The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 13, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 98

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Sri Lankan military finds powerful bomb outside government minister's home
Associated Press, Thu July 13, 2006 15:47 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's military on Thursday found a powerful bomb near the residence of a government minister who is an outspoken critic of the Tamil Tiger rebels, authorities said.

Keheliya Rambukwella, the minister for policy development and implementation, said that security officials recovered the bomb near his residence in the central town of Kandy, some 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Colombo.

``This is clearly terrorism,'' Rambukwella said implying Tamil Tiger rebels may have planted the bomb. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 13 17:48:24 EDT 2006


Sri Lankan Government will not disarm Karuna
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, July 13, 2006, 7.41 p.m.. The Sri Lankan Government has categorically declared that it will not attempt to disarm LTTE renegade leader Karuna and his cadres, because it does not want to get entangled in another war, the newly launched 'Sunday Standard' said in its lead report.

"Defence Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella made the declaration amidst continuous LTTE pressure demanding the Government to disarm Karuna cadres, if they are to resume peace negotiations, the report said.

If the LTTE expects us to hunt down the Karuna faction, that's not possible at this stage simply because we will then have two wars to fight in the country, one with the LTTE the other with Karuna, Minister Rambukwella told the Sunday Standard.

He however assured that the government was taking all steps to maintain law and order and the Karuna faction or any other armed group will be strictly dealt with.

Minister Rambukwella also stressed that the Government was not ready to take any chances if it felt that the sovereign State was threatened, which was why it had decided to intensify the recruitment drive of youth to the military.

"We cannot take chances, although the most prudent thing to do is to negotiate for a peaceful settlement. But we must keep in mind that we are dealing with one of the most ruthless internationalized terrorist organizations. We have to be prepared even for the worst because we are responsible for 19.5 million people and the assets of this country," he said.

Meanwhile, the Government has also taken steps to boost the intelligence unit of the Army, now debilitated after the great betrayal of the safe house at Athurugiriya during the UNP regime. The move comes amidst allegations that the security forces have failed to thwart many LTTE attacks against security forces and civilians including suicide missions.

Minister Rambukwella despite admitting that the country had suffered several incidents of large magnitude stressed that even most developed countries despite having all the intelligence and funding, terrorists have successfully infiltrated.

"Despite lapses at some instances, what we should think is if not for our intelligence what will be the situation of the country today. We should also remember that we are dealing with a ruthless terrorist organization," he added. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 13 10:11:52 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Tamil Tiger rebels accuse Sri Lankan troops of penetrating their territory and killing 4
Associated Press, Thu July 13, 2006 10:14 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels accused the government of violating a truce by penetrating their territory and killing four of their troops Thursday, while authorities said they found a powerful bomb near the residence of a government minister.

Keheliya Rambukwella, the minister for policy development and implementation, said that security officials recovered the bomb near his residence in the central town of Kandy, some 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Colombo.

``This is clearly terrorism,'' Rambukwella said, implying Tamil Tiger rebels may have planted the bomb.

Rebel leaders could not be contacted for comments.

Government officials denied troops entered rebel-held areas, but said suspected rebels on Thursday killed three soldiers and injured three others in an attack in the Tamil's heartland in the north.

As a spike in violence that has left 700 dead since December pushes the country toward an all-out civil war, both sides are careful not to admit any actions that would violate a 2002 Norwegian-brokered cease-fire.

The rebels generally say they are defending themselves from attacks or intrusions forbidden by the truce, or blame attacks on frustrated Tamils acting without the rebel's authority.

The government blames attacks in rebel territory on factional fighting. In battles in its territory, the military claims it is responding to rebel attacks or provocations.

A report on the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site that a group of soldiers entered the rebel-held region in Trincomalee district, 215 kilometers (135 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, Wednesday night and killed four fighters.

Military Spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe denied the report, saying ``we don't go into those areas'' because it would constitute a violation of the cease-fire agreement.

In Vavuniya, 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of Colombo, two soldiers were killed when suspected rebels exploded a grenade and fired with automatic rifles on soldiers who were guarding a street, said Gamini Silva, a top police official from the region.

Separately, suspected rebels fatally shot a soldier guarding a forward defense line in Omanthai in northern Vavuniya district and wounded another, said Silva.

Earlier Thursday, Sri Lankan troops recovered the bodies of two suspected Tamil rebels believed killed in a shootout the previous night, and police found the bullet-riddled body of a Tamil political activist opposed to the rebels near the northern town of Vavuniya.

The victim, Ratnam Sriskandarajah, 43, was a member of the People's Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam, said S. Augustin, a police officer.

Augustin said the rebels were suspected of having abducted Sriskandarajah on Wednesday night.

PLOTE had earlier fought beside the Tigers to carve out an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, but later gave up arms and joined mainstream politics.

The Tigers have since targeted party members, accusing them of collaborating with government troops in battling Tiger fighters.

The Tamil Tigers, formally named the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, have fought the government since 1983. They accuse the majority Sinhalese of discrimination against Tamils.

More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire.

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Published: Thu Jul 13 11:26:49 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Chinese, Sri Lanka FMs vow to boost bilateral ties
hindu.com, Friday, July 14, 2006 : 0345 Hrs. Beijing, July 14 (Xinhua): Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing met his Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera in Beijing on Thursday... Back to the top

Two soldiers killed by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka , official says
Associated Press, Thu July 13, 2006 08:53 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday killed two Sri Lankan soldiers and injured two others in an attack in the north, a police officer said, as violence continued in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President orders cricket elections to be put off
afp, july 13. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered that elections to the country's cricket body be cancelled and asked former players to run the game, the sports minister said... Back to the top

GoldQuest seeks relief from Sri Lanka s appeal court
lankabusinessonline.com, 13 July 2006 12:15:46. July 13, 2006 (LBO) – The controversial marketing firm GoldQuest has gone to the Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka asking for an opportunity to explain its position to the country’s central bank... Back to the top

Suspected Sri Lanka rebels kill another rival - police
today.reuters.com, Jul 13. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Police found the corpse of a political rival of the Tamil Tigers dumped in northcentral Sri Lanka on Thursday, officials said, the second such killing in as many days as violence raises civil war fears... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Mumbai attacks draw attention to antiterror action+
Associated Press, Thu July 13, 2006 01:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 13 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - President Mahinda Rajapakse said synchronized bomb attacks in India's financial hub Mumbai have drawn attention to the need for cooperation among all countries against terrorism, state media reported Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government s goodwill gesture to rebel leader
dailyindia.com, July 13, 2006 - 11:30 EDT. Colombo, July 13 (Xinhua) In a goodwill gesture, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse Thursday ordered the transfer of a key rebel representative to a Colombo hospital from the island's north for specialised treatment, an official said... Back to the top

Military invited ex-soldiers to rejoin fight against Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed July 12, 2006 03:54 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The military invited former troops to rejoin the fight against Tamil separatists Wednesday, as suspected Tamil rebels wounded a soldier in northern Sri Lanka - with a roadside bomb... Back to the top

Suspected rebels kill four in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Wed July 12, 2006 10:51 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed four people in separate attacks in northern Sri Lanka, the military said Wednesday, in continuing violence that threatens to drag the island nation back to full-scale civil war... Back to the top

Fight the Tigers, arm Sri Lanka -Editorial
Pioneer, July 13, 2006. India's Sri Lanka policy has its moorings - you guessed right - in Chennai... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military personnel questioned over murder of journalist
wsws.org, 12 July 2006. The detention and interrogation last week of a Sri Lankan military intelligence officer and a soldier over the murder of a free lance journalist, Sampath Lakmal de Silva, raises further questions about the intrigues of the armed forces in provoking a return to war on the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka attacks kill four, more violence seen
reuters.co.uk, Wed Jul 12, 2006. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed two Sri Lankan policemen and a soldier in mine ambushes on Wednesday and shot dead a political rival, officials said, amid fears a dramatic new attack could follow a lull in violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to set up new brigade to guarantee Colombo safety
people.com.cn, July 12, 2006. Sri Lankan army will set up a new military brigade to guarantee the security within the capital Colombo, a top defense official said here Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to seize money in dormant bank accounts
lankabusinessonline.com, July 12, 2006 - 10:45 EDT. COLOMBO, July 12, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lanka announced Wednesday it would seize an estimated 30 million dollars in dormant bank accounts as part of a drive to clean up commercial bank books... Back to the top

Violence flares in Sri Lanka
aljazeera.net, July 12, 2006 - 10:45 EDT. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels have killed two Sri Lankan policemen and a soldier in mine ambushes... Back to the top

Bomb blast kills 2 policemen in northern Sri Lanka , suspected rebels kill rival politician
Associated Press, Wed July 12, 2006 07:22 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a bomb that killed two police and injured seven and later fatally shot a rival party member in northern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, the military and a party official said... Back to the top

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