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JULY 23, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 108

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Sri Lanka Muslims want early resumption of peace negotiation
people.com.cn, July 24, 2006. The main political party for the minority Muslim community Sunday called for an early resumption of peace negotiations between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government.

Rauff Hakeem, leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), told reporters that his party was seriously concerned about the stalled nature of the Norwegian backed process aimed at ending the long drawn out separatist armed conflict.

Hakeem said the SLMC has its own proposals to resolve the conflict which would be presented to the two sides once the talks resumed.

"The Muslims need autonomy in the eastern province where they are a majority", the SLMC leader said.

The Tigers seek self rule for the combined north and east provinces claiming the regions have been historical homeland of the minority Tamils.

But they have to contend with the problem of Muslim dominated pockets in the multi ethnic eastern province where all three communities the majority Sinhala, the Muslims and Tamils each enjoy the same status in terms of percentages of population. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 23 22:04:38 EDT 2006


Report: Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger rebels draft 'anti-terrorism law'
Associated Press, Sun July 23, 2006 11:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels, listed as a terrorist organization in many countries, are drafting their own ``anti-terrorism laws'' to deal with government military and police personnel who enter their territory, a news report said Sunday.

The separatist Tigers, who run a de facto state in vast swaths of land in Sri Lanka - 's Tamil-majority northeast, often accuse the military of involvement in ``state terrorism'' in Tamil-majority areas.

Hundreds of Tamils have been killed in shadowy circumstances since December, the start of a surge in violence that threatens to drag the country back into full-scale civil war.

The Tigers put on trial in their own courts any government security personnel captured in their territory. In a faltering 2002 cease-fire agreement, the Sri Lankan government agreed to stay out of rebel-controlled areas.

The anti-terrorism law is expected to be finalized by the year end, the independent Sunday Times newspaper reported, quoting Eliyathambi Pararajasingham, in charge of the rebels own legal system.

At least one government policeman and a soldier are currently held by the Tigers despite repeated attempts by European cease-fire monitors to secure their release.

The guerrillas are blacklisted as a terrorist organization by India, the United States, the European Union and Canada.

Also on Sunday, a Tamil civilian whom rebels labeled a military informer was fatally shot.

Unidentified assailants shot dead Sivaprakasam Thirunavukarasu, 66, in northern Jaffna peninsula, according to an official at the Media Center for National Security.

The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site said Thirunavukarasu was a military informant but did not claim responsibility for the killing.

Separately, a sailor was injured when rebels threw a grenade at a guard point in an islet off Jaffna, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital, Colombo, said the official who requested anonymity because he isn't allowed to speak to the media.

More than 750 people half of them civilians have been killed since December but both sides deny responsibility and blame each other for the violence.

The Tigers began fighting the government in 1983 for a separate state for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, saying they can only prosper away from the domination of majority Sinhalese.

More than 65,000 people were killed until the 2002 Norway-brokered cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 23 13:39:00 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Civilian fatally shot, sailor wounded in latest violence in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun July 23, 2006 09:12 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A Tamil civilian whom rebels labeled a military informer was fatally shot and guerrillas wounded a sailor in a grenade attack in northern Sri Lanka Sunday, an officials, as the island nation teetered on the edge of full-blown civil war.

Unidentified assailants shot dead Sivaprakasam Thirunavukarasu, 66, in northern Jaffna peninsula, according to an official at the Media Center for National Security.

The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site said Thirunavukarasu was a military informant but did not claim responsibility for the killing.

Separately, a sailor was injured when rebels threw a grenade at a guard point in an islet off Jaffna, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital, Colombo, said the official who requested anonymity because he isn't allowed to speak to the media.

The incidents are part of surging violence in Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil-majority north and east that threatens to destroy a fragile cease-fire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

More than 750 people _ half of them civilians _ have been killed since December but both sides deny responsibility and blame each other for the violence.

The Tigers began fighting the government in 1983 for a separate state for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, saying they can only prosper away from the domination of majority Sinhalese.

More than 65,000 people were killed until the 2002 Norway-brokered cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 23 10:11:25 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka security alert as Tigers mark Black July
zeenews.com, July 23, 2006 . Colombo, July 23: Sri Lanka on Sunday stepped up its already tight security arrangements in the capital as Tamil Tiger rebels marked "Black July", or the 23rd anniversary of anti-Tamil riots here, police said... Back to the top

Tamil lawmaker's home attacked with grenades in Sri Lanka 's restive east
Associated Press, Fri July 21, 2006 23:23 EDT . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Unidentified assailants fired two rocket-propelled grenades into the home of an ethnic Tamil lawmaker in Sri Lanka's volatile east, but the legislator and his family escaped unhurt, police said Saturday... Back to the top

Alleged LTTE front had voter lists
canada.com, July 22nd, 2006. TORONTO - The RCMP is investigating how the suspected Canadian front organization for the Tamil Tigers terrorist group managed to obtain Elections Canada voter lists used in the last federal campaign... Back to the top

INTERVIEW - S.Lanka monitors may have to flee - Envoy
Reuters, July 22, 2006. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are being unreasonable in demanding the exit of truce monitors from European Union nations, and the observers will have to pull out unless their safety is guaranteed, a top Swedish envoy said... Back to the top

Killings, horror rise in Sri Lanka s war zone
scotsman.com, Sun 23 Jul 2006. THIRAIMADU, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Bodies dumped in wells, dead children hung from rafters and underage boys abducted to fight... Back to the top

Sri Lankan envoy expresses shock on tree
Hindu, July. 22. Bodh Gaya (Bihar) July. 22 (PTI): A day after a Bihar Government probe team led by Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah denied that the Mahabodhi tree was vandalised, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to India R C Singhe today expressed shock at the alleged lopping off a branch of the sacred tree. "We are shocked at the alleged vandalising of the sacred tree under which Prince Siddhartha meditated and became the Buddha or the enlightened one," Singhe told reporters after inspecting the tree... Back to the top

Contestants Still Leaving a Beauty Mark
LA Times, July 22, 2006. Jackie Fernandez signed "Jackie, Miss Sri Lanka," sometimes with a smiley face... Back to the top

Sri Lankan maids stranded by war
bbc, july 22. When the bombs started pounding Lebanon, tens of thousands of Sri Lankan migrant workers were left to fend for themselves... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises interest rates by 1.25%
lankabusinessonline.com, Sat, 22 July 2006. Sri Lanka's Central Bank Saturday, marginally increased its key interest rates for the second straight month by 0.125 percent, to tame inflation and accelerate economic growth... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to form a national media policy to govern TV content
lankabusinessonline.com, 22 July 2006 20:45:27. July 22, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka is to form a national media policy to regulate content aired on local television channels, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Saturday, during a meeting with heads of local broadcasting stations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka main port limps back to operation
lankabusinessonline.com, Sat, 22 July 2006. Sri Lanka's main port is limping back to work following government assurance to consider striking workers demand for a pay hike, an official said Saturday... Back to the top

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