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JUNE 10, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 65

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Solution to conflict should be based on "right to self-determination": LTTE
Hindu, June 10. COLOMBO: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Friday "reaffirmed" its position that a solution to the decades-long separatist conflict should be based on the "right to self-determination."

A unilateral communiqué issued by the LTTE from Oslo on Friday and released to the press on Saturday contained significant omissions from an earlier joint communiqué by the Government and the LTTE in December 2002 after the third round of negotiations between the two parties. In that earlier statement, it was "agreed to explore a solution founded on the principle of internal self-determination in areas of historical habitation of the Tamil-speaking peoples, based on a federal structure within a united Sri Lanka."

The departures from the 2002 document were the omission of the phrases "internal self-determination," and "federal structures" as the basis for a solution. Instead, the LTTE's June 9 communiqué merely said that it "reaffirms its policy of finding a solution to the Tamil national question based on the realisation of its right to self-determination." More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jun 10 21:34:59 EDT 2006

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Top Tamil rebel commander, three guerrillas killed in mine blast
Associated Press, Sat June 10, 2006 08:03 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A top Tamil rebel commander and three other guerrillas were killed in a mine blast in northwestern Sri Lanka Saturday, a pro-rebel report said, as surging violence threatens to drag the island nation back to full-scale civil war.

Pro-rebel Web site TamilNet reported that Lt. Col. Mahenthi was killed by an anti-personnel mine activated by government military in a rebel-held region of Mannar district 220 kilometers (135 miles) north of the capital, Colombo.

Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe denied army was involved in the blast saying that the soldiers do not enter rebel-controlled areas in accordance with a 2002 cease-fire agreement.

Mahenthi is the second high profile rebel to be killed since May.

Also Saturday, a gunman boarded a passenger bus and fatally shot an ethnic Tamil man and a 10-year-old boy in northeastern Sri Lanka, the government said.

Another passenger was critically wounded in the shooting in Muttur, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, the Media Center for National Security said.

The center said it suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the killings but that the motive was unknown. Rebel officials could not be contacted immediately for comment.

Scores of government troops and rebels have been killed in Sri Lanka's volatile north and east since April, when hostilities heightened between the government and Tamil Tigers.

Also many civilians have been killed under mysterious circumstances with the government and the rebels blaming each other for the crimes.

On Friday, an entire family of four _ a man, his wife and their two young children _ were found hacked to death in northwestern Sri Lanka.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese-dominated state of discrimination.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the two sides signed a 2002 cease-fire brokered by Norway. Subsequent peace talks have broken down.

On Thursday, proposed direct talks in Norway between government and rebel representatives on ensuring the security of 60 European cease-fire monitors failed after the rebels refused to meet with government officials. Discuss this story Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jun 10 12:09:59 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Attacks to intensify, S.Lanka rebel front warns
alertnet.org, 10 Jun 2006 14:37:41 GMT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, June 10 (Reuters) - A suspected Tamil Tiger front organisation vowed on Saturday to intensify attacks against Sri Lanka's military as mounting violence stokes fears that the island is sliding back into civil war.

The Tamil Resurgence Force, which emerged in December and is one of a clutch of groups the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) say have rallied to their cause, said it would also attack Tamil government allies. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jun 10 12:16:06 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Norway reaffirms Sri Lanka peace broker role
ABC Asia Pacific TV / Radio Australia, June 11. Norway says it will continue to act as peace broker between Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels despite the recent breakdown in talks between the two sides... Back to the top

Nadarajah Sethurupan arrested in London and held in custody
AsianTribune, June 11. London, 11 June, (Asiantribune.com): The notorious Nadarajah Sethurupan, the Editor of the now defunct “Oslo Voice” the web news portal based from Oslo, Norway and also one alleged to be associated with Nitharsanam.com – ‘the messenger of death’ and his colleague Rajan Thamotherampillai of London are at present held under police custody in London. According to reports, police has released the third person... Back to the top

Norway cites EU as hurdle to Sri Lankan peace
dailytimes.com.pk, June 11. STOCKHOLM: Norway said Saturday that it would continue to act as peace broker between Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels despite the recent breakdown in talks between the two sides... Back to the top

Confident keeper of the Sri Lankan faith
guardian.co.uk, Sunday June 11, 2006. It is a sign of the somewhat childish times we live in that so much energy is expended in anticipating things... Back to the top

Oslo pins blame on LTTE
hindu.com, 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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

Ethnic Tamil man and child killed inside passenger bus in northeastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat June 10, 2006 06:01 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A gunman boarded a passenger bus and shot dead an ethnic Tamil man and a 10-year-old boy Saturday in northeastern Sri Lanka - , the government said... 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
screenindia.com, 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
thestandard.com.hk, 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
hindu.com, 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
today.reuters.com, 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
people.com.cn, 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

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