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APRIL 23, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 17

JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

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Aid organisations 'force women to work in pornographic films'
GulfNews, April 24. Colombo: Some local and foreign non-governmental organisations carrying out tsunami relief work in eastern Sri Lanka have been accused of forcing local women aid workers to pose for pornographic films, a newspaper said yesterday.

The crisis has reached such serious proportions that Tamil National Alliance's Batticaloa district MPs have requested District Secretary S. Puniyamoorthy to summon an urgent meeting with heads of both local and international non-governmental organisations (NGO) to investigate the charges and take remedial action, The Sunday Times newspaper said.

Batticaloa and Trincomalee Bishop Kingsley Swamipillai told the newspaper that he believed such abuse had been going on for some time and he welcomed the inquiry. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 23 23:21:41 EDT 2006


New violence hits Sri Lanka , 3 rebels killed, 3 soldiers wounded, 6 villagers found dead
Associated Press, Sun April 23, 2006 11:02 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government forces on Sunday shot and killed three Tamil rebels in two separate incidents in the country's troubled northeast after the insurgents lobbed hand grenades at the soldiers, the Defense Ministry said. The Trincomalee police chief would not comment on the dead villagers' identities, but another police officer said they were Sinhalese, Sri Lanka - 's ethnic majority.

The bodies had multiple stab wounds, said the officer, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

Earlier Sunday, troops manning a checkpoint in the town of Kantalai stopped two men. ``One of them threw a hand grenade that wounded a security man,'' military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said. The troops retaliated, killing the pair, he said.

In another incident, rebels threw hand grenades at troops on patrol near Trincomalee, 215 kilometers (135 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, Samarasinghe said. The troops fired back, killing one rebel, he said.

Separately, rebels fired at another military patrol near Trincomalee, wounding two soldiers.

Also Sunday, a Tamil Tiger rebel, questioned by police at a checkpoint near the northern town of Polonnaruwa, bit down on a cyanide capsule carried around his neck in an apparent suicide attempt, Samarasinghe said.

Such capsules are standard issue for fighters belonging to the LTTE as a means of preventing their capture.

Police took the man to a hospital, where he is listed in serious condition, Samarasinghe said.

Also on Sunday, the government urged the international community to press the rebels to attend peace talks in Switzerland.

The new violence comes a day after the rebels rejected efforts by the chief European cease-fire monitor to mediate a dispute with the government over the mode of transport to be used for an internal rebel meeting ahead of the Geneva talks.

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

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

The Tamil Tigers began fighting the government in 1983, demanding a separate Tamil homeland and accusing the Sinhalese-dominated government of discrimination. The war left 65,000 people dead before the cease-fire.

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Published: Sun Apr 23 14:32:40 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka asks int'l community to exert pressure on Tamil rebels+
Associated Press, Sun April 23, 2006 05:54 EDT . COLOMBO, April 23 (Kyodo) The Sri Lanka - government called on the European Union on Sunday to exert maximum pressure on the Tamil Tiger rebels to desist from escalating violence in the country's northeast claimed as a Tamil homeland and engage in peace talks.

The government said the listing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam as a terrorist organization by the European Union is a sanction that may be applied as fresh violence involving rebels has claimed eight lives, including five soldiers in 24 hours.

''We have been in consultation with the EU and we expect it to go ahead with the threatened sanctions if the LTTE continues to behave in this appalling manner,'' said Palith Kohona, head of the government's peace secretariat. ''The listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organization is one of these sanctions.''

''The Norwegians can do a lot to pressure the LTTE,'' added Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.

The Norwegian government is facilitating the peace process, with Oslo having brokered the February 2002 Cease-fire Agreement or CFA which has now been stretched to the near breaking point with both the government and the LTTE saying the country is very close to war.

More than 50 members of the armed forces and police have been killed in April in bomb attacks blamed on the rebels. Tamil Tiger rebels in turn have accused the military of reprisal attacks on civilians.

A three-year deadlock in peace negotiations ended in February with the two sides meeting in Geneva to discuss ''proper implementation of the CFA.''

A second round of talks set for April was first postponed by a few days and is now being endangered over a spat over facilitation of consultations between eastern commanders of the LTTE and the LTTE leadership prior to the talks.

The LTTE is currently banned in India, the United States, Britain and Canada. The listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organization in the European Union, where a large number of ethnic Tamils live and work, can be damaging to the Tiger rebels.

''The Tigers raise a lot of funds from the Tamil Diaspora in Western Europe,'' a diplomat here said. ''An EU ban can hurt their fundraising in Europe.'' Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 23 11:52:41 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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New violence hits Sri Lanka , 3 rebels killed, 3 soldiers wounded
Associated Press, Sun April 23, 2006 05:16 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government forces on Sunday shot and killed three Tamil rebels in two separate incidents in the country's northeast after the insurgents lobbed hand grenades at the soldiers, the Defense Ministry said... Back to the top

RCMP raids Toronto Tamil offices
Toronto Star, April 24. Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers raided the Scarborough and Toronto offices of the World Tamil Movement yesterday, sealing off the building with yellow police tape and carting off boxes of documents... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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'... 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka eye gentle tour opener
bbc.co.uk, Sunday, 23 April 2006. Sri Lanka begin their England tour in Cambridge on Monday, with a three-day game against British Universities... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: paradise in the backyard
deccanherald.com, April 23, 2006. Sri Lanka is a place where history, religion and geography join hands to give tourists a visual treat... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to promote migration of professionals
thepeninsulaqatar.com, April 23, 2006, 3:08 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is seeking to promote migration of professional job categories like IT specialists, nurses and care-givers in addition to the current unskilled labour and domestic workers, officials said yesterday... Back to the top

China vows to safeguard Sri Lanka s territorial integrity
hindu.com, April. 22, 2006. China today praised Sri Lanka for supporting its "core interests" in issues like Taiwan and Tibet and promised to support Colombo in safeguarding its territorial integrity... Back to the top

Tensions soar in northeast S.Lanka on new attacks
alertnet.org, 22 Apr 2006. Attacks by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels and ethnic riots are fuelling rising tension in Sri Lanka's multi-ethnic east, making peace talks more difficult than ever... Back to the top

China to Fund 3 Highway Projects in Sri Lanka
chinabroadcast.cn, 2006-04-22. The Chinese government will fund three highway infrastructure projects in the Sri Lanka capital of Colombo, an official from the Chinese Embassy to Sri Lanka said on Saturday... Back to the top

South Asian intervention in Sri Lanka suggested
dailyindia.com, April 22 , 2006. A Singapore-based scholar has suggested an internationally backed South Asian intervention in Sri Lanka to end its unending ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka back prospect Maharoof
bbc.co.uk, Saturday, 22 April 2006. Sri Lanka are hoping Farveez Maharoof will emerge as an international quality all-rounder during the tour to England... Back to the top

Chinese vice president meets Sri Lanka PM
xinhuanet.com, April 22, 2006. Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong on Saturday said China would continue cementing ties with Sri Lanka in all fields for win-win progress... Back to the top

Sri Lankan soldier killed in mine blast blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Sat April 22, 2006 03:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) At least one soldier was killed Saturday in an anti-personnel mine attack carried out by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels, the military said... Back to the top

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