Military air strikes kill 8 rebels, wound 4 in eastern Sri Lanka
Sat July 29, 2006 09:26 EDT .
BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger rebel positions for a fourth day Saturday, killing eight guerrillas and wounding four, a rebel spokesman and the military said, as the government accused Finland and Denmark of giving in to terrorism by withdrawing their cease-fire monitors. Sri Lanka's government on Saturday accused Finland and Denmark of giving in to terrorists.
``It is a bad precedent for the whole world which considers terrorism as a cancerous menace and is fighting against it,'' chief government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told The Associated Press.
Norway formed the five-nation monitoring team after brokering the 2002 truce. Subsequent peace talks broke down over rebel demands for sweeping autonomy.
Jehan Perera of the independent National Peace Council said the weakening of the monitoring team would have little immediate effect because neither side is currently respecting the truce.
``Both sides are violating the cease-fire in an open manner,'' he said.
The rebels began fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in 1983, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.
An escalation of violence in recent months has threatened a return to all-out war, with more than 750 people half of them civilians killed since December.
Published: Sat Jul 29 11:23:39 EDT 2006