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JUNE 9, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 64


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Oslo pins blame on LTTE, Jun 10, 2006. COLOMBO: Norway, the facilitator for the Sri Lankan peace process on Friday held the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) responsible for the failure of the scheduled Oslo talks.

In an "unprecendented move," Oslo also sought written replies from President Mahinda Rajapakse and the LTTE leader, V. Prabakaran, to five critical questions that would define the prospects of conflict resolution. In a direct indictment of the LTTE, Oslo said the Tigers had arrived in Oslo after accepting its invitation and had subsequently "raised objections to the previously communicated intentions and modalities for the meeting. This was the reason for the meeting not being held.''

The first of the five queries posed by Oslo to Mr. Rajapakse and Mr. Prabakaran is whether they "stand committed" to the February 2002 ceasefire agreement. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 9 22:51:51 EDT 2006

Norway reconsidering peace role in Sri Lanka as talks collapse+
Associated Press, Fri June 9, 2006 02:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 9 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - peace broker Norway warned Friday it is reconsidering its facilitation role after failing to arrange a meeting between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels in Oslo. ''The grave situation in Sri Lanka - , with escalating violence in breach of the Ceasefire Agreement, is intolerable for the civilian population and a cause of great concern to the international community,'' Norway said in its unusually hard-hitting statement.

''The full responsibility for halting violence and giving the peace process a new start rests with the parties.''

The Nordic-run Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, or SLMM, will not be able to function following objections from the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to the presence of members from countries that banned the Tamil Tigers.

Three of five countries contributing staff to the SLMM are members of the European Union -- Sweden, Finland and Demark -- which outlawed the LTTE as a terrorist organization late last month.

The LTTE sent a delegation to Oslo for the two-day talks with the Sri Lankan government that were to start Thursday, but refused to attend.

''The Royal Norwegian Government is profoundly concerned with the gravity of the situation on the ground, the objection by the LTTE to collaborate with the SLMM with its present composition, the lack of dialogue between the parties, and the doubts voiced by many about the continued full commitment of the parties to the ceasefire agreement,'' Norway said.

There was no immediate reaction either from the government or the Tamil Tigers.

Norway said it has sent five questions to President Mahinda Rajapakse and Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran seeking commitment to the peace process and security guarantees for monitors.

''The responses by the parties to these questions will determine which steps will next have to be taken by the Royal Norwegian Government and the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, in close partnership with other actors in the international community,'' it said.

Norway said it will also be in close contact with others involved in the Tokyo donor conference in June 2003. The donors, which helped raise $4.5 billion, have taken a close interest in the peace process and expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation.

According to truce monitors, at least 680 people have been killed since December in an escalation of violence that threatened to completely undermine the Norwegian brokered truce in place since February 2002. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 9 03:25:11 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Norway asks Sri Lanka, rebels: Do you stand by truce?  - Reuters
Norway says Tamil rebels, Sri Lankan government face deep crisis after talks collapse  - Associated Press

Tamil rebels defend their stand in rejecting direct talks with Sri Lanka government
Associated Press, Fri June 9, 2006 11:44 EDT . DOUG MELLGREN - Associated Press Writer - OSLO, Norway (AP) Sri Lanka - rebels on Friday defended their stand in rejecting face-to-face talks with the nation's government, a move Norwegian mediators said had plunged the peace process into its deepest crisis since the 2002 truce. Norway called the meeting to discuss the safety of the monitoring mission on Sri Lanka - amid rising violence, which has claimed at least 375 lives since April.

But after the talks failed, Norway demanded written confirmation from both sides that they would still respect terms of the cease-fire that ended 19 years of Sri Lanka - 's open warfare.

In Colombo, government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said Friday the government remained committed to the cease-fire.

The rebels did not immediately respond.

The leader of the government delegation, Palitha Kohona, said as he prepared to board the flight home Friday that the rebels' motives were questionable and that they had shown ``lack of respect'' for the Norwegian mediators.

In meetings Thursday with the Norwegians, the rebels, officially called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, had also demanded that about 40 monitors from Sweden, Denmark and Finland withdraw from the monitoring force.

Since those countries are EU members and the bloc has declared the Tamil Tigers a terror group, they could no longer be considered impartial, Tamilselvan said in the statement. ``Cease-fire monitoring requires absolute neutrality and the EU countries have compromised their neutrality by banning the LTTE.''

Sri Lanka - 's civil war between government forces and the Tigers began in 1983, and claimed more than 65,000 lives before the 2002 cease-fire.

But violence has marred the truce, with rebels on Friday attacking a government base in northwestern Sri Lanka - , wounding at least two soldiers. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 9 12:50:55 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Family of four killed in northwest Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri June 9, 2006 08:38 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ An entire family of four was found hacked to death in northwestern Sri Lanka on Friday, a crime both the government and Tamil Tiger rebels blamed on each other... Back to the top

GOSL Responds to the SLMM Geneva Report
scopp, june 9. The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) expresses concern on the release of a document dated 4 June 2006, the Report of the SLMM, on the implementation of the Agreements reached between the GOSL and the LTTE at the Geneva Talks of 22-23 February 2006... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels attack military camp, two soldiers wounded
Associated Press, Fri June 9, 2006 00:30 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a Sri Lankan military camp in the northwest Friday, wounding at least two soldiers, the military said, in the latest threat to the country's fragile cease-fire... Back to the top

India throws its weight behind SLMM
telugu portal, june 9. New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) Worried over possible outbreak of war in Sri Lanka, India Friday threw its weight behind a Nordic body monitoring the island's shaky truce, saying its weakening would result in "adverse consequences"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka welcomes Indian films, June 09. Boney Kapoor, President of Film Federation of India (FFI) was recently in Sri Lanka with a delegation of Indian filmmakers to discuss problems being faced by Indian film units in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Norway blames EU for Sri Lanka talks crisis, June 10, 2006. Norway has blamed the European Union for contributing to a breakdown in talks between Sri Lanka and Tamil Tigers, which has thrown the question of further Norwegian mediation wide open... Back to the top

India concerned at failure of Lanka-LTTE meet, June 10.. New Delhi, June 10. (UNI): India on Friday expressed "deep concerns" over the failure of the proposed meeting between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE, aimed at strengthening the role of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and ensuring the security of its members, and hoped that the dialogue process would resume at the earliest to avoid any further worsening of the situation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s minority Tamils mourn lost future, Fri Jun 9, 2006. Legally, 21-year-old student Simon Sanjev Lakshman has the same rights as any other Sri Lankan... Back to the top

Talks between Sri Lanka s rivalry sides collapse in Oslo, June 09, 2006 - 01:14 EDT. Talks between the Sri Lanka government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) collapsed Thursday after the Tamil Tiger rebels refused to meet government representatives, the Norwegian government confirmed on Thursday evening... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels demand monitors leave, Thu Jun 8, 2006 7:09 PM ED. OSLO/COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels demanded on Thursday European Union members withdraw from a five-nation Nordic truce monitoring mission, potentially crippling the team observing a shaky ceasefire... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers refuse to sit with Sri Lanka government at Oslo talks
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, June 8th, 2006, 3.30 pm. Talks between the Sri Lanka's government and Tamil rebels on the safety of cease-fire monitors failed to begin in Oslo on Thursday, with the Tigers refusing to hold face-to-face discussions with the government team, senior officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army exchanges fire with suspected Tamil rebels; 1 officer killed in mine blast
Associated Press, Thu June 8, 2006 00:52 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An anti-personnel mine triggered by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in northeastern Sri Lanka - killed an army officer Thursday, as the insurgents attacked a military camp in the east, sparking a gunbattle, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka nominates Annan successor, June 09 2006 at 02:17AM. New York - Sri Lanka has formally submitted Jayantha Dhanapala, one of its most distinguished diplomats, as a candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as United Nations secretary general, according to a letter seen on Thursday... Back to the top

15 LTTE cadres killed in rival clashes, June 08/2006, 07:56 EDT. Home > South Asia 15 LTTE cadres killed in rival clashes Colombo, June 08: At least 15 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed when a rival faction launched an attack against their defence lines in Sri Lanka's north-eastern district of Trincomalee today, military sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka asking Pakistan for swift military assistance: Jane s, June 8, 2006 . LONDON, June 8, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lanka is looking to Pakistan for help to bolster its military capabilities as the ceasefire between the government and rebels appears increasingly fragile, specialist publication Jane's Defence Weekly said Thursday... Back to the top

Bitterness, anger as Sri Lanka remembers war dead, 08 Jun 2006 10:31:29 GMT. MAILAPITIYA, Sri Lanka, June 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan mother-of-two Chandi Rajamanthree says she would rather see her two young sons starve to death than fight in an ethnic conflict that left their father disabled... Back to the top

Safety of Sri Lanka monitors debated, June 08/2006, 08:00 EDT. Sri Lankan officials and Tamil Tiger rebels are discussing the safety of Norwegian peacekeepers monitoring their faltering truce... Back to the top

EU move aimed at pressuring Lanka govt
Dawn, June 08/2006, 08:00 EDT. With the European Union poised to blacklist the breakaway LTTE faction led by dissident Tamil Tiger militant Karuna, analysts say a ban on the Tiger renegade group would pressure the government which is considered its main protector... Back to the top

Sri Lanka nearing a fuel crisis, June 08/2006, 08:00 EDT. Sri Lanka-Fuel-Crisis The Lanka-Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) says that it has petroleum stocks only for one more day and diesel for days and after these stocks are over pumps will have to be closed... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government, Tamil rebels start talks on truce monitors in Norway
Associated Press, Thu June 8, 2006 05:36 EDT . DOUG MELLGREN - Associated Press Writer - Solheim described the situation in Sri Lanka - as ``extremely serious,'' but called it positive that the sides are meeting... Back to the top

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