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Tamil Tigers end 19-day water blockade to government-held areas in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue August 8, 2006 09:58 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels on Tuesday released water from a disputed reservoir in Sri Lanka - , ending a 19-day blockade that had sparked the worst fighting between government troops and guerrillas in four years.

``Our regional leader Elilan and people's representatives went and opened the gates,'' rebel spokesman Daya Master said.

``The government used this issue to harass our people attacked them, forcing displacement and starvation. Therefore we decided to open the gates,'' he said.

On July 20, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels blocked water supplies to 60,000 people in government-controlled villages in northeastern Trincomalee district 215 kilometers (135 miles) northeast of Colombo.

They said the move was an attempt to force the government to fulfill the needs of people including drinking water in rebel-held villages, a rebel statement said Tuesday.

Tigers wanted ``security of civilians who must travel between government and LTTE areas; to remove the ban on items imposed by the army; and to incorporate drinking water supply to their areas,'' the statement said.

After initial talks failed, the government started an offensive to capture the areas around the reservoir. Violence spread to adjoining villages in Trincomalee, killing scores of people and leaving tens of thousands displaced.

An official casualty toll from the violence the worst since a 2002 Norway-brokered cease-fire has not been made available.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate state for the country's 3.2 million minority Tamils accusing majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire which is now nearly collapsed. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 8 10:45:07 EDT 2006

Solve problems through talks, India tells Sri Lanka, August 09. NEW DELHI, AUG 8: Reiterating its earlier stand that there is no military solution for the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka, India on Tuesday said “efforts should be there to resolve the issue through dialogue.”

With violence escalating between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government, Sri Lanka has been looking forward for India’s assistance to solve the crisis. Three civilians were killed and seven injured in a bomb blast in Colombo on Tuesday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 8 23:02:53 EDT 2006 Back to the top

India sends Lanka Centre-state reading list, 9 August 2006 . NEW DELHI, Aug. 8: Even as fighting between the government forces and the LTTE continues unabated, Sri Lankan legal experts have recently got a large delivery of heavy tomes from India on Centre-state relations. Last week, the Sri Lankan high commissioner met a senior official in the ministry of home affairs to get a list of reference material for the expert panel set up by the all-party conference looking into devolution of power for north and east provinces as a settlement to the ethnic issue. Soon after being elected on a platform of a unitary state, President Mr Mahinda Rajapakse had visited India in December 2005, during which on a request, the joint secretary (Centre-state), MHA, Mr AK Srivastava, made a detailed power-point presentation on the constitutional underpinning of India’s federal structure. India had iterated its offer to share its “constitutional experience” with Sri Lanka during foreign secretary Mr Shyam Saran’s visit in July. More...
Published: Tue Aug 8 23:03:28 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Car bomb kills 2, wounds 9 in Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Tue August 8, 2006 07:51 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A van carrying a former Tamil lawmaker opposed to Tamil Tiger rebels exploded in front of a girls' school in the Sri Lankan capital on Tuesday, killing an occupant and a girl walking past, police and military said... Back to the top

Keep Sri Lanka s unity intact
com, Tuesday, August 08, 2006 - 08:45 EDT. As Sri Lanka is being compelled to grapple with yet another ethnic conflict forced on it by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with the brutal assassination of Sri Lanka's Deputy Army chief Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge on 26 June, one begins to wonder whether there is any future for this unhappy island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov't pledges probe into killings of aid workers+
Associated Press, Tue August 8, 2006 03:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 8 (Kyodo) The Sri Lanka - government has pledged an independent and transparent inquiry into the killing of aid workers belonging to a French nongovernmental organization during the height of fighting last week between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in the eastern coastal town Muttur. ''I hope this wanton act will not deter aid workers in Sri Lanka - , who have acted with courage and determination under difficult circumstances,'' he said... Back to the top

Save the Children warns of a humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, 08 Aug 2006 . Save the Children today warns of a humanitarian crisis as fighting continues in eastern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Top police commando dies in central Sri Lanka bomb attack+
Associated Press, Mon August 7, 2006 02:53 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 7 (Kyodo) A top police commando officer was killed in Kandy in central Sri Lanka - early Monday by a hit squad of suspected Tamil Tigers, police said. Upul Seneviratne, a senior police superintendent and director of the Police Commando Training School at Katukurunda, 40 kilometers south of Colombo, died after emergency surgery following the attack... Back to the top

Massacre leads charity to abandon Sri Lanka, 8 aug. Paris -- The French charity Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) said yesterday it was suspending its mission to Sri Lanka following the massacre of 15 of its staff in the country... Back to the top

SRI LANKA HAVE WHIFF OF VICTORY, 8 aug. Sri Lanka secured a nailbiting one-wicket one in the second Test against South Africa in Colombo to win the series 2-0... Back to the top

LTTE's NTTE, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 22:30 EDT. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have taken a small step towards their goal of carving a separate state by launching a satellite channel beaming to Europe... Back to the top

International aid group find 2 more workers dead in Sri Lanka amid continued fighting
Associated Press, Tue August 8, 2006 02:11 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international aid group said Tuesday it found the bodies of two more of its workers after discovering 15 others killed last week in Sri Lanka - 's northeast amid continuing battles between the government and Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Analyst, broadcaster apologize for racist remark in cricket commentary
Associated Press, Tue August 8, 2006 02:58 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A TV broadcaster has apologized for racist remarks made by one of its analysts during its coverage of the continuing test cricket series between Sri Lanka - and South Africa... Back to the top

One air force man killed and two more injured in rebel ambush
Associated Press, Mon August 7, 2006 23:33 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a foot patrol near an air force base in northeast Sri Lanka - , killing one airman and injuring two more, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka battles complicate serious situation
com, Monday, August 7th, 2006. The bloody showdown for Mutur town in eastern Sri Lanka may be over, but, along with the fighting over a water source whose closure sparked it all, it has only complicated an already serious situation in the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Strikes Rebels as Stalemate Goes On
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, Aug. 6th, 2006. By SHIMALI SENANAYAKE COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, NYT A fresh round of Sri Lankan military strikes halted efforts on Sunday to open a contested irrigation canal and dashed hopes, for now at least, of ending the deadly stalemate in the country's east... Back to the top

15 aid workers slain in renewed Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Mon August 7, 2006 17:31 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fifteen Tamil civilians doing post-tsunami relief work for an international aid group were found slain in northeastern Sri Lanka - after fierce battles between rebels and the government over water supplies, relief agency officials said Monday... Back to the top

CPI suggests solution to Lankan issue, August 7. Chennai, August 7: CPI today said that Tamil organisations, including the LTTE, should come foward to submit an alternative plan to resolve the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE ban a debatable point: Karunanidhi, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 15:35 EDT. Chennai, Aug. 7 (PTI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today told the State Assembly that "though the ban on the LTTE is a debatable point, we should abide by it as long as it is in force. Those who defy it should also accept the consequences"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka calls LTTE to peace table, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 08:12 EDT. New Delhi, Aug. 7 (PTI): Sri Lanka today asked LTTE rebels to return to the peace talks and expressed its commitment to find a negotiated settlement to all issues even as fighting between Tamil tigers and government forces escalated in the country's north-east region.

A day after peace broker Norway began decisive efforts to find a breakthrough, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said his country was committed to honour the ceasefire despite numerous attacks against government forces by the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka deaths stun aid agency, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 15:35 EDT. The head of a French aid agency says they are "stunned" by the murder of 15 of their workers in north-eastern Sri Lanka over the weekend... Back to the top

War not on in Sri Lanka, says LTTE, Monday, August 7, 2006|13:51 IST . PK Balachandran The LTTE said on Monday that war was not on, even as the Sri Lankan government said that its air, sea and land operations codenamed "Operation Watershed" would continue and the rebels assassinated a top commando officer... Back to the top

Centre s ban on LTTE must be obeyed: Official, Aug 7. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi of India's Tamil Nadu state told the national assembly Monday that although the Centre's ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was debatable, everyone should abide by the order and warned of stern action against those who worked against India's unity and sovereignty... Back to the top

EXCLUSIVE - Sri Lanka rebels say new shelling a war declaration, 7 aug. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Renewed government shelling after a Tamil Tiger offer to defuse a 12-day bout of fighting in the island's east is a declaration of war, the rebels warned on Sunday... Back to the top

No compromise with LTTE on Mavilaru - Defence Spokesman, Last modified on: 8/7/2006 7:25:54 AM. Defence Affairs Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday reiterated the Government's stand of not acceding to any conditions from the LTTE to settle the Mavilaru issue... Back to the top

‘Water war’ erupts in Sri Lanka: Aid group says 15 executed
Dawn, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 08:12 EDT. Fresh fighting in the eastern Trincomalee district erupted on Sunday between the Tamil Tigers and government troops as the ‘water war’ to free a key eastern reservoir from the LTTE continued after the government totally rejected conditions by the guerrillas to open the sluice gates of the dam... Back to the top

French NGO probing killing of 15 aid workers in Sri Lanka, 7 aug. Colombo, Aug 07: A French aid agency said it was trying to find out who shot dead 15 of its employees in northern Sri Lanka but that government troops had sealed off the scene of the massacre... Back to the top

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