The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 22, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 46

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Rebels accuse government of escalating violence after rebel leader killed.
Associated Press, Mon May 22, 2006 05:30 EDT . GAVIN RABINOWITZ - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday accused the Sri Lankan government of escalating violence in the island country by killing a senior rebel leader and pushing the country closer to a resumption of war. ``We are not responsible for this. In fact, our soldiers are not going to those areas,'' said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, referring to the Tiger-held areas in eastern Sri Lanka - .

A breakaway Tamil group claimed responsibility for the killing.

T. Thuyavan, a spokesman for the Karuna faction said their forces had ambushed and killed Ramanan as he drove by on his motorcycle. First they detonated a mine, which missed him, and then they opened fire on him, killing him.

The rebel movement split in 2004 when an eastern-based military commander named Karuna broke away with 6,000 fighters.

The Tigers accuse the government of supporting the group in its attacks on their fighters and allowing it to operate in its territory. The army denies this.

The rebel demand that the army reign in the Karuna group, and government refusal to comply, was one of the main reasons the Tamils walked away from peace talks earlier in the year.

This has been accompanied by a surge in violence that has killed nearly 300 people since the beginning of April, raising fears that the country is heading back to full scale civil war.

The rebels have fought the government since 1983, demanding a separate Tamil homeland, claiming discrimination against the minority Tamils by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire accord halted 19 years of open warfare. Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 22 08:10:14 EDT 2006

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SLMM asks for more monitors
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 22, 2006, 2.03 p.m.. Fifteen more monitors have been asked for by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in a move to step up its monitoring activities amidst the deteriorating security situation in the country, the Weekend Standard Newspaper reported.

"We have written to the five contributing nations Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden with our request," SLMM Spokesperson Helen Olafsdottir said.

Meanwhile, SLMM Chief Ulf Henricsson was scheduled to leave for Norway during the weekend to take part in a meeting, which will be attended by these five nations. The meeting is termed 'regular' but special attention will be given to the tensed situation prevailing in the country in the wake of a series of LTTE attacks on security forces and the forces retaliatory attacks including the air strikes.

"Internal matters of the SLMM will also be taken up at the meeting," Ms. Olafsdottir said. Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 22 04:40:43 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lankan women condemn rebels' use of women as suicide bombers
Associated Press, Mon May 22, 2006 04:13 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) About 100 women protested in Sri Lanka - 's capital on Monday against the use of female suicide bombers by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. Investigators have not yet determined whether the woman was actually pregnant, but reports that she deliberately became pregnant to infiltrate the compound have circulated widely in Sri Lanka - .

At least 13 people, including the bomber, were killed in the attack, but the target, Maj. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, escaped with serious injuries.

The rebels, formally named the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, began fighting the government in 1983 for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils. The Tiger suicide unit, known as the Black Tigers, has carried out some 75 suicide attacks, with an estimated one third by women.

``It is pathetic that the LTTE has been using women as suicide bombers and they are now using pregnant women as suicide bombers,'' Silva said.

``We don't want anybody to be killed ... whether they are Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims,'' she told a crowd of about 100 people gathered at Colombo's main park for the protest.

A fragile 2002 cease-fire between the government and the rebels has been rocked by surging violence that has killed nearly 300 people since April, according to international truce monitors, and has halted peace talks.

Dozens of civilians have also been killed under shadowy circumstances. Each side blames the other for the bloodshed.

More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire accord halted 19 years of open warfare. Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 22 08:10:37 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka: UN ‘appalled’ by ‘despicable’ attacks on aid ...
un.org, 22 May 2006. A senior United Nations officer in Sri Lanka today called on the Government and rebels fighting in the north and east of the country to ensure the safety of all humanitarian aid organizations there following yesterday’s grenade attacks on three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the earlier shooting death of a Norwegian aid worker... Back to the top

Sri Lankan fisherman tells of massacre on navy-held islet
afp/yahoo, May 22. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AFP) - An elderly Sri Lankan fisherman described how gunmen shot dead six members of his family on a navy-controlled northern Sri Lankan islet and left him wounded in both legs... Back to the top

India: Sri Lankan refugee influx rising
upi.com, May 22, 2006, 08:37EDT. MADRAS, India, May 22 (UPI) -- Indian intelligence agencies have expressed concern over the increase in the influx of Sri Lankan refugees to southern Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Increase in HIV positive cases in Sri Lanka
oneworld.net, May 22, 2006, 08:16 EDT. The number of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) positive patients reported within Sri Lanka has increased during last year and more than three HIV positive cases are reported each week now, STD/AIDS control programme regional facilitator Dr... Back to the top

Federalism is the answer to Lanka’s problems - Opinion
com, May 22. When I was in Colombo last month, the air was so thick with tension that I could taste it... Back to the top

Top LTTE leader shot dead
thepeninsulaqatar.com, May 21, 2006, 23:27 EDT. COLOMBO • A top Tamil Tiger field commander was shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday by an unidentified gunman, rebel and military sources said... Back to the top

TIL forms JV with DLT Sri Lanka
indiatimes.com, May 22, 2006, 08:34EDT. NEW DELHI: Tata International Ltd on Monday announced setting up of a joint venture with Dutch Lanka Trailer Manufacturers (Pvt) Ltd (DLT), Sri Lanka to manufacture trailers in India... Back to the top

Breakaway rebels say they killed 10 Tamil Tiger rebel soldiers
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 14:44 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A breakaway Tamil faction said Sunday that their forces had attacked a mainstream Tamil Tiger camp near the eastern city of Trincomalee, killing at least 10 rebel soldiers... Back to the top

Top Sri Lanka rebel killed as war fears grow
alertnet.org, 21 May 2006 19:05:00 GMT. COLOMBO, May 21 (Reuters) - A top Tamil Tiger rebel commander was killed in a clash in Sri Lanka's restive east late on Sunday, military sources said, while mine and grenade attacks killed two soldiers and injured a foreign aid worker amid fears of a return to civil war... Back to the top

EU ban will not to hamper cease-fire monitors
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, May 21st, 2006. An imminent European Union ban on the LTTE will not deter cease-fire monitoring operations, senior officials and diplomats said yesterday, despite three among the Scandinavian mission being members of the EU... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's ruling party suffers reverse in city elections+
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 04:04 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 21 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance of President Mahinda Rajapakse suffered a reverse in Colombo municipal elections held Saturday, according to results released Sunday... Back to the top

3 dead in Sri Lanka violence
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 07:35 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two anti-personnel mines triggered by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed two government soldiers in Sri Lanka - 's north and east on Sunday, the military said, in continuing violence that threatens to push the island nation back toward civil war... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels target foreign aid offices in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 09:54 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil militants attacked the offices of three international non-governmental organizations in eastern Sri Lanka - on Sunday wounding three people, including a Serbian aid worker, the army said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka look to Malinga for a quick fix
guardian.co.uk, May 21, 2006, 23:27 EDT. COLOMBO • A top Tamil Tiger field commander was shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday by an unidentified gunman, rebel and military sources said... Back to the top

CMC winners 'ready to resign'
BBC, may 20. The independent group that won the Colombo Municipal Council says that group will hand over their seats to United National Party (UNP)... Back to the top

EU ban may jeopardise talks: LTTE
com, 21 May. Colombo: Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday warned that an imminent European Union ban on their outfit could jeopardise the future peace talks with the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

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