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MARCH 3, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 6, NO. 331

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Sri Lankan truce monitors probe rebel claim of government arrests
Associated Press, Fri March 3, 2006 07:21 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ European cease-fire monitors said Friday that they are investigating a complaint by separatist Tamil rebels that five of their members were arrested by the Sri Lankan government in violation of a cease-fire agreement.

``We have received a complaint and we are now investigating,'' said Hagrup Haukland, who heads the 60-member mission, without elaborating.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam said they have submitted fresh evidence to the monitors to confirm that five members, who went missing Feb. 25, were arrested by Sri Lankan soldiers.

``Our organization has lodged a fresh complaint based on evidence through eyewitnesses,'' rebel official S. Elilan was quoted as saying in the pro-rebel Web site TamilNet.

Rebels claimed the five were arrested while traveling in a rebel-held area south of the eastern port town of Trincomalee.

Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, however, denied any arrests were made. ``This is false. We don't go the uncleared areas,'' said Samarasinghe, referring to zones controlled by the rebels.

The complaint comes after talks last month between the government and rebels in Geneva, where both sides agreed to abide by a four-year old cease-fire agreement.

The cease-fire prohibits both sides from entering each other's territory with arms.

The rebels began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamil minority. Norway brokered the cease-fire in 2002, ending the near two-decade civil war that left 65,000 people dead.

But recent violence that has left at least 150 dead, including 81 government security officers, has led to an increase in tension and concerns over the stability of the truce.

Both sides have agreed to meet again in Geneva on April 19-21.

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Published: Fri Mar 3 08:53:28 EST 2006

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Outlook, March 3. Nineteen million Sri Lankans heaved a collective sigh of relief when the new Mahinda Rajapakse government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam agreed to hold another round of talks in Geneva between April 19 and 21, at their meeting at the same location after a three-year hiatus. Despite a four-year ceasefire, (it was signed on February 22, 2002, four years to the day when last week’s talks commenced), talks have been stalled since April 2003, when the Tigers pulled out after being shut out at a donors’ meeting in the US.

A little over a month before the latest round of talks, violence, especially in the north east had pushed the truce to its brink. Claymore mine attacks became rampant, targeting the armed forces. The Sri Lanka Navy became one of the main targets when its craft came under repeated attacks in the north eastern and north western waters. In one of the major hits, 13 sailors died and the Israeli built Dvora attack craft, in which they were patrolling the north eastern waters off Trincomalee, was sunk on January 7, in what the Navy now suspects to be an attack launched by an LTTE suicide cadre. More... Discuss this story
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S.Lankans face murder trial after tsunami robbery
Reuters, March 2. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Two Sri Lankan men accused of grabbing a gold chain from a woman caught in the 2004 tsunami before letting her be swept to her death will be put on trial for murder, officials said on Friday.

Police said the two men had been in prison since January 13 last year on charges of theft, and would appear in court later this month. Solicitor General C.R. de Silva decided to charge them with murder after watching a video of the incident. More...

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Monks flay Sri Lankan Govt over Swiss talks outcome
hindustantimes.com, March 03, 2006 - 14:36 EDT. Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy on Tuesday flayed the government over a pledge to neutralise anti-Tiger Tamil militants during talks in Switzerland... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wins first test against Bangladesh by eight wickets
Associated Press, Fri March 3, 2006 02:51 EST . NILOY ROY - Associated Press Writer - CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) Michael van Dort hammered an unbeaten half-century Friday to guide Sri Lanka - to an easy eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in their first cricket test match... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka could rival S pore as ship fuel hub
today.reuters.com, Mar 3. SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ports in southern India and Sri Lanka have the potential to rival Singapore's dominance as Asia's shipping and marine fuels hub, if infrastructure concerns are overcome, a top shipping agent said on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's top donor Japan asks Colombo, rebels to stop bickering, settle issues
Associated Press, Thu March 2, 2006 04:55 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Japanese envoy on Thursday urged the Sri Lankan government and separatist rebels to take a practical approach to resolve their differences and stop ``tirelessly arguing formula or conditions... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to explore crude oil
BBC, March 3. Authorities in Sri Lanka are planning to call for bids from international oil companies to excavate crude oil off the north-western and south-eastern coast... Back to the top

Sri Lanka lifts ban on Indian poultry feed
mid-day.com, March 3, 2006 . Colombo: Sri Lanka lifted a ban on Indian poultry feed imports following assurances that the maize sent is fumigated prior to shipping, All Island Poultry Association Chairman D D Wanasinghe said here today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may seek partnership with foreign government to dig for ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 03 March 2006 . Mar. 03 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is looking at the possibility of getting into a partnership with foreign governments to explore oil off the island’s western coast, a senior official said Friday. Two rounds of seismic surveys conducted by Norway's TGS-NOPEC have shown that Sri Lanka may have oil and natural gas reserves in the Cauvery Basin off the island’s west coast... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police find a haul of explosives hidden among coconuts
Associated Press, Fri March 3, 2006 02:07 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan police seized hundreds of sticks of dynamite from a truck transporting coconuts to the north, where an ethnic Tamil insurgency has raged for over two decades, a police official said Friday... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels abducts Tamil man
Associated Press, Thu March 2, 2006 02:08 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels abducted a Tamil man from his home in northern Sri Lanka, the military said Thursday, as authorities investigated whether the victim is linked to groups that oppose the guerillas... Back to the top

Muralitharan spins Bangladesh out for 181
Associated Press, Thu March 2, 2006 07:01 EST . CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) _ Muttiah Muralitharan claimed six wickets Thursday as Sri Lanka's bowling attack dismissed Bangladesh for 181 in its second innings on the third day of the first cricket test... Back to the top

SL s stand on truce pact will damage peace process: LTTE
hindustantimes.com, March 2, 2006. The Sri Lankan government's claim that the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) was amended at the recent Geneva talks will "seriously undermine" the peace process, the LTTE has warned... Back to the top

MURALI TOPS 1,000 AS SRI LANKA TAKE CONTROL
sportinglife.com, march 2. Muttiah Muralitharan made cricket history today by becoming the first bowler ever to take 1,000 international wickets... Back to the top

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