The Lanka Academic

MAY 16, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 40

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US encourages European Union to ban Tamil Tigers
Associated Press, Tue May 16, 2006 13:52 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The United States on Tuesday encouraged the European Union to list Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels as terrorists, as spiraling violence pushes the Indian Ocean island country toward a resumption of civil war.

Asked by reporters about the U.S. position on the EU possibly putting the Tigers on a terrorist list, American official Donald Camp said, ``We have encouraged the EU to list the LTTE,'' according to an interview transcript provided by the U.S. Embassy.

Camp, deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian, was using the initials of the guerrillas' formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

``We think the LTTE is very deserving of that label. We think it will help cut off financial supplies and weapons procurement,'' Camp said, according to the transcript of an interview by state television station Rupavahini, and privately owned Maharaja Television.

``I think the LTTE should reassess its methods and abandon terrorism. That's the only way it can have a future in a united Sri Lanka,'' Camp said in the transcript.

Washington officially listed the Tigers as terrorists in 1997.

On Tuesday, Camp urged Sri Lanka's government to investigate unresolved killings of ethnic Tamil civilians in the country's volatile north and east.

``There needs to be investigations and there needs to be prosecutions,'' he said in the transcript.

During earlier meetings with Sri Lankan officials and politicians, Camp urged immediate peace talks between the government and the Tigers, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Philip Frayne.

Camp met with Sri Lanka's foreign and defense ministers and leaders of the Tamil National Alliance party _ largely seen as a proxy of Tamil Tiger rebels.

The Tamil Tiger rebels began fighting in 1983 to create a homeland for the country's 3.2 million ethnic Tamil minority in the country's north and east, claiming discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

Surging violence has killed dozens in recent days, raising fears that a 2002 cease-fire could collapse and re-ignite a civil war.

Last month, a Tiger suicide bomber targeted the army chief, and rebel suicide boats attacked a naval convoy last week, killing dozens.

Dozens of Tamil civilians have also been killed in government-controlled areas, often under shadowy circumstances. The government and rebels accuse each other for the killings. Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 16 15:15:35 EDT 2006

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Sri Lanka is on the brink, again, May 16, 2006, 16:55 EDT. The seriously tattered ceasefire is still in place, but the government will be forced to respond if the Tamil Tigers continue with attacks on government forces, says Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse. His comments in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times in Colombo came in the wake of the Sea Tiger attack on a Sri Lankan naval flotilla in the Vettalaikerni Sea on May 11.

President Rajapakse's tough stance came as the Scandinavian ceasefire monitors temporarily suspended their sea monitoring in the aftermath of the attack. Robert Nilsson, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, described the move as a step backwards in a volatile situation and a badly shaken peace process.

On May 14, the monitors said they hoped to resume their sea monitoring 'in a few days.'

As the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam unleashed a wave of violence in the island's north and east, Dr Palitha Kohona, the government's top official handling the peace process, held talks in Spain with the Norwegian peace negotiators and the European Union on whether to place the LTTE on a list of banned terrorist organisations. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 16 16:55:06 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Efforts to make LTTE attend Geneva II fail, May 16, 2006, 16:55 EDT. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi: Geneva II is out. Persistent efforts by Norway and others to persuade Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers to attend the second round of peace talks with Colombo in the Swiss city have more or less fizzled out.

The development comes amid signs that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) might be planning to hit back violently in the wake of a rising number of killings of Tamils in Jaffna suspected to be its supporters.

"The chances of the LTTE going to Geneva is very, very remote," an informed source told IANS.

Another diplomatic source described the situation in Sri Lanka as "very, very, very serious" and said that there was no More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 16 16:55:48 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Amnesty International condemns killings of civilians
AI, May 16. Sri Lanka: Amnesty International condemns killings of civilians Amnesty International is alarmed by the increasing number of civilians killed as a low-intensity armed conflict appears to be escalating, despite a 2002 ceasefire agreement between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Australian support in preventing civil war in Sri Lanka, may 17. “Australia could contribute to international efforts to pre-empt collapse of the shaky ceasefire in Sri Lanka” said Paul O’Callaghan, Executive Director of ACFID... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebel leader says Tigers are ready for resumption of war
Associated Press, Tue May 16, 2006 04:37 EDT . GAVIN RABINOWITZ - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A senior Tamil Tiger rebel leader said Tuesday that surging violence in Sri Lanka - has turned into a ``low-intensity war,'' and his guerrillas are ready if the nation plunges back into full-scale civil war... Back to the top

Lanka s children paying high price for escalating violence: UNICEF, May 16, 2006, 16:55 EDT. Colombo, May 16 (UNI) The United Nations Agency for Children today claimed that ''Sri Lankan children in areas most affected by recent clashes are paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island'' and urged the parties to ''take immediate action'' to avoid the country slipping back to bloody ethnic war... Back to the top

Truce monitors extend suspension of sea monitoring in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue May 16, 2006 11:18 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors on Tuesday said they would continue to suspend their patrols of Sri Lanka - 's seas until the government and Tamil Tiger rebels are able to guarantee their safety... Back to the top

England v Sri Lanka at Lord’s - Match Report, May 16, 2006, 21:00 EDT. The revelation by Andrew Strauss halfway through this match that England’s slip fielders had been practicing dropping catches in order to snaffle the rebounds was proof enough of that... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Truth, bias and the BBC, Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2006, 15:06 GMT. A cartoon on our office wall shows the BBC crouching low to paint whitewash on the backside of a tiger, representing of course, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan children threatened by surge in violence: UNICEF+
Associated Press, Tue May 16, 2006 09:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 16 (Kyodo) Thousands of children remain displaced by recent violence in Sri Lanka - with those in most affected areas ''paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island,'' UNICEF said Tuesday... Back to the top

U.S. envoy urges Sri Lanka to resume peace process
Associated Press, Tue May 16, 2006 06:50 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An American envoy urged Sri Lankan leaders and representatives of ethnic Tamils to return to peace talks amid spiraling violence that has left the country on the brink of civil war, a U... Back to the top

Probe into 'slaughter' of Tamils
BBC, May 15. Ceasefire monitors in Sri Lanka are investigating the killing of 13 Tamils near the northern town of Jaffna... Back to the top

Policeman killed in Sri Lanka blasts, 16 may. May 16, 2006 (AFP) - A policeman was killed and two others wounded Tuesday in two claymore mine explosions in Sri Lanka's restive north-eastern district of Trincomalee, the military said... Back to the top

S.Lanka monitors believe ex-Tigers work with army, 05/16/2006. Former Tamil Tigers now part of a breakaway group appear to be carrying out attacks and extortion in Sri Lanka's north and probably have army backing, despite denials, international truce monitors say... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s central bank raises economic growth forecast, May 16, 2006. Sri Lanka's central bank on Monday raised its 2006 economic growth forecast to 6.9 percent from 6 percent in April despite escalating violence threatens a truce between the government and the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Lanka at virtual war with LTTE, May 16, 2006, 06:45 EDT. Tuesday, May 16, 2006 (Colombo): After being on the brink of battle last month, Sri Lanka continues to be tense... Back to the top

Traders hit by fresh violence
GulfNews, May 16. Colombo: The implications of the deteriorating security situation in the strife-torn north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka have started spilling over into the south including the remote villages... Back to the top

Anti-personnel mines explode in Sri Lanka ; village guard killed, 2 police wounded
Associated Press, Tue May 16, 2006 00:38 EDT . GAVIN RABINOWITZ - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two anti-personnel mines intended to target Sri Lankan military vehicles exploded prematurely Tuesday killing a village guard and wounding two policemen in the country's restive northeast, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka draw first Test, May 16, 2006, 06:45 EDT. LONDON: Bad weather and the wagging tail-enders helped Sri Lanka to escape with a draw in the first Test against England at Lord's on Tuesday... Back to the top

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