The Lanka Academic

JUNE 8, 2000 EST, USA
VOL. 1, NO. 64

Jaffna Peninsula
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June 01, 2000
South Asia Monitor. The 1995 proposals called for greater devolution of power within a structure closely resembling the present Sri Lankan provincial arrangement. A loose confederal structure, with some kind of explicit recognition of the Tamils as a collective group within it and with stronger guarantees of their inclusion in power at the national level, might be more successful. More...
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NDA united against any division of Sri Lanka
The Asian Age, New Delhi, June 8 . The Centre on Thursday clarified that there were no differences in the ruling National Democratic Alliance over the Sri Lankan issue and reiterated India’s position of “peaceful settlement of the ongoing ethnic conflict within the framework of territorial integrity of the island nation.” The clarification has put to rest the stir created by Mr M. Karunanidhi, the chief of its southern ally, the DMK, who had proposed the division of Sri Lanka as a possible settlement of the dispute. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 23:39:42 EDT 2000

Mumbai Tamils Sympathise With Lankan Brethren...'lankan tamils deserve their own homeland'
Afternoon despatch and courier, June 8, 2000 . Irrespective of what the BJP at the centre has to say on the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka, the Tamil cell of the BJP in Mumbai is advocating a separate state in the island nation, for the Tamils.According to the head of the BJP Tamil Cell, Mumbai, Mr. S.A. Sunder, the Tamils of Sri Lanka were the original inhabitants of the country and successive Sri Lankan governments had no right to treat them as second class citizens. "The Tamil problem started as far back as in 1954. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 23:35:23 EDT 2000

The Telegraph, June 8 . The Centre today managed to get the DMK to publicly fall in line with its Sri Lanka policy, but failed to make it fully retract the suggestion for partitioning the island nation to resolve the ethnic tangle. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 23:04:05 EDT 2000

LTTE men posed as a devotee
The Asian Age, Colombo, June 8 . The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam male suicide bomber, who blew himself up in the suburbs of Colombo on Wednesday killing Sri Lankan industrial development minister C.V. Gunaratne and 22 others, had come up to the minister with a sheaf of betel leaves pretending as a devout, local media reported.Quoting a senior police officer at the site, reports said the suspect male Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam suicide bomber had waited for some time in-front of a temple and had crossed the road and remained at a three-wheeler parking area. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 22:47:20 EDT 2000

Canadian cash flow confirmed as Tigers kill 21 Terrorist suicide bomber: Money collected in Canada may pay for Tamil weapons
National Post, June 8. A suicide bomber suspected by police of being a member of the Tamil Tigers killed a cabinet minister and 20 bystanders in Sri Lanka yesterday in an attack that coincided with confirmation from Ottawa's senior diplomat in Colombo that the terrorist group is raising funds in Canada.The attack, which injured 60 people on the country's first-ever War Heroes Day, came just a day after Ruth Archibald, Canada's High Commissioner, admitted at a national conference that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were active in Canada. She said: "Probably none of the monies collected by the LTTE in Canada ended up in Sri Lanka, but may be going towards the purchase of arms in other countries. We need the co-operation of other countries to look into this." Canada is coming under increasing pressure to curb terrorist support activities. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP have warned that the LTTE has established extensive fundraising networks in Canada that are being used to collect money to finance weapons purchases. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 22:03:24 EDT 2000

Only India can do it. Not Sri Lanka. Not the LTTE Commentry - Part 1
Newindpress, June 9. Pirabhakaran, the LTTE supremo, emerged as the only leader. He became the hope as well as the horror of the Lankan Tamils. He became the Vishnu, the protector, as well as the Shiva, the destroyer, of the Tamils. His destructive potentialities inevitably manifested, finally, in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. This also established the credentials of the LTTE as a rank betrayer not bothered about the consequences of the crimes it authors to the very cause it seeks to serve, that is, the defence of the Tamils. Gradually, but inevitably, and thanks to the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Tamil struggle became a cocktail of crime, terrorism, smuggling, drug-running, and even suspected contract-killing. The criminalisation of the Tamil liberatiomovement symbolised by the LTTE became the greatest impediment to a solution to the problem. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 21:42:29 EDT 2000

Rahul Gandhi trying to get rid of security but Govt says "No"
JAL News, June 5. The Vajpayee Government is understood to have notified to Congress President Sonia Gandhi its serious concern over her son Rahul Gandhi objecting to a close proximity team of the Special Protection Group (SPG) providing him security in London.Sensing the heightened risk to Rahul from the Sri Lankan Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who had bombed off his father Rajiv Gandhi, the Government is rushing two senior Intelligence Bureau (IB) men to London to take help of the local police in monitoring movements of both Indian and Srilankan origin militants there, a top source in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) disclosed.The Secretary, Security, who called on Sonia Gandhi recently at 10 Janpath, pointed out that the SPG security cannot be withdrawn from Rahul, howsoever strongly he may feel since it may endanger his life. Had there not been perceivable threat perceptions, the SPG could have considered reducing the level of security he is given but the risks are so immense that he must carry around the close protection More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 20:52:36 EDT 2000

Suicide bomb a ploy to halt LTTE losses
The Straits Times, June 9, 2000. With the rebels' offensive blunted in the north, it is in their interest to talk in an atmosphere of fear to drive the best bargain possible from Colombo. Analysts believe the assassination, was probably carried out by an LTTE ""Black Tiger'' suicide bomber, although the organisation has made no statement claiming responsibility. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 20:30:24 EDT 2000

Maran plays down DMK chief remark
The Statesman, June 9. Within days of Mr M Karunanidhi’s suggestion that Sri Lanka could be split into Sinhalese and Tamil sections on Czechoslovakian lines, the industry minister and DMK leader, Mr Murasoli Maran, today denied his party had any differences with the NDA government on the desirability of a united Sri Lanka with democratic choices for all. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 19:26:02 EDT 2000

World Emergency extended in Sri Lanka for a month
The Statesman, June 9. The country’s lawmakers met in parliament to extend the Emergency in force on the island, then adjourned early to rush home before heavy evening traffic threw up more security risks.After a unanimous voice vote, Speaker, Mr KB Ratnayake, declared parliament had approved Emergency rule for another month, giving police and soldiers wide powers to detain people, seize property and shut down newspapers. Police at dawn today carried off from apartments and houses near the bombing site another 15 suspects for questioning at a local police station. They had detained four Tamil youth from a cafe yesterday. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 19:22:15 EDT 2000

DMK to bear with Centre
Daily Pioneer, June 9. The political storm raised by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Karunanidhi's remark on the partition of Sri Lanka blew over on Thursday with the DMK's climbdown and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's categorical assertion that a solution has be be found by Colombo within its geographical boundaries.Mr Maran said, "we want a strong Sri Lanka and we don't want bloodshed at our doorstep. We want the people of Sri Lanka to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the ethnic problem." More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 19:15:11 EDT 2000

Ghosts of the past: Karunanidhi's talk could rock the BJP Govt
Hindustan Times, June 9. Will the government be able to adhere to its known position on Sri Lanka? Doubts have naturally come to be voiced with Mr Karunanidhi, who heads Tamil Nadu’s largest political formation, giving up his initial moderation to endorse secessionism in Sri Lanka. The LTTE suicide-bomber killing of a Sri Lankan cabinet minister in Colombo is in line with its terrorist character. This is doubtless intended to scuttle Chandrika Kumaratunga’s efforts to reach a parliamentary consensus on devolution so as to approach the Tamil entities for purposeful negotiations, even as intense fighting continues. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 19:10:03 EDT 2000

PM causing ‘incalculable harm’ to foreign policy
Hindustan Times, June 9. "Permitting foreign policy pronouncements by Chief Ministers would amount to setting a very dangerous precedent," warned CWC member and former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh. He told newspersons that the NDA Government does not seem concerned about what is happening in the Indian ocean. Among the foreign powers seeking to fish in Sri Lanka's troubled waters, at least one (read Pakistan) is hostile to India." Mr Singh said it appears that Sri Lanka policy of Mr Vajpayee is aimed at keeping Mr Karunanidhi (of the DMK) and Mr Vaiko (of the MDMK) in "good humour" to be able to continue in power at the Centre. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 19:05:58 EDT 2000

U.S. condemns bomb attack in Sri Lanka
Hindu, June 8. The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, today condemned the assassination C. V. Guneratne and called for a peaceful solution to the island's problems. Saying that the suicide bomb attack was the latest in a tragic series of violent attacks on civilians there, he said, ``all friends of Sri Lanka and its people join in condemning this reprehensible act and those who carried it out.'' The President extended the condolences of the people of the U.S. to the relatives of the victims and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the blast. ``The U.S. stands firmly in support of a solution that offers justice and human rights for all the citizens of a united, peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka.'' More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:57:44 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan MPs condemn killing of Minister
Hindu, June 9. Several members of Parliament here today condemned the killing of the Industrial Development minister, Mr. C. V. Gooneratne, by the LTTE. The strongest of them all came from the Minister for Science and Technology and a stalwart of the leftist Lanka Sama Samaja Party, Mr Batty Weerakoon. He did not mince any words about the LTTE as he spoke during the debate on the extension of the emergency. He described Mr. Gooneratne as one of Sri Lanka's ``ablest'' politicians who was ``on the side of a just and equitable political solution'' to the ethnic conflict. ``Death and just what the LTTE wants. That is part of its terrorist politics. When it kills a Tamil, as it did Neelan Tiruchelvam, it does so because it refuses to allow any voice but that of its terrorism to be heard as the voice of the Tamils. It wants the Sinhalese to identify the Tamils with the LTTE,'' he said. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:54:52 EDT 2000

Centre, DMK agree on Sri Lanka policy
Hindu, June 8. The DMK and the Vajpayee establishment claimed today that there were no differences between the Government of India and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister over the policy towards Sri Lanka. However, prime ministerial aides preferred to believe that the DMK had ``fallen in line'' and there was a definite retreat from the stance Mr. Karunanidhi struck last Saturday. The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, himself told a Hindi television channel today that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's proposal of ``separation'' was not acceptable. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:41:30 EDT 2000

Over 100 Tamil youth held
Hindu, June 9. More than 100 Tamil youth have been taken into custody in connection with yesterday's suicide attack which killed Sri Lanka's Minister for Industrial Development, C.V. Gooneratne, and 22 others. The Minister's wife, Shyama, who was critically wounded in the blast, succumbed to her injuries in hospital this afternoon. Police conducted cordon-and-search operations through the night in and around Ratmalana, where the attack took place and rounded up more than 60 people, including 20 women. This morning, 60 more youth, most of them students at a nearby university, were taken into custody. Four persons were arrested yesterday. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:36:28 EDT 2000

An Annihilationist strategy
Hindu, June 9. This strike in Colombo sends out three clear signals: The LTTE is not interested in peace or negotiations for a political settlement; it may be an attempt to take the heat off Jaffna, where the Government troops have succeeded in halting the LTTE's march towards the town; and above all, the Tamil Tigers may be hoping to trigger a backlash against the Tamils in the capital so that they can document it as another pogrom or genocide by the Chandrika regime. The UNP leader, Mr. Ranil Wickeremasinghe, who has not been averse to dallying with the LTTE for some time, must acknowledge that the Tamil Tigers cannot be trusted. The LTTE must have realised by now that taking Jaffna may have no more than symbolic value. The international community has set its face against a separate state or the Eelam demand. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:33:03 EDT 2000

Tiger terror - Editorial
Deccan Herald, June 9. The death of over 21 persons, including Industries Minister C V Gooneratne, in a suicide bomb attack near Colombo, is another blow to the Sri Lankan government`s efforts to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict in the island. For the LTTE, which is believed to be behind the killing, the attack is a symbolic victory. It was carried out on War Heroes Day -- the day the country was honouring soldiers who have died in the conflict. That the LTTE was able to assassinate a senior member of the Sri Lankan cabinet on a day when security had been beefed up in anticipation of Tiger attacks exposes the chinks in the Sri Lankan security system. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:24:40 EDT 2000

Outrage in Sri Lanka - Editorial
Deccan Herald, June 8. The resort to attacks by “human bombs” is a despicable and cowardly operation regardless of the justness of the cause of those relying on this form of guerilla warfare. Instead of eliciting support and sympathy for its cause, the LTTE is earning only resentment and anger for itself from the people at large in Sri Lanka and India, and more so in Tamil Nadu. But a single act of mindless violence like the one perpetrated by the LTTE on Wednesday resulting in the brutal killing of innocent civilians who were gathered to pay homage to dead soldiers is enough to wipe out all the goodwill it may have earned in the world. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:16:38 EDT 2000

Czechmate: DMK antics will do us in -Editorial
Daily Pioneer, June 8. There is no denying that the think-tank of the DMK has gone global and trendy. In the last few days, they have hit upon a novel analytical device to propagate their own pernicious agenda the reference, of course, is to the so-called Czech and Slovak model of country dismemberment that the DMK worthies are touting all over the place. Never you mind that the comparisons being drawn are totally inaccurate, not to mention dishonest, and that the poor Czechs and Slovaks must be feeling distinctly queasy about the whole thing. After all, it is not pleasant to be cited as role models for a thoroughly blood-thirsty and savage campaign that is tearing apart a country which was once a synonym for tranquillity and beauty. One can hardly forget that the word serendipity is derived from Sri Lanka.This commentator has strong doubts if Messrs Karunanidhi, Vaiko (admittedly a DMK ally) et al can, without expert assistance, even pinpoint the location of the Czech Republic and Slovakia on the world map. It is a sure-fire wager that they will not be able to correctly cite more than two relevant facts about either of these countries. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:08:25 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka assembly shuts early amid suicide assassination fear
AFP, June 8 2000 18:04 IST. The Sri Lankan parliament extended a nationwide state of emergency Thursday then adjourned early amid fears of more assassination attempts following the killing of Industry Minister C. V. Gooneratne. The legislative assembly extended by a month the state of emergency that gives sweeping powers to government forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 18:05:07 EDT 2000

The Logic of Terror in Sri Lanka
NZZ Online, Thursday, 8 June 2000 . Twenty dead in another terrorist attack close to Colombo. It comes as no surprise that Vellupillai Prabhakaran and his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are again targeting the "peaceful" south of the island. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 15:57:24 EDT 2000

Goonaratne's wife succumbs to injury
Times of India, June 8. Parliament adjourned early amid fears of more assassination bids following the killing of industry minister C V Goonaratne along with 21 others in a blast Wednesday. Goonaratne's wife Shyama and two others, who were among 60 people injured in the blast, succumbed to their injuries on Thursday taking the number of victims to 25, police said. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 14:56:28 EDT 2000

DMK falls in line with govt stand on Lanka
Times of India, June 8. Within days of the DMK supremo M Karunanidhi suggesting division of Sri Lanka on ethnic lines, senior party leader and Union minister Murasoli Maran on Thursday said "we are in full agreement" with the government stand against compromising the territorial integrity of the island nation.Vajpayee had on Wednesday mildly ticked-off Karunanidhi, saying his remarks on the division of Lanka were his "personal views" and that there was no change in India's position that the ethnic strife in the island nation should be resolved within the framework of the country's territorial integrity. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 14:43:57 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka: Terrorist Bombing
US State Department, June 7, 2000. The United States strongly condemns today's barbarous terrorist bombing in Sri Lanka that cost the life of Minister for Industrial Development, C.V. Gooneratne, and at least 20 other people. At least 60 people were injured, including Mr. Gooneratne's wife, who was critically hurt. No one has claimed responsibility, but this terrorist method has been used frequently in the past by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). We extend our condolences to the relatives of the victims and hope for a speedy recovery for those who were injured. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 14:28:20 EDT 2000

Nedumaran flays Chidambaram
ChennaiOnline, June 8. Chennai, June 8: Tamil Desiya Iyakkam president and Eelam Tamil Supporters Co-ordination Committee organiser P Nedumaran Thursday criticised TMC leader P Chidambaram for claiming that there was no similarity between the Czech and Sri Lankan situation.Flaying Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for calling for a Czech-style solution to the ethnic crisis, Chidambaram had said yesterday that unlike in Sri Lanka, Czech and Slovakia were two independent nations forcibly united after the Second World War.Reacting to this, Nedumaran, the most vocal supporter of the LTTE in India, said until the Portuguese established control over Sri Lanka in 1619, Tamil and Sinhala regions were two separate countries. “Only during the British rule Sri Lanka was brought under unified control,” he noted. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 14:03:27 EDT 2000

DMK agrees with government's decision on Sri Lanka: Murasoli Maran
NDTV, June 8. The External Affairs Minister and Mr. Murasoli Maran had an hour-long meeting, at the end of which they suggested that they had buried their differences over Sri Lanka. Mr. Maran said, "The DMK is in full agreement with the decision of the government. What the Chief Minister had said was blown out of proportion; it was only a suggestion. He didn't say he was against the government's decision." Mr. Maran was specially called for the meeting because the government was keen that the allies should not speak against the government line and that any solution to the Sri Lankan problem should be worked out within the sovereignty of the nation. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 13:42:58 EDT 2000

Moderate Tamil parties systematically eliminated by LTTE
NDTV, June 8. The noise of the war in Jaffna seems to have drowned out the voices of Sri Lanka's moderate Tamil parties who have in the midst of the violence tried to carve out a democratic solution to the discrimination against Tamils, only to find their cadres systematically eliminated by the LTTE.On the walls of Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) leader, Douglas Devananda's office hangs the brutal legacy of the LTTE. Men in the pictures stuck on the office wall are all colleagues of the Tamil party, one of them even heads the Eelam People's Democratic party (EPDP), but now they have been killed by the LTTE over the years.Today the EPDP has nine MPs in Parliament, all elected from the war torn Jaffna Peninsula. According to Douglas Devananda, "Prabhkaran's real problem is that it is difficult for him to survive in the democratic setup and that's why he's fighting for a piece of land to be ruled by a dictator.One Tamil politician said, "Let the Tamils of Sri Lanka decide, we challenge the tigers to fight elections."However, every bomb blast in Colombo, every military onslaught in Jaffna is evidence that electoral democracy is the last thing on the LTTE's mind. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 13:27:42 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka suicide bombing provokes international protests
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, June 8 . The human rights watchdog Amnesty International today joined growing international condemnation of a suicide bombing which killed 22 people in Sri Lanka. The London-based organisation said it had written to the Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) protesting yesterday's killing of Industry Minister C.V. Gooneratne and 21 other during a parade near here. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 12:55:02 EDT 2000

IBM names Kumar Wickramasinghe a research fellows
NY Journal News, June 7. ARMONK H. Kumar Wickramasinghe was 10 and growing up in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, when he received a rudimentary radio kit. As simple as the Christmas present from his parents was, it was enough to trigger a fascination with science that would last a lifetime. Science seems to indeed have been the right calling for Wickramasinghe, who went on to develop more than a dozen ultra-sophisticated microscopes as a scientist at IBM Corp. And 40 years after getting the first radio kit from his parents, Wickramasinghe, now 50, was yesterday named an IBM fellow, the company's highest designation for its scientists. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 12:39:42 EDT 2000

Separate Tamil Eelam no solution: Vajpayee
Hindu, June 8. Reiterating that the creation of a separate Tamil Eelam is not the answer to the present crisis in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has said the solution has to be found by the Sri Lankan Government within its geographical boundaries. Vajpayee said that while the Sri Lankan Government was in favour of decentralisation, the question of how far it could go in this regard was a decision to be taken by Colombo keeping the island's territorial integrity in view. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:59:06 EDT 2000

Vajpayee Sees No Solution For Ethnic Problem in Sri Lanka
Xinhua, Thursday, June 08, 2000 9:59 AM EST . ndian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said on Thursday that he saw no solution in sight for the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka under the prevailing circumstances and that the problem could only be resolved through devolution of powers, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. "Sri Lanka has to decide how far it can go while maintaining its territorial integrity," Vajpayee was quoted as saying in an interview to a local TV program. "The government there also favors devolution of powers. A way could be found out through that." Vajpayee rejected the suggestion of Karunanidhi, chief minister of south India's Tamil Nadu state, for the division of Sri Lanka, saying that the island country needed to resolve the issue within the framework of its territorial integrity, the PTI added. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:55:36 EDT 2000

MDMK leader condemns Sri Lankan blast
Hindu, June 8. MDMK leader Vaiko today condemned yesterday's bomb blast in Sri Lanka in which its Industries Development Minister C V Gooneratne and 21 others were killed, but said the present crisis was the result of the "genocidal onslaught on Tamils carried out by the Sri Lankans." Reiterating his stand that the only solution to Sri Lankan problem was the creation of a separate Eelam (Tamil State), Vaiko, however, asked the Sri Lankan Government to withdraw the Army from Jaffna and hold talks with the rebels to find a solution. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:52:29 EDT 2000

Vajpayee tries to forge national consensus on Sri Lankan crisis
Indian Express, June 8. The cabinet Committee on Security was due to meet in the evening with, among others, Commerce and Industry Minister Murasoli Maran from the regional DMK party, which rules the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Maran's uncle Muthuvel Karunanidhi, head of the DMK and chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has stirred up a hornet's nest by suggesting that Sri Lanka's separation on the lines of the Czech and Slovak republics could end the island's protracted civil war.Analysts said Karunanidhi's statements were embarrassing for Vajpayee's government, which has so far followed a "hands off" policy, ruling out military intervention but pledging humanitarian aid if required. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:39:44 EDT 2000

Assassinated Ministers wife also dies
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 p.m. SLT Thursday June 8. Minister C V Gooneratne's wife, Sharma Gooneratne, injured in yesterday suicide bomb attack succumbed to her injuries at around 5 p.m. this evening.

The late Trade Minister will be accorded a State funeral. The date is undecided as the family awaits the return of the Ministers two sons from abroad.
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:35:37 EDT 2000

76 Tamils arrested after yesterday's bomb blast
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 p.m. SLT Thursday June 8. Seventy six Tamils were arrested following yesterday's bomb attack at Moratuwa. Special police and army squads carried out search and cordon operations last night in the Dehiwela, Mount Lavinia, Ratmalana and Moratuwa areas, when the government imposed a local curfew beginning at 7.30 p.m.

The Tamils, including women were taken in for questioning on suspicion they have links with the dreaded Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a seperate state in Sri Lanka's North.

Meanwhile sources at Moratuwa University revealed that 58 Tamil students from the entire University faculties were also arrested in connection with last afternoon's bomb blast.
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:35:38 EDT 2000

Speaker says censor cannot censor parliament
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.20 p.m. SLT Thursday June 8. Speaker K B Ratnayake today said the Competent Authority has no right to censor parliamentary proceedings. However a special committee appointed by Parliament will monitor the reports of journalists and hansard reporters.

The Deputy Minister for Media, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa will head the special parliamentary committee that will serve as watchdog on all media reports detailing proceedings of the House.
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:35:38 EDT 2000

EU for ceasing of hostilities in Lanka
Indian Express, June 8. "We support Sri Lanka's sovereignty and territorial integrity, but the precise terms of any settlement will have to respect the rights and aspirations of all communities," Hain told the House of Commons.Speaking at an adjournment debate on Sri Lanka, Hain said "Sri Lanka's ethnic problems cannot possibly be resolved by military means. Seventeen years of conflict have made it abundantly clear that the war is unwinnable." More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:32:05 EDT 2000

No threat to NDA govt from TN: Vaiko
Times of India, June 8. COIMBATORE: MDMK general-secretary Vaiko on Thursday ruled out any threat to the Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre on the Sri Lankan issue, even as he reiterated his party's demand for a separate 'Eelam' for Tamils there.When his opinion was sought at a press conference on whether Tamil Nadu would become the cause for the fall of the Vajpayee government for the second time, Vaiko quipped "there are no Jayalalithas in NDA" More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 11:25:52 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan government and LTTE urged to end killings and start talks.
Roy Denish in Colombo, SLT.20:36 Thursday.. A local non-governmental organisation today called both government and separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to end fighting and return to the round table to find a last solution to the ongoing bloody 17 years of war.

The full text of the organisation, the Peace council is given below…

The National Peace Council condemns the assassination of the Minister of Industries C. V.Gooneratne by a suspected LTTE suicide bomber. At least 20 others were killed and over 60 others wounded in the blast that occurred at a procession in Ratmalana, a densely populated suburb of Colombo, on war heroes' day declared by the government.

The assassination of the Guneratne followed the removal of the ban on public meetings and the censorship on foreign journalists by the government. These accompanied the lull in fighting in Jaffna that peaked about a fortnight ago.

The experience of the past 17 years is that the parties to the conflict have harboured a hope that the lull would be to their advantage and their opponent's disadvantage. However, time and again this hope has proved to be an illusion, which has camouflaged plans that have led to inevitable escalation of fighting by both sides. This is manifested in the increase, by leaps and bounds, of military budgets and improved war technologies that both sides employ.

Based on the NPC's interactions with people from different sectors of society, we can assert that people are asking for an honorable negotiated settlement. The warring parties are answerable to the people who wish the war and the killings to cease with a sustainable and just political solution. In this context, the recent statement by Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was significant. He stated that the government would be willing to declare a ceasefire with the LTTE in northern Jaffna provided it is linked to immediate commencement of peace talks that could include political principles, such as the Thimpu principles.

On the other hand, President Kumaratunga's recent assertion that peace talks with the LTTE were not possible at this time may have been based on the government's assessment, whether right or wrong, of the LTTE's own unwillingness to negotiate at this time. This assessment will be further strengthened by the suicide bombing at Ratmalana.

With the exception of a statement by its international representative, Dr Anton Balasingham, the LTTE has consistently stated that the evacuation of government troops from Jaffna would be a pre-condition for negotiations to commence with the government. We call on the LTTE to make their intentions clear that they are prepared for peace talks now and without preconditions which will prevent further blood shed and bring a lasting and just political solution.

What is needed now is an immediate end to killings and to military confrontations and not conflicting messages from the government and LTTE about the possibility of negotiations.
Published: Thu Jun 8 10:40:45 EDT 2000

How the LTTE bomber did his deed
Rediff/UNI, June 8, 2000. Quoting a senior police officer at the site, reports said the bomber waited for some time in front of a temple then crossed the road and remained at a three-wheeler parking area. ''When the peace march arrived at the junction, the bomber came up to the minister with a sheaf of betel leaves as if giving it to him and blew himself up,'' the officer said. ''I warned the minister not to walk on the road 20 minutes before the explosion, but he did not listen,'' said the senior police officer. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 09:54:57 EDT 2000

Rajiv went to Lanka for a purpose
Indian Express, Thursday, June 8, 2000. he reason behind Rajiv Gandhi's decision to send the IPKF to Sri Lanka must be found elsewhere. The army action failed and the loss of a thousand sons of India was a grievous blow. But the Indian blood that was spilled in a country which was not ours, for a cause which again was not ours in fact did great service to our country. One of the reasons which perhaps made Rajiv take the decision was not because he mistrusted Tamils but because he was dealing with a cold-blooded man like President Jayewardene. If India did not go there to fight the LTTE, Jayewardene would surely have asked Pakistan to come over. Sri Lanka is not Afghanistan, but when a call for helping Colombo at its invitation comes, the response cannot be to hide under a soft, warm quilt of indifference. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 09:48:42 EDT 2000

Civilian casualties unacceptable
Amnesty International, 7 June 2000. Amnesty International condemned today's assassination of the Sri Lankan Minister of Industries, Mr C.V. Gooneratne, and an estimated 15 other civilians in a suicide bomb attack at Ratmalana in the minister's home constituency, about 15 kilometres south of Colombo. Amnesty International has today written to the LTTE London office condemning the attack and appealing for an immediate halt to attacks on civilians. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 09:24:26 EDT 2000

19 Detained in Sri Lanka Bombing
AP, Thursday June 8 9:08 AM ET . Police today detained 19 suspects in a suicide bombing that killed 23 people, including a popular Cabinet minister, and Sri Lanka's president urged against retaliatory attacks on the Tamil minority. [Note: updated numbers] More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 09:18:47 EDT 2000

Three killed, four injured in attack on checkpost in Sri Lanka
PTI, June 8. Three paramilitary police were killed and four regular policemen injured today when Tamil Tigers attacked a checkpost near Vavuniya in Sri Lanka's north, residents said. They said the attack occurred at Uliyakulam about 20 km southwest of Vavuniya. Vavuniya lies about 260 km north of Colombo and about 10 km south of front-lines where the military is battling the separatist Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 09:12:25 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan police question blast suspects
CNN, June 8, 2000. As angry mobs attacked ethnic Tamils in the Sri Lankan capital, police detained 15 men early Thursday for questioning in the suicide bombing that killed a government official. More... [Watch]
Published: Thu Jun 8 09:10:51 EDT 2000

PM terms Karunanidhi's statement as "personal views", Thursday, June 8, 2000. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has termed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's statement on Lanka as his personal views and said there was no change in India's stand that ethnic strife in the island nation should be resolved within the framework of the country's unity. More... [Watch]
Published: Thu Jun 8 09:05:00 EDT 2000

Death came wrapped in betel leaves
ChennaiOnline, June 8. The LTTE suicide bomber who killed Sri Lankan industrial development minister C V Goonaratne and 22 others in a Colombo suburb yesterday had walked up to the minister with a sheaf of betel leaves, posing as a devotee from a nearby temple, the local media reported. Quoting a senior police officer at the site, reports said the suspect had waited for some time in front of the temple. He had then crossed the road and waited at a three-wheeler parking area.“When the peace march arrived at the junction, the suicide bomber had come up to the minister with a sheaf of betel leaves as if to give it to him, and then blew himself up”, the officer said.“I warned the minister not to walk on the road just 20 minutes before the explosion, but he did not listen and proceeded”, said the senior police officer. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 09:04:42 EDT 2000

Bangkok: We'll not let Tigers have a base
The Star, Thursday, June 8, 2000. hailand has vowed it will make every effort to stop Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels from using its territory as a base amid a media storm over the discovery here of a half-built mini-submarine allegedly commissioned by the rebels. Foreign Minister Surin Pitsuwan, however, said although one person was detained in connection with the submersible (a Jaffna-born Tamil with a European passport), authorities had no evidence of criminal activity. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 08:50:04 EDT 2000

US DEPT OF STATE: Daily Press Briefing
NorthernLight/M2, Thursday, June 08, 2000 4:51 AM EST . MR. REEKER: Good afternoon. Welcome back to the State Department, everybody. I'd like to begin today with a statement on the terrorist bombing that took place in Sri Lanka. The United States strongly condemns today's barbarous terrorist bombing in Sri Lanka that cost the life of Minister For Industrial Development C. V. Gooneratne and at least 20 other people. At least 60 people were injured including the minister's wife, who was critically hurt. No one has claimed responsibility, but this terrorist method has been used frequently in the past by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. We extend our condolences to the relatives of the victims and hope for a speedy recovery for those who were injured. The US strongly supports the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and a political solution to the conflict that would provide dignity and security for all Sri Lankans, but again we strongly condemn today's barbarous terrorism there. And we'll have that as a written statement for you later. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 08:43:04 EDT 2000

Twelve dead as Sri Lanka claims LTTE targets mainstream Tamils
AFP, Thursday, June 8 6:04 PM SGT . At least 12 people died in skirmishes in Sri Lanka's north Thursday as the government claimed rebel Tamil Tigers were targeting ethnic Tamils who had sided with mainstream politics. Government information spokesman, Laxman Perera, said the rebels opened fire on K. Navaratnarajah, from the pro-government Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), as he travelled on a motorcycle."It is now evident that the LTTE is gradually destroying the regional Tamil political leadership which had joined the democratic political mainstream," he said in a statement. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 08:30:51 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan president calls for restraint
BBC, Thursday, 8 June, 2000, 09:46 GMT. President Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka has appealed for restraint in the wake of Wednesday's suicide bomb attack which killed a senior government minister and 21 other people. In a statement, she said Tamil Tiger rebels were trying "to inflame communal passions by provoking the people in the south." Reports said there was sporadic violence in the Ratmalana area of Colombo where the bomb went off. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 08:27:13 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka creates cyber war memorial for government soldiers
AFP, Thursday, June 8 3:48 PM SGT. Sri Lanka Thursday announced plans to create a war memorial in cyberspace to honour thousands of government soldiers killed while battling separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas.A unit established under President Chandrika Kumaratunga's office said they launched a web site to receive donations for the welfare of government soldiers and the families. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 08:24:30 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan Mobs Attack Tamils
AP, Thursday June 8 5:36 AM ET. Police today detained 15 suspects in a suicide bombing that killed 21 people, including a popular Cabinet minister, and Sri Lanka's president urged against retaliatory attacks on the Tamil minority. Mobs on Wednesday threw stones at Tamil-owned shops in Ratmalana, an industrial suburb of the capital, Colombo, where the explosion occurred. There were no reports of injuries, but authorities imposed a nighttime curfew. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 08:16:54 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka seeking war captives via Internet
Reuters, 02:40 GMT Thursday June 8. COLOMBO, June 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka has launched a website it hopes will locate government troops held captive by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, who have been fighting for a separate homeland since 1983 . ``... this site will appeal to the captors to inform of any named persons presently in captivity and thus to relieve the families of their mental trauma,'' the government said in a statement on Thursday. The website ( is envisaged to include a war memorial honouring troops killed in battles against the LTTE, which is fighting for a Tamil homeland in the country's north and east. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 07:25:11 EDT 2000

Police mount house-to-house search in southern Colombo.
Roy Denish in Colombo, SLT, 14:17 Thursday.. Police assisted by Sri Lankan army's commando units mounted door-to-door search operation in southern parts of Colombo city following the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Wednesday in which 22 persons including the minister of Industries Clement Victor Gunaratnae was killed.

The search was mounted after the country's intelligence agencies tipped off that some LTTE suicide cadres were holed-up in some areas just outside of Colombo. Just a few minutes after the suicide cadre detonated the explosives strapped onto her body killing the minister and 21 others, police took into custody three persons suspected of links with Tamil Tigers, now fighting the government troops in northern Sri Lanka in a bid to create a separate state for 18 per cent minority Tamils.

Gunaratnae known as "puggy and Churchill" was killed just a few hours after he attended a commemoration ceremony at the presidential secretariat at Colombo fort. The assassination sparked a minor volatile situation, but local police clamped down an indefinite curfew to crack down those attempting to create violence.

Military observers described the assassination as "divisionary tactic" of Velupillai Pirabhakaran, who had lost more than 700 of his men in northern Jaffna peninsula since December 11 in the ongoing battles with government forces.

The government made repeated appeals to young unemployed men to join the armed forces of the country in an aim to eradicate the terrorist menace that had been dragging for the past 18 years.

" The response is good", an army official said.
Published: Thu Jun 8 04:39:13 EDT 2000

Dmk leader called to Delhi to discuss Lanka
Press Trust of India, New Delhi Thursday June 8. New Delhi,Thursday, June 08,Close on the heels of Tamil leaders seeking a Czech model for Lanka, The central government has invited DMK Leader Murasoli Maran in the capital for a meeting on the Lanka Crisis here today. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 04:34:39 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka hunts for rebels after Colombo blast
Reuters, 01:55 GMT Thursday June 8. COLOMBO, June 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Thursday strengthened security in the capital Colombo as police and army searched for suspected Tamil Tiger rebels a day after a suicide bomber killed a senior cabinet minister and 21 others. More...
Published: Thu Jun 8 04:28:25 EDT 2000

Bomber Kills Sri Lankan Official
AP, Wednesday June 7 7:02 PM ET. A government statement said the motive was to mar ``a day that was specially meant to pay tribute to the war heroes battling to maintain the ... territorial integrity of the nation.'' War Heroes Day was declared to boost the morale of the 40,000 troops fighting the rebels in northern Jaffna peninsula.In Washington, White House spokesman Joe Lockhart condemned the ``reprehensible act'' but urged a continuation of efforts to resolve the bitter conflict. ``Such terrorism should not and cannot detract from efforts to reach a negotiated solution to the current conflict in Sri Lanka,'' he said. ``The United States stands firmly in support of a solution that offers justice and human rights for all the citizens of a unified, peaceful, and prosperous Sri Lanka.'' More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 20:05:32 EDT 2000

Tamil Rebels Well-Equipped for War
AP, Wednesday June 7 6:25 PM ET . ``Black Tigers are the self protective armor of our race,'' Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has said. ``They are the men of flame who can destroy the enemy's armed strength.'' But a good portion of the suicide fighters have been women. They begin training at an early age, sometimes as young as 10 years old. Women often cut their hair like men and wear men's clothes. Male suicide bombers sometimes dress as women. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 20:01:00 EDT 2000

Silence on Lanka -Editorial
Asian Age, June 7. Mr Karunanidhi and the others have been very vocal in their support for the LTTE, with pressure having been put on Delhi not to intervene in the conflict at all. MDMK leader Vaiko in fact, has gone to the extent of stating that even humanitarian aid should not be extended to Sri Lanka. Despite this Prime Minister Vajpayee is expected to steer a course consistent with the national consensus. And this, while ruling out military intervention, does seem to favour a proactive diplomatic role by India in resolving the crisis.The Vajpayee government should realise that this is not the time for double speech, and that it cannot allow irresponsible remarks to cloud its relationship with Sri Lanka. Unfortunately the picture has been allowed to become murky, and the routine Foreign Office assertions of there being no change in policy are no longer sufficient to clear it. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 19:07:36 EDT 2000

Atal signal to silence DMK
The Telegraph, June8. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has summoned the senior DMK minister, Murasoli Maran, to tomorrow’s Cabinet Committee on Security meeting on Sri Lanka in an attempt to send out the signal that the party should keep its own views under wraps.Indian officials, though they will not admit it publicly, agree that splitting Sri Lanka could solve the Tamil problem, but it would set a precedent in South Asia which may also have to be followed in Kashmir. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 18:50:44 EDT 2000

Consensus on Lanka must: PM
DailyPioneer, June 8. In a clear indication that he wants a wider consensus on the Sri Lankan crisis among the member parties of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has invited senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) leader and Union commerce and industry minister Murasoli Maran to a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Thursday. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 18:39:20 EDT 2000

'Pak. supplying arms to Sri Lanka by ship'
Hindu, June 8. Pakistan's obsession with India leaves it little time for Sri Lanka. Barring the odd statement that it is committed to Sri Lanka's territorial integrity and sovereignty (a position similar to the one taken by the Government of India), there is little public analysis here of developments on the island. Pakistan, while helping the Sri Lankan effort with supply of arms, has denied the sale of weapons. In response to questions from this reporter some time ago, a Foreign Office spokesman rejected the contention that weapons and ammunition were being sent to Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 18:25:15 EDT 2000

Another blow to peace process
Hindu, June 8. Like all such attacks, one the one hand, it reinforces the hands of the Sinhala right, of the hawks, who are demanding that the Government pursue a military solution to the problem. On the other hand, it also increases the feeling of despondency and helplessness,'' said Mr. Ketheesh Loganathan of the Centre for Policy Alternatives here. Though a political lightweight, Mr. Gooneratne was a popular figure both in his constituency and outside. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 18:21:02 EDT 2000

Left flays Karunanidhi's argument
Hindu, June 8. The Left parties said today the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi's statement ``defending'' his controversial remarks on Sri Lanka had made things worse, and reiterated their demand that the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, rein in his allies. They were not impressed with the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes' ``rationalisation'' that local political compulsions could have been behind Mr. Karunanidhi's remarks, and senior Left leaders emphasised that nothing could justify the sort of things the DMK chief had been saying. The territorial integrity of a country was too serious a matter to be dragged into the compulsions of political parties. Senior leaders of the ruling coalition should be particularly cautious in commenting on sensitive issues, the CPI(M) and the CPI said. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 18:16:18 EDT 2000

Inspired Moin guides Pakistan to first Asia Cup triumph
Crickinfo, 7 June 2000 . The day began with two minutes of respectful silence commemorating Sri Lanka's War Heroes. It ended with the deafening cheers celebrating the first time Pakistan has lifted the Asia Cup. A pumped up, driven Pakistan won an exciting match by 39 runs. A packed crowd Bangabandhu National Stadium yelled themselves sore as Moin Khan's Pakistan dazzled under the lights. The ovation could have been louder only at Lahore. Atapattu played the kind of innings that rarely leaves you stranded in the losing team. He showed why he is considered one of the finer exponents of playing the ball with a straight bat in the game today. In the company of the energetic Russell Arnold, Atapattu brought the required rate close to manageable levels. Arnold timed the ball impeccably, swinging effortlessly through the line. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, Arnold's innings ended just when things were looking up for Lanka. His 44 ball essay included 4 boundaries and 2 clean strikes that sailed over the ropes and yielded 41 runs. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 17:53:45 EDT 2000

Moopanar rejects CM’s solution
ChennaiOnline, June 8. Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) president G.K.Moopanar today described Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s Czechoslovakian model as a solution for Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict as “impractical and unacceptable”.Talking to reporters, Moopanar said Karunanidhi sounded confused on the Sri Lanka issue. The Chief Minister, who earlier said he toed the Centre’s line on Sri Lanka matters, now deviated from the Centre’s stand.He said the view of the DMK leaders that Karunanidhi stood by the Centre’s stand was hollow since leaders of the BJP-led Government had clearly said they were not in favour of division of Sri Lanka and that they wanted a solution within the framework of an united Sri Lanka. Karunanidhi should not speak in two voices, Moopanar said. While he endorsed the view that a political solution should be found to the ethnic conflict, Moopanar said he would be happy if the 1986 agreement formed the basis for a settlement and was even improved upon. The Czech model was not a practical solution. He pointed out that geographically and linguistically it was not possible to divide Sri Lanka as Tamils lived all over the country. Secondly, “just as we want a united India, people there want a united Sri Lanka”. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 17:45:36 EDT 2000

Suicide bomber kills Sri Lankan Minister
Hindustan Times, June 8. A man detonated explosives strapped to his body after embracing Industry Minister C.V. Gooneratne, 65, at a parade organised to collect contributions for thousands of government troops fighting Tiger rebels in the island's north. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 17:42:52 EDT 2000

Chronology of Sri Lankan suicide bomb attacks
AFP, Wednesday, June 7 7:54 . A suicide bombing on Colombo's outskirts which killed a leading politician, the bomber and 19 others on Wednesday was the latest in a long line of attacks against top Sri Lankan officials.Following are the major suicide bombings blamed on the rebels. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 17:39:50 EDT 2000

India continues to be against creation of Eelam, June 8. In a virtual rejection of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally DMK's suggestion that Sri Lanka should be split on the Czech model to resolve its ethnic conflict, India has asserted that there was "no change" in its position and that it was against creation of Eelam, a separate Tamil state. More... [Watch]
Published: Wed Jun 7 16:58:54 EDT 2000

War hysteria mounts while peace talks take backseat
India Abroad, June 7. Life in many parts of Sri Lanka, including the capital, came to a grinding halt for two minutes on Wednesday morning when the nation paid silent homage to soldiers killed in the raging ethnic conflict. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 16:52:29 EDT 2000

US condemns "barbarous" suicide bomb in Sri Lanka
AFP, June 7. The United States on Wednesday condemned what it described as a "barbarous terrorist bombing," which killed at least 21 people in Sri Lanka, including a government minister, earlier in the day. Extending US condolences to the relatives of those killed and wishing a speedy recovery to the at least 60 people who were injured, State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said, "No one has claimed responsibility, but this terrorist method has been used frequently in the past by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam." He added that, "The United States strongly supports the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and a political solution to the conflict that would provide dignity and security for all Sri Lankans. But again, we strongly condemn today's barbarous terrorist bombing there." More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 15:57:32 EDT 2000

Annan condemns ''senseless terrorist act'' Sri Lanka
Reuters, UNITED NATIONS, June 7. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday strongly condemned a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka that killed a government minister and 21 other people and wounded more than 60, calling it a ''senseless terrorist act.'' ''The secretary-general is profoundly shocked by the reported suicide bomb attack that occurred today in Colombo, Sri Lanka,'' a statement issued through a U.N. spokesman said. ''He deeply deplores the loss of innocent lives, including Sri Lanka's Industrial Development Minister C.V. Gunaratne. In the strongest possible terms, the secretary-general reiterates his condemnation of terrorism from whatever quarter.'' More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 15:45:39 EDT 2000

Vajpayee says leader's S.Lanka remarks ''personal''
Reuters, Wednesday, 7 June, 2000. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said on Wednesday that suggestions by a coalition partner and Tamil leader that Sri Lanka separate along the lines of the Czech and Slovak republics were his ''personal views,'' the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 15:22:28 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka appeals for calm
BBC, Wednesday, 7 June, 2000, 17:19 GMT. Sri Lanka has appealed for calm after a suicide bomber killed a senior minister and 21 others. Curfews have been imposed in local areas and the government has warned against anyone instigating retaliatory attacks. A BBC correspondent says the attack has raised tension in Colombo and raised fears of a backlash against the minority Tamil community. Navy gunboats are reported to have been deployed to check a possible attack from the sea. The attack has been widely condemned both within Sri Lanka and by the international community. More... [Watch]
Published: Wed Jun 7 14:35:04 EDT 2000

Indian fishermen in dangerous waters
BBC, Wednesday, 7 June, 2000, 16:10 GMT. Indian fishermen already face many problems - increased security checks by the Indian navy have created headaches all around. But thousands of fishermen here say their biggest problem is not at the port but on the open seas, where the Sri Lankan navy is under orders to do what it must to stop anyone suspected of helping the Tigers in their armed struggle. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 13:10:43 EDT 2000

India condemns 'terrorist' assassination of Sri Lankan minister
AFP, June 7 2000 19:03 IST. India on Wednesday strongly condemned the assassination of a senior Sri Lankan minister and 19 others and said that such an act of terrorism had no place in a democracy. Indian foreign ministry spokesman R.S. Jassal extended New Delhi's sympathies to the families bereaved by the suicide bombing, suspected to have been carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 13:02:15 EDT 2000

Four arrested after Sri Lanka slaying, appeal for calm
AFP, June 7 2000 19:46 IST. Sri Lanka police arrested four men in connection with Wednesday's suicide-bomber assassination of a senior minister as the government and the main opposition party appealed for calm. Officials said the four men were taken in for questioning shortly after the suicide bombing blamed on the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) while police imposed a local night curfew. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 12:56:33 EDT 2000

Suicide bomber kills Cabinet minister, 21 others in Sri Lanka
CNN,Wednesday, June 7 9:23 PM SGT. A suicide bomber in a Colombo suburb set off an explosion on Wednesday that killed a Cabinet minister and 21 others. Officials said Wednesday's bomber targeted a motorcade that was traveling from the southern suburb of Mount Lavinia to Panadura, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Colombo, to collect donations. The explosion took place in the suburb of Ratmalana, about 14 kilometers (nine miles) south of the capital. Gooneratne, who was on foot, had stepped into the crowd when the explosion occurred. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 12:51:47 EDT 2000

Suicide-bomber assassination dims Sri Lanka peace hopes
AFP, Wednesday, June 7 9:23 PM SGT . The suicide-bomber assassination of a senior Sri Lankan minister Wednesday was seen by analysts as a blow to Norwegian-backed moves to bring Tamil Tiger rebels to the negotiating table."Talks were far away because of the recent fighting," an Asian diplomat said. "But the bombing will only make it worse. For the moment, we will see action in the battle field, and not at the negotiating table." More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 12:46:11 EDT 2000

India's names Mahatma Gandhi's grandson as envoy to Sri Lanka
AFP, Wednesday, June 7 9:38 PM SGT . India on Thursday named a grandson of its independence hero, Mahatma Gandhi, as its new envoy to Sri Lanka and said the emissary was experienced with the situation in the war-torn nation. The appointment of Gopal Krishna Gandhi as Indian High Commissioner (ambassador) in Colombo is the first political appointment to such a post in recent years, foreign ministry spokesman R.S. Jassal said. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 12:44:15 EDT 2000

Slain Lankan Minister's wife critical
Hindu, June 7. Sri Lankan Minister for Industrial Development C V Goonaratne and 21 others were killed today in an LTTE suicide bomb attack in an industrial suburb of the capital during a rally to collect funds for the welfare of soldiers. Over 60 people, including the Minister's wife Shyama, were injured in the blast suspectedly triggered by a woman suicide bomber.Shyama and 14 others were said to be in serious condition. Deputy Mayor of Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Anura Silva was among the killed in the attack that took place hours after President Chandrika Kumaratunga in an emotional address to the nation on the occasion of War Heroes' Day expressed her desire to finish the war with LTTE at the earliest.

Editors Note. Contrary to earlier reports it is the Deputy Mayor of Ratmalana and NOT the Mayor that was killed with the minister. We have confirmed this with our reporters in Colombo. We sincerely regret the error. More..
Published: Wed Jun 7 11:46:32 EDT 2000

Yahoo, June 7, 2000. Soldiers search the area of a bomb blast in the suburbs of Colombo More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 11:28:44 EDT 2000

NDA will remain intact despite Lanka
Chennai Online, June 7. BJP general secretary M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed confidence that none of the National Democratic Front (NDA) constituents from Tamil Nadu would withdraw support to the Vajpayee government on the Sri Lanka issue.Addressing a press conference here, he described Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi as a “mature leader”. Naidu said he felt sure Karunanidhi would not take any hasty decision and neither would leaders of other NDA constituents from Tamil Nadu.The DMK, the Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) and other NDA constituents from that state were committed to the broad policy of the Vajpayee government on the issue, Naidu said. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 10:40:39 EDT 2000

CM should withdraw statement in view of Centre's stand'
Indian Express, June 7. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi should withdraw his suggestion of Czech model solution to Sri Lankan problem as its was not acceptable to the Centre, senior TMC leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said today,reports PTI. In a statement here, Chidambaram said the Chief Minister's suggestion was against the Centre's policy, evolved after taking into consideration South Asia's political situation, country's security and the impact of Sri Lankan Tamils issue on Indian politics.He said it was well-known that the LTTE's objectives did not refelect the aspirations of Tamils living in these areas. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:48:37 EDT 2000

UK in Sri Lanka peace pledge
BBC, Wednesday June 7, 2:20 PM UKT. The UK is throwing its weight behind peace-seeking efforts in Sri Lanka, a government minister has said. The pledge came after a senior Sri Lankan government minister and 20 other people were killed by a suicide bomber in the capital, Colombo. Foreign Office minister Peter Hain said: "A peaceful resolution of the conflict in Sri Lanka is vital and Britain stands ready to help in the searchfor peace if both sides want us to play such a role." More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:37:37 EDT 2000

Bomb kills Sri Lankan minister
ITN, Wednesday, June 7. At least one senior government minister isbelieved to have been killed in a bomb blast in a suburb of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. Police say the mayor of the Mount Lavinia-Dehiwala is also believed to have been killed and several more wounded when a bomb was thrown at a procession to mark War Heroes Day honouring soldiers killed in the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:30:07 EDT 2000

Death toll in Sri Lankan bomb blast rises.
Roy Denish in Colombo, SLT, 18:53. Wednesday.. Tension reigned high in the suburbs of Colombo as the death toll into Wednesday's bomb blast rose to 21 killed and more than 60 wounded. Among those killed in separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil (LTTE) suicide attack was the outspoken cabinet minister C.V.Gunaratane.

Wednesday's suicide attack came following two weeks of lull in fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Jaffna peninsula. "This shows, they are trying to divert the attention of security forces", a military official told Lacnet.

Minister Gunratane was killed when he joined a large crowd of people on a procession as government declared June 7 as war heroes' day. Government declared Wednesday as war heroes' day to seek support from the masses to fight the Tamil Tigers rebels, who had been fighting government forces for the past 18 years.

Investigators said that suicide cadre embraced the minister before detonating the explosives strapped onto his body. Tamil Tigers frequently launched suicide attacks against those who opposed their struggle of creating an independent homeland for minority Tamils.

The attack is fourth of its kind in the commercial city of Sri Lanka. Aftermath of the blast there were reports that some unruly elements were attempting to instigate violence in some areas of Colombo, but heavily armed policemen and troops were immediately detailed to the areas to quell any riots.

Observers pointed out that if any riots would have broken out, it would have led the Tamil Tigers to carry out a massive anti-government campaign in the west. Police said among those killed were artists and supporters of Gunaratnae, who in 1994 urged president Chandrika Kumaratunge to put the country on war footing.

Gunratnae nick named "Churchill" by some sections of the local media was also the minister in-charge Christian religious affairs in the country. Gunaratnae before his death had a long discussions with president Kumaratunge.

The blast occurred just a few hours after, the government held two minutes silence for fallen war heroes. Hundreds of people lined along the streets of Colombo to offer donations in support of government effort to "finish" the ongoing war.
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:27:25 EDT 2000

Tiger suicide strike leaves foul taste on Heroes Day
AFP, Wednesday, June 7 7:57 PM SGT . A suicide bomber detonated himself in front of 5,000 people here Wednesday, assassinating a leading politician and leaving a foul taste among commemorations for Sri Lanka's war dead. The country was marking its first ever War Heroes Day, after a 28-year battle against rebel Tamil Tigers who demand a sovereign state be carved out of one third of Sri Lanka's territory. But the rememberance ended at about 1.45 p.m. (0745 GMT) when a bearded man carried out another dreaded suicide attack, a notorious weapon in the rebels' armament of guerrilla tactics, killing himself and another 20 people. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:25:30 EDT 2000

I am ready for talks with LTTE: Chandrika
Hindu, June 7. President Chandrika Kumaratunga said today that she was ready for talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) if it was prepared to eschew violence and discuss the devolution proposals. The Government had already discussed the devolution proposals with all constituents of the ruling Peoples' Alliance (pa) and Tamil parties. She hoped the main opposition United National Party (UNP) would extend its full cooperation to the proposals, aimed at solving the ethnic problem of the country. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:24:46 EDT 2000

Minister among 21 killed in Lanka blast
Times of India, JUne 7. A suicide bomber caused an explosion in the industrial suburbs of the capital on Wednesday, killing a Cabinet minister and 20 others, a hospital director said. The remains of the bomber - a severed head and limbs - were scattered around a traffic island in the Ratmalana suburb of Colombo, as police officers gathered pieces of flesh and debris from the roadway.The gender of the bomber could not immediately be determined. The disfigured head had close-cropped hair like that of a man, and there were trousers on the body. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:21:29 EDT 2000

Britain condemns Sri Lanka suicide bomb attack
Reuters, LONDON, June 7. ''The British government condemns acts of terrorism of this kind in the strongest possible terms and extends its deepest sympathy to the government of Sri Lanka and all the families of people who have been killed and injured,'' Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain told parliament. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:19:36 EDT 2000

Thailand and Sri Lanka will target tourism, fisheries; First step in more systematic approach
Bangkok Post, June 7, 2000 . Thailand and Sri Lanka have agreed to push forward economic and technical co-operation in a more systematic way, starting with tourism and fisheries as well as co-ordinating efforts in multilateral forums. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:15:00 EDT 2000

Three more mini-subs found in Rawai
Phuket Gazette, Monday June 5, 2000. RAWAI, PHUKET: Mini-sub fever, sparked by newspaper reports of a submarine being built in a Phuket shipyard for Sri Lanka?s rebel Tamil Tigers, reached a new pitch at the weekend with reports of another small sub sighted in the waters off Koh Hey Island, south of Phuket's Chalong Village. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 09:01:13 EDT 2000

Governor checks out mini-sub
Phuket Gazette, Wednesday June 7, 2000. PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Governor Charnchai Soontharamut, accompanied by the Phuket Harbour Master, officers from the Royal Thai Navy and local police officers, went to Koh Sirae this afternoon to examine the mini-submarine located by Gazette reporters. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 08:53:49 EDT 2000

Sub discovery thwarts sabotage plot; Separatist activity in South confirmed
Bangkok Post, June 7, 2000. "This surprise discovery of the submersible would certainly affect the Tigers' activities in the South," said the intelligence official. The submersible, found in the Seacraft shipyard on Koh Si-rae, is reportedly owned by Christy Reginald Lawrence, a Jaffna-born Tamil who holds a Norwegian passport. Intelligence officials have long suspected Mr Lawrence to be a member of the Tigers. Mr Lawrence was arrested in April aboard a speedboat during operations by local police against oil smugglers in the Andaman Sea. Instead of oil, police said they found Tamil Tigers-related materials including military fatigues and sophisticated equipment that included radar and sonar. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 08:47:32 EDT 2000

Curfew imposed in Colombo suburbs
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.35 p.m. SLT Wednesday June 7. An indefinite curfew beginning at 7.30 p.m. (SLT) today will be imposed in the Dehiwela, Mount Lavinia, Ratmalana and Moratuwa areas following the killing of Minister C V Gooneratne this afternoon. Police said that it is not known yet at what time the curfew will be lifted.

Meanwhile special armed forces teams in a search and cordon operation carried out soon after the bomb attack at Moratuwa, arrested four persons from the Soysapura Flats at Moratuwa allegedly in connection with this afternoon's attack.
Published: Wed Jun 7 08:42:31 EDT 2000

Thais vow to cooperate on Tamil Tiger threat
AFP, Wednesday, June 7 1:15 PM SGT. hailand has vowed it will make every effort to stop Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels from using its territory as a base amid a media storm over the discovery here of a half-built mini-submarine allegedly commissioned by the rebels. Foreign Minister Surin Pitsuwan, however, said that although one person was detained in connection with the submersible -- a Jaffna-born Tamil with a European passport -- authorities had no evidence of criminal activity. "We don't want our territory to be used as a transit point ... for anyone to create problems for any country," he told reporters after a dinner speech at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 08:41:38 EDT 2000

Blast Kills Sri Lanka Minister, 21 Others
Reuters, Wednesday June 7 7:52 AM ET . The silence was broken by a deafening explosion on Wednesday as a suicide bomber blew himself up in the southern Ratmalana suburb of the capital, instantly killing Industrial Development Minister C.V. Gunaratne. The latest blast came after President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who escaped an assassination attempt by an LTTE suicide bomber last December, thanked families of soldiers killed in the war. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 08:33:36 EDT 2000

Terrorism expert Rohan Guneratne
BBC, Wednesday, 7 June. "The element of sacrifice is demonstrated in suicide attacks" [Listen]
Published: Wed Jun 7 08:06:06 EDT 2000

Bomb kills Sri Lankan minister
BBC, Wednesday, 7 June, 2000, 11:23 GMT. A senior Sri Lankan government minister has been assassinated by a suicide bomber in the capital, Colombo. Industry Minister CV Gooneratne and 20 others died in the attack which took place during celebrations honouring the country's war heroes. More... [Listen]
Published: Wed Jun 7 07:59:57 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka's deadly bombers
BBC, Wednesday, 7 June, 2000, 09:26 GMT. Suicide bombings have taken place in the Sri Lankan civil war ever since it began in the early 1980s. Perhaps the most well-known incident is when the Tamil Tigers were accused of using the tactic to kill the former Indian prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, in 1991. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 07:56:23 EDT 2000

Death toll rises in bomb blast
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.25 p.m. SLT Wednesday June 7. Twenty two (22) bodies are lying at the Kalubowila hospital as a result of this afternoon's bomb explosion at Soysapura, Moratuwa. Nearly 50 are reported to be injured including police officers.

The assassination of Minister C V Gooneratne, the Deputy Mayor, for Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia area and others, by an alleged suicide bomber, happened just hours after President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge addressed the nation to commemorate War Hero's Day.

The Minister's wife, is also reported to have been injured in the explosion and is receiving urgent medical attention at the Kalubowila hospital. All other serious casualties are being transferred to the Colombo National Hospital for medical attention.

The Minister had been part of a procession organised to commemorate War Hero's Day. The day's events was sponsored by the Independent Television Network (ITN) and Lakhanda. The Minister was leading a procession collecting funds to be donated towards the war wounded and families of war hero's.

The President meanwhile in her message this morning stated that a political solution was the only way to help bring about peace in Sri Lanka. She reiterated that the government is still keen to talk peace with the LTTE, provided the Tigers are prepared to join a democratic political framework.

The President said the government would provide all forms of relief measures to soldiers serving in Sri Lanka's war stricken North and to all those who have died protecting the territorial integrity of the country.
Published: Wed Jun 7 06:08:04 EDT 2000

Women, children being trained LTTE faces man power shortage
DECCAN HERALD,BANGALORE, Wednesday June 07. Faced with acute shortage of manpower to fight against government forces in the northern Jaffna peninsula, the LTTE is now engaged in giving military training to a large number people, including women and school children who were foced to move Wanni. A government official, quoting very reliable sources, said today that civilians living presently under the control of the LTTE in Jaffna Peninsula wanted to move into government-controlled areas. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 05:22:21 EDT 2000

19 killed on war heroes' day in Sri Lanka.
Roy Denish in Colombo, SLT, 14:45 Wednesday.. A senior government minister, his wife and a Deputy Mayor of a Municipal council were among the 19 persons killed in a bomb blast just out side of Colombo today. The blast occurred when the country was commemorating war heroes' day

The minister of industries C.V.Gunaratnae and the mayor of Dehiwela-Mount Lavania Municipal council Jayaratane Perera were killed when they joined a peace procession at Ratmalana. The event was by the government controlled media.

Police said the minister joined the procession at Ramalana and was leading them to the Ratmalana airport for the final ceremonies. Gunaratnae, an outspoken minister of the PA government in 1994 urged president Chandrika Kumaratunge to put the country on war-footing since there were no signs of a peaceful settlement to the 18 years of ongoing civil war between the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government troops.

The state controlled media made elaborate arrangements to commemorate the war heroes' day. The national ceremony was held under the patronage of president Chandrika Kumaratnuge, who put the country on war-footing on May 3 this year just a few days after Tamil Tigers took control of the country's most valued real estate in northern Jaffna peninsula, the Elephant Pass military complex.

A spokesman for the police headquarters said that blast occurred when the marchers were at the stage of winding up the peace procession from Nugegoda to Ratmalana. However, there were conflicting reports as to how the blast occurred. Eyewitnesses said that it was a suicide attack, while foreign news agencies reported that a locally made bomb was hurled at the minister's party in which at least 25 others were seriously wounded.

The commemoration ceremonies begun with a two minutes silence and the ministry of public affairs ministry ordered all state and private schools to hold a two minutes silence as a measure of encouragement to the soldiers fighting the Tamil Tigers in north and east of Sri Lanka.
Published: Wed Jun 7 05:22:16 EDT 2000

S.Lanka minister, 10 others killed in suicide blast
Reuters, 01:30 SLT Wednesday June 07. COLOMBO, June 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Industry Development Minister C.V. Gunaratne and 10 others were killed in a suicide bomb blast on Wednesday in a Colombo suburb when they took part in a procession to mark War Heroes Day, police said. Gunaratne was killed as he mingled with the crowd in the southern Ratmalana suburb of the capital. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 05:16:13 EDT 2000

Cricket-Rain delays Asia Cup final
Reuters, Wednesday June 07. DHAKA, June 7 (Reuters) - Rain delayed the start of the Asia Cup final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka by an hour on Wednesday. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 05:13:09 EDT 2000

S.Lanka remembers war dead, rebels fire mortars
Reuters, 01:20 SLT Wednesday June 07. COLOMBO, June 7 (Reuters) - Traffic halted, church and temple bells rang and offices and schools stopped work on Wednesday as Sri Lanka remembered thousands of its war dead with a two-minute silence and other solemn ceremonies.But the occasion was marred by a Tamil Tiger rebel mortar bomb attack in the country's eastern Trincomalee district. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 05:11:23 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Blast Kills 10
AP, 01:55 SLT Wednesday June 07. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- An explosion in the suburbs of the capital killed a Cabinet minister and at least nine others today, a military spokesman said. The explosion killed C.V. Gooneratne, minister for industrial development, said Brig. Palitha Fernando. Another Cabinet minister, transport minister A.H. M. Fowzie, said he had heard 14 were killed in the explosion. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 05:08:33 EDT 2000

Minister C V Gooneratne dead
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.45 p.m. SLT Wednesday June 7. Minister C V Gooneratne, Sri Lanka's Minister for Industrial Development was killed today when a bomb exploded at a point between the Ratmalana Airport and Moratuwa. Together with the Minister, Mr. Jayaratne Perera, the Deputy Mayor for Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia area was also killed in the blast as well as 13 other civilians.

Minister Gooneratne today was involved in collecting funds to commemorate War Hero's day. He had begun walking in a procession along the Galle Road from Dehiwela at around 11 a.m. this morning.
Published: Wed Jun 7 04:51:45 EDT 2000

At least 13 killed in the bomb blast.
Roy Denish in Colombo, SLT,14.25 Wednesday.. At least 13 persons including a government minister and a Deputy Mayor was among the dead in the bomb blast that occurred just out side of Colombo.

Police investigators said that the bomb was thrown at the government minister's party at Golumadhu junction at local time 13.30pm, just half an hour before,schools in the area were closed.
Published: Wed Jun 7 04:35:40 EDT 2000

Massive Bomb Blast in Sri Lanka.
Roy Denish in Colombo, SLT, 14.05 Wednesday.. A massive bomb went off just out side of Colombo, just a few minutes ago. At the time of writing no details were avilable. The blast occured at Golumadhu junction at Ratmalana.
Published: Wed Jun 7 04:20:01 EDT 2000

Bomb explodes in Colombo suburb
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday June 7. A bomb exploded at around 1.50 p.m. (SLT) today, less than a kilometere away from the Ratmalana Airport used by the Sri Lanka Airforce. Police revealed that the bomb exploded close to a Deaf & Blind School in the area. No further details are known.
Published: Wed Jun 7 04:17:04 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka to support ban on child soldiers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.05 p.m. SLT Wednesday June 7. Sri Lanka is to fully support a United Nations protocol banning the use of child soldiers. The Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry says that it will ratify the protocol soon, but in the meantime will be a signatory to the UN initiative prohibiting any youth under 18 years of age from being used for purposes of armed combat.

The Sri Lanka government maintains that the protocol is of utmost important to the Island nation in view of the fact that non state parties fighting for a separate state in the country continue to use children for battle against government troops.

Canada, this morning was among the first to sign the protocol which will be ratified in a period of three months after which its conclusions will be implemented. Ten other countries are expected to sign the protocol.
Published: Wed Jun 7 02:34:01 EDT 2000

War hero's day commemorated in Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday June 7. Two minutes silence was observed in the country today as a mark of respect for all soldiers who have laid down their lives fighting Sri Lanka's 18 year old ethnic war.

Following an appeal made by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, all movement ceased for two minutes at 9.30 a.m. today, silence was observed, while bells in places of religious worship tolled to mark the significance of the moment.
Published: Wed Jun 7 02:34:01 EDT 2000

Euronet Provides Seylan Bank with Integrated Credit Card System
CBS Marketwatch, June 06, 2000 17:05. Euronet Services Inc. (Nasdaq: EEFT), a leader in the development of electronic financial transaction and payment systems, today announced an agreement with Seylan Bank in Sri Lanka to provide the bank with the Arksys Integrated Credit Card System (ICCS). Installation of the software is expected to be complete by October 2000 and will make Seylan Bank Euronet's second credit card system customer in Sri Lanka. Michael Brown, Euronet Services Chairman and CEO stated, "The credit card industry in Sri Lanka is still very much in its infancy and we're see a growing interest in our customer base for this solution world-wide." More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 00:33:40 EDT 2000

Red Cross says civilians in tug-of-war between rebels, military
Asianow, June 7, 2000. About 12,000 civilians are trapped on Jaffna peninsula in a tug-of-war between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, a Red Cross official said Tuesday. The rebels want the civilians to move south into a rebel-controlled area, while the military wants them to move north closer to the city of Jaffna, Gunawardene said. More...
Published: Wed Jun 7 00:09:32 EDT 2000

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