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APRIL 22, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 16


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Rebels call off talks with Sri Lankan cease-fire monitor as violence continues
Associated Press, Sat April 22, 2006 10:14 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels rejected efforts by the chief European cease-fire monitor to mediate a dispute with the Sri Lankan government, as four army soldiers were killed and 10 others injured Saturday in three mine explosions blamed on the rebels, officials said. In eastern Sri Lanka - Saturday, an army officer was killed and six soldiers were injured when an anti-personnel mine exploded near their car, the military said.

The blast occurred in Welikanda, 216 kilometers (134 miles) northeast of Colombo, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.

Earlier, unidentified assailants shot and killed a Tamil civilian, and seriously wounded her husband in Trincomalee, 215 kilometers (135 miles) northeast of Colombo, police officer Sunil Karunaratne said.

He said the motive was unknown.

At least 64 people have been killed in violence this month 40 of them soldiers or police.

Meanwhile, Ulf Henricsson, head of the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, returned to Colombo from the rebels' stronghold on Saturday after talks with rebel political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan were called off, mission spokeswoman Helen Olafsdottir said.

``There was no new proposal that could be accepted by us, so there was no reason for a meeting,'' rebel spokesman Daya Master said.

On Thursday, the rebels announced they had pulled out of peace talks with the government scheduled for April 24-25 in Geneva, citing growing attacks on Tamil civilians.

The talks were meant to salvage a 2002 cease-fire that appears to be on the verge of collapse.

The rebels have demanded that government helicopters fly guerrilla commanders to the rebel headquarters for a central committee meeting before any future talks are held.

The government has instead proposed that private helicopters be used to transport the commanders.

The Tigers have fought the government since 1983, demanding a separate Tamil homeland and accusing the Sinhalese-dominated government of discrimination.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the fighting before the cease-fire.

Associated Press writer Krishan Francis contributed to this report. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Apr 22 12:09:12 EDT 2006

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Who was behind Trinco violence?
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, April 22, 2006, 5.16 p.m.. Questions have arisen as to whether last week's violence in Trincomalee was the work of an 'organised group'.

The incidents which took place on April 12, 14 and 15, saw some 60 houses all belonging to Tamils gutted, between 30 to 35 business establishments burnt (one of which belonged to a Muslim and the rest to Tamils) and more than 300 Tamil families displaced. The Trinco incidents also saw some 19 civilians' dead, including 10 Tamils, seven Sinhalese and two Muslims.

Meanwhile, according to a report sent to the Government Peace Secretariat, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Indian and Canadian High Commissions and the US Embassy by the Akhila Illankai Tamil United Front (AITUF) it has been alleged that on April 12, a Sinhalese gang from outside Trincomalee went about setting fire to business establishments belonging to Tamils both on Central Road and on the North Coast Road. All of these, more than 30 business establishments, were completely gutted.

AITUF is a newly formed political party consisting of top notch Tamil politicos including former parliamentarians from the Tamil United Liberation Front, Eelam Peoples Democratic Party, Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front, People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam, North East Provincial Council members and several Local Authority Chairmen. Recognition for the party by the Elections Commissioner was granted on February 10, 2006.

On April 14th, at 3.00 p.m. a Sinhalese gang (from outside Trincomalee) began breaking and burning houses belonging to Tamils in Mihindapura where the Technical College is situated. Around 40 Tamil families fled the area in order to save their lives. The number of Tamil houses set on fire in Mihindapura is reportedly 15.

The gang, after slaying one Tamil civilian and damaging property at Mihindupura, moved on to Sivayogapuram armed with swords. This group then systematically set fire to 48 thatched huts in which families affected by the 1983 ethnic conflict were living. The group also set fire to the cadjan thatching around the Nadesar temple with the intention of burning it down. The structure of the temple was charred and the female devotee S. Maheswari who maintained the temple was chopped to death.

However sources noted that these incidents instigated by certain elements may also be a form of expressing their anger against the LTTE's continuous harassment and killings of Sri Lankan Army, Navy and Air Force personnel in the recent past.

The AITUF General Secretary K. Vigneswaran, a former parliamentarian is also reported to have telephoned President Mahinda Rajapakse on the New Year's Day requesting him to take necessary steps to arrest the situation.

The report's concluding remarks stressed that, "the incidents of April 12, 14, and 15, 2006 are being described by the Tamils of Trincomalee as a re-enactment of the July 1983 saga. The state is getting provoked by the LTTE and is playing into the hands of the Tigers. Instead of winning over the Tamils, it is driving them into the bosom of the LTTE. The Tamils of Trincomalee feel betrayed by the Sri Lankan state Discuss this story
Published: Sat Apr 22 08:20:26 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Three mine attacks
BBC SINHALA.COM, 22 April, 2006. An Army offier and four soldiers were killed and elevan others injured Saturday in three mine explosions.

In another incident, unidentified gunmen shot a Tamil woman and seriously wounded her husband.

An army officer was killed and seven soldiers were injured when an anti-personnel mine exploded in Welikanda.

The army vehicle they were travelling caught up in the blast,Brigadier Daya Ratnayake in Welikanda said.

"LTTE has carried out this claymore attack using remote control equipement",Brigadier Daya Ratnayake said.

Six of the injured seven soldiers admitted to Polonnaruwa hospital were later airlifted to General Hospital, Colombo

In Vavuniya, suspected rebels detonated a mine near a military patrol in Devakulam, killing one soldier in the morning.

In the afternoon army truck was caught up in a claymore mine at Marakkarampali killing two army soldiers. Another four soldiers injured in the explosion.

In Trincomalee unidentified gunmen shot and killed Kanthasamy Nallamah, and seriously wounded her husband Pasupathipillai Kanthasamy. The motive for the killing was not known. More...
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