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Lankan Foreign Minister urges US to get tough with LTTE, JAN 5. Describing the LTTE as a "ruthless killing machine more dangerous than al-Qaeda", visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has asked the US to get tough with the Tiger rebels and take measures against Tamil exile groups financing them.

"The United States must realise that they are not dealing with a liberation movement but a ruthless killing machine more dangerous than al-Qaeda," Samaraweera said in an interview to 'The Washington Times'.

He urged the US to get tough with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and shut down front groups and charities as well as take measures against Tamil exiles financing the rebels.

The Tamil Tigers, in the view of Samaraweera, are the "godfathers of modern terrorism" with the al-Qaeda even adopting some of the Tiger techniques such as suicide bombings and speedboat assault on naval vessels. More...

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Published: Thu Jan 5 11:33:15 EST 2006

Force Tigers to talks, Lanka tells Norway, Thu 5th Jan 12:30GMT. The Sri Lankan government wants peacebroker Norway to put pressure on Tamil Tiger rebels to enter into dialogue.

Government spokesman Nimal Siripala de Silva said he expects Norway’s International Development Minister Erik Solheim, due in Colombo on January 23, 2006 will pressure the Tigers to compromise on their stand that talks must be held in Oslo and agree to a venue in Asia which the government prefers.

"We will tell him to pressure the LTTE to come to a reasonable solution," de Silva told reporters here.

"We hope we will be able to end the deadlock soon," he said.

However, there has been no word from the Tigers on agreeing to a compromise. More...

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Published: Thu Jan 5 07:34:07 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Military claims killing rebel suspect in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu January 5, 2006 09:31 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops Thursday shot dead a Tamil Tiger rebel suspect, the military said, but pro-rebel reports claimed the victim is a civilian who was not carrying his identification papers.

Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said that troops on patrol killed the suspected rebel when he tried to attack them with a hand grenade in Kiran, Batticaloa district 220 kilometers (135 miles) east of capital Colombo.

A wire used in anti-personnel mines was also recovered from the suspect after the incident, he added.

However, a pro-rebel Web-site, TamilNet accused the military of killing 24-year-old Rasaratnam Kuganenthiran, a father of one child after he failed to produce his identity card to the patrolling troops.

In a separate attack Thursday, suspected rebels detonated a Claymore anti-personnel mine targeting a military patrol, wounding one soldier near the northern town of Vavuniya, military said. The mine, which can be triggered by remote control, fires hundreds of steel balls propelled by plastic explosives.

No immediate comment was available from the Tamil Tigers and there was no mention of the incidents on the rebels' Web sites.

Meanwhile, security was tight in Trincomalee on Thursday as the funeral of five ethnic Tamils who died earlier in the week under circumstances that the military and the rebels have disputed took place.

The military said the five men were suspected of collaborating with the rebels to ambush a military patrol Monday in Trincomalee when their grenades exploded unexpectedly at a roadside.

However, the rebels said the men came under a grenade attack from government special forces, and the rights group Northeast Secretariat on Human Rights reported that soldiers had opened fire on the victims.

The Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that examinations of the bodies revealed that they had come under gunfire, and ordered an inquiry into the deaths.

The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's minority Tamils. A 2002 cease-fire halted the fighting but a wave of attacks over the past month in the country's northeast, most of them bombings and shootings targeting government soldiers, has seriously threatened the truce.

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Published: Thu Jan 5 17:13:01 EST 2006 Back to the top

Gunman kills Indian man in Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Thu January 5, 2006 03:17 EST . A lone gunman shot and killed an Indian national in the Sri Lankan capital, police said Thursday... Back to the top

Lanka-based Maldivian radio station raided by police, January 5, 2006. Colombo, Jan. 5 (PTI): The Sri Lankan police raided a Clombo-based Maldivian radio station operated by dissidents following charges of gun running which were fabricated by the government in Male, a Paris-based media rights group claimed today. The RSF, or Reporters Without Borders, alleged that Maldivian Government of President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom repeatedly manipulated the Interpol to harass dissidents based in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Travel magazines hail Sri Lanka as top destination, January 05, 2006 . A number of American and British travel magazines have put Sri Lanka at the top of their lists for 'must see' places... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops, Tamil rebels exchange gunfire
Associated Press, Thu January 5, 2006 00:09 EST . Sri Lankan troops exchanged gunfire with suspected Tamil Tiger rebels following a grenade attack on an army checkpoint in the country's northeast, a Defense Ministry official said Thursday... Back to the top

Lanka situation: India not to intervene
com, Jan 5. Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that India would not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries... Back to the top

Sri Lankan foreign minister makes first official visit to U.S.
Associated Press, Wed January 4, 2006 19:09 EST . FOSTER KLUG - Associated Press Writer - WASHINGTON (AP) When Sri Lanka - 's new foreign minister meets Thursday with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, talks will likely focus on a recent wave of violence that some fear could push the South Asian island back into civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka soldier ambushed ahead of funerals
AFP/Yahoo, Thu 5th Jan 12:50GMT. Suspected Tamil rebels set off a landmine that wounded a soldier in northern Sri Lanka ahead of the funerals of five students allegedly killed in cold blood by the security forces, officials said... Back to the top

S.Lanka s Tigers say willing to die, ready for war, 05 Jan 2006 03:25:34 GMT. KILINOCHCHI, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Malathy is around five feet tall, joined Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels a decade ago and says the deaths of her comrades have only strengthened her... Back to the top

Lankan President orders probe into Trincomalee incident, 04 Jan 2006. Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, has ordered the country's police chief to carry out a ''full'' probe into the Trincomalee incident in which five Tamil youth were killed on Monday evening... Back to the top

Lanka send SoS to Sandy Gordon, January 05, 2006 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka have hired leading sports psychologist Sandy Gordon to try and arrest the team’s plummeting confidence ahead of a difficult triangular series against Australia and South Africa... Back to the top

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