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MAY 29, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 53


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European Union Places Sri Lanka s Tamil Tigers on Terror List, May 29 17:18. May 29 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union listed Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization in a bid to push the separatist movement back to peace talks and avert a full resumption of the South Asian island's two-decade civil war.

Sri Lanka's peace process is threatened by attacks that have continued almost daily since the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam held their first meeting in three years in Geneva in February. The violence, for which the government and LTTE blame each other, prevented the sides from holding a second round of talks that were scheduled in April.

The EU's ban, which could result in a freeze on Tamil Tiger assets and other measures to prevent them raising funds, followed a proposal by the U.S. to list the LTTE as a terrorist group as a means of cutting off financial aid and weapons supplies. The Tamil Tigers have denounced the imposition of new international sanctions, saying it may provoke further violence. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 29 17:23:58 EDT 2006

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Tamil Tiger rebels ready for talks in Oslo
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, May 29th, 2006, 8:30 pm, SLT. The Tamil Tiger rebels said on Monday they were ready to meet the Sri Lankan government in Norway to discuss operations of the Scandinavian cease-fire monitors.

"The LTTE is ready to go," Daya Master, spokesman for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE, said by telephone from northern rebel-held Kilinochchi.

He said there were no conditions attached to their participation but only operations and security arrangements of the monitors would be discussed at the June 8-9 meeting set to take place in Oslo, Norway.

"These are not peace talks. We will not attend peace talks, until the ground situation improves," Master said.

The Sri Lanka government said their decision to attend was still under "serious consideration."

"There is merit in continuing discussions in one form or another, because our objective is to keep the engagement alive," said Palitha Kohona, head of the government's peace secretariat, adding the government position will be made known soon.

The Tigers' participation was made known on the heels of an impending ban by the 25-member European Union to list the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE, as a terrorist organization.

The rebels have warned they will be forced to review their commitment to the Norwegian-brokered truce if the ban does come into effect.

Separately, the island's main international donors met in Tokyo on Monday for a preparatory meeting ahead of opening talks on the international communities future role in Sri Lanka.

More than 300 people have been killed since April despite a 2002 cease-fire in attacks that have jeopardized even the security of truce monitors. The violence continued on Monday, with two soldiers killed and at least five injured in separate Claymore mine and shooting incidents in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Ulf Henricsson head of the cease-fire mission began a four-day visit in Kilinochchi on Monday aimed at enhancing relations with the rebels. It was the first time a mission chief had spent that much time in the rebel capital.

The security of the monitors was also likely to be discussed during the visit, said Helen Olafsdottier, the mission's spokeswoman. Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 29 20:30:07 EDT 2006 Back to the top

India denies sending message to Sri Lanka guerrillas, 2006-05-29 . NEW DELHI, May 29 (Xinhua) -- The Indian government Monday clarified that it had not sent any message to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas on the island's floundering peace process.

Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna was reacting to published reports that Indian National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan passed on a message to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) through Norwegian minister Erik Solheim when the two met here Saturday.

"As you know, we have for several years been sharing our assessments with the Norwegians about the developments in Sri Lanka and the peace process. This does not amount to sending any messages to LTTE or any other party," Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) quoted Sarna as saying.

"We conveyed to Solheim our well known view that there must be a peaceful, negotiated settlement that is acceptable to all sections of the Sri Lankan society and which preserves the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka," Sarna said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 29 13:42:52 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Peace activists express voice for peace and against war
com, May 29, 2006 at 6:17 pm. An expression of voice for peace and against war was held at the Lipton Circus in Colombo 07, Sri Lanka on May 29th 2006... Back to the top

Wary Delhi stays off Lanka peace talks
The Telegraph, May 29. New Delhi, May 29: India will not send an observer to the four-nation donor’s conference to be held in Japan tomorrow, wary of direct participation in the Sri Lankan peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan forces attacked at three places, 2 dead, 3 wounded
Associated Press, Mon May 29, 2006 12:45 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked Sri Lankan government troops in the country's north and east Monday, killing two soldiers and wounding three others, despite efforts by the guerrillas and the government to bolster a fragile truce... Back to the top

Hundreds of Tamils in Nordic capitals rally for independent state in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon May 29, 2006 10:59 EDT . COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Hundreds of people rallied in the Nordic capitals on Monday, calling for a Tamil state in Sri Lanka - and urging the government in Colombo to end attacks on Tamil civilians... Back to the top

FEATURE-Stuck in conflict, S.Lanka monitors find new roles
Reuters, May 29. VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka, May 29 (Reuters) - For civilians caught on the front line of a growing conflict between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels, truce monitor Jukka Heiskanen's white jeep is almost the only reassurance around... Back to the top

Indian alert over possible Tiger infiltration
DailyIndia, May 29. Chennai, May 29 (IANS) Even as Tamil civilians fleeing Sri Lanka are welcomed in Tamil Nadu, Indian authorities are worried about Tamil Tiger guerrillas taking advantage of the situation to sneak into the southern state... Back to the top

Representatives overseeing Sri Lanka 's peace process to urge restraint
Associated Press, Mon May 29, 2006 09:11 EDT . KOZO MIZOGUCHI - Associated Press Writer - TOKYO (AP) Representatives overseeing Sri Lanka - 's shaky peace process will urge both Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government to take necessary action to stop the escalation of violence, a Japanese official said Monday... Back to the top

LTTE blamed for Wilpattu attack
BBC, May 29. The government in Sri Lanka have accused the Tamil Tigers of trying to disrupt the tourism industry by targeting tourists... Back to the top

IOC expects Sri Lanka solution in 15 days, May 29. MUMBAI: Lanka IOC, in which Indian Oil Corporation holds a 75% stake, expects a solution to its $73-million oil subsidy demand to the Sri Lankan government in the next 15-days, NG Kannan, director, marketing, Indian Oil Corp, said on Monday... Back to the top

UNHCR concerned over danger facing Lankan refugees at sea, May 29. Colombo, May 29 (UNI) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed its deep concern over the danger facing the Sri Lankan refugees on the high seas, while fleeing to India's Southern State of Tamil Nadu seeking asylum... Back to the top

EU poised to ban Sri Lanka rebels as war clouds loom, May 29, 2006, 08:26 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The European Union is poised to formally ban Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, diplomats say, amid fears a sharp escalation in attacks and clashes with the military could escalate into all-out war... Back to the top

FM seeks to allay war fears, Monday, 29 May. COLOMBO: Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has assured parliament that war is not imminent and that the government will not return to war despite provocations by the LTTE... Back to the top

Landmine blasts kill seven in Sri Lanka's largest national park
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, May 28th, 2006, 8:30 pm. Six wildlife enthusiasts and a park official were killed when landmines in Sri Lanka's largest national park blew up their vehicle, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

India urged to help refugees fleeing Lanka, May 29, 2006, 12:32 EDT. CHENNAI: A political leader in Tamil Nadu sympathetic to the Tamil Tigers has urged India to send a ship to Sri Lanka to ferry hundreds of Tamil civilians he said were waiting to escape violence in the island nation... Back to the top

Donor meet on Lanka tomorrow, India favours early talks, May 29, 2006, 12:27 EDT. New Delhi, May 29 (PTI): A day ahead of the crucial Donor countries' meet on Sri Lanka, India today said it supports Norway's efforts for reviving peace process in the island nation and expressed hope that talks between LTTE and Colombo will resume at the earliest... Back to the top

Sniper fire kills 1 soldier in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon May 29, 2006 00:04 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger sniper fatally shot a Sri Lankan soldier early Monday in the north of the country, the military said... Back to the top

UN agency warns Lankan refugees not to risk journey to India, May 29, 2006, 12:27 EDT. Colombo, May 29 (PTI): The UN agency for refugees today warned Sri Lankans trying to escape violence at home against risking a "dangerous sea crossing" to seek shelter in India... Back to the top

State-run Bank of Ceylon aims for Rs. 4.5 bn profit, May 29, 2006, 12:27 EDT. May 29, 2006 (LBO) – Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka's biggest state owned lender in terms of assets, is confident of making a 4.5 billion profit before taxes for the full year 2006-7, a top official said Monday... Back to the top

Norway wants Sri Lanka to show 'political maturity'
DailyIndia, May 28. New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Sri Lanka is likely to face intense international pressure to implement the pledges it made in Geneva if and when the European Union outlaws the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Korea gives Sri Lanka US$ 20 million for tsunami hit state offices, May 29, 2006, 08:28 EDT. May 29 (LBO) – The Korean government gave Sri Lanka a 20 million dollar loan on Monday for an administrative complex in the South to relocate tsunami hit offices... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seize 18 vehicles in Jaffna area carrying explosives, 28 May 2006 17:50:23. May 28, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police Sunday detained the drivers of 18 vehicles trying to smuggle explosives across a de facto frontier post into the government-controlled part of the Jaffna peninsula, officials said... Back to the top

FEATURE-Stuck in conflict, S.Lanka monitors find new roles, May 29, 2006, 12:25 EDT. VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka, May 29 (Reuters) - For civilians caught on the front line of a growing conflict between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels, truce monitor Jukka Heiskanen's white jeep is almost the only reassurance around... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Peace Is in Peril, Norwegian Envoy Warns
SHIMALI SENANAYAKE(NYT), May 28, 2006. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 27 (NYT) — A top Norwegian envoy warned Saturday that Sri Lanka could be headed toward war, even as the parties agreed in principle to meet for talks to discuss the safety of northern European cease-fire monitors... Back to the top

England beats Sri Lanka by six wickets in second test
Associated Press, Sun May 28, 2006 10:23 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) England beat Sri Lanka - by six wickets Sunday after a career-best performance from paceman Liam Plunkett gave his team an easily attainable victory target on day four of the second test at Edgbaston... Back to the top

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