The Lanka Academic

MAY 18, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 42

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European Union to ban LTTE, May 18. NEW DELHI: After months of discussion, the 25-nation European Union has set the stage for a formal ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a senior European diplomat familiar with the case told The Hindu here on Thursday.

``The ground has been prepared for a ban on the Tigers.'' A formal decision to recommend the proscription was taken at two separate meetings of legal experts and counter-terrorism specialists in Brussels on Wednesday. According to the diplomat, the E.U. processes would now take hold leading to a formal announcement of the ban. Some key members previously objected to a ban, arguing that a high level of proof was needed and no engagement was possible with a banned organisation. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 18 21:07:03 EDT 2006

Terror tag means war: LTTE, May 18, 2006, 19:34 EDT. COLOMBO: Slapping a terrorist tag on the LTTE by the European Union as proposed by Sri Lanka government would force the Tigers to get onto warpath, thus keeping peace process on the back seat, LTTE's chief negotiator and political strategist Anton Balasingham said on Thursday.

"The more the international community alienates the LTTE, the more LTTE will be compelled to tread a hardline individualist path," Balasingham said.

The decision by EU is likely to be taken this Friday. Earlier this week, a senior US official said the US urged the EU to list the LTTE as terrorist organisation.

"They deserve that title," Donald Camp, US principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs said last Tuesday, concluding a two-day visit to Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan government has been pushing EU to ban the LTTE so they have no international support, and are left with no option but to resume peace talks.

"We are waiting for the LTTE to tell us when they are ready for talks. The government has not shifted its position that talks should take place as soon as possible," government spokesperson and media minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said in Colombo.

Meanwhile, confrontation between the LTTE and Lanka army continued in the volatile north and east. Three Tamil civilians were shot dead on Thursday in the island's eastern region.

A pro-LTTE political activist was among those killed by unidentified gunmen. One soldier was killed and two were seriously wounded in back to back attacks on Wednesday night , the military said. Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 18 19:35:47 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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EU ban on Tamil Tiger rebels may result in all-out war in Sri Lanka , rebel official says  - Associated Press

Sri Lanka Urges Pressure on Tamil Rebels, May 18, 2006, 10:40 EDT. Sri Lanka's foreign minister is urging the international community to put pressure on Tamil rebel leaders to return to stalled peace talks.

Mangala Samaraweera During a visit to Japan Thursday, Mangala Samaraweera said the international community should take a more active role in Sri Lanka's crisis.

Increasing violence between Sri Lankan military personnel and Tamil rebels has raised fears that a 2002 cease-fire is on the verge of collapse. Some 200 people have been killed since the beginning of April.

Attempts by the international community, including Japan, to bring Tamil leaders back to Norwegian-brokered peace talks have been unsuccessful.

Earlier this week, Washington urged the European Union to label More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 18 10:42:02 EDT 2006 Back to the top

India ready to help Lanka: Navy chief, may 18. While a tense situation prevails in pockets of Sri Lanka, the Indian Navy has enhanced its state of readiness and surveillance across the Palk Straits... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to capture, retrain unruly elephants to work on conservation program
Associated Press, Thu May 18, 2006 11:52 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Some of Sri Lanka - 's wildest, most destructive elephants will be getting a reprieve despite their bad behavior but they'll have to spend some time in rehab first... Back to the top

S. Lanka wants talks despite attacks, says minister, May 18, 2006, 10:005 EDT. TOKYO (Reuters) - Despite a recent surge in violence, the government of Sri Lanka remains committed to talks with Tamil rebels, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Thursday... Back to the top

US grants US$1 million to maintain Sri Lanka 's tsunami shelters
Associated Press, Thu May 18, 2006 11:20 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United States will donate US$1 million (euro780,000) to help upgrade temporary shelters for about 20,000 Sri Lankan victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the U... Back to the top

Close watch needed on Sri Lankan situation: navy chief
com, May 18th, 2006. Chennai - Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash Thursday sounded a warning against taking the situation in neighbouring Sri Lanka lightly and said violence there could have an impact on India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka monitors will not go, May 18. International truce monitors in Sri Lanka say they will not pull out even though they say they are now monitoring a war rather than a ceasefire... Back to the top

Panel set to investigate weapons purchases
GulfNews, may 18. Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse has appointed a commission to investigate the procurement of high-value weapons and military equipment during a five- year period before he assumed office last year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov t disclaims low intensity war claims of Tiger ..., May 18, 2006, 09:52 EDT. COLOMBO, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government said here Thursday that they were not in agreement with the Tamil Tigers' contention that the current wave of violence affecting the country was "a low intensity war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Embassy News, Washington, DC, May 18, 2006, 09:55 EDT. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation and Adviser to the President on Economic Affairs has said, the Sri Lanka Government is ready, able and willing to discuss all issues relating to a devolved system of governance in the North and the East... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels kill Sri Lankan soldier in north, military says
Associated Press, Thu May 18, 2006 01:01 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebel snipers shot and killed a Sri Lankan soldier in the country's north, the military said Thursday, in surging violence that threatens to plunge the island nation back into full-scale civil war... Back to the top

Jayasuriya's surprise Test recall spells trouble for De Mel, may 18. Asantha de Mel, Sri Lanka's new selection panel chairman, already asked to explain his about turn to top Sri Lanka cricket officials on Sanath Jayasuriya's Test recall, is to be questioned again whether a financial kickback was behind the left-hand batsman's recall... Back to the top

Lanka situation certainly a concern : US official, May 18, 2006, 09:55 EDT. Affairs Donald Camp said the situation in Sri Lanka was "certainly a concern" and the "trend lines are negative... Back to the top

The omens are bad for Sri Lanka, May 17, 2006, 17:07 EDT. NEW DELHI: Concerned about the war clouds gathering over Sri Lanka, Donald Camp, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia, took a quick trip there to assess the situation and see what could be done to save the island from another bout of blood letting... Back to the top

Gunmen kill 2, including local politican, in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu May 18, 2006 08:46 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen shot and killed two ethnic minority Tamil civilians, including a local politician, in the eastern town of Ampara on Thursday, police said... Back to the top

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