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LTTE mounts pressure on army to quit troubled areas
com, 12 January , 2006, 00:46. Colombo: Amid diplomatic pressure on the LTTE to start peace talks, Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka on Wednesday said that Tamil civilians were demanding the withdrawal of government forces from the island’s troubled regions. A movement known as ‘Tamil Uprising,’ which is seen as a front of the guerrillas, staged a public rally in the district of Trincomalee on Tuesday to press for the troops’ withdrawal, the LTTE said.

"Reconfirming the proclamation adopted at the Tamil Uprising (movement) in Vavuniya on 27 July 2005 and subsequent endorsements at Batticaloa, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Trincomalee, Mullaittivu and Jaffna, the Tamil people in Trincomalee once again congregated at Kadatkaraichchenai in Muttur east on Tuesday 10th January 2006, (and) reiterated the demand to the Sri Lanka military to quit the parts of Tamil Homeland that it occupies," the LTTE said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 11 17:11:34 EST 2006

S.Lanka deminers kidnapped as war fears swirl, Jan 11, 2006 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Unidentified men kidnapped two Sri Lankans working for a Danish mine clearing charity in the north on Wednesday, the charity said, while the army said it had foiled an ambush amid rising fears of a return to war. A string of Tamil Tiger rebel attacks on troops since early December has stretched a 2002 truce to breaking point, while the rebels say reported army abuses — including kidnappings — could rekindle a conflict that has already killed 64,000.The Danish Demining Group said they had no idea who had abducted two Tamil workers as they rode to work on the army-held, mainly Tamil Jaffna peninsula early in the morning. Hemmed in by rebel territory, tensions in Jaffna are high. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 11 12:24:35 EST 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka exploring buying Chinese weapons
Associated Press, Wed January 11, 2006 00:38 EST . Sri Lanka is considering the purchase of Chinese-made guns for its navy just days after an explosives-laden boat slammed into a patrol craft, killing 13 sailors, a news report said Wednesday.

The report follows the strongest-ever warning by United States that the Tamil Tiger rebels resist any resumption of their armed struggle for a separate homeland, with Washington making a veiled threat that it would give strong backing to the Sri Lankan government in the conflict.

The Island newspaper said the 30mm guns would be mounted on vessels similar to the one that was attacked on Saturday in what authorities allege was a suicide attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Speaking to business leaders in the capital Colombo on Tuesday, U.S. ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead that if ``the LTTE chooses to abandon peace ... we want it to be clear, they will face a stronger, more capable and more determined Sri Lankan military.''

Since Dec. 4, 61 Sri Lanka security personnel have died in attacks blamed on the Tamil Tigers, raising concern that the country was sliding back into decades of warfare that has left 65,000 dead and 1.6 million displaced since 1983.

The Island said a high-level delegation from Sri Lankan navy was expected to leave for China later this week to discuss the weapons purchase.

The Defense Ministry was not available to confirm the report, but Beijing has in the past been a major weapons supplier to Sri Lanka.

Lunstead said the U.S. was helping - through relief and rescue military training and assistance programs - to ``shape the ability of the Sri Lankan government to protect its people and defend its interests.''

``There can be a role for the LTTE in future development of Sri Lanka, but only if it returns to the peace table, renounces terrorism in word and deed and become a responsible participant in Sri Lanka's future,'' he said.

The rebels are banned in the U.S. as a terrorist organization.

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Published: Wed Jan 11 03:11:10 EST 2006 Back to the top

Lankan navy cautions India on LTTE s maritime activities, January 12 2006 . NEW DELHI: The Sri Lankan Navy has sounded an urgent warning to its Indian counterpart and proposed cooperative action to safeguard both countries' warships against the LTTE following the January 7 suicide attack that left 13 Sri Lankan sailors dead... Back to the top

S.Lanka's Jaffna likely Tiger focus if war comes
Reuters, January 10, 2006. COLOMBO (Reuters) - If Sri Lanka's two-decade-old civil war flares again, as many fear it will, Tamil Tiger rebels are likely to launch an assault on northern Jaffna as well as hit-and-run guerrilla attacks on supply lines, analysts say... Back to the top

Australia Condemns Sri Lankan Ceasefire Agreement Violations, Wed 11th Jan 12:00GMT. Australia is deeply concerned about the recent escalation in violence in the North and East of Sri Lanka, and condemns in particular the two attacks in Jaffna on 4 and 6 December by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which killed fourteen members of the Sri Lanka Army... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says foils deadly ambush as war fears mount, Wed 11th Jan 8:16GMT. Troops found a boobytrapped claymore fragmentation mine in Sri Lanka's far north and suspected rebels lobbed grenades at army bunkers, the military said on Wednesday, amid mounting fears of a return to civil war... Back to the top

Return to war will be costly,US warns Tamil Tiger rebels
KRISHAN FRANCIS , Associated Press, Tue January 10, 2006 11:26 EST . The United States on Tuesday warned Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels against re-igniting a civil war against the government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka finds deadly mines in north, east, Wed 11th Jan 8:16GMT. Sri Lankan military said Tuesday that four claymore mines had been recovered from the troubled North and East provinces... Back to the top

NDDB signs dairy project pact with Sri Lanka, Wed 11th Jan 12:00GMT. An MoU was signed between NDDB and Gemidiriya Foundation, an autonomous body set up by the Sri Lankan government today to implement a dairy project in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Intelligence Watch
upi, January 10. On Monday a secret meeting in Bangkok was held between Sri Lankan militant bosses and Indian Tamil Nadu political party leaders... Back to the top

Human Rights Commission says, 16 Tamils reported missing after being arrested by forces
Associated Press, Tue January 10, 2006 06:47 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission has received complaints that 16 ethnic Tamil civilians disappeared after being arrested by security forces in northern Jaffna peninsula, a spokesman said Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE abusing our restraint: Colombo, Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Monday said his Government "will continue to act with restraint" but would take "all necessary measures" to check "further terrorist attacks... Back to the top

EU mulls ban on LTTE, Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006. NEW DELHI: The European Union is engaged in an intensive internal debate on whether or not to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the wake of mounting attacks by the LTTE in Sri Lanka over the past month... Back to the top

US praises Colombo’s restraint
Sassanka Samarakkody,, Tues 10th Jan 18:30GMT. The United States has appreciated the Sri Lankan government’s commitment to peace despite the LTTE’s spate of provocations to drag the country back to war... Back to the top

JVP condemns LTTE attack
Sassanka Samarakkody,, Tues 10th Jan 18:30GMT. THE Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) condemned the LTTE attack on the Navy Dvora craft on January 7 in a press release issued to the media... Back to the top

Rameshwaram ferry service
Sassanka Samarakkody,, Tues 10th Jan 18:30GMT. THE Nation Building and Development Ministry has focused special attention on resuming a ferry service between Talaimannar and Rameshwaram during the early part of this year to transport at least 60,000 Sri Lankan refugees currently seeking asylum in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers: Tamils in northern Sri Lankan seeking haven in rebel-held areas
Associated Press, Tue January 10, 2006 00:26 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Army operations in northern Sri Lanka - have terrified hundreds of ethnic Tamils who have fled government-controlled areas to seek haven in territory controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels, the guerrillas said Tuesday... Back to the top

Rajapakse deplores LTTE hits, Tuesday, January 10, 2006. Expressing his deep concerns “over the callous disregard shown by the LTTE to the ceasefire agreement”, Mr Rajapakse has reiterated that his government was prepared to commence direct talks with the LTTE to strengthen the effective implementation of the shaky truce... Back to the top

S.Lanka people suffer as violence rises-monitors, January 10, 2006, - 08:00 EDT. COLOMBO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Ordinary people in Sri Lanka's north are suffering and are fleeing their homes as Tamil Tiger rebels and the government blame each other for rising violence, the head of a Western truce monitoring group said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Downer condemns Sri Lanka violence, January 10, 2006, - 08:00 EDT. The Australian government has condemned the rise in violence in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Pakistan provides $20 million credit line to Sri Lanka, January 10, 2006, - 08:00 EDT. Colombo: Pakistan has agreed to provide a line of credit of $20 million to Sri Lanka, media reports said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka will avoid verbal jousts, says Moody, January 10, 2006, - 08:00 EDT. Tom Moody is keen on Sri Lanka avoiding a war of words in the VB Series © Getty Images Tom Moody, the Sri Lanka coach, says his side will not get involved in any verbal jousting with Australia and South Africa in the upcoming VB Series... Back to the top

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