The Lanka Academic

MARCH 9, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 6, NO. 337


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More than 170 children undergoing arms training in two separate LTTE camps in the East
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, March 9, 2006, 8.31 p.m.. The LTTE organization is giving arms training to more than 170 children mainly teenagers in two separate camps in Trincomalee and Batticaloa, this was disclosed to security personnel by three teenagers who escaped two of these arms training camps this week.

However, Army Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told the Lanka Academic that despite the statement of these three teenagers with regard to the arms training camps in Batticaloa and Trincomalee, they will not bring this matter to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission's notice as they have no 'evidence to prove these children's allegation.'

But However the Mission's Spokesman Helen Olaffsdottir disclosed that her mission was 'following up' on these allegations. The Mission was also scheduled to contact UNICEF in an attempt for a breakthrough with regard to finding out the authenticity of these allegations.

The 15 year old boy along with three of his friends was abducted on July 27, 2005, while they were at a Hindu Kovil in Batticaloa. These youth were then taken to a LTTE camp in Kokkadicholai also in Batticaloa where they were given arms training.

"There were more than 70 children at this Kokkadicholai LTTE camp, who were undergoing arms training," this 15 year old escapee had said.

The other two escapees both 15 and 17 years old were abducted by Tiger cadres during the first week of this month in Trincomalee, after which they were then taken to an LTTE camp in Sampoor, and they were compelled to undergo arms training.

"More than 100 children of the same age range are receiving LTTE weapon training in this camp at Sampoor," the two teenagers had claimed.

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Published: Thu Mar 9 09:32:34 EST 2006

Military accuses Tamil rebels of truce breach in north Sri Lanka ; civilian shot dead
Associated Press, Thu March 9, 2006 06:12 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military on Thursday accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of violating their fragile four-year-old cease-fire after soldiers uncovered hauls of ammunition and weapons in the country's north. The weapons and ammunition most likely belong to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Samarasinghe said, adding that this amounted to a clear violation of the 2002 cease-fire that halted nearly two decades of civil war in Sri Lanka - .

Under the Norwegian-brokered truce, the rebels are barred from carrying or transporting weapons to or through government-controlled areas.

``There is no other group operating in the area other than the LTTE. If they had brought the grenades and hidden them, it is definitely a cease-fire violation,'' Samarasinghe said.

Although unable to immediately confirm the report, independent truce monitors warned that the rebels may have breached the agreement.

``We are checking on the details, but if the weapons were found in areas under the control of the Sri Lankan army then it is a violation of the cease-fire,'' said Helen Olafsdottir, a spokeswoman for a European cease-fire monitoring team.

Jaffna is located 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital Colombo.

Separately Thursday, unknown gunmen shot dead a 21-year-old Tamil, Govinda Vijayarasa, as he traveled in a public bus in Batticaloa district in eastern Sri Lanka - , Samarasinghe said.

The motive for his killing in Iruthayapuram town, 220 kilometers (135 miles) east of Colombo, and its perpetrators are unknown, he said.

Sri Lanka - 's predominantly ethnic Tamil northeast, centered around the hub of Jaffna, was the scene of a nearly two-decade civil war between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels who accuse the majority Sinhalese of discrimination against minority Tamils.

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Published: Thu Mar 9 07:59:22 EST 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka main opposition calls for genuine power sharing, March 09, 2006. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says that a solution to the country's long drawn out separatist armed conflict could only be reached through a genuine power sharing plan with the minority Tamil community.

S.B. Dissanayake, the UNP national organizer, told reporters here Thursday that his party would be extending its fullest support to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's peace plans.

"The problem cannot be solved within a unitary framework," Dissanayake said, referring to Rajapakse's public pronouncements that the island's unitary nature must be preserved in looking for a solution to the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. More...
Published: Thu Mar 9 17:12:12 EST 2006 Back to the top

Lanka rebels violating ceasefire, March 09, 2006 - 21:50 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's military yesterday accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of violating their fragile four-year-old ceasefire after soldiers uncovered hauls of ammunition and weapons in the country's north... Back to the top

Lankan women demand 30% reservation, March 09, 2006 - 22:10 EDT. Taking a cue from their counterparts in India, Sri Lankan women are asking for 30 per cent reservation in all elected bodies, including parliament... Back to the top

Massive fraud at Public Trustee Department
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, March 7, 2006, 11.12 p.m.. The Committee appointed to investigate activities of the Public Trustee Department has recommended the removal of the Public Trustee and his two Deputies for allegedly committing fraudulent activities with monies taken from Trusts that are currently under the Department's purview... Back to the top

Sri Lanka aims to triple foreign investment into island in 2006, March 09, 2006 - 22:10 EDT. MARCH 9: Sri Lanka aims to attract more than triple the amount of overseas investment this year as in 2005, part of a plan to boost infrastructure and economic growth amid the longest respite in a two-decade civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army finds weapons during sweep of Tamil area
Associated Press, Thu March 9, 2006 01:55 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers seized a cache of grenade launchers, grenades and ammunition for a type of automatic rifle typically used by Tamil Tiger rebels during a sweep of northern Sri Lanka - , the Defense Ministry said Thursday... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers poll boycott a travesty, says Cushnahan, March 08, 2006 - 08:15 EDT. (The Irish Times Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)SRI LANKA: The boycott by Tamil Tigers of last year's Sri Lankan presidential poll, which swayed the result, was a travesty, said former Munster MEP John Cushnahan, chief EU election monitor, yesterday... Back to the top

Muslims assail LTTE ‘plots’
Dawn, March 08, 2006, - 22:35 EDT. Sri Lanka’s chief Muslim party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), has accused the LTTE of carrying out a ‘sinister operation’ to link Sri Lankan Muslims with extremist Muslim groups such as Al Qaeda and vehemently denied accusations by the Tamil Tigers that a Muslim Jihadi group was operating in the east of the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises investment limits for foreign-owned firm, March 09, 2006, - 08:00 EDT. COLOMBO, March 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's investment officials said here Thursday that minimim levels of investment applicable to foreign-owned small businesses will be raised by five fold... Back to the top

Child soldiers escape from Tamil rebel camps, surrender to Sri Lankan police, navy
Associated Press, Wed March 8, 2006 07:45 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Three underage combatants pressed into service by the Tamil Tiger rebels escaped from the group and have surrendered to police and the navy in northeastern Sri Lanka - , the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

FOCUS: Sri Lanka 's peace prospects - the balance sheet+
Associated Press, Tue March 7, 2006 20:49 EST . COLOMBO, March 8 (Kyodo) _ Days after an ice-breaking Geneva meeting between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels rated by a Norwegian peace facilitator as having been ''above expectation,'' President Mahinda Rajapakse is walking a tricky tightrope between his country's yearning for peace and the terms on which nearly three decades of ethnic war can be ended... Back to the top

Time to stop S.Lanka rebels distorting elections-EU, March 08, 2006 - 08:15 EDT. COLOMBO, March 8 (Reuters) - A Tamil Tiger boycott that swayed last year's Sri Lankan presidential poll was a travesty and urgent measures are needed to stop the rebels compromising future polls, the chief EU election monitor said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, LTTE peace talks falter in Geneva, March 08, 2006 - 08:15 EDT. COLOMBO (IPS) - A flare-up of violence in Sri Lanka's volatile east and impatience with Norwegian mediation from pro-Sinhala political parties are threatening to derail peace negotiations between the government and Tamil Tiger representatives in Geneva... Back to the top

Tharanga's maiden century puts Sri Lanka in command in second test against Bangladesh
Associated Press, Thu March 9, 2006 06:48 EST . NILOY ROY - Associated Press Writer - BOGRA, Bangladesh (AP) Upul Tharanga struck his maiden test century Thursday as Sri Lanka - recovered from an early stutter to take command on the second day of the second test match against Bangladesh... Back to the top

EU seeks internationally-run polls in LTTE areas, March 08, 2006 - 08:15 EDT. European Union election monitors said on Wednesday that future polls in Sri Lanka's rebel-held regions should be internationally administered following an LTTE-enforced Tamil boycott of the November Presidential vote there... Back to the top

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