The Lanka Academic

JULY 9, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 94


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Rajapakse calls meeting to study devolution plan
gulfnews, july 10. Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapakse's government will this week take its first step towards crafting a power-sharing plan aimed to arrive at a "home grown," political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict.

Rajapakse has called an all-party meeting tomorrow to work out devolution proposals, The Sunday Times reported.

A representative of each political party taking part in the All-Party Conference has been invited together with a 15-member multi-ethnic advisory board for the inaugural meeting chaired by Rajapakse. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 9 21:30:03 EDT 2006

Top truce monitor questions rebels' commitment to Sri Lankan cease-fire, report says
Associated Press, Sun July 9, 2006 02:59 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The top European peace monitor in Sri Lanka has suggested that Tamil rebels are trying to force an end to a four-year cease fire after they demanded that some foreign observers leave the country, a report said Sunday.

As a spike in violence pushes the tropical island nation toward a resumption of full-scale civil war, the rebels have opposed Finns, Swedes or Danes working as peace monitors, because the 25-member European Union in May listed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, as a terrorist group.

Of the five countries in the monitoring mission _ Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland _ only Norway and Iceland are not EU members.

``Do they want to terminate the cease-fire agreement ... This may be the interpretation if the LTTE goes through with its demand,'' The Sunday Times quoted Ulf Henricsson, chief of the mission, as saying.

``We are not here as EU representatives. There is no rationale to their argument,'' he was quoted as saying.

Last month, the LTTE initially gave the mission one month to withdraw EU members, but later extended the deadline until Sept. 1. It said it couldn't guarantee the security of the EU monitors after Sept. 1.

Henricsson said there were still ambiguous areas about the LTTE's demand and that further clarification would be sought in the coming days.

Some members of the monitoring mission met in Oslo, Norway, earlier this month but no decision was taken on removing any monitors.

The LTTE demand comes amid a surge in violence between the insurgents and the government, threatening the four-year-old cease-fire and raising the threat of all-out civil war.

Norway formed the 60-member monitoring team after brokering the 2002 truce between the government and the rebels, which ended large scale hostilities in the island nation's north and east.

The LTTE has been fighting for a separate homeland for the minority Tamils since 1983. The conflict left more than 65,000 people dead before the 2002 cease-fire.

The rebels are already banned in the United States, Canada, Britain and in neighboring India. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 9 11:51:59 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Military: Sri Lankan man arrested with 16,000 steel balls for rebel bombs
Associated Press, Sun July 9, 2006 10:47 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan troops arrested a man in possession of thousands of tiny steel balls, a key component in homemade explosives commonly used by Tamil Tiger rebels, the government said.

Claymore anti-personnel mines that fire hundreds of steel balls propelled by plastic explosives are a favored weapon of the Tamil Tiger rebels who have been fighting the government for over two decades for a separate state for minority Tamils.

Troops seized a bag containing 16,000 bicycle ball bearings during a security check Saturday of a bus in Murukkan, about 200 kilometers (150 miles) north of the capital, Colombo, according to a report on the Ministry of Defense Web site.

It said the troops arrested one man and turned him over to police. The report did not identify the man, or say he was a fighter for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, the Tamil Tigers' official name.

``This type of steel ... balls are extensively used by LTTE terrorists in the production of Improvised Explosive Devices,'' the report said.

Separately on Sunday, the military recovered a Claymore mine weighing 20 kilograms (44 pounds) from a field in Jaffna, the Web site said, giving no further details. Jaffna, the traditional homeland of Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamils, is about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Colombo.

The Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils, alleging discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. Daily violence on the island nation off southern India has plunged a 2002 cease-fire into doubt in past months. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 9 11:34:56 EDT 2006 Back to the top

‘India shirking responsibility in Sri Lanka’, July 09, 2006. NEW DELHI: India is shirking its responsibility in Sri Lanka, refusing to play its rightful role as a regional player to restore stability in its troubled neighbourhood, says BJP leader Jaswant Singh... Back to the top

Nanda Mallawarachchi named Sri Lankan Army chief, July 9, 2006. Colombo, July 9 (PTI): Sri Lanka has appointed a temporary army chief in place of Commander Sarath Fonseka who is undergoing treatment in Singapore after surviving a suicide bombing attack in April, the army said here today... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy arrests 6 ethnic Tamils trying to flee to India, says military
Associated Press, Sun July 9, 2006 03:07 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's navy arrested six ethnic Tamils at sea as they tried to flee to India to escape mounting violence in the island nation, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

AICC general secy for ban on parties supporting LTTE, July 9. Pondicherry, July 9 (UNI): The AICC general secretary V Narayanasamy today urged the Centre to impose a ban on political parties and movements supporting Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Lankan party’s threat
Dawn, July 09, 2006 - 12:35 EDT. Sri Lanka’s main opposition party on Saturday threatened to withdraw its support to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s peace moves if the government continued to ‘snatch’ opposition legislators... Back to the top

Lanka threatens to take over IOC outlets, July 9. Colombo, July 9: The Sri Lanka government has warned the local arm of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) that it will take over all its fuel outlets if the company did not resume sales within 30 days... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels fire on political opponent; 3 soldiers injured in attacks
Associated Press, Sat July 8, 2006 12:35 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot and wounded a political opponent and a passer-by and three soldiers were wounded in separate attacks in Sri Lanka - 's troubled north on Saturday, the army said... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka 's foreign minister to visit China to discuss arms purchase
Associated Press, Sat July 8, 2006 02:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's foreign minister will visit China next week to discuss a possible weapons purchase as the country slides toward a full-scale war with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, a news report said Saturday... Back to the top

Rebels war with Sri Lankan forces no longer in the shadows
com, July 08, 2006 - 08:50 EDT. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka -- Gunfire echoes nearly every night across the lagoon that rings this fishing town... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes security measures to protect civilians in some ..., 17:00, July 08, 2006. A special security program has been launched to ensure the safety of civilians living in some areas in the north central province bordering the Tamil Tiger region, defense officials said on Saturday... Back to the top

Fresh bid to resolve Lanka crisis collapses, July 08, 2006 - 09:00 EDT. COLOMBO: A fresh attempt to hammer out a bipartisan approach to Sri Lanka’s drawn out Tamil separatist conflict ended abruptly with the defection of an opposition legislator, officials said yesterday... Back to the top

India should pressure LTTE to give up arms
com, July 08, 2006 - 08:55. “The Sinhalese can probably be brought round to accepting the special status for the Tamil areas”... Back to the top

Sri Lanka permits India, China to explore oil off Mannar, July 08, 2006 - 09:05 EDT. Sri Lanka has decided to permit India and China to explore oil along the northwestern sea belt with the first phase of exploration scheduled to begin in the Gulf of Mannar in August 2007... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tokyo Cement s net profits surge 89%, July 08, 2006 - 09:00 EDT. July 5, 2006 (LBO) – Tokyo Cement Ltd., the island’s biggest cement maker, said Wednesday that its group net profits had jumped 89 percent for the 12 months to March, boosted by sustained demand in the construction industry. The 22-year old company which operates a cement making plant in Cod Bay, Trincomalee, has benefited a lot from post-tsunami rebuilding and a surge in condominiums coming up in and around Colombo... Back to the top

Lanka to let India, China explore oil along its coast, July 08, 2006 - 08:50 EDT. Colombo, July 08: The Sri Lankan government has decided to allow India and China to explore for oil along its coast, a news report said on Saturday... Back to the top

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