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JANUARY 12, 2006 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka condemns Tamil rebels for mine attack killing eight sailors
Associated Press, Thu January 12, 2006 09:06 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels triggered a powerful anti-personnel mine against a government navy convoy in northern Sri Lanka Thursday, killing at least eight sailors and injuring eight others, an official said.

The blast occurred in Chettiukulam in Vavuniya district, 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the capital, Colombo, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.

There were about 20 sailors in the convoy moving toward their base in the northwestern town of Mannar.

``I can confirm that eight navy personnel were killed and another eight injured,'' Samarasinghe said.

``Even yesterday (Wednesday) we recovered two Claymore mines from this area, still this blast has happened,'' he said.

The latest incident brings to 69 the number of Sri Lankan security forces killed in attacks blamed on the Tamil Tigers, endangering a nearly four-year-old cease-fire that halted nearly two decades of civil war.

The government accused the Tigers of carrying out Thursday's attack.

``The government has been acting with so much of restraint but the LTTE continues to violate the cease-fire agreement,'' government spokesman and Cabinet minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told The Associated Press. LTTE stands for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tigers' formal name.

The rebels have denied involvement in any of the attacks but the style of planning and execution of attacks make the Tigers the main suspects.

The attack comes even as European Union on Thursday called on the government and the LTTE to hold talks, warning that a return to civil war would cause ``massive human suffering.''

``It is imperative that the government, other political parties and the Tamil Tigers heed the call of the people and join hands to arrest the spread of violence,'' the EU said in a statement issued in Colombo.

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jeffrey Lunstead warned Tuesday 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.''

Both the government and the rebels have said they are ready for talks, but issues such as a venue remain in dispute. Norwegian Eric Solheim, who brokered the 2002 cease-fire, is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka Jan. 23 to push for fresh talks.

The rebels want to establish a separate Tamil homeland in the island's northeast alleging discrimination by majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

The civil war has claimed 65,000 lives and displaced 1.6 million since 1983.

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Published: Thu Jan 12 10:16:59 EST 2006

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S.Lanka Navy says rebel blast kills 9 sailors  - alertnet.org
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Mine blast kills 9 Navy sailors in northern Sri Lanka  - xinhuanet.com
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Suspected Tamil rebels blow up navy convoy killing eight sailors  - KRISHAN FRANCIS , Associated Press

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Associated Press, Thu January 12, 2006 13:36 EST . - - APPROXIMATELY 230 NM SOUTH OF COLUMBO, SRI LANKA - . ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATES CYCLING DEEP CONVECTION THAT HAS SLOWLY IMPROVED OVER THE PAST 12 HOURS. ANIMATED WATER VAPOR SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATES A LARGE WELL ORGANIZED MID-LEVEL CIRCULATION.

A 120024Z QUIKSCAT PASS DEPICTS A WELL ORGANIZED LOW-LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER WITH ASYMMETRICALLY STRONGER WINDS IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE.

UPPER LEVEL ANALYSIS INDICATES AN ENVIRONMENT OF LOW VERTICAL WIND SHEAR AND MODERATE UPPER LEVEL RADIAL OUTFLOW. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED SURFACE WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS. MINIMUM SEA LEVEL PRESSURE IS ESTIMATED TO BE NEAR 1004 MB.

THE POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS IS UPGRADED TO FAIR.

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Double standards in the global war on terror - Analysis
ChannelNewsAsia, January 13. SINCE the election of Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse last November, the West's double standards in the global fight against terrorism have been exposed.

Immediately following the narrow poll victory of Mr Rajapakse on Nov 17, the Western media dubbed him a "hardline" nationalist. When he picked another nationalist politician, Mr Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, as the prime minister, one headline read: "Hardline Sri Lankan president to swear in a hawkish prime minister".

Such terms have also been used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) and non-governmental organisations such as the Norwegian-funded National Peace Council.

The Western media dubbed Mr Rajapakse a "hardliner" because he refused to accept their Western ideas on peace and minority rights, and instead argued that there should first be a consensus among the majority Sinhalese Buddhists on what constitutes a peace deal. This needs to be taken into account when negotiating with the LTTE and other Tamil groups.

Mr Rajapakse's predecessor, Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunga, and the opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe, tried to negotiate for peace by ignoring the views of the majority community, which triggered a backlash against both. While Mr Rajapakse beat the latter with only 50.3 per cent of the national vote last November, he won many Sinhala-Buddhist votes by a landslide — between 60 and 70 per cent. More...

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Sri Lanka says no to war as Trincomalee crippled by protest
xinhuanet.com, Thu 12th Jan 12:50GMT. Sri Lanka's eastern port city of Trincomalee was brought to a standstill Thursday by a protest campaign against the acts of violence by the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka: India Stays on the Sidelines- Analysis
Stratfor, January 13. The Sri Lankan delegation at Indian naval exercises urged New Delhi on Jan... Back to the top

Eschew violence, US tells LTTE
hindu.com, Thu 12th Jan 08:45GMT. The U.S. has criticised the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for "undermining" the organisation's "claims to legitimacy" through "pursuit of violence... Back to the top

Soldiers kill suspected Tamil rebel; 45 civilians killed since Nov. 20: rights group
DILIP GANGULY, Associated Press, Thu January 12, 2006 01:16 EST . Sri Lankan soldiers shot dead a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel in the country's north after the man hurled a grenade at troops manning a military checkpoint, the Defense Ministry said Thursday... Back to the top

24 refugees arrive from Sri Lanka
chennaionline.com, January 12, 2006 - 11:48 EDT. Rameswaram (TN), Jan 12: For the first time after hostilities broke out between the Sri Lankan Army and Tamil Tiger rebels on Jan 7 off Trincomalee, a batch of 24 refugees from the island nation arrived at Dhanushkodi coast today, a top police official said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

S.Lanka deminers kidnapped as war fears swirl
go.com, 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... 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... Back to the top

Lankan navy cautions India on LTTE s maritime activities
newindpress.com, 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

Australia Condemns Sri Lankan Ceasefire Agreement Violations
foreignminister.gov.au, 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
alertnet.org, 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

Sri Lanka finds deadly mines in north, east
xinhuanet.com, 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
business-standard.com, 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

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