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Rajapakse's allies reject Geneva agreement
Hindu, February 28. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's electoral allies — the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) — have rejected the Geneva agreement between Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the ground that it ran contradictory to the Government's position on the ceasefire agreement (CFA).

In Geneva, the Government and the LTTE agreed to uphold the CFA. Colombo also committed itself to disarming armed groups. This agreement, the JHU said, "is a candid admission on the part of the Government that there were paramilitary forces. If there were groups that should be disarmed, it should be the LTTE," the JHU said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 27 19:40:44 EST 2006

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Monks, Marxists slam Sri Lanka’s Swiss talks outcome  - Khaleej Times

Swiss talks exceed expectations amid anxious moments
Shimali Senanayake, February 27. CELIGNY, Switzerland – The government and the LTTE clinched a better than expected deal last week to continue talking and vowed to put an end to violence in talks that were to decide if Sri Lanka was heading for peace or war.

However, the agreement, brokered by Norway, was reached only after the talks came to the brink of collapse more than once, with both parties sticking to their guns and threatening to walk out of their first meeting in three years.

The two-day crunch talks weren’t expected to churn out much results anyway and most felt if the parties could at least agree to continue the dialogue the meeting would be deemed a success. This was precisely what even Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in a meeting with diplomats in Colombo, days ahead of the talks. More...

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Published: Mon Feb 27 11:48:24 EST 2006 Back to the top

LTTE constructing yet another bunker -- the third within a week
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, February 27, 2006, 11.51 p.m.. LTTE cadres are reported to be building another new bunker, this time in Trincomalee. Late last week Army headquarters complained to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) that Tigers were constructing two new bunkers on either side of the A-9 road in Omanthai.

The latest bunker is coming up in Alainakar, Trincomalee. A complaint in this regard was lodged at the Monitoring Mission's Trincomalee office today morning.

According to Army sources, troops on Sunday afternoon had observed about ten LTTE cadres busy constructing a new bunker at Alainakar while an LTTE cadre with a T-56 weapon had been providing guard to those LTTE cadres.

"It was only last Thursday (23) troops at Omanthai in Wanni informed the SLMM of the construction of two new LTTE bunkers, ahead of their Forward Defence Line (FDL) at Omanthai on either side of the A-9 Road," the sources pointed out.

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Published: Mon Feb 27 12:53:37 EST 2006 Back to the top

Malaysian firms to invest US$200m in Sri Lanka’s telecom
The Star, February 28. KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian companies are expected to invest about US$200mil in Sri Lanka's telecommunications sector this year, with at least three quarters of it coming from Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM)... Back to the top

Malaysia To Build RM1.1 Bln Highway In Sri Lanka
Bernama, February 28. KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- A Malaysian consortium of contractors led by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will build the RM1.1 billion Colombo-Kandy highway in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military, Tamil Tigers trade charges of violating Geneva commitments
Associated Press, Mon February 27, 2006 01:39 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lanka - 's government accused each other Monday of failing to honor commitments made at just-concluded peace talks in Geneva intended to preserve a fragile cease-fire... Back to the top

Roar of the Tamil Tigers
The Star, February 26, 2006. They apologized when they came knocking on her door one night... Back to the top

Colombo insists truce pact illegal
GulfNews, February 27. Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government is defending its claims that sections of the controversial Cease-Fire Agreement with the Tamil rebels was against the country's constitution, but has opted to go along with it for the sake of negotiations with the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan tsunami survivors stage sit-in, February 28. About 1,000 Sri Lankans who lost their homes to Asia's tsunami have overrun government land in the island's east and are vowing to stay until they are built new homes... Back to the top

Sri Lanka designates 20 hospitals for bird flu surveillance
Associated Press, Mon February 27, 2006 03:27 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's Health Ministry on Monday designated 20 hospitals around the country that will be responsible for monitoring bird flu in their areas, although no cases have yet been reported, a ministry spokesman said... Back to the top

Residents venture back out as S.Lanka violence ebbs, 27 Feb 2006 05:26:11 GMT. TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka, Feb 27 (Reuters) - People have returned to the streets in Sri Lanka's multi-ethnic east after talks between the government and Tamil Tigers pulled the island back from the brink of war, but distrust remains... Back to the top

Switzerland allows LTTE to hold fundraising event
Saman Weragoda, SLT 4.00 P.M Sunday 26 February 2006. The government of Switzerland despite giving assurances to the government of Sri Lanka that they would not allow the LTTE to carry out fundraising activates in Switzerland had allowed the LTTE to conduct a cultural and fundraising activity in Frieberg on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov't calls Geneva peace meet 'positive'+
Associated Press, Sun February 26, 2006 04:07 EST . COLOMBO, Feb. 26 (Kyodo) _ The Sri Lankan government on Sunday described last week's meeting in Geneva with the Tamil Tiger rebels as a ''positive development'' toward the goal of peace. ''The biggest winners are the peace-loving people of this country,'' said Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, who led Colombo's delegation in the two days of talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the first in nearly three years... Back to the top

UDA stands in way of new skyscraper for Colombo
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, February 27, 2006, 1.37 a.m.. A multi-billion dollar skyscraper project has been kept on 'hold' for some mysterious reason by the Urban Development Authority (UDA), while its promoters and top Government ministers are losing patience... Back to the top

Lanka says truce pact was amended at Geneva, February 26, 2006. A fresh conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE is in the offing, with the government saying here on Sunday, that the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) of February 2002 was "amended" at the talks held in Geneva on February 22 and 23... Back to the top

Red Cross still looking for 9,000 missing Lankans, February 27. NEW DELHI: Of the thousands who went missing in Sri Lanka in decades of violence, an estimated 5,000 civilians and 4,000 soldiers are still unaccounted for... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-Renegade S.Lanka rebels refuse to give up arms, 26 Feb 2006 10:59:51 GMT. COLOMBO, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Breakaway rebels in Sri Lanka vowed on Sunday to resist any attempt to disarm them -- defying a government pledge seen vital to avoid a return to war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka running out of time to avoid preliminary round of ICC ..., February 26, 2006. Sri Lanka's failure to win all three ODIs in their series against Bangladesh means they are now well and truly running out of time to avoid playing in the preliminary round of this year's ICC Champions Trophy in India... Back to the top

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