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APRIL 5, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 6, NO. 364


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Tamil rebels accuse Sri Lanka of failing to honor pledges given at Geneva talks
Associated Press, Wed April 5, 2006 05:47 EDT . VINCENT JEYAN

Associated Press Writer

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Tamil Tiger rebels said Wednesday that the Sri Lankan government has failed to honor a pledge made at peace talks in Geneva earlier this year to disarm paramilitary groups.

``Our expectations were very high when the government delegation pledged in Geneva to end paramilitary activities and we are totally disappointed now over the accelerated pace of paramilitary violence,'' Tamil Tiger political chief S.P. Thamilselvan said after meeting with new Norwegian envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer, according to the rebel's Web site.

The Tigers split in 2004, and the mainstream group accuses the army of backing the breakaway faction. The government was not immediately available for comment, but Colombo has in the past denied such charges.

Hanssen-Bauer met with Tiger leaders in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi ahead of the next round of talks in Geneva, Switzerland later this month which will be crucial in view of the rising tension.

He was to return to the Sri Lankan capital later Wednesday and meet with Norway's top peace envoy, Erik Solheim on Thursday. The two will also meet with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Solheim, who has been appointed Norway's minister of international development, has handed the day-to-day management of monitoring the 2002 Norway-brokered truce to Hanssen-Bauer.

Tension has been mounting in Sri Lanka since Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran warned in November that he would renew the violent struggle for an independent Tamil homeland if grievances with the government are not addressed.

Spiraling violence has put the cease-fire under tremendous pressure, with more than 166 people, including 87 government security personnel left dead since December.

Norway organized a meeting in Geneva in February at which the rebels and government pledged to scale down the violence, mostly in the north and east where the majority of Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils live. They also agreed to meet again on April 19-21.

The interim period, however, has seen both sides accusing the other of violating the truce. The government accuses the separatist rebels of continuing to recruit underage combatants and attacking government troops.

In the most serious incident, suspected Tamil Tigers on March 26 blew up their fishing boat near a navy patrol off Sri Lanka's west coast, leaving six rebels and eight sailors missing, presumed dead, according to the military. The rebels denied involvement.

The Geneva meeting was the first high-level contact between the two sides since peace talks broke down in 2003 after six rounds of negotiation.

The Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate state for minority Tamils, claiming discrimination by the country's Sinhalese majority. The conflict has cost an estimated 65,000 lives. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 5 07:07:04 EDT 2006

Jaffna residents remember Nallur massacre.
K.S. Rajkumar, April 05, 2006. Tamil residents in Jaffna mourned the death of 63 Tamil youths who were detained and brutally killed by one of their the then area commander of the LTTE. March 30 th, 1987 was the day when Selvakumar Chellasamy, known as Aruna, a senior LTTE leader in Jaffna brutally killed 63 Tamil youths held as prisoners at an LTTE detention center in Jaffna. Most of the youths killed were EPRLF and TELO members who surrendered to the LTTE following the LTTE's crackdown on these groups. Among the victims were two Jaffna businessmen who were detained by the LTTE for ransom. Many Tamils in Sri Lanka and abroad who lost their loved ones at this tragedy refer the incident as the 'Kanthan Karunai massacre', named after house where the murdered prisoners were held.

Earlier on that fateful day in 1987, an attempt was made on the life of Sathasivam Krishnakumar alias Kittu, then Jaffna district leader of LTTE. A hand grenade was tossed at Kittu when he was leaving his girl friend's house located near the Jaffna central college after a “visit”. Mr. Krihsnakumar survived the attack, but lost one of his legs in the incident. Hearing about the incident, Aruna rushed to the LTTE's detention house, grabbed an AK-47 assault rifle and fired into the room full of prisoners, instantly killing all but two of those in the room. It was later alleged that another LTTE area commander Mahendirarajah (alias Mahathaya) was responsible for that attempt on Kittu's life.

The Kanthan Karunai massacre is often compared to the killings at the Welikada prison during the 1983 riots where 53 Tamil political prisoners were killed by Sinhala mobs with the connivance of the prison authorities . Unlike the Welikada massacre that occurred over a two days during an island-wide Sinhala on Tamil communal riots, the Kanthan Karunai massacre of prisoners was carried out by a senior LTTE leader a Tamil and the net results was the massacre of 63 Tamils within a span of 15 minutes.

In Jaffna a small number of relatives of the victims gathered at a Sivan temple in Nallur and participated in a special religious function. It is learnt that relatives of the victims attended special religious functions held in European cities. In Essen, Germany, a memorial service was arranged to remember the victims. It is reported that this year is the first time since the 'Kanthan Karunai massacres' that Sri Lankan Tamils remembered the victims in public. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 5 16:10:14 EDT 2006 Back to the top

US warns against charity reaching terror groups
NewKerala, April 5. Colombo: The US envoy to Sri Lanka Tuesday warned against money donated to combat disasters from reaching terrorist groups, as he opened here a meeting of lawmen from Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

"The fight against terrorist financing demands an all encompassing approach, targeting not only terrorist groups but also individuals, businesses, banks, criminal enterprises and charitable organisations that finance terrorism," said Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead in his keynote address.

"In the wake of a natural disaster such as the tsunami in Sri Lanka or the earthquake in Pakistan, honest contributors need to be sure their donations are not diverted for criminal purposes, but given to those in need," he added. More...

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Published: Wed Apr 5 23:55:24 EDT 2006 Back to the top

LTTE using truce to legitimise gains, April 5, 2006. The Sinhala nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that the LTTE is in the peace process not to solve the ethnic question, but to get international legitimacy for its control over parts of Sri Lanka in the North and East... Back to the top

The love triangle of Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan, April 05, 2006, 14:50 EDT. RECENTLY at a reception on board Shahjahan, a Pakistani frigate that called at the Colombo Port, an official of the Pakistani embassy asked me why the media did not give much publicity to Pakistan’s help for Sri Lanka... Back to the top

S.Lanka talks hinge on disarming renegades-rebels
Reuters, April 05, 2006. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, April 5 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers received Norway's new special peace envoy at their northern base on Wednesday, urging him to press the government to honour a pledge to disarm renegades they say are attacking them... Back to the top

Tigers pressure Norway to disarm Tamil rivals in Sri Lanka, April 05, 2006, 10:08 EDT. Apr.05 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger rebels Wednesday asked Norway's new peace envoy to make sure Sri Lanka's government disarms para-military groups ahead of a new round of truce negotiations in Switzerland... Back to the top

Swiss double Sri Lanka tsunami aid, April 05, 2006, 13:55 EDT. The money has been earmarked for post-tsunami rebuilding work in the southern district of Matara and the eastern area of Trincomalee, where a consortium of Swiss agencies is concentrating its efforts... Back to the top

Asif leads Pakistan to eight-wicket win in second test
Associated Press, Wed April 5, 2006 04:47 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) Seam bowler Mohammad Asif claimed 11 wickets for 71 runs to propel Pakistan to an eight-wicket victory Wednesday in the second cricket test and a 1-0 series win against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

India calls for 'southern consensus' in Sri Lanka
TOI, April 4. NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday appealed for "consensus" among Sri Lanka's two main political parties to take the country's wobbling peace process forward... Back to the top

Virtusa plans more investment in India Lanka, April 05, 2006, 10:08 EDT. Virtusa Corporation, a global provider of software development and IT services plans to invest more in India and Sri Lanka to accomodate the company's operations and growth plans during he fiscal 2007... Back to the top

UTHR, April 4. Once again international pressure on the LTTE pulled Sri Lanka back from the brink of war... Back to the top

Jayasuriya ends test career with disappointment
Associated Press, Wed April 5, 2006 06:23 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) Prolific Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya said Wednesday he is disappointed at the outcome of his farewell cricket test with an injury to him and a loss to his team... Back to the top

Pakistan completed an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka
com, April 05, 2006, )&:45 EDT. Pakistan completed an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test at Kandy... Back to the top

Nisala Rodrigo - Lanka Academic, April 4. In an open letter to the JVP written at the end of February, the TULF President V... Back to the top

Shimali Senanayake, April 4. Q: You have been intrinsically involved in monitoring the cease-fire since it was signed, and have been the longest serving mission member... Back to the top

Tamil rebels accuse Sri Lanka of failing to honor pledges given at Geneva talks
Associated Press, Wed April 5, 2006 05:47 EDT . VINCENT JEYAN Associated Press Writer KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Tamil Tiger rebels said Wednesday that the Sri Lankan government has failed to honor a pledge made at peace talks in Geneva earlier this year to disarm paramilitary groups... Back to the top

Jayasuriya unlike to play further part in final test
Associated Press, Tue April 4, 2006 06:06 EDT . - - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's prolific opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya is unlikely play any further part in his final test match after he cut and dislocated his right thumb while taking a catch, the team physiotherapist said Tuesday... Back to the top

Untapped PC market opportunities lie in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and ..., April 04, 2006, 14:45 EDT. IDC's quarterly PC tracker on emerging Asian markets shows that the client PC market in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka totaled 393,184 units in the second half of 2005, thus bringing full year 2005 shipments to 851,735 units, representing a 16% growth for the year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka starts investment zone targeting European Union, April 4. Sri Lanka is inviting Pakistani investors to set up factories in a dedicated investment zone and export to the European Union using preferential access channels, following the President Mahinda Rajapakse's recent visit, a top bureaucrat said... Back to the top

Muralitharan takes five wicket to dismiss Pakistan for 170 in second test
Associated Press, Tue April 4, 2006 06:43 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A devastating spell by Mohammad Asif left Sri Lanka reeling on 73 for eight wickets in their second innings of the second cricket test, as the Pakistani seam bowler grabbed his first 10-wicket haul in a test match... Back to the top

Senior Lanka officials to visit India this week, April. 4. Colombo, April. 4 (PTI): Sri Lanka today discounted media reports that the upcoming visit of its senior trade officials to India was aimed at reassuring New Delhi of their bilateral ties after President Mahinda Rajapakse's Pakistan trip. "There is no link in the two," Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said adding that the official-level meeting had been scheduled months ago... Back to the top

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