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Annan calls for cease-fire in Sri Lanka, 2006-01-17 . UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged parties in Sri Lanka on Monday to stop conflicts and resume peace talks, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

In a statement released by the spokesman, Annan said he is very concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka, and deplores the attack on Saturday on the facilities of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission.

"Escalating violence in the past few months has put a severe strain on the cease-fire," Dujarric said, adding "the impact of renewed violence is once again being felt by the civilian population."

According to the spokesman, the secretary-general stressed that"a return to conflict will not resolve outstanding differences between the parties."

"He strongly urges the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to shore up the cease-fire, ensure respect for the human rights of all Sri Lankans, and urgently resume their dialogue under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government," Dujarric conclud More...

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LTTE reportedly making arrangements to force closure of Jaffna ..., January 16, 2006, 23:40 EDT. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, are reportedly making secret arrangements to force the closure of Jaffna University, student sources speaking on condition of anonymity said. The LTTE reportedly wants to shutter the university until the 'Iruthip Pore' ('the Ultimate War') against Sri Lanka`s armed forces is over once and for all. The Asian Tribune reported that the LTTE leadership is urging the college students to abandon their studies for the present and join the LTTE to fight government forces in a final campaign. Last Tuesday LTTE political wing head Sippiah Paramu Tamilselvan held a meeting with students from all of Jaffna University`s facilities at Palai to discuss the current political situation. Tamilselvan said that political situation was worsening and stated that the More...
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Sri Lanka s Tamil Tiger Rebels Will Meet Norwegian Peace Envoys, January 16, 2006, 21:20 EDT. Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam will meet Norwegian peace envoys and members of the Scandinavian cease-fire monitoring mission today to discuss increased violence threatening the truce Norway brokered in 2003. Hans Brattskar, Norway's ambassador to Sri Lanka, and Hagrup Haukland, head of the monitoring mission, will visit Kilinochchi in the rebel-held northern region, the TamilNet Web site said. More...
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Sri Lanka killings continue ahead of envoys’ visit, January 16, 2006, 21:20 EDT. COLOMBO: Two men were shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka on Monday in violence ahead of visits by US and Norwegian envoys trying to halt a slide back to civil war between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Muslims of Sri Lanka in a constant state of Reaction., January 16, 2006, 23:40 EDT. During December 2005, in an Akkarai Pattu mosque seven people were killed while praying... Back to the top

Probe on Chandrika's land offer
BBC, January 16. The Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka has granted leave to proceed on a petition against providing a special perks to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Report: Gunmen kill three Tamil women, wound two men in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon January 16, 2006 02:13 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Armed men raided the home of a Tamil family that supports the Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka - , fatally shooting three women and wounding two men, a pro-rebel Web-site reported Monday... Back to the top

Thousands flee Jaffna expecting war, January 15, 2006. About 3,500 families have fled from Jaffna peninsula to the LTTE-controlled part of the Wanni towards the south, expecting an outbreak of hostilities between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE, sources in Jaffna said on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's main opposition party to implement reforms, 2006-01-16 . COLOMBO, Jan. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said Monday that the party would implement a series of reforms leading towards the further strengthening of its national standing. Party officials said that its parliamentary group which met here on Monday had adopted a set of party reforms one of which was to create a position of Executive Chairman... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military finds mines in north, Jan. 16, 2006. Sri Lankan Army said on Monday that two deadly claymore mines had been recovered from the northern Jaffna peninsula... Back to the top

Sri Lanka plans new security force for capital, Jan 15, 2006. Sri Lanka plans a new security force in the capital to deal with possible attacks as concern grows for a fragile ceasefire with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, police said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan leaders call for moves to check violence, January 15. COLOMBO, Jan. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake and the main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed serious concern on Sunday over the escalating rate of violence in the north and east of the country. Wickramanayake addressing a public function at Galigomuva, 157 km northwest of Colombo urged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels to adhere to the Norwegian backed cease-fire... Back to the top

Sri Lanka killings continue, peace envoys awaited, 16 Jan 2006 10:14:27 GMT. COLOMBO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Two men were shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka on Monday in violence ahead of visits by U... Back to the top

No controversy in Lankan president s wife entering Guruvayur ..., 16 Jan 2006 . Thiruvananthapuram: In the wake of a ''spiritual controversy'' arising out of the Sri Lankan first lady Siranthi Rajapakse, considered to be a Christian, entering the famous Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayur, the temple administrators today clarified that Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's wife was a Buddhist by religion and an ardent devotee of Sri Satya Sai Baba... Back to the top

Report: Suicide truck bombers may target Sri Lankan capital's landmarks
Associated Press, Sun January 15, 2006 04:23 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers in full battle gear manned checkpoints and patrolled Sri Lanka - 's capital Sunday after an intelligence report warned that Tamil Tiger suicide bombers may target prominent landmarks in Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to woo wealthy Indian tourists, 2006-01-16. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will launch a campaign to woo Indian tourists to spend their summer vacation in the country, as the tropical island struggles to fill up hotel rooms that remain largely empty following the tsunami disaster... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels attack Sri Lankan air force checkpoint; airman wounded
Associated Press, Mon January 16, 2006 00:33 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hurled a grenade at an air force checkpoint, wounding an airman, military officials said Monday as rising violence threatened to plunge Sri Lanka - back into civil war... Back to the top

FBI team due on Jan 24
peninsula on line, January 16. The US is sending a top level team to Sri Lanka on January 24 comprising agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of State, The Sunday Times reported... Back to the top

Interpol help to be sought in drug war, 15 January, 2006. A POLICE team attached to the Colombo Crime division (CCD) will leave for India soon to seek assistance from the Chennai branch of the Interpol to arrest several local drug lords who fled the country amidst a crackdown on the heroin trade... Back to the top

Race for UN Chief Heats Up in Diplomatic Circle
korea Times, January 15. While the race to succeed Secretary-General Kofi Annan is underway, the foreign diplomatic corps’ electioneering in Seoul for the world’s top diplomat has begun in earnest... Back to the top

3-day strike hits life in Trincomalee, 15 January, 2006. COLOMBO: Business and normal life in Trincomalee remained at a standstill as the three-day strike, called by the Sinhala Vimukthi Sanvidanaya, in protest against LTTE killings, entered its last day yesterday... Back to the top

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