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JANUARY 27, 2006 EST, USA
 
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India hails Colombo-LTTE talks
hindu.com, January 27, 2006 - 17:15. NEW DELHI: India on Friday welcomed the decision by the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to hold talks in Geneva in February, the External Affairs Ministry said. "The resumption of talks augurs well for the prospects of peace in Sri Lanka," the Ministry stressed.

"The Government of India reiterates its long-standing view in favour of a negotiated political settlement that meets the just aspirations of all communities and which respects the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka," it added.

Addressing a press conference after meeting Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, Norwegian Minister for Development Cooperation Erik Solheim said on Friday that India was "very pleased" by the decision of the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to hold talks to implement their ceasefire agreement More...

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Published: Fri Jan 27 17:14:40 EST 2006


US identifies a new foe - close to India
IANS/NewKerala, January 27. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi: After allowing the Afghan mujahideen to blossom into Taliban and Al Qaeda, the US is taking a hard look at Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas, undoubtedly the world's most lethal insurgent group. The question is: can this lead to a confrontation between the two?

This might sound farfetched to many today. But one only has to remember that even in the middle of 1987 no one remotely feared a showdown between India and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Indeed, that was when LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran had publicly declared: "We love India!"

No such bonhomie today exists between the US and the LTTE.

India's reluctance to get actively involved in Sri Lanka's unending ethnic conflict and, unlike earlier times, be vocal beyond a point is one reason why Washington has started playing, to the discomfort of some in New Delhi, an increasingly activist role in the island nation.

In a space of a fortnight this month, two senior US officials - Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead in Colombo and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns - came out with Washington's strongest denunciation of the LTTE, coupled with unflinching support to Sri Lanka. More... Discuss this story

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Published: Fri Jan 27 14:15:25 EST 2006 Back to the top


Captain says India was source of detonators destined for Sri Lankan rebel territory
Associated Press, Fri January 27, 2006 07:50 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) India was the source of tens of thousands of detonators seized by a Sri Lankan navy vessel that were to be delivered to Tamil rebel-held territory, an Indian captain said Friday. The navy detained the five Indian crew members of the vessel, which was seized late Wednesday off northern Sri Lanka - , an area under rebel control, Commander D.K.B. Dassanayake said.

Raj, an ethnic Tamil, told Associated Press Television while in navy custody that he received the detonators from a Tamil-speaking Indian man in the southern Indian port city of Rameshwaram.

Southern India is home to 56 million Tamils, some of whom have family or traditional ties with Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million Tamils.

Raj said his contact gave him detailed instructions on how to deliver the cargo.

``I was told by this gentleman to take this and when we reach a particular destination, give particular light signals and people will come by boats and pick them up,'' Raj said.

Raj, 25, said he was given 5,000 Indian rupees (US$160; euro130) in advance and was promised an additional 15,000 rupees when he returned to India.

On Thursday, when the seizure was announced, the Indian embassy in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo declined comment. Calls to the embassy Friday went unanswered.

The seizure came after the rebels agreed on Wednesday to resume peace talks with the government next month after a lapse of nearly four years.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the country's civil war, which began in 1983, before a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire brought relative peace in 2002.

Peace talks broke down in April 2003 over guerrilla demands for extensive autonomy in the Tamil-majority north and east.

The rebels want to set up a separate homeland for Sri Lankan Tamils, saying they can only prosper away from the domination of the majority Sinhalese. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 27 08:46:17 EST 2006 Back to the top


Tension in Sri Lanka puts Indian fishermen in troubled waters
com, January 27, 2006 - 17:15. CHENNAI: The looming threat of another civil war in Sri Lanka has put the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu in a precarious situation... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels accuse government-backed assailants of killing senior rebel officer
Associated Press, Fri January 27, 2006 01:05 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday accused Sri Lanka - 's government of backing assailants who assassinated a senior rebel officer a day after the two sides agreed to restart peace talks, but the military denied involvement in the ambush... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's future: hard realities face government, rebels in talks
Associated Press, Thu January 26, 2006 19:04 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Long-awaited peace talks may be on track, but the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels are bracing for hard realities that have kept the ethnically riven, war-scarred tropical island divided for years... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to upgrade broadband offering
upi.com, Jan. 27 . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka Telecom is expanding its broadband capabilities in order to offer new virtual private network services aimed at the business community. Juniper Networks will be supplying multi-service routing platforms along with its E-series Broadband Services Routers for a raft of triple-play voice, data and video along with other new offerings planned by SLT... Back to the top

RIM, Dialog Telekom launch BlackBerry in Sri Lanka
today.reuters.com, Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:13 AM EST. TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM.TO: Quote) (RIMM.O: Quote) and Sri Lanka's largest mobile phone company Dialog Telekom Ltd. (DIAL... Back to the top

Swiss offer helped break deadlock in Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, January 26. Switzerland had helped break the deadlock over the venue of the first round of talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE by offering to host them in Geneva... Back to the top

FEATURE-War or peace, tension high on S.Lanka s death road
alertnet.org, January 27, 2006 - 07:50. OMANTHAI, Sri Lanka, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A long disused and weed-covered railway line runs for miles alongside the potholed single-lane road leading into rebel-held territory in northern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

S.Lanka rebel-linked group says ceasing attacks
alertnet.org, January 27, 2006 - 07:50. COLOMBO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan group linked to the Tamil Tiger rebels said on Friday it was ceasing military action but the government and the guerrillas accused each other of new attacks just after agreeing to meet for talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Telecom Rolls out MPLS-Based VPN Services Using Juniper ...
tmcnet.com, January 27, 2006 - 11:46. Sri Lanka Telecom has expanded its network to offer advanced MPLS-based VPN services to business consumers by implementing products from Juniper Networks... Back to the top

Lanka: Solheim coming to India
chennaionline.com, January 27, 2006 - 07:50. New Delhi, Jan 27: After eliciting a promise from the LTTE to hold talks with the Sri Lankan government, ending a three-year deadlock, Norwegian negotiator Eric Solheim is arriving here to confer with Indian leaders, including possibly Prime Minister Manmohan Singh... Back to the top

Japan, Britain applaud Sri Lanka peace breakthrough
mg.co.za, January 27, 2006 - 07:50. Sri Lanka's key foreign backers welcomed on Friday an agreement by the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume peace talks and urged them to work to halt violence... Back to the top

The United States hails breakthrough for talks in Sri Lanka
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, January 26th, 2006, 10:00 am SLT. The United States on Thursday welcomed a decision by the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume talks and commended Norway for clinching the deal... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy detains Indian vessel allegedly carrying detonators for Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Thu January 26, 2006 06:31 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan navy patrol boat detained a privately owned Indian vessel attempting to smuggle tens of thousands of detonators for anti-personnel mines, a weapon often used by Tamil Tiger rebels, the navy spokesman said Thursday... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers release Sri Lankan policeman held for months as goodwill gesture
Associated Press, Thu January 26, 2006 02:40 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil rebels on Thursday freed a policeman held for more than four months in what they described as a goodwill gesture after agreeing to return to peace talks after a three-year boycott... Back to the top

Clash erupts in Sri Lanka a day after peace deal
reuters.com, Jan 26. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels both said they came under attack on Thursday, a day after the two sides agreed to hold fresh peace talks in Geneva... Back to the top

ANALYSIS-S.Lanka peace talks: war cancelled or delayed
alertnet.org, January 26, 2006 - 08:40 EDT. COLOMBO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to meet for peace talks in Geneva, reducing the risk of an imminent return to conflict, but many analysts are warning the island is far from safe from a new war... Back to the top

US promises aid to Lanka govt against Tigers
Dawn, January 26, 2006 - 08:40 EDT. As the four-year-old ceasefire in Sri Lanka is on the verge of crumbling, the United States has offered to strengthen its military assistance programmes and increase training for government forces if the country’s rebel group resumes its separatist war in the northern and eastern provinces... Back to the top

Envoy says Sri Lanka peace needs patience
go.com, January 26, 2006 - 08:40 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's peace process is back on track but patience is sorely needed and will be key to any success, Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim said on Thursday after the government and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to meet for talks... Back to the top

Editorial: Peace Prospects in Lanka
arabnews.com, January 26, 2006 - 08:40 EDT. The news that the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have been persuaded by Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim to hold talks in Geneva next month has to be welcomed as a positive development; but it is not easy to be optimistic... Back to the top

Australia beats Sri Lanka by five wickets to extend tri-series lead
Associated Press, Thu January 26, 2006 06:32 EST . ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Simon Katich made 52, the only half-century in a low-scoring match, to lead Australia to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka - in a tri-series limited-overs cricket match Thursday... Back to the top

More Sri Lankans flee to India despite talks breakthrough
Associated Press, Thu January 26, 2006 06:01 EST . S. SRINIVASAN - Associated Press Writer - BANGALORE, India (AP) Twenty Tamil civilians fled from Sri Lanka - and sought refuge in India on Thursday, police said, despite an agreement between Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels to begin talks aimed at ending spiraling violence in the island nation... Back to the top

CH2M Hill helps reconstruct Sri Lanka
nestor.minsk.by, January 26, 2006 - 08:40 EDT. CH2M Hill, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm based in Denver, Colo... Back to the top

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