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JANUARY 8, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 6, NO. 277

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Suspected S.Lanka rebels kill 1 soldier, wound 3
Reuters, January 09, 2006. COLOMBO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed two army patrols in north-eastern Sri Lanka, killing one soldier, the army said on Monday as a search continued at sea for 13 sailors missing after an apparent suicide attack.

One Tiger militant was killed when troops returned fire, the army added.

Attacks on troops have increased markedly since the beginning of December, raising fears the island risks sliding back into a two-decade-old civil war that has already killed over 64,000.

"Near a village, troops on foot saw a vehicle parked by the side of the road and went to investigate," an army spokesman said. "Some Tamil Tigers hiding in a bush fired on them. One soldier was killed. Our soldiers retaliated and one Tamil Tiger was killed." More...

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Published: Sun Jan 8 23:05:03 EST 2006


Rajapakse still for peace with Tiger rebels
newkerala.com, January 08, 2006. Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday said he was still committed to the internationally backed ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers despite continued acts of violence by the rebel group.

Rajapakse was reacting to Saturday's attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on a navy fast attack craft at the eastern port of Trincomalee.

Addressing a religious public gathering at Horana, 38 km southeast of the capital, the president described the LTTE attack was "a blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement".

He said: "I am ready at any time to open talks for a negotiated peaceful settlement."

However, Rajapakse warned the LTTE that he would neither turn blind nor deaf in the face of violence. More...

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Published: Sun Jan 8 13:14:09 EST 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lankan Tamil party calls for resumption of talks
Xinhua, January 08, 2006. COLOMBO, Jan. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil minority legislators have pointed out to President Mahinda Rajapakse that early resumption of talks was needed to diffuse the current volatile security situation in the country.

Rajavayothi Sampanthan, the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary group said Sunday that a TNA delegation had met Rajapakse on Saturday in view of the violence that has endangered the ongoing Norwegian backed truce.

"We told the president that talks (between the government and the Tamil rebels) must be held early to stabilize the security situation," Sampanthan told reporters.

Sampanthan added that the TNA had apprised the president on security vulnerability faced by the Tamils throughout the island.

He said the issue of "arbitrary arrests" of Tamils in Colombo and elsewhere were brought to the attention of the president.

Sampanthan said that last Monday's killing of five Tamil students at the eastern port town of Trincomalee allegedly by the security forces was brought to Rajapakse's attention who promised that remedial action would be taken to prevent a recurrence.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have stepped up their attacks against the government troops since early December.

Some 40 soldiers were killed in claymore mine explosions in addition to the Tiger attack to destroy a Sri Lankan Navy fast attack craft in the early hours of Saturday, killing at least 13 sailors.

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) which has been monitoring the country's peace process warned that the resumption of war was not far away unless the killings came to an end.

Sampanthan said that the TNA delegation urged the president to revive the stalled peace negotiations so that normalcy could be restored. More...

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Published: Sun Jan 8 09:56:39 EST 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka searches for sailors bodies
monstersandcritics.com, Jan 8, 2006, 15:50 GMT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (UPI) -- Sri Lanka has banned night fishing off the north-east port of Trincomalee to search for bodies of sailors killed in an attack Saturday... Back to the top

Hit by attacks, S.Lanka s army take no chances
alertnet.org, 08 Jan 2006 05:56:05 GMT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Speeding along the rough roads of the Sri Lankan army-held Jaffna peninsula, guarded by armoured vehicles front and back, convoys transporting troops near Tamil rebel-held areas take no chances... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy bars Tamil fishermen to go to sea, say rebels
Associated Press, Sun January 8, 2006 00:20 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger rebels accused the Sri Lankan navy Sunday of barring Tamil fishermen from going to the sea, a day after suspected insurgents rammed a fishing boat packed with explosives into a navy vessel, killing 13 sailors... Back to the top

REGION: US concerned over violence in Sri Lanka
dailytimes.com.pk, January 08, 2006. WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has voiced concern over a flare-up of violence in Sri Lanka, and hopes Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels will resume talks to reinforce their fragile truce, the State Department said... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attack Sri Lankan navy vessel, 13 sailors dead
Associated Press, Fri January 6, 2006 23:14 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels rammed an explosives-laden fishing boat into a Sri Lankan navy vessel off the northeastern coast early Saturday, killing 13 sailors, officials said... Back to the top

Vaas bowls Sri Lanka to 20-run win over New Zealand
Associated Press, Sun January 8, 2006 02:42 EST . NAPIER, New Zealand (AP) _ Chaminda Vaas took four wickets Sunday to start and finish Sri Lanka's 20-run win over New Zealand and prevent a Kiwi sweep of the five-match limited-overs cricket series... Back to the top

``LTTE attack, a provocation''
Hindu, January 08, 2006. NEW DELHI: The South Block views the latest Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam attack that killed 15 Sri Lankan Navy soldiers outside the Trincomalee harbour on Saturday as part of a pattern of deliberate provocations... Back to the top

Colombo gets support from US, LTTE from TN
hindustantimes.com, January 7, 2006. With the ceasefire in Sri Lanka in danger of being broken, the government and the LTTE are seriously looking for support from overseas for their respective cases... Back to the top

Govt showing restraint despite LTTE provocation: Samaraweera
outlookindia.com, JAN 7. The Sri Lankan government is showing great restraint and patience in spite of all the provocations of the Tamil Tiger rebels, visiting Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said... Back to the top

Lanka appreciative of India s support
outlookindia.com, JAN 7 . Lauding India's role in supporting its territorial integrity and sovereignty, Sri Lanka has said the bonds between the two countries have further strengthened as a result of recent visit of its new President Mahinda Rajapakse to New Delhi... Back to the top

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