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S.Lanka truce monitor base hit by grenade attack
Reuters, January 13. COLOMBO, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Attackers threw a grenade into the compound of truce monitors in Sri Lanka's restive east early on Saturday, damaging vehicles and a building but causing no injuries, officials said, as fears of a return to war grow.

The first direct attack against the monitors since a 2002 ceasefire halted a two-decade civil war came just hours after the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) reprimanded both Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels and the government over a spike in violence.

"A hand grenade was lobbed into our compound in Batticaloa and exploded," said SLMM spokeswoman Helen Olafsdottir. "We don't know who was behind it. It is the first time one of our offices has been directly attacked."

Some 60 unarmed monitors, all from Nordic countries, have been there since 2002. More...

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Published: Fri Jan 13 15:20:01 EST 2006

Panel dismisses LTTE s denial of attack on sailors, Jan 14, 2006 . COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) on Friday dismissed denials by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of involvement in the recent escalation of violence in the northern and eastern districts. Strongly condemning Thursday's attack on a road convoy of the Sri Lanka Navy, the SLMM described it as "yet another serious blow to the ceasefire agreement (CFA)." The navy said at least eight sailors were killed in the claymore attack by suspected LTTE cadres. On the LTTE's denials of its involvement, the SLMM said: "The LTTE claims that `the People' are behind the attacks on the military. SLMM finds this explanation unacceptable. It is safe to say that LTTE involvement cannot be ruled out and we find the LTTE's indifference to these attacks worrying." In a comprehensive statement, the SLMM also wanted the Government and the LTTE to come up with "confidence building measures" and "more commitment" if Sri Lanka was not the relapse into war. More...
Published: Fri Jan 13 18:57:39 EST 2006 Back to the top

LTTE killings are a challenge to US: Sri Lanka, Fri 13th Jan 11:00GMT. Tamil Tiger guerrillas have thrown an open "challenge" to Washington by killing nine Sri Lankan sailors days after warnings from the US to desist from violence, a top official in that country said on Friday.

At the same time, the government leader said in a telephonic interview from Colombo that Sri Lanka would remain glued to the 2002 Norway-sponsored ceasefire signed with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Indeed, Sri Lanka's restraint despite unending killings of its soldiers and sailors by the LTTE only showed that the outfit was an intransigent force, said the leader who is known to be close to President Mahinda Rajapakse.

"It is a clear challenge to the US. It is clear they (LTTE) are not ready to listen to anyone," the senior official said, referring to US envoy Jeffrey Lunstead's call to LTTE on Monday to end its violence and his undisguised public criticism of the group's leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran. More...

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Published: Fri Jan 13 05:53:33 EST 2006 Back to the top

Probe urged for "President's threatening"
BBC, January 13. Media watchdogs in Sri Lanka have protested an alleged threat to a senior editor of an English weekly by President Mahinda Rajapaksa... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace monitors slam both rebels and gov't+
Associated Press, Fri January 13, 2006 08:49 EST . - - COLOMBO, Jan. 13 (Kyodo) Scandinavian cease-fire monitors on Friday slammed both Sri Lanka - 's government and its ethnic Tamil rebels for the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country's northeast, saying both sides risk ''going back to war.'' ''Over 100 people were killed last month, half of whom were civilians,'' the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission observing the 2002 Cease-Fire Agreement said in a statement. ''It is our assessment that if the parties don't react immediately, they risk going back to war... Back to the top

Crowds continue to torment Muralitharan
ABC/afp, january 13. Australian crowds continued to torment Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan at Docklands stadium on Friday, repeating the taunts that once angered him so much he pulled out of a 2004 Test tour of the country... Back to the top

SLMM questions whether there is still a Ceasefire in Sri Lanka.
SLMM, January 13. SLMM strongly condemns the latest attack on Sri Lanka Navy soldiers in Cheddikulam on the 12th of January... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger involvement in killing Sri Lankan forces cannot be ruled out, Europeans say
Associated Press, Fri January 13, 2006 07:01 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger involvement in a series of attacks against Sri Lankan armed forces cannot be ruled out, European cease-fire monitors said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka assures no return to war with LTTE, Fri 13th Jan 11:00GMT. Sri Lanka assured that it would not return to war with the Tamil Tiger rebels despite the rebels' acts of provocation, and urged the rebel outfit to return to the negotiating table to achieve lasting peace... Back to the top

Rising Sri Lanka violence decried, January 13, 2006 - 13:35 EDT. International ceasefire monitors in Sri Lanka have issued their strongest statement to date condemning the recent rise in violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ratifies South Asian Free Trade Area agreement, 08:08, January 13, 2006. The Sri Lankan government has ratified the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement, Minister of Information and Media Anura Yapa said in Colombo Thursday... Back to the top

INTERVIEW- Sri Lanka war worse for hunger than tsunami-UN, Fri 13th Jan 11:00GMT. Return to war in Sri Lanka could have more impact on malnutrition than the 2004 tsunami, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, with new violence already hitting aid programmes... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops intensify search for Tamil rebels after nine sailors killed
DILIP GANGULY, Associated Press, Fri January 13, 2006 02:15 EST . Heavily armed troops searched for Tamil rebel infiltrators Friday in government-held areas in Sri Lanka's restive north, a day after an anti-personnel mine killed nine sailors in the latest deadly attack on the military... Back to the top

UK Trade Minister to visit India and Sri Lanka, Fri 13th Jan 11:00GMT. The UK Trade Minister, Ian Pearson will demonstrate the country's growing commitment to a bilateral business relationship when he visits India and Sri Lanka during 16 - 20 January 2006... Back to the top

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... 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

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