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APRIL 8, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 2


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Tamil Tigers outlawed Group added to Canada's terror list
National Post, April 8. TORONTO - The Tamil Tigers have been added to Canada's list of outlawed terrorist organizations, the National Post has learned.

The designation was to be finalized yesterday, a day after Cabinet met to accept a recommendation from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

An official announcement was scheduled for Monday.

The Tigers are the 39th terrorist group to be outlawed under the Anti-Terrorism Act, and the first added to the list by the new Conservative government.

The move was spearheaded by Stockwell Day, the Minister of Public Safety, who in opposition repeatedly condemned the Liberals for not outlawing the Tigers.

The decision means it will now be a criminal offence to participate in the activities of the Tamil Tigers, formally known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, a Sri Lankan separatist group responsible for more than 160 suicide bombings. For example, anyone convicted of financially supporting the Tigers could be imprisoned for up to 10 years. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Apr 8 11:34:02 EDT 2006

Tamil Tiger rebels threaten to transport commanders through Sri Lankan territory
Associated Press, Sat April 8, 2006 08:39 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels warned they would transport senior commanders through government areas without a military escort in violation of a truce deal because the government refused to airlift them to a crucial meeting. Sri Lanka - 's government has provided helicopters to transport rebel officials through government-held territory since a Norway-brokered cease-fire was agreed in February 2002. Under the truce, the guerrillas are forbidden from using their own means of transport through government areas.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam political-wing chief, S.P Thamilselvan, wrote to Norway's Ambassador Hans Brattskar saying senior rebel commanders were unable to travel to the Tiger meeting because Sri Lanka - 's military refused to transport them.

``LTTE leadership's meeting with the field commanders is an absolute necessity to maintain the integrity of the cease-fire agreement,'' TamilNet Web site quoted Thamilselvan's letter as saying.

``We are now left with the alternative of making our own sea transport, conscious of the risks that would ensue in any possible confrontations with the Sri Lanka - navy that would put the cease-fire agreement into grave risk,'' he said.

The government has turned down several requests for air and sea transport in the past, but started doing so with much more frequency after relations with the rebels became strained after a series of violent incidents since December, which left at least 166 people dead.

The government didn't have an immediate response Saturday to Thamilselvan's letter.

On Saturday an anti-personnel mine explosion near a military truck carrying supplies in northern Jaffna peninsula injured one soldier and a civilian, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said. Further details were not immediately available.

Hours earlier, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fired at a military observation point in eastern Sri Lanka - injuring two soldiers.

The shooting took place in Selvanagar near the eastern port town of Trincomalee 230 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of Colombo, Samarasinghe said.

The Tigers and government met in Geneva in February for the first time in three years and agreed to scale down violence and meet again in Switzerland from April 19-21.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese-dominated government of systematic discrimination.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Apr 8 09:57:06 EDT 2006 Back to the top

India committed to peaceful settlement of Sri Lanka problem, Apr 7. New Delhi, Apr 7 (UNI) India today reaffirmed the need for a politically-negotiated and peaceful settlement of the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka which is acceptable to all sections of the island nations' plural society and safeguards its unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Norwegian Minister for International Development, Erik Solheim, accompanied by the new Special Envoy for the Sri Lankan Peace Process, Ambassador Jon Hanssen Bauer, met Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran here today and briefed him on the current status of the Lankan Peace Process as well as prospects for the next round of talks scheduled to be held in Geneva this month between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE. More...
Published: Sat Apr 8 12:56:34 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Prod Sri Lanka, LTTE to work for peace: Expert, April 08, 2006, 13:25 EDT. An Indian scholar has urged the international community to push both the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger guerrillas to reach a negotiated settlement of the dragging ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Three killed in Sri Lanka's volatile east
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 7th, 2006, SLT 11:30. A Tamil nationalist leader and two Muslim police guards were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen on Friday in Sri Lanka's volatile east, police and the military said... Back to the top

S.Lanka rebels say attacked, govt pledges pointless, April 08, 2006, 13:30 EDT. COLOMBO, April 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels accused the army of attacking them on Saturday and warned the murder of a pro-rebel politician the day before showed government pledges ahead of new peace talks were meaningless... Back to the top

SLFP, UNP hold crucial meetings today, April 08, 2006, 13:20 EDT. The two main parties the SLFP and the UNP will hold two decisive meetings today... Back to the top

S.Lanka violence escalates ahead of talks, 1 dead, April 08, 2006, 13:20 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tigers killed one Sri Lankan soldier on Saturday and wounded two, the army said, while the rebels also said they had been shot at and cease-fire monitors warned rising violence could hit peace talks... Back to the top

Next round of Sri Lankan peace talks uncertain
com, April 08, 2006, 13:25 EDT. Uncertainty hangs over the second round of the Sri Lanka's peace talks between the Colombo government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), scheduled for April 19-21 in Geneva... Back to the top

Head of Tamil activist group, two Muslims slain in attacks in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri April 7, 2006 04:46 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Authorities said gunmen fatally shot the president of a Tamil activist group and two Muslim village guards Friday in separate attacks in eastern Sri Lanka - , where recent violence has threatened the country's fragile cease-fire... Back to the top

EU opens $70 million credit for tsunami-hit Sri Lanka, April 07, 2006, 21:05. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka received Friday a 70 million euro credit line from the European Investment Bank to rebuild- small and medium-sized industries affected by the 2004 killer tsunami... Back to the top

ROK, India, Sri Lanka sign agreement against maritime piracy, April 7. SINGAPORE, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The Republic of Korea (South Korea), India and Sri Lanka signed the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) here Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to put back time from April 14, April 07. Sri Lanka will turn the clock back by 30 minutes from April 14 midnight, placing its time zone five- and-a-half hours ahead of GMT, the official Daily News reported Friday... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels kill two Muslims in eastern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Fri April 7, 2006 00:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot and killed two Muslim village guards early Friday in eastern Sri Lanka - , the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan gangs make their mark in Delhi, April 7. A Sri Lankan Tamil gang that used ingenuity and the humble catapult to rob at will here has been busted... Back to the top

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