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EXCLUSIVE-No homeland for Tigers - S.Lanka President, Feb 13, 2006 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Monday ruled out Tamil Tiger demands for a separate homeland in the island's north and east, but said he would rein in armed groups — a central rebel demand ahead of crunch talks.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have threatened to resume an armed struggle that led to two decades of civil war which killed more than 64,000 people up until a 2002 truce unless the government gives them a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils.

"There's only one country, we can share power. Not a separate state. That idea must be taken off … it is completely out," Rajapakse told Reuters in an interview ahead of upcoming talks with the rebels in Switzerland to avoid a slide back to war. More...

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Published: Mon Feb 13 07:19:57 EST 2006

Chandrika 'still faces threats to her life'
Gulf News, February 14. Colombo: Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga has complained to President Mahinda Rajapakse that her security is being systematically pruned despite threats to her life.

Chandrika is reported to have made the allegations in a letter to the President in which she claims that the threat to her life was from the Tamil rebels as well as sections from the government, the Sunday Leader newspaper reported. More...

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Published: Mon Feb 13 20:49:20 EST 2006 Back to the top

One injured in grenade blast in Sri Lankan Tamil party office
Associated Press, February 13. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hurled a hand grenade into the political office of a rival Tamil group in eastern Sri Lanka on Monday, injuring one person, a military spokesman said.

The attack on the office of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization, a former ally turned opponent of the Tigers, took place in Batticaloa, 220 kilometers (135 miles) east of the capital, Colombo, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.

The identity of the injured person is still unknown, he said.

The attack comes as the government and rebels prepare to attend peace talks in Switzerland on Feb. 22-23 to try and save a four-year-old cease-fire which has come under threat because of widespread violence.

The insurgents have been accused of killing scores of opponents and government troops. About 81 security personnel have been killed since December in land mine explosions blamed on the guerrillas.

The rebels have denied the claims and accused the government of using their rivals for covert attacks against them and civilians.

There was no immediate comment from the Tigers on the blast.

The Tigers are the last of a dozen or so ethnic Tamil groups that have been fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils in the country's northeast.

All of the others renounced violence after a peace accord arranged by India in 1987, with many becoming legitimate political groups. The Tigers have since accused these groups of corroborating with government forces.

Sri Lanka's civil conflict claimed 65,000 lives before the cease-fire in 2002. Peace talks broke down in 2003 when the guerillas withdrew demanding more autonomy in Tamil-majority north and east.

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Published: Mon Feb 13 12:07:02 EST 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka civil society promotes peace with Tigers, 2006-02-13. COLOMBO, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- A Sri Lankan civil society group is proceeding to the Tamil Tiger rebel's territory to promote peace ahead of scheduled talks between the government and rebels. The team of PAFFREL (People's Action for Free and Fair Elections) activists left here Monday for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held territory in Kilinochchi in the north, Kingsley Rodrigo, the PAFFREL executive director, said... Back to the top

Tamil parties to support president
bbc, February 14. Two major political parties representing Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka have decided to form an alliance with the government led by President Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming local polls... Back to the top

Jayawardene apologises to Ponting
The Pennisular, February 14. ADELAIDE: Mahela Jayawardene has apologised to Ricky Ponting for claiming he caught the batsman’s cut shot during last night’s second final at Sydney... Back to the top

British charity finds misuse of funds
Gulf News, February 13. Colombo: Britain's Charity Commission the state body monitoring charities has expressed concern that the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) had consulted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in determining allocations of funds... Back to the top

French government confers 'Chevalier' award to Colombo AFP chief
webindia123, February 13. The French Government today conferred its 'Chevalier' national award on Sri Lanka's Bureau Chief of the news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Amal Jayasinghe... Back to the top

Ceylon’s struggle against Indian immigrants, February 13, 2006, 11:30 EDT. A substantial part of Sri Lanka's modern history is about its struggle against Indian immigrants... Back to the top

Foreign advisors may jeopardise Lanka s negotiating position, February 12, 2006, 10:25EDT. Colombo: US experts hired by Sri Lanka to advise its peace delegates are "too liberal" and "too pro-Tigers" that it could jeopardise the island nation's negotiating position during upcoming talks with the rebels, a state-run newspaper said today... Back to the top

Amnesty seeks end to jungle law in Sri Lankan east
NewKerala, February 12. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi: Amnesty International has sought an effective human rights mechanism to end rampant lawlessness in eastern Sri Lanka for which it has blamed both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its breakaway Karuna faction... Back to the top

East 'must have voice' in talks
BBC, February 12. Independent Muslim participation not only in the forthcoming Geneva talks but also in any future talks is important to Muslim community, says Javed Yusuf, Secretary General of the Muslim Peace Secretariat... Back to the top

4 die as suspected LTTE boat explodes, February 12, 2006, 10:25EDT. COLOMBO: A suspected LTTE boat exploded off Sri Lanka's northern Mannar coast on Saturday, killing four cadres on board, the Army said... Back to the top

Too few Tamil speakers in SL Govt service
Hindustan Times, February 12. Sri Lanka's Official Languages Commission has reported that there are far too few Tamil speakers in government service and has suggested measures to correct the glaring imbalance... Back to the top

Thai firms sought for Sri Lanka refinery, February 13. Saha Regal Best Co (SRB), a Thai construction investment firm, is looking to select medium-sized Thai construction firms to carry out civil construction for the development of a 200,000 barrel per day (bpd) oil refinery in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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