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APRIL 17, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 11

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Top Norwegian envoy due in Sri Lanka to save faltering peace bid
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 17th, 2006, SLT 6:30 pm. Norway's special envoy to Sri Lanka is due to make an unscheduled visit here on Tuesday in stepped-up efforts to save the island from plunging back to civil war, officials said.

Jon Hanssen-Bauer is expected to shuttle between meetings with President Mahinda Rajapakse, other government leaders and the Tamil rebels. He will try to bring an end to escalating tensions between the government and the Tigers and also ensure that talks to save the island's tottering truce takes place as scheduled next week.

"The decision is based on the latest escalation of violence and developments in relation to the Geneva talks," said Erik Crnberg, spokesman for the Norwegian embassy in Colombo.

The Tigers have repeatedly said they must hold an internal meeting between its commanders before attending the second round of Swiss talks, prompting the negotiations to be pushed back by five days to April 24.

On Sunday, the Tigers formally informed Hans Brattskar Norway's ambassador in Colombo, that they will not participate in the talks until the internal meeting is held.

The missive was sent a day after accusing the Sri Lanka navy of interfering with transport arrangement for its commanders to travel between the island's north and east. The government has denied any interference.

"We are still hopeful that the meeting will take place," Crnberg said.

Earlier Monday, at least eight people were killed and nine others wounded in a spate of blasts in Sri Lanka's volatile north and east.

More than 60 people have been killed _ mostly security forces _ in claymore explosions and bomb blasts in the last 10 days raising fears of an outbreak of full-scale war.

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Published: Mon Apr 17 09:44:02 EDT 2006

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Sri Lanka offers private air craft to Tamil Tiger rebels to save truce talk s
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 17th, 2006, SLT 9:30 pm. The Sri Lankan government on Monday agreed to allow the Tamil Tiger rebels to use a private helicopter to transport its cadre for an internal meeting aimed at ensuring crucial cease-fire talks take place next week.

"We have consented to the Norwegians engaging a private chopper," said Palitha Kohona, the government's top official at the peace secretariat.

He said the issue still needed to be discussed with the Tamil rebels. Norwegians peace brokers on Monday were engaged in shuttle diplomacy between the parties and European truce monitors who are expected to accompany the guerrillas.

The Tamil Tigers have repeatedly said they must hold an internal meeting between its commanders before attending the second round of Swiss talks. Differences with the government over transporting cadre for the meeting prompted the negotiations to be pushed back by five days to April 24.

On Sunday, the Tigers formally informed Hans Brattskar Norway's ambassador in Colombo, that they will not participate in the talks until the internal meeting is held. The missive was sent a day after accusing the Sri Lanka navy of interfering with a transport arrangement for its commanders to travel between the island's north and east.

The government has denied interference and said the rebels' excuses reflect their lack of commitment to the Geneva talks.

"We are determined that they (Tamil rebels) will have no excuse not to go to Geneva," Kohona said. Discuss this story
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Police raid Montreal offices of Tamil group
National Post, April 17. Police have raided the offices of a Tamil organization in Montreal as part of an investigation into terrorist financing, the RCMP said yesterday.

A counter-terrorism team made up of RCMP, Montreal police and Surete du Quebec officers searched the office of the World Tamil Movement at 4160 Van Horne Ave. in the Cote des Neiges district.

The search warrant said police are investigating four alleged criminal offences, all related to financing and facilitating terrorist activity.

"There were no arrests and it was mainly documents and information that were seized from the location," said Cpl. Sylvain L'Heureux, a RCMP spokesperson.

The raid occurred on the night of April 12 - just two days after Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day announced the Tamil Tigers had been placed on Canada's list of banned terrorist organizations. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 17 23:04:11 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Explosion in northern Sri Lanka kills 4 soldiers, 6 wounded
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 17th, 2006, SLT 10:00 am. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed at least four soldiers and wounded six others in a powerful bomb explosion in northern Sri Lanka, the military said... Back to the top

LTTE says 'no talks until all hurdles removed'
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, April 17, 2006, 1.06 p.m.. LTTE political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan has declared that his organisation will not participate in any future Geneva talks with the Sri Lankan Government unless all hurdles facings his organisation is removed and a 'more conducive environment' is created for them by the Sri Lankan Government... Back to the top

UNICEF slams Sri Lanka rebels on child recruitment+
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LTTE’s conditions for talks can t be met easily
hindustantimes.com, April 17, 2006, 06:50 EDT. The LTTE on Sunday formally suspended its participation in the Geneva talks, saying that its short term and long term demands would have to be met first, to create a "conducive environment" for the talks... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Donors’ group gravely concerned by Sri Lanka violence
lexpress.mu, April, 17. 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

ANALYSIS-With S.Lanka talks off, what hope peace?
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Blasts Blamed on Sri Lanka Rebels Kill 8
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Sri Lanka hopes to expand liquid petroleum gas production
lankabusinessonline.com, April 17, 2006, 08:10 EDT. Apr.17 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state oil giant Ceypetco, hopes to increase liquid gas production and process more high value fuels, when they secure funds to expands their oil refinery... Back to the top

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 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

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