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Coordinated naval patrolling formalised
Hindu, february 25. CHENNAI: The `coordinated patrolling', which the Indian and Sri Lankan navies have taken up along the International Maritime Boundary Line, has been formalised.

Officers of both navies met on Thursday to work out the arrangements, Eastern Naval Commander, Sureesh Mehta, told The Hindu here on Friday. "We have finalised something just yesterday. We are working on the modalities... we have almost got it sorted out. And it will be in place very soon."

India and Sri Lanka began `coordinated patrolling' along the IMBL over six months ago on an experimental basis to ensure that there was no instance of firing at genuine fishermen and to prevent criminals from travelling freely between the countries.

During the experimental stage, many limitations of the forces were studied and a working methodology was evolved. These included the crossing of the international boundary line and identification of various types of crafts in the region. Both sides routinely exchanged information on the location of their vessels and details of suspicious activities in the region. More...

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Published: Fri Feb 24 22:56:58 EST 2006


LTTE violates Ceasefire yet again by constructing two new bunkers in Omanthai
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, February 24, 2006, 11.24 p.m.. In yet another gross violation to the Ceasefire Agreement, the LTTE has begun constructing two bunkers on either side of the A-9 road in Omanthai.

The matter was brought to the notice of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) yesterday evening (23).

According to Army sources, the construction of these two bunkers are taking place ahead of the LTTE's forward defence line at Omanthai on either side of the A-9 road.

"The construction of new bunkers amounts to a gross violation of the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and LTTE in February 2002," the sources pointed out.

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Peace holds in Sri Lanka, for the time being - Opinion
Hindu, february 25. "POLITICS," CHAIRMAN Mao famously said in 1938, "is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed." Sri Lanka's latest politics of war and peace was set in an Alpine chateau in Switzerland, where the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ended yet another round of direct talks on Thursday. The Geneva talks, which coincided with the fourth anniversary of the ceasefire agreement (CFA), were more about politics than the immediate prospects of conflict resolution. The main outcome the two sides will meet again in Geneva in April is that the prospect of the island relapsing into war has seemingly waned, momentarily. In effect, it represents the continuation of the holding operation. Norwegian facilitator Erik Solheim's declaration announced no major breakthrough. None was expected either. The commitments fall under two categories: those jointly made by the Government and the LTTE and those specific to each party. By themselves, the commitments do not foretell a big change in the near-term. It is in the minutiae of the CFA that there are clauses of concern in the medium and long terms that could determine the nature of post-conflict northeastern Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Fri Feb 24 22:58:53 EST 2006 Back to the top

China to provide rail carriages to Sri Lanka
chinadaily.com.cn, 2006-02-25. China National Machinery Import and Export Corp (CMC) on Friday signed an agreement with the Sri Lankan Railway Department to provide 100 rail carriages to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Joint Statement by the Government and the LTTE
Saman Weragoda in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Friday 24 February 2006. The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LLTE) met in Geneva 22-23 February for talks on the Ceasefire Agreement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov't, rebels reaffirm truce: report+
Associated Press, Thu February 23, 2006 16:53 EST . ARTHUR MAX Associated Press Writer GENEVA (AP) _ Sri Lankan government negotiators and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed Thursday to resume their cease-fire talks in April and restrain the level of violence, Norwegian mediator Erik Solheim said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka accuses rebels of violating truce
xinhuanet.com, Feb. 24 . COLOMBO, Feb. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan Army has accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of building bunkers in the north in violation of the ongoing truce agreement. A report posted on the Army website here Friday said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had built bunkers on either side of A9 highway linking the capital Colombo and the northern city of Jaffna ahead of the forward defense lines at Omanthai... Back to the top

LTTE blames Karuna for child recruitment
hindustantimes.com, February 23. The mainstream LTTE has blamed the renegade commander, Karuna, for the recruitment of children for its combat units... Back to the top

Next round of Sri Lankan-LTTE talks in April
hindu.com, February 24. Colombo, Feb 24: The Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Thursday agreed to hold their next round of talks between April 19 and 21 in Switzerland, the state-run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation reported... Back to the top

Swiss to host second round of Sri Lanka talks
swissinfo.org, Friday 24. The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to meet again in Switzerland in April after two days of tough but successful talks in Geneva... Back to the top

Chicken consumption drops in Sri Lanka amid fears of bird flu
Associated Press, Fri February 24, 2006 06:32 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's poultry farmers are seeing a drop in sales as fears of bird flu escalate after a recent outbreak in neighboring India prompted the culling of hundreds of thousands of birds, an official said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government says it will honor cease-fire commitment
Associated Press, Fri February 24, 2006 02:12 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government said Friday it will honor commitments toward peace with the Tamil Tigers made at just-concluded talks in Geneva, Switzerland... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says no bird flu found as migratory birds under surveillance
Associated Press, Fri February 24, 2006 00:40 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government said Friday it hasn't detected any cases of bird flu as health experts monitored areas where hundreds of thousands of migratory birds from Europe spend the winter... Back to the top

Co-chairs urge flexibility as government, Tamil rebels enter final day of Geneva talks
Shimali Senanayake in CELIGNY, Switzerland, February 23rd, 2006. The Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger negotiators sat down for a second and final day of talks a day after a shaky start as foreign governments piled up pressure on the parties to be flexible... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government, rebels, try for second day to salvage cease-fire
Associated Press, Thu February 23, 2006 05:28 EST . ARTHUR MAX - Associated Press Writer - On Thursday, an army spokesman in Colombo accused rebel gunmen of killing a Muslim man in eastern Sri Lanka - , but the rebels denied involvement in Wednesday's shooting... Back to the top

India, Lanka to ink MoU for E P activities in hydrocarbon sector
financialexpress.com, February 23. NEW DELHI, FEB 22: A bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Sri Lanka to jointly collaborate in the exploration and production activities in the hydrocarbon sector of Sri Lanka is on the anvil... Back to the top

Photographer from Lanka causes flutter at Jaya function
webindia123.com, February 23. Police apprehended a Lankan national and a relative of his for taking pictures at a government function in which Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa presented awards to 'best film artistes' at the centenary auditorium in the University of Madras here today... Back to the top

US hails Sri Lanka peace move
hindu.com, Feb. 23 . Washington, Feb. 23 (UNI): The United States today lauded the recent steps by the Lankan Government and the rebels towards achieving a peaceful future in the island nation and urged them to be open minded and flexible in their approach. In a statement issued here Wednesday, the US State Department and the other Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donors' Conference - Japan, the European Union and Norway, welcomed the February 22-23 talks in Geneva between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and a reduction of violence in recent weeks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military suspects Tamil rebels in Muslim man's slaying; rebels deny involvement
Associated Press, Thu February 23, 2006 01:59 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan government spokesman on Thursday described peace talks with Tamil rebels in Geneva as fruitful, even as the military said a suspected guerrillas had shot and killed a man in the country's east... Back to the top

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