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JULY 26, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 111


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Sri Lanka military bombs rebel targets in east
Associated Press, Wed July 26, 2006 13:28 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The military bombed Tamil Tiger rebel targets in eastern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, claiming they needed to clear the region before moving engineers in to repair a water tank. Meanwhile, Norwegian envoy Jon Hannsen-Bauer was preparing for a visit to Sri Lanka - next week.

He will try to persuade the guerrillas to drop demands for the withdrawal of European Union officials who are part of a five-nation Nordic truce monitoring mission overseeing a shaky cease-fire between the rebels and the government, said Erik Ivo Nurnberg, spokesman for the Norwegian Embassy.

In May, the EU listed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a terrorist group. As a result, the rebels say peace monitors from Finland, Sweden and Denmark all EU members can no longer be neutral.

Monitors from Norway and Iceland are also part of the mission but neither country belongs to the EU.

Sri Lanka - 's government opposes the rebels' demand for the withdrawal of the monitors from the EU, saying that under the 2002 cease-fire agreement neither side has the right to make unilateral decisions on the monitors.

Last week, Swedish diplomat Anders Oljelund met the rebels political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan and asked for the Tigers to reconsider their decision, but to no avail.

The rebels' demand comes amid surging violence between government troops and the rebels, threatening to destroy the cease-fire and return the island to full-scale civil war.

More than 750 people half of them civilians have been killed since the violence escalated in December.

Tamil Tiger rebels began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's minority Tamils, claiming they can only prosper away from the domination of majority Sinhalese.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the 2002 cease-fire.

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Sri Lankans to stay in Lebanon, 26 july. Sri Lanka is advising its citizens trapped in Lebanon by Israel's military assault to stay where they are.

Labour relations minister Athauda Senevirathne said most Sri Lankans in Lebanon wanted to remain, and urged relatives not to press them to leave.About 90,000 Sri Lankans are in Lebanon, the largest contingent of foreign workers. At least one has already died.

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Collateral damage: Sri Lanka caught in Israel-Lebanon war, 26 July 2006. THEIR jobs bombarded and their future shattered, the first batch of some 260 Sri Lankans — the largest expatriate community in Lebanon after the Palestinian refugees — arrived in Colombo early Saturday on a special SriLankan Airlines flight from Damascus.

As they arrived, they poured out their anguish and related the horror they faced and the plight facing their unfortunate friends whom they left behind in Lebanon to suffer a double blow by the Israeli bombardment and the attitude of some of their employers.

The foreign ministry here confirms that one Sri Lankan housemaid was crushed to death in an Israeli air strike. But those who arrived on Saturday say they believe that several of their colleagues who worked as housemaids in southern Lebanon are dead or left to die inside locked houses by their employers who asked them to look after their properties before they left for the safety of Syria or northern parts of Lebanon — a "made-in-Lebanon" blow to the maids who washed their dishes and clothes, cleaned their houses and looked after their children.

I am not stereotyping the action of some of the employers. There may be thousands of Lebanese who have taken their maids with them when they left. But often the negative is highlighted, probably because the feeling of hurt caused by a negative act generates anger and an urge to hit back in whatever way.

The unfortunate Sri Lankans in Lebanon watched in indignation when the US, Britain, France, Canada and even our neighbour India sent aircraft and ships to evacuate their nationals. With the exception of India, none volunteered to take the brown skinned Sri Lankans on board. The scenes surrounding them may offer a script for the Lebanese version of the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’. The westerners left Rwanda in 1994 before one million Tutsis were massacred by the Hutus. The evacuation operations that are taking place in Lebanon smack of racism. There were no major international efforts to get the helpless people — like the Sri Lankan housemaids — out of Lebanon. There was a mass-scale UN-sponsored evacuation of expatriates from Kuwait when Iraq occupied that country in 1990. Not only were the expatriates brought back to their countries, they were assured of compensation. Even today part of Iraq’s oil revenue is diverted to this global compensation fund. More... Discuss this story
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LTTE will soon give up, says KPS Gill, July 26, 2006. Extolling the Sri Lankan government for its efforts to control the present crisis in the island nation, India's super cop and counter-terror expert, KPS Gill, says that the LTTE will soon give up its fight... Back to the top

International efforts to revive Sri Lanka-rebel talks underway, July 26, 2006. A flurry of international activity was underway in order to revive Sri Lanka's stalled peace bid with the Tamil Tiger rebels, a government minister said here Wednesday... Back to the top

UN discusses Sri Lanka refugees, Wednesday, 26 July 2006. The UN high commissioner for refugees is in north-east Sri Lanka to assess the needs of the growing number of internally displaced people... Back to the top

Sri Lanka decision on bank accounts stirs a row, Wednesday, Jul 26, 2006. The Sri Lankan Government's decision to deem all bank accounts lying dormant or inactive for over 10 years as `abandoned property' has stirred a controversy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka head into first Test without Vaas, July 26, 2006. Sri Lanka will have to make do without their most experienced fast bowler, Chaminda Vaas, who misses tomorrow's first Test against South Africa at Colombo with a hamstring injury... Back to the top

Denial of Water to Civilians by the LTTE- Blatant Contravention of International Law
SCOPP, 26 July 2006. The Government of Sri Lanka, at the highest levels, has repeatedly called upon the LTTE, through the Norwegian facilitators and the SLMM, to restore the water supply to over 1,500 people in the Trincomalee District who have been deprived of water since the LTTE forcibly closed the Mawilaru Anicut on Thursday 20 July 2006... Back to the top

Norwegian envoy to visit Sri Lanka in attempt to revive peace monitoring
Associated Press, Wed July 26, 2006 06:34 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian envoy will visit Sri Lanka - next week in an attempt to resuscitate peace monitoring efforts after Tamil Tiger rebels demanded the withdrawal of European Union members, an official said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka mauls India
Hindu, Jul 26, 2006. BANGALORE: India succumbed to its second straight defeat in Group B league in the fifth Asian Youth (under-21) netball championship when it went down to Sri Lanka 72-23 at the Sree Kanteerva Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan agency builds new shelters in Jaffna despite security ..., 25 Jul 2006 13:35:04 GMT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, July 25 (UNHCR) – Despite the deteriorating security situation in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, a UNHCR-funded organisation in Jaffna is pushing ahead with construction of new shelters for people displaced or made homeless during almost two decades of civil war... Back to the top

UN refugee chief visits Sri Lanka to discuss fate of 300,000 ..., 25 July 2006. 25 July 2006 – The head of the United Nations refugee agency begins a three-day mission to war-ravaged Sri Lanka today where he plans to meet representatives of the more than 300,000 people displaced by the conflict between the Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka urges nationals in lebanon to stay put, July 25. Colombo, July 25: Sri Lanka, which has the largest contingent of expatriate workers in Lebanon, wants those trapped in the conflict to stay put and those who have fled the bombings to return, a Minister said today... Back to the top

Jayasuriya tipped for openers slot
cricinfo, july 26. Sanath Jayasuriya has been named in a 14-man squad for the first Test against South Africa starting in Colombo on Thursday... Back to the top

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