninsula. Kofi Anan has requested the Sri Lankan Government to use Norway
as a facilitator in order to initiate peace talks with rebel forces in the
country's north. The UN Chief's call came on the heels of Sri Lanka's
Deputy Defence Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte reiterating in Parliament
yesterday that Lankan troops would fight to the last man to hold Jaffna.
"Our soldiers will fight to the last man. We will recapture Elephant
Pass," the tought talking General Ratwatte told Parliament when he opened
the debate on the motion for the extension of emergency.
Giving casualty figures, the General said that 358 troops including 21
officers were killed while 2,368 including 128 officers were wounded during
the Elephant Pass and Pallai battles. A total of 349 troops including
three officers were missing in action.
The extension of the emergency was approved with 118 voting for and seven
against. The UNP abstained from voting while the TULF, the UPF and the
Progressive Front voted against.
Heavy fighting again in Kilali
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.40 a.m. SLT Wednesday May 10.
Tamil media reports quoting the Voice of Tigers yesterday said fighting has
resumed in Kilali between the Tiger rebels and government troops. The
reports claim that fighting began at 5.30 a.m. Tuesday and is continuing.
Meanwhile a government press release issued yesterday said, "during the
early hours of the morning today terrorists in large numbers launched two
consecutive attacks on the troops manning defences north of Pallai."
"Troops fought back valiantly replusing both assualta of the terrorists.
Terrorists were compelled to withdraw southwards with their casualties."
"The first assualt lasted for approximately thrity minutes while the second
assault was repulsed within about fifteen minutes."
"Troops continue to dominate areas ahead of the Forward Defence localities
and improve the defences."
Deputy Defence Minister asks for 100 youth from each MP
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.50 a.m. SLT Wednesday May 10.
Anurudha Ratwatte, Deputy Defence Minister in Parliament yesterday asked
each Member of Parliament to provide 100 youth to help strengthen the
security forces for the present war effort.
Winding up yesterday's emergency debate Minister Ratwatte said "I only ask
each member to provide 100 youth to the security forces," in view of both
the opposition and government members calling for united support for the war.
German Paedophile nabbed at Colombo suburb
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Wednesday May 10.
A German national living in Sri Lanka for a decade was arrested Monday at
Mount Lavinia in the company of a 16 year old local boy who later confessed
that both he and the foreigner were guilty of immoral activity. The
German was arrested by police who caught him in the act with a local boy
and took in a number of video's which contained visuals of 101 Lankan youth
in various stages of pornography.
Premila Divakara, Head of the Police Children and Women's Department told
Lacnet that the foreigner had been evading arrest for a long period of time
by masquerading as a social worker for locals living in and around the area.
Ms. Divakara said a statement given to police by the local youth "is
damning." She reiterated that the German national will be held in remand
till the 22nd of this month before being produced for trial. In the event
he is deported he will stand trial in Germany on the new
laws that are now in effect to counter child abuse in Sri Lanka.