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JANUARY 17, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 6, NO. 286

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LTTE 'will not return to war' -Norway
bbcsinhala.com, 17 January, 2006 - Published 16:36 GMT. The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka says that the Tamil Tigers will not return to war. Hans Brattskar was speaking to journalists in Kilinoachi after meeting S.P Thamilselvan, leader of the LTTE political wing .

He said that he had no reason to believe that the Tamil Tigers will go to war and was optimistic that the LTTE wants to come to the negotiation table.

Speaking on the scheduled visit of Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim with LTTE leader Prabhakaran on the 23rd of January Bratskar said “the world is not going to change but it will lead to new opportunities”.

Tamil Tiger negotiator Anton Balasinham is also to visit Kilinochchi from London to join in the talks.

Attacks

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) chief Hagrup Haukland who also had talks with the LTTE political leadership said that he is aware who is responsible for attacks against an SLMM office.

He said “it is not the LTTE. It is not the government, but we know who they are”

Howeve,r Haukland did not disclose who is responsible for the attacks.

An explosive devise was set off at the Batticaloa SLMM office on Friday night.

Commenting on the attacks on security personnel in the north and east S.P.Thamilselvan, leader of of the Tamil Tiger political wing said that it was a reaction from the civilians.

“Our people are been handled in a high handed manner and they are reacting ’’ said Thamilselvan. More...
Published: Tue Jan 17 17:18:38 EST 2006


European cease-fire monitors suspend operations in Sri Lanka 's restive Trincomalee
Associated Press, Tue January 17, 2006 08:58 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors said Tuesday they were suspending operations in the restive port city of Trincomalee, hours after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a bus, wounding 12 sailors and sparking a gun battle that killed at least two civilians, officials and a pro-rebel Web-site said. Members of the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, drawn from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, were deployed after the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels signed a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in 2002. The truce has come under serious strain with almost daily killings. At least 75 Sri Lankan soldiers have died in the violence since Dec. 4.

Separately, suspected rebels detonated an anti-personnel mine, killing one soldier and injuring another near the main northern city of Jaffna, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Colombo, the military's media unit said.

The attacks took place as Norway's Ambassador Hans Brattskar and Hagrup Haukland, head the monitoring team, held talks in the rebel-held north with Tiger political chief S.P Thamilselvan about the possibility of resuming stalled peace talks in a bid to keep the country from sliding back into civil war.

Suspected Tigers set off a bomb targeting a bus in Trincomalee said military spokesman Brig. Athula Jayawardena of the Tuesday's incident. ``After the explosion, (the rebels) also fired at us with small arms,'' Jayawardena said. Navy personnel shot back and some civilians were caught in the crossfire, he said.

The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site reported the two civilians were killed by Sri Lankan troops who fired in retaliation after the blast.

The two sides have held six rounds of peace talks, but subsequent talks have stalled over power-sharing disagreements.

Both sides say they are ready for talks, but there is disagreement over details. The rebels want sweeping autonomy, which the government warns would lead to the ethnic division of this island nation of 19 million people.

Norwegian peace broker Eric Solheim was scheduled to arrive on Jan. 23 as part of an effort to get the talks restarted. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jan 17 09:20:59 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka remains in a violent limbo precariously close to war
bbc.co.uk, January 17, 2006 - 17:00 EDT. Our visit to Trincomalee was a tale of two journeys. We were prevented from entering the port because our arrival coincided with a suspected Tamil Tigers grenade attack on a police checkpoint, which prompted the security forces to seal off the road. Our departure was complicated by a virtual blockade of the city by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the extreme nationalist party, whose half-drunk supporters had surrounded our vehicle earlier that day and threatened to beat us up. On the way in, we witnessed the ruthlessness of the rebels, who have come now to express themselves almost exclusively More...
Published: Tue Jan 17 16:57:38 EST 2006 Back to the top

Two civilians dead in crossfire after suspected Tigers injure 12 sailors in ambush
Associated Press, Tue January 17, 2006 01:04 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a bus carrying Sri Lankan navy personnel Tuesday, wounding 12 sailors and sparking a gun battle that killed at least two civilians in the crossfire, the military said... Back to the top

Lanka attacks threaten fresh peace efforts
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Annan calls for cease-fire in Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 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... Back to the top

World Bank says continuing violence may cost Sri Lanka aid+
Associated Press, Tue January 17, 2006 02:07 EST . COLOMBO, Jan. 17 (Kyodo) _ The World Bank on Monday added its voice to mounting international concerns over escalating violence in Sri Lanka with its representative here warning that further deterioration could dent aid from the bank. ''The World Bank's country assistance strategy explicitly links the level of our assistance to progress on the peace front,'' Peter Harrold said... Back to the top

LTTE reportedly making arrangements to force closure of Jaffna ...
monstersandcritics.com, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tamil Tiger Rebels Will Meet Norwegian Peace Envoys
bloomberg.com, 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... Back to the top

Temple in upheaval over Lankan First Lady s faith
rediff.com, January 17, 2006. Less than three weeks after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse prayed at the Sri Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor, Kerala, the temple authorities have posed a question to the state government: Is the president's wife, Shiranthi Rajapakse, a Christian? Mahinda and Shiranthi Rajapakse's visit to the famed temple has kicked up a row in Guruvayoor and Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 94 runs
today.reuters.com, Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:51 PM GMT. MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sri Lanka produced a vastly improved team effort to beat South Africa by 94 runs in their triangular one-day series match in Brisbane on Tuesday... Back to the top

A GIFT OF SHELTER
Associated Press, Tue January 17, 2006 00:49 EST . - - MONROVIA ESTATE, SRI LANKA - BY BRIAN BONNER Pioneer Press In the past 18 months, Samarage Abeyrathna lost his wife to a car accident, his house to the tsunami and his mother to natural causes... Back to the top

World Bank to help Sri Lanka to develop road, education sectors
reliefweb.int, Date: 17 Jan 2006. COLOMBO, Jan 17, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World bank has agreed to provide a package of assistance to Sri Lanka in order to develop the country's road network and education sector, Daily News said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka killings continue ahead of envoys’ visit
dailytimes.com.pk, 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.
khilafah.com, January 16, 2006, 23:40 EDT. During December 2005, in an Akkarai Pattu mosque seven people were killed while praying... Back to the top

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