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JUNE 24, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 79

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S.Lanka rebels extend EU truce monitors' deadline
Reuters, 24 Jun 2006 13:03:56 GMT. By Simon Gardner

COLOMBO, June 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Saturday extended a deadline for European Union truce monitors to withdraw from the island, while the army accused the rebels of shooting dead two soldiers in the northwest.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have thrown the Nordic Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission into crisis by insisting that staff from three Scandinavian EU member states are withdrawn after the bloc banned the rebels as a terrorist group.

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Published: Sat Jun 24 17:14:15 EDT 2006


2 Sri Lankan soldiers killed in apparent rebel ambush
Associated Press, Sat June 24, 2006 07:04 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday fatally shot two soldiers who were patrolling in a northern Sri Lankan city, the military said. Vavuniya is the northernmost town held by government forces in Sri Lanka - , where a wave of violence has put the government and rebels on a war footing four years after they signed a cease-fire.

A week ago, an explosion just outside Vavuniya killed three policemen. Authorities blamed the Tigers for the attack.

The shooting came a day after Tigers allegedly abducted two teenagers in troubled eastern Sri Lanka - .

The abductions took place Friday night, when two teenagers identified as Amirthalingam Palakumar, 16, and Thangavel Nimalanathan, 18 were snatched from a home in the district of Polonnaruwa, about 215 kilometers (134 miles) northeast of Colombo, Samarasinghe said.

He said five Tigers forced their way in Palakumar's house and grabbed the two.

The rebels were not immediately available to comment on the shooting or the abductions.

However, the Tigers frequently target the security forces, although they universally deny pressing underage fighters into service even though rights groups have detailed their use of child soldiers.

The Tigers are not the only militia in Sri Lanka - accused of using child soldiers. On Thursday, UNICEF said a breakaway rebel faction that many in Sri Lanka - believe is backed by the government abducted up to 30 children to use as fighters.

The Tigers are fighting to carve out a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million largely Hindu Tamils, who have long faced discrimination from the country's Sinhalese majority, most of whom are Buddhist. At least 65,000 people died in the conflict before a 2002 cease-fire.

A wave of violence since April has killed at least 700 people, more than half of them civilians, and left the truce in tatters.

Much of the violence has been in the country's north and east the Tamil heartland and on Saturday a group thought to be backed by the Tigers called a general strike in the port city of Jaffna to protest the alleged vandalism by soldiers of rooms housing workers at a cemetery for dead rebels. Soldiers are also alleged on Wednesday to have defaced a portrait of a dead rebel leader.

The military has denied that soldiers ransacked the rooms or ruined the portrait.

Jaffna's top police officer, Dinesh Karunanayake, said the strike had closed businesses and kept public and private vehicles off the roads in the port, home to nearly 600,000 people.

Jaffna, on the northern tip of Sri Lanka - , is predominantly Tamil but controlled by the government. The Tigers claim it as their ancestral capital. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jun 24 08:07:30 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Norway-LTTE bid to change monitors violates agreement: SL
hindustantimes.com, June 24, 2006. The Sri Lankan government has said that the bid by the Norwegian government and the LTTE to change the members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is against the Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA), which set up the SLMM in February 2002.

As per SOMA, only the Sri Lankan government and the Royal Norwegian government can change the status and membership of the monitors because it was these two entities, which had signed the agreement.

The Norwegian government and the LTTE cannot change the character of the SLMM on their own because that will violate SOMA.

This view, put out on Friday by the government Peace Secretariat, came in the wake of the Norwegian government's decision to hold a meeting of Nordic countries in Oslo on June 29, to discuss the LTTE's demand that monitors from the European Union (EU) countries should be replaced by personnel from non-EU countries following the EU's proscription of the LTTE.

"Any changes in the composition of the SLMM, if needed, is not a matter for unilateral decision making by the LTTE or to be determined between Norway and the LTTE," the government statement aid.

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Published: Sat Jun 24 08:25:57 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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