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MAY 30, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 54

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Colombo rules out military option
GulfNews, May 31. Colombo: Sri Lanka's Government has firmly ruled out a military option to the country's ethnic problem and declared that it would pursue a political solution based on democracy and human rights despite the ban imposed by the European Union on the rebels.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office said the government hopes the ban will provide "a fresh impetus and encouragement to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to think afresh and resume talks".

The president's office said: "The government is of the firm conviction that solutions to the issue at hand have to be sought only through political means and not through military means."

It said the government rejects any suggestions that these measures by the international community would or should encourage any military options by anyone. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 30 21:13:20 EDT 2006

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Alleged execution-style killings raise war fears in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue May 30, 2006 10:05 EDT . GEMUNU AMARASINGHE Associated Press Writer OMADIAMADU, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The 14 men had just wound up a hard day's work digging an irrigation canal in eastern Sri Lanka when a group of gunmen slipped out of the dark, forced them to line up and then shot them in the head.

At least 12 workers _ all from the country's ethnic Sinhalese majority _ were killed in the attack, the latest in a series of assaults that have threatened to revive a full-scale civil war between the minority ethnic Tamils and the government.

``It was about 6:30 in the evening when the attackers came,'' said area police leader Saman Perera, citing information from one of the workers, W.P.P. Vijayabandara, who managed to escape.

Vijayabandara said he pretended to be dead, then walked through the night and reported the massacre to police Tuesday morning.

``They ordered the men to line up, and then they were tied in ones and twos and threes by ropes,'' Perera said, again citing Vijayabandara. ``Then, they were shot.''

``We have found 12 bodies,'' said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. ``All of them were executed with bullets fired to their heads.''

Some of the bodies were shot through the chest and abdomen as well, he said.

The remaining worker's identity was not immediately clear, and it was not known where he was or if he had survived Monday night's attack in the eastern hamlet of Omadiamadu.

In the capital, Colombo, the army and the government blamed the attack on Tamil Tiger rebels, who denied involvement.

The Tigers _ formally called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE _ have been fighting since 1983 for a separate Tamil homeland, claiming discrimination by the Sinhalese. At least 65,000 people died before a cease-fire in 2002.

But subsequent peace talks have faltered and burgeoning violence in recent months threatens to plunge the island nation off southern India back into full-scale civil war.

The government and rebels blame each other for the renewed attacks, which have claimed more than 360 lives since April. Each side denies responsibility.

The killings at Omadiamadu are ``part of a sinister plot by the LTTE to provoke a backlash so that they can justify their demand for separation,'' said government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella in Colombo.

The attack coincided with the European Union listing the Tigers as a terrorist group.

The rebels they carried out the massacre.

``We have no involvement in these killings at all,'' a top Tiger official, Seevaratnam Puleedevan, told The Associated Press by satellite phone from the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi.

The government had been paying the 14 workers to dig an irrigation canal at Omadiamadu, which is surrounded by jungles and lies near Tiger-held territory.

Norwegian peace envoys have been struggling to persuade the government and rebels to return to peace talks suspended since 2003.

In February, the two sides held talks in Geneva on how to strengthen the cease-fire, but a second round was canceled over various disagreements. On Saturday, the rebels agreed to discuss cease-fire monitoring with the Sri Lankan government in Norway June 8-9.

Meanwhile in Japan, the United States, Norway and the European Union urged the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels to stop the escalating violence.

``The responsibility for ending the conflict lies solely with (the rebels) and the government of Sri Lanka,'' Japan's peace envoy, Yasushi Akashi, said Tuesday.

He said there were limits to what the international community can do to help.

The European Union's decision on Monday to put the Tigers on a terrorist blacklist clears the way for the 25-nation bloc to freeze the rebels' assets within the EU, European diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the measure had not yet come into effect. It was not clear when the freeze will start.

The United States, Canada and India already list the LTTE as a terrorist organization, hindering the Tigers' efforts to raise money from expatriate supporters there _ a crucial funding source for their rebellion.

Associated Press Writer Dilip Ganguly contributed to this report. Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 30 10:21:58 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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EU puts Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tigers rebel group on terrorist blacklist
Associated Press, Tue May 30, 2006 03:51 EDT . CONSTANT BRAND - Associated Press Writer - BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) European Union governments agreed to put Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels on their terrorist blacklist, diplomats said Tuesday, a move that could affect Sri Lanka - 's shaky peace process.

The decision was passed without debate at a meeting of EU ministers late Monday, clearing the way for the 25-nation bloc to freeze the group's assets within the EU, said European diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the measure had not yet come into effect. The diplomats did not know exactly when the designation would formally take effect but expected it to happen within several weeks.

The United States and Canada have already listed the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization, hindering efforts by the group to raise money from expatriate supporters.

In September the EU banned representatives from the Tamil Tiger group from entering the EU, saying delegations from the group ``will no longer be received in any of the EU member states until further notice,'' in protest against their refusal to give up violence.

The EU has long warned it would add the group to its blacklist, which includes other notable terrorist groups like al-Qaida.

The move comes as the EU, Norway, the United States and Japan have tried to push ahead peace talks between the two sides to end the armed conflict.

They were meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday to evaluate progress and were expected to urge both Tamil rebels and the Sri Lankan government to take steps to stop violence from spiraling out of control.

The Tamil rebels began their fight for a separate, independent homeland for minority Tamils in 1983, claiming they were discriminated against by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed in fighting before the Norway-brokered 2002 cease-fire.

In recent months, the truce has been pushed to the breaking point by surging violence that the Tigers and government blame on each other. Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 30 08:44:27 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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FACTBOX-Sri Lanka s Tamil Tiger rebels
alertnet.org, May 30, 2006, 08:48 EDT. May 30 (Reuters) - The 25-nation European Union listed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a banned terrorist organisation amid a sharp escalation in attacks and clashes with Sri Lanka's military, diplomats said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Donors Warn War Will Mean End of International Support
com, May 30, 2006, 16:20 EDT. Sri Lanka's main donor nations have called on the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to halt violence and honor their ceasefire agreement if they want international aid to continue... Back to the top

Pull back from crisis: Co-chairs to LTTE, Lanka
hindustantimes.com, May 30. The Co-Chairs of the 2003 Aid Lanka Conference, who met in Tokyo on Tuesday, called upon the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to pull back from the present crisis, take immediate steps to reverse the deteriorating situation, and put Sri Lanka back on the road to peace... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government says it wants peace talks with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Tue May 30, 2006 05:35 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Tuesday ruled out using military force to end weeks of bloody unrest, saying it wants to resume peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels despite their being added to the European Union's terrorist blacklist... Back to the top

Boucher to visit Sri Lanka
dailyindia.com, May 30 . Colombo, May 30 (IANS) Richard A. Boucher, the US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, will visit Sri Lanka Thursday to discuss the political and economic climate in the country... Back to the top

Japan warns sanctions on table unless Tamil rebels halt violence+
Associated Press, Tue May 30, 2006 08:15 EDT . TOKYO, May 30 (Kyodo) Japan, Norway, the United States and the European Union held a one-day meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss reconstruction efforts in Sri Lanka - , with Japan's envoy to Sri Lanka - 's peace talks warning that imposing sanctions on the Tamil Tiger rebels could be on the table unless the rebels halt their violence against the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

Sponsors of Sri Lanka 's peace process call for halt to violence
Associated Press, Tue May 30, 2006 05:31 EDT . CARL FREIRE - Associated Press Writer - TOKYO (AP) The overseers of Sri Lanka - 's peace process on Tuesday urged both the Tamil rebels and the Sri Lankan government to take steps to halt escalating violence... Back to the top

EU puts Sri Lanka s Tamil rebels on terror list
hindustantimes.com, May 30, 2006, 08:48 EDT. The European Union (EU) has banned the LTTE, thus joining the US, UK, Australia, Canada and India... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

India denies sending message to Sri Lanka guerrillas
xinhuanet.com, 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... 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
dnaindia.com, 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
deepikaglobal.com, 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
reuters.com, 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
gulf-times.com, 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

India urged to help refugees fleeing Lanka
gulf-times.com, 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
hindu.com, 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
hindu.com, 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
lankabusinessonline.com, 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

Korea gives Sri Lanka US$ 20 million for tsunami hit state offices
lankabusinessonline.com, 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

FEATURE-Stuck in conflict, S.Lanka monitors find new roles
alertnet.org, 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

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