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JUNE 12, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 67


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Sri Lanka's Government Says It Wants Direct Talks With Rebels
Bloomberg, june 13. une 13 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government wants direct talks with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, saying the group produced ``childish'' reasons for refusing to take part in last week's meeting scheduled in Oslo.

``The government is firm on its decision to find a solution through negotiations,'' the government said in a statement on the Defense Ministry Web site, citing Palitha Kohona, who led its delegation in Oslo. ``There is no need to have fears of war.''

The LTTE produced ``irrelevant grounds'' for rejecting direct talks on the basis the government delegation hadn't any ministerial representatives, Kohona said. The LTTE came to Oslo already knowing the makeup of the government team, he said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 12 22:23:12 EDT 2006

Oslo letter to Colombo over truce sparks row
GulfNews, june 13. Colombo: In a move that is likely to further strain the relations between the government and the Norwegian peace facilitators, President Mahinda Rajapakse is to take Norway to task over a letter sent by Oslo.

The letter demanded that the government answer five questions including whether it was honouring the ceasefire.

The president is expected to send a strongly-worded reply claiming that Norway had made a "glaring mistake" by giving parity of status to the government and a terrorist organisation in the second question, the Daily Mirror newspaper said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 12 22:21:38 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka appoints think tank to draft final solution to ..., June 13, 2006. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has appointed a think tank to assist him in formulating a draft framework towards a final solution to the country's long drawn-out separatist armed conflict, presidential secretariat sources said Monday.

A 12-member think tank comprising of constitutional legal experts are to draw from the outcomes of the deliberations of an all political party parley convened by the president, the sources added.

The think tank is to be headed by H. L. De Silva, an eminent civil and constitutional lawyer with wide experience in dealing with the separatist armed conflict waged by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels.

Rajapakse from the inception of his presidential term has strived to reach an all political party consensus on the final outcome of the Norwegian backed peace process with the Tiger rebels. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 12 22:13:27 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lankan foreign minister criticizes Tamil rebels for setting back peace process
Associated Press, Mon June 12, 2006 08:46 EDT . DOUG MELLGREN - Associated Press Writer - OSLO, Norway (AP) Sri Lanka - 's foreign minister on Monday criticized the island nation's Tamil rebels for spurning peace talks in Oslo last week... Back to the top

Student among five shot dead in Lanka, 12 June 2006. COLOMBO: At least five people were shot dead in Sri Lanka's restive northeast port district of Trincomalee and the main city of Colombo, military officials said yesterday... Back to the top

21 Tamil Tigers killed in mine attacks, June. 12. Colombo, June. 12 (PTI): At least 21 people were killed and 20 others injured in mine attacks carried out by government forces in the island's embattled north-east during the past six days, Tamil Tiger rebels have claimed. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said government troops infiltrated areas held by the guerrillas and staged the devastating attacks, a claim rejected by the military... Back to the top

Suspected rebels trigger mine blast in Sri Lanka , 1 soldier killed, 3 civilians wounded
Associated Press, Mon June 12, 2006 01:36 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated an anti-personnel mine near the northern town of Vavuniya on Monday, killing one soldier and wounding three civilians, the area's police chief said... Back to the top

Pakistan opens massive military supply to Lanka, June 12. NEW DELHI: Pakistan has opened a massive $250 million credit line for supplying Sri Lankan military equipment, including many offensive weapon systems such as tanks, say authoritative sources... Back to the top

Five dead in Sri Lanka unrest
com, 12/06/2006 01:13:23 AEST Five dead in Sri Lan. At least five people have been shot dead in Sri Lanka's restive northeastern port district of Trincomalee and the main city of Colombo over the weekend... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s new air chief follows in father s flight path, 12 June 2006 20:03:50 . June 12, 2006 (AFP) - Air Vice Marshal Roshan Goonetileke took command of Sri Lanka's air force Monday, 25 years after his father retired from the post... Back to the top

Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka prepare for war, June 12, 2006- 15:02 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 12 (UPI) -- Tamil rebels are preparing for a war with the Sri Lankan government, insisting that the stalled peace process cannot solve ethnicity-based differences... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov t wants talks with Tigers despite Oslo breakdown, 12 June 2006. The Sri Lankan government Monday said that it wants to go ahead to have direct talks with the Tamil Tigers on the Norwegian backed peace process despite the breakdown in last week's talks in Oslo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka govt still committed to peace: minister, June 12, 2006- 09:16 EDT. OSLO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government is still committed to a 2002 peace process with Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels despite an increasingly shaky ceasefire, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Monday... Back to the top

Norway wants Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels to take a stride toward peace amid war fears
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, June 11th, 2006, 3:30 pm. Norwegian peace brokers have urged the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to take firm steps toward peace, without which the island risks sliding back to full-scale war... Back to the top

War clouds spark fear in Sri Lanka’s northeast
com, June 11th, 2006. New Delhi - Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger guerrillas are preparing for war, telling people living under their control that the internationally-brokered peace process cannot resolve the dragging ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military recovers powerful anti-personnel mine in Tamil north
Associated Press, Sun June 11, 2006 04:47 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's military said it averted a deadly strike on its forces Sunday when a team recovered a powerful anti-personnel mine from a road in the Tamil-majority Jaffna Peninsula that was to be used by a military convoy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises fuel prices, June 11, 2006. Sri Lanka has raised its retail fuel prices with effect from midnight Saturday, petroleum officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka names veteran pilot to head air force
Associated Press, June 10, 2006 . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan government on Sunday named a veteran pilot to head the air force, as surging violence threatens to drag the island nation back to full-scale civil war with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

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