The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 13, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 37

WESAK
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Sri Lanka at war with Tigers, say monitors
scotsman.com, Sun 14 May 2006. SRI Lanka's military and the island's Tamil Tiger rebels are virtually at war despite a ceasefire that is still technically in place, the head of the Norwegian truce monitors said yesterday.

"You could in some definition say we already have a war," said Major General Ulf Henricsson, head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). "We don't have a peace agreement, we have a ceasefire agreement. So there is a war ongoing. It is a low intensity war." Henricsson dismissed a threat by the Tigers that warned his monitors to stay off navy vessels or face the consequences in any future attacks, saying his 60-strong team would continue to do their job. He said: "I make my own decision on this matter, and I think their warning, as they call it, is more or less a threat and [the naval attack was] a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 13 23:09:11 EDT 2006


Cease-fire monitors suspend sea operations in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Sat May 13, 2006 08:50 EDT . - - ''The suspension is temporary,'' said a spokesman for the Nordic Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission supervising the February 2002 cease-fire agreement between the Sri Lanka - government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. ''We are in the process of assessing the situation, particularly the threats involved.''

The SLMM sharply rapped the LTTE for Thursday's sea attack, which endangered a monitor aboard a troop ferry and another on one of four escort vessels, branding the Tiger action a ''grave cease-fire violation.''

The military claimed that about 50 rebels had been killed in the pitched sea battle but the LTTE acknowledged only four dead and two injured.

The navy said that the targeted ferry was carrying 710 unarmed soldiers and policemen from the eastern Trincomalee port to Kankesanturai in the north when a flotilla of Sea Tiger vessels including four explosive laden suicide boats approached the convoy.

The navy escort vessels destroyed all four suicide boats, losing one vessel with 18 men on board, the navy said.

The European Union, in a statement issued by its presidency, on Friday condemned the attack in the ''strongest possible terms,'' saying the LTTE had committed a gross violation of the CFA.

''The attack on a troop carrier and the reported sinking of an accompanying naval vessel is the latest and most severe violation,'' the statement said. ''The known presence of SLMM monitors on board that vessel adds to the seriousness of the violation.''

The European Union demanded that the LTTE ''respect the judgment'' of the SLMM that the sea is a government-controlled area.

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was disturbed by Thursday's sea clash and had ''taken note'' of the SLMM's demand that the LTTE immediately cease all operations at sea.

But the Tigers insisted that they have a right to operate in the sea in waters off ''our homeland.''

''We have openly established our control, and have unequivocally asserted our rights to maritime waters adjoining our homeland in the same way we recovered and control large areas of the northeast. We are not prepared to relinquish sovereign rights to the seas which we have won with the sacrifice of our people,'' said Sea Tiger chief Col. Soosai. Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 13 10:24:02 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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EXCLUSIVE - Sri Lanka at war with Tiger rebels - monitor  - today.reuters.com

Tamil rebels threaten a return to war, claim Sri Lankan navy killed six civilians
Associated Press, Sat May 13, 2006 17:34 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels on Saturday threatened to resume war if they are denied access to the sea and claimed naval forces killed eight Tamil civilians in an attack in northern Sri Lanka - . The acting spokesman for the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, Robert Nilsson, said monitoring will resume after consultations with field monitors on their security.

In a letter to monitors Friday, rebels claimed the military was using truce monitors aboard navy craft as ``human shields.''

``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 warned.

More than 170 people have died in violence since the beginning of April. Recent attempts to restart stalled peace talks have failed.

The Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. More than 65,000 people died in the conflict before the 2002 truce.

Associated Press writer Bharatha Mallawarachi contributed to this report.
Published: Sat May 13 21:25:14 EDT 2006 Back to the top


UN chief calls for peace in Sri Lanka
people.com.cn, May 13, 2006. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday called on parties in Sri Lanka to bring the country back on a path to peace... Back to the top

Pak sends statue of fasting Buddha to Lanka
dnaindia.com, May 13, 2006. ISLAMABAD: Responding to a request by Sri Lanka, Pakistan has sent an ancient statue of 'fasting Buddha' to the island nation which is celebrating the 2550th year of Buddha's birth... Back to the top

US condemns Tamil Tiger s attack in Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, Sat 13th May 08:15GMT. The United States on Friday condemned a bloody attack on a Sri Lankan naval vessel by Tamil Tiger rebels, saying the violence might result in returning of civil war in the island nation... Back to the top

Jayasuriya arrives in England after test recall
Associated Press, Sat May 13, 2006 15:05 EDT . LONDON (AP) Sri Lanka - batsman Sanath Jayasuriya arrived in England on Saturday after being called out of retirement and into the test squad... Back to the top

EU calls rebel attack on Sri Lankan navy 'reckless;' 1 soldier killed in Jaffna
Associated Press, Sat May 13, 2006 00:41 EDT . A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel gunman killed a soldier and wounded three others in Sri Lanka Saturday, the military said, as the European Union warned that an earlier rebel attack on a navy convoy may jeopardize peace talks... Back to the top

Tamil rebels vow to retaliate if Sri Lankan navy disrupts their activities
Associated Press, Sat May 13, 2006 12:32 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels on Saturday threatened to resume war if they are denied access to the sea, while European truce monitors said they will temporarily stop boarding navy vessels in rebel-controlled waters after the guerrillas grimly warned that their safety on such missions could not be guaranteed... Back to the top

LTTE wants monitors to protect Sea Tiger vessels also
hindustantimes.com, May 13. The LTTE has asked the Nordic truce monitors to give protection to Sea Tiger vessels, in the same way as they protect Sri Lankan Naval vessels... Back to the top

Ranatunga still throwing his weight about
telegraph.co.uk, 13/05/2006. Arjuna Ranatunga, the corpulent former Sri Lankan captain, has rarely moved as fast as he did yesterday... Back to the top

Tamil rebels vow war if they are denied access to sea
Associated Press, Sat May 13, 2006 07:00 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels on Saturday said they would resume war if denied access to the sea, days after they sank a Sri Lankan navy boat in a sea battle that killed dozens of people... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu verdict may not impact Sri Lanka
gulf-times.com, May 13, 2006, 07:25 EDT. NEW DELHI: 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

EXCLUSIVE-S.Lanka at war with Tiger rebels -monitor
reuters.com, May 13, 2006, 07:25 EDT. COLOMBO, May 13 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military and the island's Tamil Tiger rebels are locked in a low intensity war despite a ceasefire that still technically holds on paper, the head of the unarmed Nordic truce monitors said on Saturday... 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... Back to the top

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

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