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JUNE 1, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 56

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U.S. vows military ties with Sri Lanka , warns against war+
Associated Press, Thu June 1, 2006 10:19 EDT . COLOMBO, June 1 (Kyodo) _ The United States promised Thursday ''tangible'' military cooperation with Sri Lanka, but said increased assistance was aimed at keeping the troubled country from civil war. Richard Boucher, U.S. assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, said, ''It is important to be clear that the purpose of our assistance is not to encourage a return to war.''

Boucher made a brief stop in Sri Lanka to meet with President Mahinda Rajapakse after attending a meeting in Tokyo of Sri Lanka's key international backers who warned both Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to return to the peace table.

Rajapakse told Boucher the government is seeking a new political initiative to end three decades of ethnic bloodshed that has claimed at least 60,000 lives since 1972.

''President Mahinda Rajapakse told Ambassador Boucher that he was committed to a negotiated solution to the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka, and would call on the All Party Conference that meets (Friday) to work out suitable proposals for devolution of power to achieve this end,'' a statement from the president's office said after the talks.

Rajapakse has already ruled out a military option and called for peace talks with the LTTE. He told newspaper editors Thursday he was ready to meet face to face with the Tiger leadership if the LTTE is willing.

Boucher also said there is no military option.

''We firmly believe that there is no military solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict. Rather, our assistance is meant to help Sri Lanka deter a return to war,'' he said.

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Published: Thu Jun 1 13:47:43 EDT 2006


EU, co-chairs can't halt Tamil Eelam goal
NewKerala, June 2. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi: Sri Lanka may be celebrating the European Union's ban on the Tamil Tigers and the co-chairs' warnings to further isolate them, but none of these is likely to halt the group's determination to achieve a Tamil Eelam state. If the past is any guide, the European Union decision, no doubt a major blow to the Tigers, will fail to make the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) give up its goal of carving out an independent homeland in Sri Lanka's north and east. It is even doubtful if the LTTE will come running back to the negotiating table in Geneva. The statement of the co-chairs to the peace process, highlighting publicly the international community's frustration over Colombo's failure to provide a system of governance that takes care of the rights of minorities, is just one reason why the LTTE will remain wedded to its cause. But it is not the only one. More...
Published: Thu Jun 1 20:53:04 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka names senior government official to head cease-fire talks with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Thu June 1, 2006 02:03 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's government on Thursday named Palitha Kohona to lead its delegation at cease-fire talks with Tamil Tiger rebels in Norway, as the president held discussions with a senior U.S. State Department official.

Kohona, who has headed the government's Peace Secretariat since February this year, will lead the government delegation at the June 8-9 talks in Norway, the government said in a statement. Prior to his appointment to the secretariat, he spent 10 years overseas in charge of the United Nations Treaty Office in New York.

``So far as we are concerned, we are ready for the talks,'' Kohona told The Associated Press after his appointment.

The separatist Tamil Tiger rebels last week agreed to attend the June talks in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

Norway proposed the talks to review the monitoring of the 2002 cease-fire, which appears increasingly fragile due to recent violence that has left an estimated 374 people dead since the start of April.

Separately, Richard A. Boucher, the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, met President Mahinda Rajapakse later Thursday. Details of the talks were not immediately available.

In a statement earlier this week, the U.S. Embassy said Boucher planned to discuss the political climate in Sri Lanka and ``review the state of bilateral relations.'' The statement did not elaborate.

The rebels began fighting for a separate, independent homeland for minority Tamils in 1983, saying they were discriminated against by the majority Sinhalese. The conflict left more than 65,000 people dead before the cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 1 07:41:59 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Pres:Won't Opt For Military Plan Vs Rebels
Associated Press, Thu June 1, 2006 08:13 EDT . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's president on Thursday said his government wants peace with the Tamil Tiger rebels and would not opt for a military response to rising violence that threatens to plunge the country back into all-out civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president demands new plan to end bloodshed
lankabusinessonline.com, June 1, 2006. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse urged political parties Thursday to develop a plan that involves giving some power to minority Tamils in exchange for peace, his office said... Back to the top

Donors read riot act, but is Sri Lanka listening?
reuters.com, Thu Jun 1, 2006. Some of Sri Lanka's main international donors have effectively pulled out of the island's peace process until the government and Tamil Tigers prove they want to avoid war, diplomats say... Back to the top

Two killed in Lanka as Boucher arrives for talks
hindu.com, June 01, 2006 - 07:45 EDT. Colombo, June 1 (PTI): Suspected Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels today bombed the office of the Eelam People's Democratic Party and gunned down two of their activists in separate incidents, military officials said... Back to the top

Political party office bombed in Sri Lanka s restive east
lankabusinessonline.com, June 01, 2006 - 07:45 EDT. June 1, 2006 (AFP) - An office of a Tamil political party was bombed in Sri Lanka's restive eastern province and two party activists were gunned down elsewhere Thursday, the military said... Back to the top

Report: Tamil Tigers use Malaysia, Singapore to channel rebel funds, Sri Lankan FM says
Associated Press, May 31. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Sri Lanka's foreign minister claims that Tamil Tiger rebels funnel contributions through Malaysia and Singapore to buy weapons in Thailand and Cambodia, a newspaper reported Wednesday... Back to the top

EU to be in touch with LTTE despite ban
hindustantimes.com, June 01, 2006 - 07:45 EDT. Colombo, June 1 (PTI): Suspected Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels today bombed the office of the Eelam People's Democratic Party and gunned down two of their activists in separate incidents, military officials said... Back to the top

Jayasuriya likely to play for Sri Lanka against England in third test
Associated Press, Thu June 1, 2006 10:30 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Sri Lanka - will likely call on veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya to face England in the third test starting Friday at Trent Bridge... Back to the top

Learning from Lanka
khaleejtimes.com, June 1. THE recent local body elections offer a ray of hope to Sri Lankans craving peace: both the ultra-nationalist, extreme left-wing JVP and the Buddhist, Sinhala JHU fared poorly, ending up at the bottom of the pile... Back to the top

India endorses outcome of Lankan donors meet
irna.ir, June 01, 2006 - 07:45 EDT. India-S Lanka-Donors' meet India has backed the outcome of a meeting of Sri Lanka's four key foreign aid donors who warned the Sri Lankan government and rebels they could lose international support if violence did not come to an end... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov t to attend Oslo meeting with Tamil Tigers
people.com.cn, June 01, 20067, 00:30 EDT. The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday that it has accepted an invitation by the Norwegian peace facilitators to attend a meeting next week in the Norwegian capital of Oslo to discuss the role of the international truce monitoring group... Back to the top

Boucher Visits Sri Lanka as US Seeks Progress on Peace Talks
bloomberg.com, June 1. June 1 (Bloomberg) -- Richard Boucher, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, is visiting Sri Lanka to discuss the violence that is threatening to return the South Asian island nation to civil war... Back to the top

EU adds Tamil rebels to its list of banned terrorist groups
Shimali Senanayake(IHT), May 31. The European Union has added Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels to its list of banned terrorist organizations, a major political setback for the guerrillas that could reduce their ability to openly raise funds among Tamils living in Europe... Back to the top

EU ban on LTTE stokes war fears
Dawn, June 01, 2006, 00:30 EDT. Fears for the resumption of war between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government have mounted following declaration of the LTTE as the terrorist organization by the European Union... Back to the top

Artillery duel between security forces, LTTE in Jaffna
hindu.com, May 31 . Colombo, May 31 (PTI): Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged artillery fire today along a de facto frontline in the northern peninsula of Jaffna... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s money markets tighten, pressure mounts on the exchange ...
lankabusinessonline.com, June 01, 2006, 00:30 EDT. June 1, 2006 (LBO) - After almost two years of excess liquidity, Sri Lanka's inter-bank money markets are tightening up, as reserve money growth is arrested... Back to the top

Ban on LTTE no surprise: EU
hindu.com, May 31, 2006, 18:15 EDT. NEW DELHI: The European Union's decision to list the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a terrorist organisation should come as a surprise to nobody, the Austrian Presidency of the EU said in a statement on Wednesday... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers still undecided about attending Oslo talks
Associated Press, Wed May 31, 2006 07:26 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger rebels said Wednesday they still may attend upcoming cease-fire talks in Norway despite a European Union decision to officially brand them as terrorists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to attend Oslo meeting on ceasefire monitoring
com, May 31, 2006, 18:11 EDT. Colombo, May 31 (DPA) The Sri Lankan government Wednesday said it would attend a meeting in Oslo next month to discuss fresh security arrangements for Scandinavian ceasefire monitors in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, while Tamil rebels were yet to decide on attending the meet... Back to the top

EU inks Sri Lanka rebel ban, urges end to killings
alertnet.org, 31 May 2006 . COLOMBO, May 31 (Reuters) - The European Union on Wednesday formalised a ban of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, and urged both the rebels and the island's government to halt a rash of killings that are threatening to plunge the island back into civil war... Back to the top

India; No threat of Lankan refugee influx
upi.com, May 31, 2006, 18:11 EDT. NEW DELHI, May 31 (UPI) -- The increase of Sri Lanka refugees is not seen as a threat in southern Tamil Nadu nor a possible increase in LTTE infiltration by India... Back to the top

India s Lanka dilemma
rediff.com, May 31, 2006. The spike in violence in Sri Lanka "will inevitably become an element of domestic politics in Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Lanka, SAfrica tour finalised
ndtv.com, May 30, 2006, 18:11 EDT. Representatives of Sri Lanka and South African cricket boards met BCCI officials on Wednesday to finalise the programme of the national squad's tour of the Emerald Isle in August and the tour to South Africa in November-December... Back to the top

Bond yields rise, on rising inflation; tourism stocks drag Colombo ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 31 May 2006 16:47:47. May 31, 2006 (LBO) Stocks in Sri Lanka weakened as investors shied away from tourism related firms fearing a European wide ban on Tamil Tiger rebels and continuing violence would deter tourists from visiting the island, brokers said... Back to the top

US to let Delhi decide on mediation
gulf-times.com, 31 May, 2006. COLOMBO: The United States was engaged in an active dialogue with India on the developments in Sri Lanka, where the stepped up attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were particularly 'very troublesome', Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Richard Boucher has said in an interview to PTI at the State Department in Washington... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers suggest their attendance at Oslo talks depends on wording of EU ban
Associated Press, Wed May 31, 2006 02:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels said Wednesday they would make a final decision on attending Sri Lanka - cease-fire talks in Norway only after seeing details of the recent European Union decision to label them as terrorists... Back to the top

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