The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 12, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 36

WESAK
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US says Tiger violence poses war risk to Sri Lanka
Reuters, May 13. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday condemned an attack on a Sri Lankan naval vessel by separatist Tamil Tigers, warning the violence risked returning the South Asian island nation to civil war.

"We are deeply concerned about the escalating violence by the Tamil Tigers, which has put Sri Lanka at risk of a return to war," said a statement by Richard Boucher, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 12 21:15:11 EDT 2006


Sri Lanka 's rebels threaten more attacks on Sri Lankan navy boats, European truce monitors
Associated Press, Fri May 12, 2006 10:42 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels on Friday threatened more attacks on Sri Lankan navy vessels if they approach coastal areas under rebel control, a day after a major sea battle. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, launched an attack Thursday in 15 small boats against a navy convoy escorting a troop carrier with 710 soldiers aboard, navy spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake said. The European-led Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission said a truce monitor was in the troop carrier when it was attacked.

One of the Navy boats escorting the vessel was destroyed by a suicide boat attack. The battle left about 50 insurgents and 17 sailors all of them on the destroyed navy boat dead or missing, Dassanayake said. A pro-rebel Web site said the insurgents lost only four guerrillas in the battle.

The Navy said Friday that it had recovered seven bodies, one identified as a sailor and the rest still unidentified.

The new threat from the Tigers Friday came in a letter to the truce monitors posted on the rebel Web site.

The navy's activities off the coast of Tamil Tiger-held areas are ``disrupting the fishing activities of the people. It is also disturbing the LTTE exercises,'' the letter said.

``If (the) Sri Lankan navy disrupts our activities, we will definitely retaliate,'' it said.

The rebels accused the navy of using the monitors as ``human shields'' and warned the monitors to stay away from the conflict zone.

``We urge you for the last time not to be on board Sri Lankan naval vessels until further notice from us. If you chose to ignore our warning and request, we are not responsible for the consequences,'' the rebels said.

Thursday's clash marked a sharp escalation of violence in a country already teetering on the brink of civil war and put the most severe strain yet on a 2002 truce that halted two decades of warfare.

Government troops retaliated by sinking five rebel boats and launching airstrikes on guerrilla-held territory.

More than 150 people have died in Sri Lankan violence since the beginning of April, and recent attempts to restart stalled peace talks have failed.

The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. More than 65,000 people died in the conflict before the truce.

About 60 unarmed European monitors oversee the truce in the north and east of the country.

Both the government and the monitors accused the Tigers of violating the cease-fire accord and the monitoring force said it considered the Thursday attack a direct threat to their peace mission.

``This sort of reckless behavior can only lead to a dangerous escalation resulting in growing hostilities and jeopardizing any possibility for future peace talks,'' the monitors said in a statement.

The head of the rebel political wing, S.P Thamilselvan, met with chief truce monitor Ulf Henricsson in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi on Friday.

Afterward, Thamilselvan criticized mission officials for calling Thursday's attack a violation of the cease-fire accord and demanded an explanation.

``Nobody has the right to pass judgment on the sovereign rights of our access to the adjacent sea and air space of our homeland,'' the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site quoted Thamilselvan as saying.

After the clash, police tightened security in the capital, Colombo, where tens of thousands prepared to celebrate the birth of Buddha. Armed soldiers were posted at some intersections where colorful artwork depicted the life and teaching of Buddhism's founder. Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 12 13:00:47 EDT 2006 Back to the top


LTTE claims sovereignty over land, sea and air
hindustantimes.com, May 12, 2006, 19:15 EDT. The LTTE has claimed sovereignty over the land, sea and air in that part of the Sri Lankan North and East, which it controls de facto. "Nobody has the right to pass judgement on the sovereign rights of our access to the adjacent sea and airspace of our homelands," the head of the LTTE's political wing, SP Tamilselvan, told Maj Gen Ulf Ericsson, the head of the Nordic truce monitors, when the latter met him in Kilinochchi on Friday. Henriccson had rushed to Kilinochchi after two sea battles and an air strike on Thursday left 67 Sri Lankan navy men and LTTE Sea tiger cadres dead. A Sri Lankan troop ship with 710 men on board had narrowly escaped being sunk by the LTTE off the Point Pedro coast in the north. More...
Published: Fri May 12 19:19:37 EDT 2006 Back to the top
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Rebels on 'exit strategy' from peace process, Sri Lanka gov't says
Associated Press, Fri May 12, 2006 07:38 EDT . Sri Lanka's government accused the country's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday of ''pursuing an exit strategy from the peace process,'' a day after the worst fighting between government forces and the rebels since a 2002 cease-fire agreement left 17 Sri Lanka Navy personnel and an estimated 50 rebels dead... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bombs Tamil Tiger airfield to deter further attacks
lankabusinessonline.com, May 12, 2006, 19:10 EDT. May 12, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's airforce bombed a rebel airfield in the island's north to "deter further attacks" by the guerrillas after they sank a navy gunboat and killed 18 people, the government said Friday... Back to the top

Delhi fiddles while Lanka burns
dnaindia.com, May 12, 2006, 19:10 EDT. NEW DELHI: The attack on the Sri Lankan Navy by the Sea Tigers is the latest blow to fragile peace process in the island... Back to the top

England 551-6 dec Sri Lanka 91-6: Mahmood enjoys dream debut to ...
independent.co.uk, may 13. In an attempt to frustrate Pietersen, who is particularly strong through the leg-side, the tourists bowled outside off stump... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels attacked navy to protect sea supply routes, analyst says
Associated Press, May 12. DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil rebels, who earlier this week sank a Sri Lankan navy patrol boat, view access to the sea that supplies their clandestine operations as so vital they will risk a renewed civil war, a top defense analyst said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's rebels vow to retaliate if navy disrupts activity near their territory
Associated Press, May 12. DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil rebels warned Friday they will attack Sri Lankan navy vessels that approach coastal areas under their control, a day after they sank a patrol boat in a major sea battle that killed dozens and pushed the country closer to all-out war... Back to the top

How Sri Lanka s Rebels Build a Suicide Bomber
time.com, May 12, 2006, 19:10 EDT. In spite of how relatively obscure their rebel cause is on the world stage, the attacks by Sri Lanka's Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (L... Back to the top

Pietersen century cements England's dominance in first test
Associated Press, Fri May 12, 2006 13:27 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - LONDON (AP) A century by Kevin Pietersen and three wickets to test debutant Sajid Mahmood had England firmly in control at stumps Friday on day two of the first test against Sri Lanka - at Lord's... Back to the top

Indian navy ships 'save' Lanka troops
NDTV, May 12. Indian military ships in the Palk Strait discouraged Tamil rebel attacks that could have killed at least 700 Sri Lankan soldiers, reports say... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy recovers seven bodies of those killed in Thursday's sea battle, military says
Assocaited Press, May 12. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Navy divers on Friday recovered seven bodies of those killed in a sea battle between the Sri Lankan navy and Tamil Tiger rebels off the island's northern shores, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s war in all but name
bbc.co.uk, May 12, 2006, 10:20 EDT. Europeans have a rather quaint tradition of telling everyone when they intend to go to war... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu verdict not to impact Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, May 12. The victory of the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu is not expected to have any impact on Sri Lanka unless war erupts in the island and Tamil refugees flee to the Indian state in large numbers... Back to the top

67 feared killed as war clouds loom over Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri 12th May 08:10GMT. Pitched sea battles and retaliatory air strikes by the Sri Lankan air force on Thursday left 17 sailors as well as an estimated 50 Tamil Tiger rebels dead, officials and analysts said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels threaten monitors
Reuters, May 12. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have told Nordic truce monitors they travel aboard Sri Lankan Navy ships at their peril after the worst military confrontation since a 2002 truce... Back to the top

Eight boats belonging to LTTE destroyed by Navy-Air Force combine attack
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 11, 2006, 9.29 p.m.. The Sri Lankan Navy and Air Force has successfully destroyed eight boats belonging to Tamil Tiger rebels, highly placed sources said... Back to the top

50 guerrillas killed, 17 Sri Lankan sailors missing after sea battle threatens civil war
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 16:46 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) At least 50 rebels were killed and 17 Sri Lankan sailors missing after a sea battle Thursday instigated by the Tamil Tigers left the country on the brink of civil war... Back to the top

Embassy Row Sri Lanka frustrated
The Washington Times, May 11, 2006, 16:30 EDT. A suicide bomber who was thought to have been five months pregnant when she blew herself up last month in a military hospital in Sri Lanka was the final provocation that brought a targeted response from the country's navy and air force against rebel positions in a port city... Back to the top

Sri Lankan security forces retaliate with air strikes at selected targets in Killinochchi and Trinco after LTTE attacks troop carrying vessel
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 11, 2006, 7.44 p.m.. Security forces launched retaliatory attacks on selected LTTE targets in Killinochci and Trincomalee a little while ago, after LTTE cadres attempted to blow up several Navy boats including the 'pearl cruiser', which was carrying more than 500 troops... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bombs rebels after attack on navy
reuters.co.uk, May 11, 2006, 11:45EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger territory near their northern headquarters on Thursday after rebels attacked a naval transporter with hundreds of servicemen on board and sank two fast attack vessels... Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, a cease-fire without peace
International Herald Tribune, May 11, 2006, 11:00EDT. COLOMBO President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka casts himself as a man ready to walk the road to peace, but equally prepared to face down his enemies in battle, as his country dives into open civil war... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels sink navy boat in northern Sri Lanka , truce monitors say
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 08:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a government navy convoy guarding a vessel transporting army personnel in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday and sank one boat, European cease-fire monitors said... Back to the top

Jayasuriya to arrive in England within days
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 14:54 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - LONDON (AP) Sanath Jayasuriya will join the Sri Lanka - squad in England within the next few days, coach Tom Moody said Thursday... Back to the top

LTTE is seriously violating the CFA with sea movements and attacks on Sri Lankan Navy SLMM
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 11, 2006, 6.13 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission today declared that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have committed gross violations of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) in recent days by moving at sea with the aim of provoking the Sri Lankan navy and now finally embarking on an offensive operation against the navy sinking one vessel and putting SLMM monitors in grave danger... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bishop boycotts UK as mark of protest
com, May 11, 2006. Bishop Duleep de Chickera of the diocese of Colombo, Anglican Church of Ceylon, has refrained from visiting the United Kingdom as a “mark of protest” following the British High Commission in Colombo’s policy of fingerprinting all Sri Lankans applying for British visas... Back to the top

SLMC says no to Muslim regiment
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 11, 2006, 1.11 p.m.. Sri Lanka's pre dominant Muslim political party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has expressed their outright opposition to the decision taken by the government to recruit Muslim youth to create a separate 'Muslim regiment' in the military... Back to the top

Lankan expats ‘forced to fund LTTE’
gulf-times.com, May 11, 2006, 06:20 EDT. As their homeland teeters on the brink of a civil war, Sri Lankan Tamils living in Qatar are finding it impossible to hide from the separatist Tamil Tigers ‘fundraisers’, who come knocking on their doors every month and extort money to fund their fight for an independent country... Back to the top

New violence leaves 2 dead in Sri Lanka just days after failed Japanese peace mission
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 06:53 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) New violence left two civilians dead and at least three other people wounded in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, just days after a Japanese envoy failed to persuade separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and the government to resume peace talks in an effort to prevent a return to civil war... Back to the top

England v Sri Lanka
sportinglife.com, May 11, 2006. Prolific spinner Muttiah Muralitharan made a timely breakthrough for Sri Lanka just as England's new-look side were on course for a commanding start to the opening npower Test... Back to the top

Monitors see S.Lanka army hand in civilian killings
go.com, May 11, 2006, 06:20 EDT. VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - International truce monitors said on Thursday they believe Sri Lankan troops are involved in killing ethnic Tamil civilians in the island's north, contrary to government denials... Back to the top

Tamil civilian fatally shot dead in Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, May 11, 2006, 07:46 EDT. Unidentified gunmen fatally shot an ethnic minority Tamil civilian in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, police said, in the latest violence to threaten a return to civil war... Back to the top

Spectre of war haunts Lanka
Dawn, May 11, 2006, 07:42 EDT. In rebel Tamil Tiger-held Sri Lanka, residents already scarred by decades of war are putting rebuilding on hold as they brace for a new conflict they say is now inevitable... Back to the top

LTTE’s warning to Lankan govt
Dawn, May 11, 2006, 07:42 EDT. The Tamil Tigers, which came under attack early this week from its dissident faction, has threatened to launch a full-scale attack on the military... Back to the top

Unidentified gunmen fatally shoot Tamil civilian in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 04:24 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen fatally shot an ethnic minority Tamil civilian in eastern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, police said, in the latest violence to threaten a return to civil war... Back to the top

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