The Lanka Academic

MAY 8, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 32


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Tension as 30 Tamils are killed
GulfNews, may 9. Colombo: The security situation in Sri Lanka's north and eastern provinces Lanka deteriorated amid claims that 30 Tamils were killed in fighting with a rival faction on Sunday night.

The government meanwhile clamped a curfew yesterday in Jaffna to prevent public protest against the death of eight civilians at a Hindu temple.

Fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the rival Karuna group in the northeast is reported to have left 30 LTTE members dead and several injured.

The fighting broke out when two LTTE camps in Sampoor, Trincomalee district, came under attack by the Karuna faction on Saturday night, the state-run Rupavahini television said.

Residents of the adjoining government-controlled areas confirmed they heard mortar fire in the rebel-controlled areas of Sampoor. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 8 21:59:17 EDT 2006

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Sri Lanka Increases Security on Peninsula
Associated Press, Mon May 8, 2006 13:03 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Security forces clamped down on Sri Lanka - 's Tamil-dominated Jaffna Peninsula on Monday to guard against anti-government demonstrations and a Japanese envoy said he would travel to a nearby area to try to meet rebels and avert a civil war. Japan is Sri Lanka - 's largest aid donor and has taken an interest in building peace on the island nation, where more than 150 people have died in violence since April.

Akashi and Rajapakse discussed ways to get the rebels back to peace talks in Geneva, a senior official in Rajapakse's government said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

The insurgents last month refused to participate in further talks.

Akashi told reporters after the meeting that he had learned through newspaper reports that top Tiger leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran was not interested in speaking with him. But he said he would go to Kilinochchi anyway ``to find out whom I can meet.''

In the latest violence, the rebels accuse the military of involvement in the reported disappearance of eight Tamil men after they were shot in a Hindu temple in Jaffna over the weekend, a charge the army denies.

The Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam said the men, who were sleeping in the temple, had disappeared and that blood stains in the temple suggested they had either been killed or wounded before being taken away.

Police imposed the curfew after pro-rebel groups said they would hold demonstrations against the latest round of killings and alleged abductions. However, the curfew does not apply in rebel-held territory such as Kilinochchi, where the rebels usually meet foreign dignitaries.

The rebels are demanding a homeland for the Tamil minority, claiming discrimination by the ethnic Sinhalese majority. The current government won an election last year with a pledge to maintain a single state. Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 8 14:21:56 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Japanese envoy says he visit rebel stronghold; security clampdown in Jaffna  - Associated Press
Security boosted in Tamil areas ahead of Sri Lankan leader-Japanese envoy talks  - Associated Press

India ready to help Lanka but wants no publicity, May 09. NEW DELHI, MAY 8: With Sri Lanka raising doubts over LTTE’s commitment to the peace talks and urging India to strengthen defence cooperation, New Delhi has indicated continued engagement on Colombo’s defence requirements with the understanding that discussions will not be brought into the public domain.

It’s learnt that the issue of defence supplies came up during discussions between Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee today. India has been uncomfortable with too much public debate on the issue for obvious domestic political constraints. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 8 21:47:38 EDT 2006 Back to the top

'Resettle in HSZ': Court
bbc, may 8. The judiciary in Sri Lanka has ordered the government to take measures to resettle thousands of displaced as a result of establishing High Security Zones (HSZ)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka water supply still suffers effects of 2004 tsunami
AGU, May 8. WASHINGTON - Sri Lanka's coastal drinking water supply continues to suffer the effects of the December 2004 tsunami, which caused major death and destruction in the region... Back to the top

RCMP commissioner says organized crime and terrorists working closely
Associated Press , May 8. By ALEXANDER PANETTA OTTAWA (CP) - The head of the RCMP says his agency is increasingly concerned about evidence that organized crime groups are helping to fund terrorists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ready for talks, LTTE is not, Monday, May 08, 2006 09:07:25 pmIANS ]. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka, on Monday, said it was ready for peace talks with the Tamil Tigers in Geneva but accused the latter of placing roadblocks at every step... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks India’s nod for top UN post
com, Monday, May 8th, 2006. New Delhi - With less than eight months to go for Secretary General Kofi Annan’s term to expire, Sri Lanka Monday sought India’s support for the candidature of Jayanta Dhanapala for the top UN post... Back to the top

LTTE using intimidation to raise funds: Dutch cabinet
com, Monday, May 8th, 2006. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is using intimidation tactics to raise funds in the Netherlands, two cabinet members said Monday in written response to a parliamentary question... Back to the top

Jayasuriya was forced to quit Tests, says Sri Lanka's selector
AFP/Yahoo, May 8. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's veteran cricketer Sanath Jayasuirya retired from Test cricket last month after being handed an ultimatum to either quit or be sacked, newly-appointed chief selector Asantha de Mel said... Back to the top

Anton Balasingham’s Interview refuted by Peace Secretariat
SCOPP, May 8. In an email interview to Reuters `Exclusive – Sri Lanka rebels vow to neutralise renegades’ released on 8th May, Anton Balsingham is stated to have said the following: “The government’s refusal to rein in armed groups as pledged at (talks in) Geneva has been the primary cause of intensified violence and the stalemate in the peace talks: and “Since the Government has outrightly denied the very existence of Karuna group in government controlled areas and refused to disarm them, the LTTE has no choice other than to take the responsibility on itself and neutralise Karuna’s armed men”... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Curfew for Sri Lanka, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants India to make LTTE talk, 08 May 2006 . New Delhi: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera Monday urged India to play a role that could lead to a resumption of peace talks between Colombo and the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Japan envoy visits Sri Lanka as Tamil accusations fly, May 8, 2006 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lanka's army of killing civilians on Monday, ahead of a meeting between a top Japanese envoy and President Mahinda Rajapakse... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks to Japan for peace, 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

Lankan Govt would ensure peace with LTTE: Minister, 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, 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, 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, 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, Sunday, May 07, 2006. Sri Lanka is seeking foreign forensic help to establish whether the female suicide bomber who tried to kill the country’s army chief was indeed pregnant as she claimed, investigators said on Saturday... Back to the top

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