The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 7, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 31

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Sri Lanka rebels vow to neutralise renegades
Reuters, may 8. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have vowed to raid government territory to kill former comrades they say are attacking their fighters with the help of the military, warning peace talks are off until those renegade attacks stop. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are locked in a low intensity conflict with the military that threatens to rupture a 2002 truce and rekindle a two-decade civil war. They want the government to disarm a breakaway faction led by a former rebel commander called Karuna. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 7 23:41:35 EDT 2006

Curfew for Sri Lanka
news.com.au, May 08, 2006. SRI Lanka imposed a curfew in the restive Jaffna peninsula today as a Japanese envoy began talks with government officials to try to save a faltering peace process amid escalating violence.

The security forces clamped the indefinite curfew ahead of demonstrations called by residents to protest Friday's killing of seven men the army described as Tiger suspects. The rebels regard those killed as civilians.

The authorities also announced the main entry and exit point to rebel-held territory in Jaffna will be shut tomorrow, a military official said.

The latest moves came as eight more people were reported missing in Jaffna.

The men had slept overnight at a Hindu temple after a ceremony in the peninsula before troops allegedly took them away, the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said in a statement. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 7 17:05:05 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Jaffna under indefinite curfew  - zeenews.com

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fire mortar, guns at a Sri Lanka military camp
Associated Press, Sun May 7, 2006 02:55 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortars and guns at a government military camp in eastern Sri Lanka - on Sunday, the military said. No casualties were immediately reported. Unlike in northern Sri Lanka - , where the so-called forward defense lines were demarcated under the cease-fire, in eastern Sri Lanka - there is no clear-cut line between rebel-held and government-controlled areas.

This is primarily because of a 2004 rebel split led by an eastern based commander, who broke away from the north-based group accusing them of discriminating against the eastern Tamils.

The rebellion was ruthlessly suppressed, but the eastern commander, known as Karuna, managed to flee. The rebels accuse the military of backing Karuna, a charge that the army denies.

The Tigers began fighting in 1983 to create a separate Tamil nation, accusing the majority Sinhalese-dominated state of discrimination. The conflict killed more than 65,000 people Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 7 04:48:13 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka looks to Japan for peace
indiatimes.com, May 07, 2006 . COLOMBO: A Japanese envoy forged ahead with diplomatic efforts Sunday to stem a surge in violence that has pushed Sri Lanka back toward civil war, despite failing to secure a meeting with the top leader of Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Lanka FM expected to seek Indian support for peace process
newkerala.com, 06 May 2006. New Delhi: The delicately poised Sri Lankan peace process will come up for a thorough review during the visit of the island nation's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera here... Back to the top

Lankan Govt would ensure peace with LTTE: Minister
deepikaglobal.com, May 7. Chennai, May 7 : Sri Lankan Minister for Public Administration and Home Affairs Sarath Amunugama today hoped that they would be able to bring the LTTE to the negotiationing table with the help of on-going efforts of Norway and to resume peace talks between the Government and LTTE, either at Geneva or any other locations abroad shortly... Back to the top

India in diplomatic dilemma over Lankan strife
expressindia.com, May 7. New Delhi, May 7: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera arrives in India on Sunday, hoping to persuade New Delhi to help broker peace in the island nation which is teetering on the verge of a fresh civil war... Back to the top

Killings, quit orders and shortages torment Jaffna
Hindustan Times, May 7. The ugly shadow war that has been going on between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan armed forces has brought life to a virtual standstill in Jaffna, in North Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Seven civilian youths massacred at Nelliaddy
Tamilweek, May 7. Nelliaddy in the northernmost Jaffna peninsula division of Vadamaratchy became the scene of a brutal massacre on Thursday May4th... Back to the top

Secretive, lethal rebel navy a big factor in Sri Lanka conflict
haveeru.com.mv, 07 May 2006. TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are increasingly taking their fight to the sea thanks to a secretive and lethal rebel "navy", a rarity among the world's guerrilla forces, observers say... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s injured Army chief moves to military hospital
people.com.cn, May 07, 2006. Sri Lanka's Army Chief Sarath Fonseka who was badly injured late last month in a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber attack was moved Saturday to the military hospital, defense and hospital sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks foreign help to probe suicide bomber
dailytimes.com.pk, Sunday, May 07, 2006. Sri Lanka is seeking foreign forensic help to establish whether the female suicide bomber who tried to kill the countryís army chief was indeed pregnant as she claimed, investigators said on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebel leader won't meet Japanese peace envoy amid spiraling separatist conflict
Associated Press, Sat May 6, 2006 11:42 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's top rebel leader refused to meet with a Japanese peace envoy who arrived Saturday to try to prevent a return to civil war amid spiraling violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Fear for safety
AI, May 7. Dr Manoharanís son, 20-year-old Ragihar Manoharan, was among five Tamil students killed by the Sri Lankan security forces in Trincomalee on 2 January... Back to the top

Tigers tear each other apart
Observer, May 7. When fisherman Kandasamy Rajan was jolted from his sleep in the middle of a hot night by the sound of gunfire last month, his family's nightmare had just begun... Back to the top

Suspected rebel group threatens to attack military, warns civilians to stay away
Associated Press, Sat May 6, 2006 01:54 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Japanese peace envoy was to arrive in Sri Lanka - Saturday for talks with the president and will push for a meeting with Tamil rebel leaders to try and prevent a return to civil war amid spiraling violence... Back to the top

Sharing a treasure with the world
The Star, May 7. With Wesak Day just around the corner, history buff MARTIN VENGADESAN wants to share his amazing experience of exploring the site of an ancient Buddhist civilisation in a rather surprising location... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s army chief recovers from injuries
dailyindia.com, May 6, 2006.
By Xinhua Colombo, May 6 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka's army chief Sarath Fonseka, who was badly injured late last month in a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber attack, Saturday moved out of the intensive care unit after showing signs of recovery, defence and hospital sources said... Back to the top

No action on Army and police persons in LTTE payroll
com, May 06, 2006 at 09:30 EDT. There is growing disillusionment in the intelligence units over the lack of interest shown by defence authorities about the formersí warning that a large number of soldiers and policemen in the North and East areas had been bought over by the LTTE... Back to the top

No talks while killings continue: LTTE
hindustantimes.com, May 06, 2006 at 09:30 EDT. The LTTE has said that there can be no peace talks with the Sri Lankan government so long as killings continue in the Tamil-speaking North Eastern part of the island country... Back to the top

Violence continues as Sri Lanka awaits Japan envoy
alertnet.org, 06 May 2006 10:26:10 GMT.
By Peter Apps COLOMBO, May 6 (Reuters) - Government troops came under fire in Sri Lanka's north on Saturday as the island awaited the arrival of Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi for the latest in a series of attempts to prevent a return to civil war... Back to the top

Anarchy in Sri Lanka as peace envoy arrives
iol.co.za, May 06, 2006 at 09:30 EDT. Colombo - A Japanese peace envoy was to arrive in Sri Lanka for talks Saturday as Scandinavian monitors said violence between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels was out of control... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Still haunted by demons
hamiltonspectator.com, May 06, 2006 at 09:37 EDT. Violence has begun to shake this island once more and there's an air of impending disaster... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Behind talk of peace, threat of full-scale war looms
wsws.org, May 06, 2006 at 09:37 EDT. Despite international pressure for the resumption of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), violence in the war zones of the East and North of the island is continuing unabated... Back to the top

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