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JULY 4, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 89


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Call to probe security lapse in Sri Lankan general's killing
gulf news, july 5. Colombo: The main opposition party in Sri Lanka wants a presidential commission appointed to probe allegations that adequate security was not provided to a senior military officer killed by a Tamil guerrilla suicide bomber less than 10 days ago.The allegation has been levelled by Lt Gen Parami Kulathunga's sister and family members who have questioned the failure to provide the officer with an official quarters within the army headquarters which could have helped him to reduce chances of being exposed to the guerrillas. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 4 22:38:48 EDT 2006

Sri Lanka braced for Black Tiger Day
upi, july 5. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, July 4 (UPI) -- Security forces in Sri Lanka prepared for "Black Tiger Day," the Tamil Tigers' commemoration of the group's first suicide bombing.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam hold Hindu ceremonies honoring the cadre of suicide bombers annually on July 5, the Press Trust of India reported. The day has also been used for acts of violence.

"July is usually a very violent month in Sri Lanka if you go by the previous records," a police officer said. "We are stepping up a alert and have already increased road blocks and check points." More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 4 22:36:51 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka steps up alert as Tigers honours suicide bombers  - afp

Sri Lankan president calls for resumption of peace talks with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, July 4. ASHOK SHARMA,Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's president has called for direct peace talks with the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, saying he has appointed a group of experts to outline a possible solution to the decades-old ethnic conflict.

``We will give them an outline, we can get the (Tamil Tigers) to sit and draft what they want. They can discuss,'' President Mahinda Rajapakse said.

Rajapakse reiterated the offer to rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in an interview with the New Delhi Television, an Indian news channel, following recent escalating violence that has put the country on the edge of civil war.

The government and the Tamil rebels held a first round of peace talks in Geneva in February, but a second round slated for April was canceled after the embattled sides blamed each other for rising violence.

``Whether he is Prabhakaran or Mahinda Rajapakse, both of us are from Sri Lanka, so we can sit and discuss this. So this is what I am asking them _ to come and discuss what they want. They can amend,'' he said in the interview broadcast Tuesday.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, have been fighting for a separate homeland for the minority Tamils since 1983, accusing the majority Sinhalese-dominated state of discrimination.

Earlier this month, scheduled talks on the deteriorating security of the Nordic countries' monitoring mission collapsed in Norway when the rebels refused to meet a Sri Lankan government delegation, dealing a blow to the peace process. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 4 02:47:45 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Plight of Sri Lanka s desperate refugees, 5 July 2006. I first met Maduraweeran Kantharajah in a navy camp with his family... Back to the top

Christian peace forum urges Sri Lanka ceasefire, july 4. A peace forum organized in Colombo by the Roman Catholic humanitarian agency Caritas Internationalis has urged the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels to reaffirm their commitment to a fragile cease-fire agreement writes Anto Akkara for Ecumenical News International... Back to the top

Sri Lanka confident of curbing deficit by high growth, , July 05, 2006. Sri Lanka's high economic growth would help it maintain its budget deficit at projected target, Secretary to the Treasury P... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's new president ends family's monopoly over governing party
Associated Press, Mon July 3, 2006 21:05 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Mahinda Rajapakse, trying to tighten his control as Sri Lanka - teeters on the edge of civil war with the Tamil Tigers, has ousted the family that controlled the ruling party for half a century... Back to the top

Revive talks, India tells Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jul 05, 2006. . Muralidhar Reddy Special efforts needed: Saran COLOMBO: India on Tuesday said "special efforts" were needed to halt the spiralling violence in Sri Lanka as further escalation of tensions would have "consequences... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: At Least 9 Killed in Soaring Violence
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, 4th July, 2006. By SHIMALI SENANAYAKE, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, NYT - Six members of the security forces and a civilian were killed and at least 14 others wounded in a powerful explosion in Trincomalee, an eastern port city... Back to the top

Muslim man fatally shot in Sri Lanka 's northeast
Associated Press, Mon July 3, 2006 22:53 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a Muslim man in Sri Lanka's northeast, the military said Tuesday _ the latest in an upsurge of violence that threatens a fragile cease-fire between Tamil rebels and the government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sets one-day record of 443 runs against the Netherlands
Associated Press, Tue July 4, 2006 12:58 EDT . - - AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Sri Lanka - set a one-day international world record on Tuesday, scoring 443 for 9 wickets in its 195-run victory against the Netherlands... Back to the top

EU gives euro7 million in emergency aid to victims of conflict in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue July 4, 2006 07:55 EDT . BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ The European Union said Tuesday it was sending euro7 million (US$8.95 million) in humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka to help victims of the escalating violence and conflict in the northeast of the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka break one-day record, July 4, 2006. Sri Lanka have broken the world record for the highest one-day international total in their match against Netherlands at Amstelveen... Back to the top

Crime soars in Sri Lanka's north as violence rises
Reuters-Alertnet, 04 Jul 2006 08:23:30 GMT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, July 4 (Reuters) - With a ceasefire in tatters and frequent clashes between soldiers and suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's north, residents say law and order is breaking down as criminals take advantage of the chaos... Back to the top

LTTE s peak of ingratitude, Last modified on: 7/4/2006 8:59:21 AM. Sukanya Ganapathy ASSASSINATION: Internet edition of Daily News, Sri Lanka's leading English daily published in Colombo deserves to be merited as a document of key historical importance of the destructive features of political terrorism... Back to the top

Four years on, Sri Lanka is a messier story
com, July 4th, 2006. New Delhi - A deeply divided Sri Lanka, a bruised but visibly confident Tamil Tigers and escalating violence: this is what India is up against as it prepares to step up its diplomatic intervention in the island nation... Back to the top

Surge in violence kills 9, injures 17 in Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Mon July 3, 2006 12:50 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of explosions on Monday killed at least nine people and wounded 17 others in troubled Sri Lanka - , where an unraveling cease-fire between the government and Tamil rebels is threatening to plunge the country into all-out civil war... Back to the top

In Sri Lanka , families struggle to escape a war many fear is inevitable
Associated Press, Tue July 4, 2006 03:33 EDT . MATTHEW ROSENBERG - Associated Press Writer - MANKENI, Sri Lanka - (AP) They slipped out of the village and into the jungle after dark, whole families abandoning prized fishing boats and what little else they had to escape forced military training at the hands of the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

India offers to share experience on federal polity with Lanka, Monday, July 3, 2006 : 2025 Hrs. Colombo, July 3. (PTI): India today offered to share with Sri Lanka its experience of federal polity as Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran met President Mahinda Rajapakse and discussed the faltering peace process in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Sinn Fein lawmaker McGuinness meets Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Mon July 3, 2006 15:34 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Martin McGuinness, a former Northern Ireland separatist leader, on Monday urged the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to prevent the island nation from slipping back to full-scale civil war, his party said... Back to the top

Nordic countries yet to decide on pulling out EU monitors from Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon July 3, 2006 10:11 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels have demanded that European Union members be excluded from a Nordic team monitoring Sri Lanka - 's cease-fire by Sept... Back to the top

Sri Lankans unhappy with 2011 World Cup itinerary, says former top cricket official
Associated Press, Mon July 3, 2006 11:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - should re-negotiate the 2011 cricket World Cup itinerary to ensure it hosts at least one of the two semifinals, a former top cricket official said Monday... Back to the top

Supply of radars to Sri Lanka a big mistake: PMK, Monday, July 3, 2006 : 2025 Hrs. Chennai, July 3. (PTI): The PMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA Coalition Government at the Centre, today termed as "a big mistake" the Union Government's decision to supply two radars to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Trapped in conflict, Sri Lanka Muslims mull action, 3 july. KATTANKUDI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - As violence rages between Sri Lanka's government and ethnic Tamil Tiger rebels, the island's Muslim minority says it is caught in the middle, and there is talk of an armed "Jihad" group emerging if war returns... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Navy sinks Tamil rebel boat, 3 july. Sri Lankan forces sank a Tamil rebel boat as it approached a strategic harbour in the island's north, rebuffed an attack on an army patrol and killed a suspect guerrilla in the east, the military said on Saturday... Back to the top

Anti-personnel mine in eastern Sri Lanka wounds two commandoes, military says
Associated Press, Mon July 3, 2006 00:34 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An anti-personnel mine exploded Monday in eastern Sri Lanka - , wounding two commandos who were clearing a route for a military convoy, the military said... Back to the top

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