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APRIL 11, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 5

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Sri Lanka Truce Team Will Meet Rebels After Attacks on Military
bloomberg.com, April 12. April 12 (Bloomberg) -- Cease-fire monitors in Sri Lanka are seeking talks with Tamil Tiger rebels after attacks in the past two days killed at least 15 soldiers and sailors before peace talks scheduled for next week in Geneva.

``The attacks are seriously jeopardizing not only the Geneva talks scheduled later this month, but are having a detrimental effect on the cease-fire,'' the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday.

At least 10 sailors were killed yesterday when a mine exploded next to a navy bus near Trincomalee in northeastern Sri Lanka, the military said. A mine explosion two days ago killed fi More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 11 23:34:50 EDT 2006


Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels kill 11 sailors as violence soars in Sri Lanka - Updated
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 11th, 2006, UPDATE. At least 11 sailors were killed and 10 injured _ including two British nationals _ when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a claymore mine on Tuesday in the island's restive east, throwing into doubt peace talks set to resume next week, the military and police said.

The attack was the worst since the government and rebels met in February for talks to resuscitate a faltering cease-fire and took place barely a day after a similar blast killed five soldiers and two local aid workers in Sri Lanka's northern heartland.

The navy convoy was carrying sailors going on leave three days ahead of the island's Sinhala and Tamil new year, said Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, military spokesman.

A van carrying tourists was also caught in the blast and two among them were wounded, he said.

"The condition of both is not life threatening," said Jon Cully, spokesman at the British High Commission in Colombo.

Samarasinghe blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE, for the attack and said they were "repeatedly violating the cease-fire."

"We are not involved in the attack and have not violated the cease-fire," Daya master, Tiger spokesman said by telephone from the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi.

Tuesday's blast was the third such attack against troops in four days.

Violence has sharply risen since a pro-rebel Tamil activist was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Trincomalee on Friday, hours after suspected guerrillas fatally shot two unarmed police guards in a separate incident also in the same region.

At least 20 people have been killed in attacks in the last five days.

The parties are set to meet again for talks on April 19-21 in Geneva, Switzerland but Europeans truce monitors have warned the entire process hangs in the balance due to the spiraling violence.

"These attacks are seriously jeopardizing not only the Geneva talks scheduled later this month but is having a detrimental effect on the cease-fire," the truce monitors warned in a statement.

Head of the truce mission Ulf Henricssion was scheduled to meet S. P. Thamilselvan, the rebels' political chief on Wednesday to discuss the deteriorating security situation, it said.

Nearly 65,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka before Norway brokered a cease-fire in February 2002. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 11 11:05:22 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Related News Stories
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Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels kill at least 11 Sri Lanka sailors in landmine blast; two Brits injured  - Shimali Senanayake in Colombo
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Britons hurt in Sri Lanka blast  - bbc.co.uk
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Anti-personnel mine blast kills 12 Sri Lankan sailors, eight wounded  - Associated Press
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S.Lanka rebels kill 12 sailors, wound 8 -navy  - alertnet.org
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Britons wounded in Sri Lanka blast  - lankabusinessonline.com

"Recent attacks on military jeopardizing future talks and has a detrimental effect on CFA," SLMM
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, April 11, 2006, 11.30 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) while strongly condemning the recent claymore mine attacks on the Sri Lankan military, expressed its fear that these attacks are seriously jeopardizing not only the Geneva talks scheduled later this month but is also having a detrimental effect on the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA).

"The SLMM strongly condemns the claymore mine attacks on the Sri Lankan army in Jaffna on April 8 and 10, 2006 and on the Sri Lankan navy in Trincomalee district today. Over 20 people have been killed in violent attacks over the past five days and many civilians have also been caught in the above mentioned attacks resulting in both death and serious injuries," the Mission said in statement today.

Meanwhile, Head of the Mission Major General Ulf Henricsson has also commended the Government of Sri Lanka for not taking any retaliatory actions and thereby adhering to the ceasefire Agreement. "We would like to urge both Parties to do everything in their power to maintain the ceasefire and not to engage in violence or provocative acts that can lead to any further escalations so that the situation does not slip back to the one we had in the months of December and January where countless number of soldiers and civilians lost their lives," the statement added.

The Head of the Monitoring Mission had also visited Jaffna today and had fruitful meetings with the Head of the Security Forces in Jaffna and the Commander of the Northern Naval Command. He also visited the site of the claymore mine attack that took place yesterday in Jaffna.

Major General Henricsson also hopes to meet with the LTTE leadership in Kilinochchi tomorrow to get their reaction. SLMM is making inquiries into all three attacks but will refrain from making any further comments regarding the perpetrators and possible motives until further inquiries have been done. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 11 13:17:32 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Bus carrying Sri Lankan soldiers on New Year holiday attacked, 12 killed, eight wounded
Associated Press, Tue April 11, 2006 05:04 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bus carrying Sri Lankan soldiers on New Year holidays hit by a mine planted by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the northeast Tuesday, killing 12 navy sailors and wounding eight others, the military said... Back to the top

Is it safe to go to Sri Lanka?
timesonline.co.uk, April 11, 2006, 16:20 EDT. Online Travel Editor Steve Keenan, who spent two weeks in the country in January, 2006, answers your questions following today's bombing In a nutshell, yes... Back to the top

European cease-fire monitors say attack in Sri Lanka having detrimental effect on truce
Associated Press, Tue April 11, 2006 11:04 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ An attack Tuesday by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on a bus carrying Sri Lankan sailors is jeopardizing a fragile cease-fire and could derail upcoming peace talks in Geneva, European cease-fire monitors said... Back to the top

Top cease-fire monitor to question rebel leader about deadly mine blast: spokeswoman
Associated Press, Tue April 11, 2006 03:53 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The chief European cease-fire monitor was to question a top Tamil Tiger leader Tuesday about a mine blast that killed seven people in northern Sri Lanka - , including five soldiers and two aid workers, a spokeswoman said... Back to the top

HL:Terrorist Tigers banned, Canadian Tamils urged to report on fund-raising
Associated Press, Mon April 10, 2006 17:00 EDT . BC-Tamil-Tigers, 2nd Writethru Bgt By BRUCE CHEADLE OTTAWA (CP) - The Conservative government has outlawed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and will encourage Canadian Tamils to snitch on any fund-raising efforts by the violent Sri Lankan separatist movement... Back to the top

Poison plant fuels suicide bids
BBC, April 11. Sri Lanka has been suffering from a growing epidemic of suicide attempts... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to offer big awards to Olympic gold medalists
people.com.cn, April 11. The Sri Lanka government promised to award 10 million rupees (about 100,000 US dollars) to anyone who wins a gold medal for the country at the Olympics, the official Daily News reported Tuesday... Back to the top

Canada ban won t affect LTTE materially
hindustantimes.com, April 11, 2006. The Canadian ban on the LTTE, which came into effect on April 8, is unlikely affect the militant organisation materially, though it sullies its international image... Back to the top

Famous Sri Lankan elephant sick after eating cookies, chocolates for festival
Associated Press, Tue April 11, 2006 03:22 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's most celebrated elephant, ``Raja,'' has fallen ill after eating scores of cookies, chocolates and other rich food offered to him as part of Buddhist new year celebrations... Back to the top

CHRONOLOGY-Recent suspected S.Lanka Tiger rebel attacks
alertnet.org, April 10, 2006, 18:30 EDT. April 10 (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed four Sri Lankan soldiers and two aid workers in a claymore mine ambush on Monday on the army-held northern Jaffna peninsula, the military said... Back to the top

Claymore mine blast kills soldiers, civilians in northern Sri Lanka
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 10th, 2006, SLT 4:15 pm. At least five soldiers and two humanitarian workers were killed on Monday in a Claymore mine blast by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Jaffna, the military said... Back to the top

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