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JUNE 4, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 59

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Sri Lanka, Tamil Rebels Send Delegations to Talks in Norway
Bloomberg, June 5. June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam sent delegations to Norway to discuss violations of their 2002 cease-fire that threaten a return to civil war in the South Asian island nation.

The Tamil Tigers' five-member team, led by S.P. Thamilchelvan, head of the LTTE's political wing, left yesterday, TamilNet reported. Palitha Kohona is heading the government's delegation to the June 8-9 talks in Oslo.

Norway arranged the meeting to discuss improving security for the international truce monitoring unit it leads along with Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The talks are needed to keep the peace process alive, Agence France-Presse cited Keheliya Rambukwella, a government spokesman, as saying yesterday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 4 22:45:26 EDT 2006

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Government, Tamil rebel officials set to leave for Norway to discuss cease-fire monitoring  - Associated Press

EU to ban renegade Sri Lanka rebel faction too-diplomat
Reuters, June 04. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The European Union is poised to blacklist a group of breakaway rebels locked in a bitter feud with the island's Tamil Tigers, a senior diplomat said on Sunday, similar to a new terror ban against the mainstream group.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who were banned by the 25-nation bloc last week amid a rash of violence that many fear could rekindle a two-decade civil war, accuse the military of helping a band of former comrades led by a commander called Karuna.

The feud is seen as the biggest obstacle to jumpstarting stalled peace talks, which the Tigers have pulled out of indefinitely, and averting a slide back to full-blown war. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 4 13:32:45 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Eight Tamil Tiger rebels escape from Sri Lanka jail
Reuters, June 4. COLOMBO, June 4 (Reuters) - Eight Tamil Tiger rebels escaped from a jail in Sri Lanka's restive east early on Sunday in what authorities suspect was an inside job, police said.

"This is the third or fourth time prisoners have escaped from this jail. It was definitely an inside job," said Nihal Karunaratna, Deputy Inspector of Police for the eastern districts of Batticaloa and Ampara.

"They escaped when they were taken for a wash in the morning. The prison staff said the prisoners showed a grenade," he added. "If our inquiry reveals prison people aided and abetted, they will be dealt with very severely and will be prosecuted." More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 4 01:08:11 EDT 2006 Back to the top


'Slave' case headed for court
Associated Press, Sun June 4, 2006 05:30 EDT . - - Asoka Jayasinghe and Lalitha Perera say they came from Sri Lanka - to the United States looking for a fresh start... Back to the top

Jail break, blasts in Lanka ahead of truce talks
dnaindia.com, June 04. Ahead of talks between Sri Lanka's warring parties in Oslo, two soldiers and a bus station guard were killed in separate attacks in the island, where eight prisoners including two suspected Tamil Tigers escaped from a high-security jail after verpowering the securitymen on Sunday... Back to the top

US slams LTTE, mentions Tamil Homeland, Self-rule within Lanka
Dayan Jayatilleka, June 3. The United States has, for the first time, clearly spelled out its stand on Sri Lanka’s ethnic question, and used the term ‘homeland’... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes 288-run lead over England in third test
Associated Press, Sun June 4, 2006 13:51 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Sri Lanka - batted through the day to take a promising lead on day three of the third and final test against England at Trent Bridge... Back to the top

Indian trader brutally killed, two missing in Sri Lanka
com, June 4th, 2006. New Delhi - An Indian sari trader from Tamil Nadu has been tortured to death and two others are missing in Sri Lanka’s east in a horror saga that some are linking to business rivalry and others to the Tamil Tigers or its breakaway faction... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government says door for peace still open
people.com.cn, June 03, 2006. The Sri Lankan government said Friday that the door is still open for Tamil Tiger rebels to re- enter the negotiating table despite a ban clamped down on it by the European Union... Back to the top

2 soldiers killed, 2 injured in mine blasts in Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Sat June 3, 2006 12:34 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two government soldiers were killed and two others wounded Saturday in separate mine blasts blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka - 's volatile north and east, the military said... Back to the top

No infiltration of LTTE cadres: IGP
hindu.com, June 3. Nagapattinam, June 3 (PTI): A constant vigil was being maintained by police to prevent infiltration of LTTE cadres into Tamil Nadu in view of the present situation in Sri Lanka, according to Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, M S Jaffer Sait... Back to the top

India will not export its democracy to Myanmar, says defense minister
Associated Press, Fri June 2, 2006 23:51 EDT . GILLIAN WONG Associated Press Writer SINGAPORE (AP) _ India, often hailed as the world's biggest democracy, will not export its free society ideology to neighboring military-ruled Myanmar, the country's defense minister said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes five wickets as England struggles to tea on day two of third test
Associated Press, Sat June 3, 2006 10:55 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Sri Lanka - claimed five wickets Saturday to send England to tea 40 runs behind with only three wickets in hand on the second day of the third and final test at Trent Bridge... Back to the top

Sri Lanka leads England by 221 runs in third test
Associated Press, Sun June 4, 2006 10:53 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Sri Lanka - led England by 221 runs at tea despite losing three wickets in the afternoon session on day three of the third and final test at Trent Bridge on Sunday... Back to the top

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