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JUNE 20, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 75

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New Delhi concerned over situation in Sri Lanka
Hindu, Wednesday, 21 June 2006. NEW DELHI: India will get a first-hand understanding of the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka from the island nation's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who is scheduled to arrive here on June 22.

Highly placed government sources said on Tuesday that India was concerned at the situation in Sri Lanka. Government circles were, however, well aware that the problem had to be tackled by Colombo.

Stressing that there was no divergence of opinion between New Delhi and Chennai on the Sri Lanka issue, the sources said an assessment would be conveyed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi after talks with Mr. Samaraweera.

The Manmohan Singh Government felt that the Sri Lankan Government should avoid an all-out war, the sources said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 20 20:53:48 EDT 2006

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people.com.cn, June 21, 2006. Sri Lanka's parliament was suspended for a brief period here Tuesday as legislators traded verbal abuse over last week's incident in which 68 civilians were killed in a passenger bus explosion blamed on the Tamil Tigers, officials said.

Disturbances began soon after the main left party legislator Wimal Weerawansa made his speech on the claymore mine explosion at Kebithigollewa in the north central province on June 15.

Weerawansa condemning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) for triggering the explosion killing civilians belonging to the majority Sinhalese community.

"This has exposed to the world the brutality of LTTE terrorism", Weerawansa told parliament while calling for the House to observe a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the murdered civilians.

The legislators of the Tiger rebel proxy party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), protested that when the Tamil civilians were killed by the government troops, no such silence was observed. More...
Published: Tue Jun 20 22:00:44 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka military says it has repulsed rebel attack on navy base
Associated Press, Tue June 20, 2006 02:51 EDT . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan military said it repulsed an attack by Tamil Tiger rebels on a navy base on Tuesday, amid increasing violence between government forces and the Tiger militants.

The rebels launched the attack Tuesday morning on a base in the town of Muttur ``and we retaliated successfully,'' said navy spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake. He said the navy suffered no casualties. The rebels, who have their own well-armed army and navy, were not available for comment.

The Tigers approached the base from the opposite bank of a nearby river, he said.

``Since we were alert, our men fired back, forcing them to retreat,'' Dassanayake said. ``We are not aware if they suffered any casualties,'' Dassanayake said.

Muttur is south of Trincomalee, a strategic port town.

There were no immediate further details on the attack, which came hours after the military accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of shooting at an ancient Buddhist shrine Monday to provoke a backlash by the country's Buddhist majority.

The rebels, however, denied involvement in the shrine attack, saying in an e-mail statement that the attack was carried out by armed groups backed by the Sri Lankan government and ``aimed at creating ethnic tensions'' and discrediting the Tigers.

Most of Sri Lanka's minority ethnic Tamils are Hindu, while the majority Sinhalese are predominantly Buddhist.

The Tigers have been fighting for more than 20 years to create a Tamil homeland in the country's north and east, where they now run a de facto government in several areas.

A statement from the government's Media Center for National Security said a group of rebels opened fire Monday with small arms from three sides on the Somawathi shrine, about 170 kilometers (100 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo.

Security forces guarding the shrine, believed to be some 2,000 years old, fired back, forcing the rebels to retreat, the statement said.

The attack was an attempt to ``arouse the sentiments of the Sinhalese Buddhists against the innocent Tamils to cause Sinhalese-Tamil strife,'' the government statement said.

There were no reported injuries and the shrine was not damaged, said K.P.S. Wickremesinghe, a local police officer.

In 1983, anti-Tamil riots helped the Tamil separatist movement gain ground, and lead the way to years of war.

That ended in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire between the rebels and the government. But subsequent peace talks failed over rebels' sweeping demand for autonomy. The war has killed 65,000 people.

The reported attack came amid a sharp spike in violence across this island nation, with government forces and Tiger rebels engaging in a bloody tit-for-tat campaign that has left dozens dead in just the past few days.

There are about 14 million Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, and about 3.2 million Tamils. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 20 03:20:41 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka wins second one-dayer as Jayasuriya stars with bat and ball
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England v Sri Lanka 2nd ODI
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FEATURE - Sri Lanka s Tamils turn to smugglers to flee conflict
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LTTE provoking ethnic clashes: Lanka
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Sri Lankan Army, Rebels Clash on Truce Line; Govt Wants Talks
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Sri Lanka rebels recommit to truce
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PM sending representative to Chennai to discuss Lanka issue
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Sri Lanka calls for Tiger rebels to resume stalled peace talks
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Sri Lanka pile on the runs
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Take steps to bring peace back to Sri Lanka, State parties urge ...
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Making money out of waste
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Tiger suicide bombers at ready if S.Lanka war resumes
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Government orders tight security as Sri Lankan schools reopen after vacation
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Intel to soon pilot ‘rugged’ PC for rural Sri Lanka
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