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APRIL 16, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 10

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Dissident rebels enter Sri Lanka political stage
GulfNews, April 16. Colombo: Amid increasing violence by Tamil rebels against the security forces in the north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka, a breakaway group of the rebels has entered the political stage by opening its first office in a government controlled area in the east.

Two years after V. Muralitharan alias Karuna broke away from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) its political front has established its political office under heavy police and army protection.

The party known as the Tamil Eelam People's Liberation Tigers has been accused of carrying out hit and run attacks on its rivals.

Some of the group's objectives are similar to those of the rebels as they plan to undertake some of the functions carried out by the LTTE political offices in the government-controlled areas, Tamil political party sources said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 16 18:21:49 EDT 2006


ANALYSIS-With S.Lanka talks off, what hope peace?
Reuters, april 16. COLOMBO, April 16 (Reuters) - With Sri Lanka's rebels pulling out of talks with the government, the peace process may falter, leading to more violence and a danger the island could revert to a ruinous two-decade civil war, analysts and diplomats said.

The Tigers said on Saturday they would not go to talks -- postponed once already -- that were scheduled in Geneva for April 24-25, due to problems with a requested safe-conduct transport of rebel commanders. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 16 21:58:05 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Blasts Blamed on Sri Lanka Rebels Kill 8
Associated Press, April 16, 2006. DILIP GANGULY

Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated mines near two military vehicles in northeastern Sri Lanka, killing eight people in separate attacks, officials said Sunday.

Late Saturday, suspected rebels detonated a mine near a jeep carrying air force personnel as it returning to its camp, said Capt. Ajantha Perera, an air force spokesman.

``There were three people in the jeep and all have died,'' said Perera, who blamed the rebels for the attack.

In the first attack, a similar mine, which can be detonated by remote control, exploded as a bus carrying troops approached the town of Vavuniya earlier on Saturday, said Gamini Silva, the deputy inspector general of police. He also blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebel group for the blast.

On Sunday, a mine blast critically wounded two Sri Lankan soldiers in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, the military said, blaming the rebels.

The attacks came amid some of the worst violence in Sri Lanka since Norway brokered a February 2002 cease-fire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

In a separate attack Saturday, two gunmen killed a Tamil civilian in Jaffna, a police officer said on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The motive behind the killing was not clear, and no other details were immediately available.

The rebels have blamed government-backed paramilitary groups for recent bloodshed, which has raised fears of a return to civil war. The government denies that it backs any paramilitary groups.

Also Saturday, Tamil Tiger rebel commanders canceled a trip to an internal meeting that they had insisted take place before upcoming peace talks in Switzerland, according to a rebel statement.

The group said members had felt threatened by a navy ship that approached a ferry the rebels had been boarding.

Helen Olafsdottir, a spokeswoman for the European mission observing the 2002 truce, said there was no risk ``as our monitors were aboard the naval vessel to ensure that nothing happens.''

The government said the guerrillas were told in advance that ships would be present to ensure their safety.

It was not clear if the rebels still plan to attend the April 24-25 peace talks in Geneva.

The Tamil Tigers want to carve out a separate homeland for the country's 3.2 million minority ethnic Tamils, claiming discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 16 01:45:14 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka imposes curfew after violence
isn.ethz.ch, April 16, 2006, 02:30 EDT. ISN SECURITY WATCH (Thursday, 12 April 2006: 13.05 CET) Sri Lanka has imposed a night curfew the northeastern town of Trincomalee after at least 17 people were killed in a bomb blast at a vegetable market there... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says doubts rebels want talks to save ceasefire
turkishpress.com, Sat 15th Apr 17:45GMT. Sri Lanka has expressed "serious doubts" about whether Tamil Tiger rebels want to go ahead with talks due to be held in Swizterland that are aimed at saving a fragile ceasefire... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels pull out of Switzerland talks
Reuters, April 15. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they would pull out of talks with the government in Switzerland due to a dispute over the transport of eastern rebel commanders to their northern base... Back to the top

SL Govt refutes LTTE s contention on naval escort
hindustantimes.com, Sat 15th Apr 17:45GMT. The Sri Lankan government on Saturday refuted the LTTE's contention that there was no provision in its agreement with the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) for naval escort for the ship ferrying its commanders between the Eastern and Northern sectors... Back to the top

Sri Lanka puts the clock back after 10 years
dailytimes.com.pk, April 16, 2006, 02:30 EDT. ISN SECURITY WATCH (Thursday, 12 April 2006: 13.05 CET) Sri Lanka has imposed a night curfew the northeastern town of Trincomalee after at least 17 people were killed in a bomb blast at a vegetable market there... Back to the top

S.Lanka army says foils attack, violence simmers
Reuters, April 15. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka, April 15 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army said on Saturday it had foiled a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel ambush hours after the two sides agreed new dates for talks on saving the fragile four-year truce... Back to the top

Curfew lifted in restive Sri Lankan town after overnight calm
Associated Press, Sat April 15, 2006 00:54 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police lifted a curfew in the northeastern Sri Lankan port town of Trincomalee on Saturday after a night of calm following violence that killed at least 41 people in the region over the past week... Back to the top

Lanka goes back to Indian Standard Time
hindustantimes.com, April 15, 2006. Sri Lanka on Saturday went back to Indian Standard Time (GMT plus 5.30 hours) after a gap of ten years... Back to the top

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