The Lanka Academic

JUNE 13, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 68


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Tamil rebels rule out direct talks with government
GulfNews, june 14. Colombo: Tamil rebels have ruled out direct talks with the Sri Lankan government to end the country's minority ethnic conflict.

Tamil rebel spokesman Thaya Master told a local newspaper that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) does not hope to have any direct talks either with the government or with President Mahinda Rajapakse. His response came after the government indicated that it wanted to have direct talks. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 13 22:12:00 EDT 2006

Norway not to present new peace initiatives in Sri Lanka s ..., June 14, 2006. Norway would shy away from presenting any new mediation or peace initiatives in Sri Lanka's civil conflict, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said.

According to the Norway Post newspaper on Tuesday, Stoere made the remarks after holding talks in Oslo with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera, who is on an official visit to Norway.

Stoere said Norway would not present any new mediation or peace initiatives, adding that Norway had no part in the conflict, but was only a facilitator for negotiations.

But Samaraweera said Sri Lanka still needed Norway's help. He reaffirmed that the Sri Lankan government would continue to support the process aimed to achieve permanent peace for the island state.

However, he criticized the Tamils, referring to the rejection by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of an invitation to meet a government delegation in Norway last week.

Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in Oslo stalled last week after the Tamil Tiger rebels refused to meet government representatives from Colombo. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 13 22:08:58 EDT 2006 Back to the top

2 Trains Collide in Sri Lanka ; 42 Hurt
Associated Press, Tue June 13, 2006 10:54 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Two trains collided in southern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, leaving at least 42 passengers injured, police and hospital officials said.

The accident occurred at a railroad station in Kalutara, a town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the capital, Colombo, said police spokesman Rienzie Perera.

Perera said a passenger train had crashed into back of another commuter train halted at the station during busy office hours.

Some 42 passengers were taken to the region's main government hospital, and many of them had suffered minor injuries, a spokesman said on condition of anonymity due to policy.

Sri Lanka's aging railway system, introduced by its former British colonial rulers, is used daily by tens of thousands of office workers and tourists.

The service has become largely inefficient without proper maintenance and management, and due to frequent strikes by railway employees. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 13 11:48:53 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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2 Trains Collide in Sri Lanka; 42 Hurt  - Assocaited Press

'No talks' on self-determination
BBC, June 13. The government of Sri Lanka will not enter into talks with the Tamil Tigers based upon the division of Sri Lanka, Minister Mangala Samaraweera said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Police close Sri Lankan capital's main road in bomb scare, authorities say
Associated Press, Tue June 13, 2006 02:16 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police temporarily closed a main road in Sri Lanka - 's capital Tuesday as explosives experts searched a bank building for a possible bomb, but no explosives were found, the military said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

2 Sri Lankan soldiers wounded in grenade blast
Associated Press, Tue June 13, 2006 02:23 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hurled a grenade at a group of Sri Lankan soldiers Tuesday, wounding two, the military said, as continuing violence threatened to drag the island nation back into full-scale civil war... Back to the top

Norwegian prime minister in Finland to discuss EU affairs with upcoming bloc president
Associated Press, Tue June 13, 2006 03:10 EDT . Vanhanen and Stoltenberg will also discuss international issues, including the Middle East, Iran and the conflict in Sri Lanka - , Vanhanen's office said... 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... 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

5 civilians killed in Sri Lanka
Dawn, June 12, 2006- 15:02 EDT. At least five civilians were killed and nine more injured in separate attacks on Sunday, officials said... 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

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