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APRIL 14, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 8

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Sri Lankan government, Tamil Tiger rebels agree to meet in Geneva April 24-25
DILIP GANGULY , Associated Press, Fri 14th Apr 13:55GMT. Sri Lanka's government and the Tamil Tiger rebels agreed Friday to delay their next round of peace talks in Switzerland until April 24-25, after the guerrillas said the original dates conflicted with an important meeting.

The three-day talks were supposed to start next Wednesday but the rebels sought a postponement, saying they must hold a crucial meeting of their top leaders in Sri Lanka before attending the negotiations in Geneva.

``The parties to the peace process in Sri Lanka have today agreed on a short postponement of the peace talks in Geneva,'' the main peace broker Norway said in an embassy statement. ``New dates for the talks are 24-25 April 2006.''

Since Monday, at least 41 people have died in violence blamed on the rebels, a splinter group that broke away from the Tigers, and sectarian fighting between Tamils and the country's majority ethnic Sinhalese.

``They wanted the talks to be held in the month of May, but we don't want to postpone for such a long time,'' Nimal Siripala de Silva, who will head the government's delegation to Switzerland, told a news conference.

``We will make every endeavor for the talks to be successful so that all the communities live in peace.''

The Geneva talks come amid some of the worst bloodshed since Norway brokered a cease-fire between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam four years ago, raising fears of a return to civil war.

At least 65,000 people are believed to have been killed in the two-decade conflict before the 2002 cease-fire.

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Published: Fri Apr 14 09:51:11 EDT 2006


Civilian killed in restive northeastern Sri Lanka in fresh violence
Associated Press, Fri 14th Apr 13:55GMT. A man was stabbed to death in northeastern Sri Lanka Friday, police said, amid fresh unrest in the restive region where at least 16 people have been killed this week in widespread violence.

The man, belonging to Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese community, was killed in Trincomalee, 215 kilometers (135 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, police officer Rohan Abeywardana said.

The killing further heightened tensions between ethnic Sinhalese and Tamils, with two houses damaged in unrest that followed. Police took swift action to quell the situation, he said.

Also in Trincomalee Friday, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a mine wounding at least five people, including two soldiers, the military said.

The soldiers were traveling in a truck distributing lunch for troops manning checkpoints when the Claymore mine exploded, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. The mine was fixed on a bicycle which was parked on the route of the truck.

Claymore mines can be detonated by remote control.

Samarasinghe said the blast wounded two soldiers, the truck driver and two bystanders.

``This was yet another attack by the LTTE,'' Samarasinghe said, calling the rebels by their formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Since Monday, at least 40 people have died in violence blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels, a splinter group that broke away from the Tigers and sectarian fighting between Tamils and the country's majority ethnic Sinhalese in Sri Lanka's north and east.

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Published: Fri Apr 14 09:54:40 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Anti-personnel mine explodes in north-east, five wounded
Associated Press, Fri 14th Apr 10:25GMT. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a mine in Sri Lanka's restive northeast Friday, wounding at least five people, including two soldiers, the military said.

The soldiers were traveling in a truck distributing lunch for troops manning checkpoints in Trincomalee area when the Claymore mine exploded, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. Claymore mines can be detonated by remote control.

He said the blast wounded two soldiers, the truck driver and two bystanders.

``This was yet another attack by the LTTE,'' Samarasinghe said, calling the rebels by their formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Since Monday, at least 40 people have died in violence blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels, a splinter group that broke away from the Tigers and sectarian fighting between Tamils and the country's majority ethnic Sinhalese.

The mainstream rebels want to carve out a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamil minority.

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Published: Fri Apr 14 06:24:50 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka back from brink but cautious on peace
Peter Apps, reuters.co.uk, Fri 14th Apr 10:25GMT. Sri Lanka took a step back from the brink of civil war on Friday after Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to go to talks in Geneva, but with a new date yet to be agreed many remain cautious about hopes for a lasting peace... Back to the top

Sri Lankans celebrate subdued New Year after escalation in violence
Associated Press, Fri April 14, 2006 00:06 EDT . Sri Lankans celebrated their island country's traditional New Year on Friday, but the generally elaborate festivities were subdued this year due to violence that has left at least 40 dead this week... Back to the top

Donors gravely concerned by Sri Lanka violence
reuters.com, Fri 14th Apr 10:25GMT. The European Union, Japan, Norway and the United States, co-chairs of Sri Lanka's donors' group, expressed grave concern on Friday about the worsening situation in the country and condemned recent violence... Back to the top

Funerals dampen Sri Lanka s new year revelries
dailyindia.com, April 14, 2006, 11:15 EDT. Colombo, April 14 (DPA) Three civilians and two soldiers were injured in a mine attack in Sri Lanka Friday as the country marked the traditional new year with religious and cultural celebrations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka - The Sweetest Holiday Experience is within Mahaweli ...
tv, April 14, 2006, 17:00 EDT. Sitting on the bank of the island’s longest river, the historic mountain capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, has one truly 5-Star experience set amongst some of the world’s most culturally rich and historically diverse environments... Back to the top

Geneva talks on: LTTE agrees to truce monitors’ proposal
hindustantimes.com, April 13, 2006. Contrary to fears, the second round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE will be held, though not as planned on April 19... Back to the top

Canadian Tamil group welcomes the ban on LTTE and thank the national media.
Roy Edwards - Toronto, April 14. In a statement released to the press, 'Canadian Tamils for Democracy' states that the ban imposed by the Canadian government on LTTE will help safeguard the democratic rights of Tamils living in Canada... Back to the top

Foreign donors urged to rethink deal with TRO
Sassanka Samarakkody, gulf-times.com, Fri 14th Apr 10:55GMT. THE Sri Lankan military has pointed out the absurdity in foreign donors helping an LTTE front organisation, engaged in mine clearing operations in areas under the group's control, amidst a wave of mine attacks in government held areas... Back to the top

Govt taking steps to stop abuse of maids
Sassanka Samarakkody, gulf-times.com, Fri 14th Apr 10:55GMT. Following recent reports of torture, harassment and even death of several Sri Lankan housemaids employed overseas, mostly in the Middle East, Minister for Labour Relations and Foreign Employment, Athauda Seneviratne, told reporters that the government will take urgent steps to stop the abuse of tens of thousands of Lankan women working abroad... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels seek postponement of Geneva peace talks with Sri Lanka , spokesman says
Associated Press, Thu April 13, 2006 06:09 EDT . DILIP GANGULY, Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Gunmen fatally shot three Tamil men in northern Sri Lanka, while two others were killed by land mines, police and Tamil rebels said Thursday, as the government eased a curfew in a town hit by fatal bombings and ethnic violence... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government says Geneva talks should be held as scheduled
Associated Press, Fri April 14, 2006 02:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government and Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday appeared headed for a conflict over when to hold the next round of their Geneva peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Fear for safety: Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole
Amnesty International, April 13. A group believed to be a front organisation for the armed opposition group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has threatened to kill an academic who has links to an anti-LTTE group... Back to the top

Trinco, part of new stratergy?
Special Correspondent, April 14. Reliable sources from the North East indicate that the LTTE has taken a new strategic decision to provoke racial incidents by attacking civilians in sensitive areas of the country... Back to the top

Two Tamil men fatally shot in northern Sri Lanka city of Jaffna
Associated Press, Thu April 13, 2006 02:21 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Gunmen fatally shot two Tamil men in northern Sri Lanka - , police said Thursday, as the government eased a curfew in an eastern town hit this week by fatal bombings and ethnic violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up security, curfew lifted in Trincomalee
hindu.com, April 13, 2006, 07:30 EDT. Colombo, April. 13 (PTI): The Sri Lankan Government today stepped up security amid fears that Tamil Tigers could carry out more bomb attacks against civilians, even as it lifted the curfew imposed after the blast in a market in the north-eastern port town of Trincomalee that claimed 17 lives. The government said the "usual measures" such as cancelling leaves of security forces were ordered despite the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year tomorrow to strengthen security arrangements... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers say army ambushes kill 2 rebels
alertnet.org, 13 Apr 2006 06:38:23 GMT. COLOMBO, April 13 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said two of their members had been killed on Thursday in two separate ambushes they blamed on government troops operating behind rebel lines... Back to the top

PM speaks amid Sri Lanka turbulence
indiatimes.com, April 13. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given a timely backing to Sri Lanka's frail peace process amid growing violence in the island and uncertainty about peace talks due in Geneva next week... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: UN APPEALS FOR CALM AMID ESCALATING VIOLENCE
adnki.com, 13 April. New York, 13 April (AKI) - United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan has appealed to Sri Lanka's government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to attend next week's peace talks in Geneva, while the senior UN official on the island said the latest killings of aid workers could threaten humanitarian operations to those most in need... Back to the top

Trinco victims pledged compensation
BBC, Thu 13th Apr 05:07GMT. The government of Sri Lanka has pledged compensation for civilians affected by the series of blasts in Trincomalee... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Faces Spreading Violence as Bomb Attack Prompts Riot
bloomberg.com, Thu 13th Apr 04:50GMT. Sri Lanka is facing ``real danger'' that violence will spread in the country after a bomb attack sparked a riot in the northeastern town of Trincomalee resulting in the deaths of at least 15 people, truce monitors said... Back to the top

Rajapakse under pressure to be tough with LTTE
Dawn, Thu 13th Apr 04:50GMT. President Mahinda Rajapakse is under pressure from his two coalition partners to take a tough stand against Tamil Tigers when the government delegation resumes the second round of talks on April 19... Back to the top

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