The Lanka Academic

JULY 30, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 115


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Senior Sri Lanka rebel says truce void, war back on
Reuters, July 31. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's four-year cease-fire is now void and the island's two-decade civil war is back on, a top Tamil Tiger rebel told Reuters on Monday as the guerrillas and the military entered a sixth straight day of fighting.

"The cease-fire agreement has become null and void at the moment," S. Elilan, head of the Tigers' political wing in the restive eastern district of Trincomalee said by telephone, adding government troops were continuing an advance towards their territory in a water supply dispute.

"The war is on and we are ready," added Elilan. "The war has begun. It is the government which has started the war." More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 30 22:50:25 EDT 2006

Lankan troops capture key reservoir, a least 40 Tigers killed
Hindu, July 30. Colombo, July. 30 (PTI): Sri Lankan troops today captured a key reservoir in the North-east after an intense air and artillery raid that killed up to 40 Tamil Tigers, who asked Nordic monitors to officially declare that the faltering truce in the island nation was over.

Ground troops moved to Maavilaru irrigation tank and were close to opening the sluice gates that had been closed by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Defence ministry spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told PTI. "We are now moving very slowly because there could be booby-trapped devices and the area could be heavily mined," Rambukwella said.

He said Israel-built Kfir jets flew over the area today but did not carry out any bombings unlike between Wednesday and Saturday when they heavily raided the surrounding regions. "Kfir jets flew over the area today, but they did not drop any bombs." Local media reported that at least 40 rebels were killed in the air attacks carried out against a Tamil Tiger conference centre yesterday.

LTTE asked Nordic monitors to declare that Sri Lanka's faltering truce was over following four days of bombing by airforce jets. The Sunday Times quoted intelligence sources as saying that at least 40 Tigers died in yesterday's aerial attacks in the district of Batticaloa, but the rebels maintained they lost only eight cadre. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 30 12:17:14 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka edges closer to war as air force bombs rebels, claiming Tigers fired at troops
Associated Press, Sun July 30, 2006 07:04 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan air force bombed Tamil Tiger rebel positions on Sunday after the insurgents fired at ground troops advancing to smash a rebel blockade of water supplies for government-held villages in the northeast. Sri Lanka - 's northeast is divided into government-controlled and rebel-held areas and the status quo has been maintained since the cease-fire. The sluice gate falls in a rebel-held area in Trincomalee.

Rambukwella said earlier that security forces were advancing on the sluice gate, but were slowed down by land mines in the area.

Earlier, pro-rebel Web site TamilNet said thousands of Sri Lankan troops had moved closer to the gate, and warned them against entering rebel-held areas.

``We would retaliate fiercely if Sri Lankan troopers enter,'' the area, the rebels' political chief S. Elilan was quoted as saying by TamilNet. ``It will lead to serious consequences.''

Under the terms of the cease-fire, the government and rebels need to seek permission before entering each other's areas.

Sunday's development followed several days of air force bombings that have killed 15 rebels, the rebels' official peace secretariat Web site said.

The rebels have said the airstrikes and firing by ground troops in Tiger-controlled territories are ``tantamount to a declaration of war.''

Months of violence between government forces and the rebels have shattered the fragile cease-fire, which was meant to end more than two decades of fighting that claimed the lives of about 65,000 people.

The Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission said the cease-fire was still in tact.

``The agreement is still valid as no body has resigned from it but it is being violated a lot,'' spokesman Thorfinnur Omarsson told The Associated Press Sunday after the air strike and alleged firing.

But the mission itself has been affected as Finland and Denmark, two of the five countries in the mission, have withdrawn their monitors because of security concerns.

Since the European Union designated the Tamil Tigers a terrorist group in May, the rebels have demanded the withdrawal of the three EU countries in the mission Finland, Denmark and Sweden, saying they could no longer be objective. Sweden has yet to make a decision.

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 about 800 people half of them civilians killed since December, according to European cease-fire monitors.

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Published: Sun Jul 30 10:22:31 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops advance on Tigers, Sun Jul 30, 2006 11:58 AM BS. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops launched their first deliberate advance on Tamil Tiger rebels since a 2002 ceasefire on Sunday, moving to secure a rebel-held water supply as government jets bombed suspected groups of Tiger fighters... Back to the top

Monitors’ pullout is ‘caving into terrorism’: Sri Lanka
com, July 30th, 2006. Colombo, July 30 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka has claimed the decision by Finland and Denmark to pull out their nationals from the international truce observing mission is ‘caving into terrorism’... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sends ground troops to break Tamil rebels' blockade
Associated Press, Sun July 30, 2006 00:49 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan army on Sunday massed ground troops to smash a Tamil rebel blockade of a water facility that has cut supplies to government-controlled villages in the northeast... Back to the top

Military air strikes kill 8 rebels, wound 4 in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, 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... Back to the top

Fernando, Muralitharan boost Sri Lanka 's hopes for win in first test
Associated Press, Sun July 30, 2006 08:56 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Seam bowler Dilhara Fernando and Muttiah Muralitharan took two wickets a piece Sunday to boost Sri Lanka - 's chances of a win in the first cricket test against South Africa... Back to the top

INTERVIEW - Sri Lanka truce dead in all but name: chief monitor, Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:26 PM IST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A four-year ceasefire between Sri Lanka's government and the Tamil Tiger rebels is dead in all but name and a low intensity war continues to rage, the head of the Nordic mission that oversees the truce said on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pair break world record
BBC, july 29. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene fell for 374, 26 short of Brian Lara's Test record but did share in a new landmark on an amazing day in Colombo... Back to the top

Can India trust the Sri Lankan President?
Rediff Special, July 28, 2006. On November 18 last year, then Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse got a rather pleasant 60th birthday gift: News that he had been elected as the President of the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says offensives will continue to end water spat with ..., July 29, 2006. The Sri Lankan government said Friday that military offensives will continue until the present impasse with the Tamil Tigers over an irrigation sluice gate is resolved... Back to the top

Swede's killer gets 12 years in Sri Lanka
The Local, July 28. The 21-year-old man who landed a skull-crushing lethal blow to 19-year-old Swede Yvonne Jonsson in 2005 was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday... Back to the top

Jayawardene, Sangakkara set world record 624-run partnership in test cricket
Associated Press, Sat July 29, 2006 10:02 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara set a world record for the highest partnership in test cricket Saturday with a total of 624 runs, surpassing the 576-run mark held by fellow Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka slams peace monitors for withdrawing, labels rebels 'terrorists'
Associated Press, Sat July 29, 2006 01:06 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government has accused Finland and Denmark of giving in to terrorists by pulling their cease-fire monitors from the country at the insistence of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, a report said Saturday... Back to the top

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