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AUGUST 13, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 129

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Fighting rages in north Sri Lanka
Reuters, August 14. The Tamil Tigers and Sri Lanka's army fought fierce artillery duels in the island's far north early on Monday, as rebels mingled with civilians in army-held territory despite a call to surrender, the military said.

The government accused the Tigers of shelling civilian areas in the northern Jaffna peninsula, saying it feared fatalities as the worst fighting since a 2002 ceasefire raged on - and raised fears in the capital of a return to full-blown civil war.

Phone lines to the peninsula - which is cut off from the rest of the island by rebel territory and guarded by 40,000 troops - are down, and road and air supply lines are cut off. However all was calm in the island's east, where fighting first erupted over a rebel waterway blockade three weeks ago More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 13 23:21:31 EDT 2006


Sri Lanka's ceasefire monitors condemns the 'vicious, cold blooded murder' of Loganathan
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 13, 2006, 5.24 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in an unusually personally worded statement has condemned the cold blooded murder of the government's peace secretariat deputy chief Katesh Loganathan, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen yesterday night at his home in Dehiwela.

"There are no words strong enough to condemn this viscous and cold blooded murder of yet another statesman living for peace," the SLMM said in the statement issued today afternoon.

"After having worked with Katesh Loganathan, and last time met him on Friday 11 August 2006, the message of his death came as a shock, not only for SLMM, but also for all people longing for peace. Taking part in his experiences, his well founded arguments and his professionalism has been a pleasure for all people who got to work with him," the statement added. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 13 07:56:12 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Wounded Sri Lanka soldiers wow to fight on
afp/lbo, August 14. ANURADHAPURA, Sri Lanka, Aug 14, 2006 (AFP) - Lying wounded at a Sri Lankan hospital near an airforce base, Sergeant W.D. Anand is upset the government may renew peace talks with Tamil rebels after fierce battles that cut down many of his men.

The 32-year-old army soldier has not seen his two young sons since fighting erupted last month, but says he is prepared to return to the frontline as soon as he is declared fit.

"After I am out of this hospital, I will go straight to duty. We want this war to end for the terrorists to be crushed," he told AFP at the heavily guarded hospital in Anaradhapura, 180 kilometers (110 miles) from Colombo. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 13 23:13:42 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Tamil rebels say peace talks impossible as fighting rages in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun August 13, 2006 10:23 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government said Sunday it was ready to hold peace talks, a move promptly dismissed as impossible by the Tamil Tiger rebels as soldiers and insurgents traded artillery and mortar fire in the country's north... Back to the top

SL Govt accepts LTTE's talks offer
Hindustan Times, Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 10:30 EDT. In a surprising move last Friday, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sent a message to the Sri Lankan government seeking unconditional peace talks... Back to the top

LEAD: Sri Lanka 'ready' to meet with rebels, despite killings+
Associated Press, Sun August 13, 2006 08:47 EDT . The Sri Lanka - government expressed readiness Sunday to enter into new talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam despite the LTTE opening a new front in the undeclared war in the northern Jaffna Peninsula and the killing Saturday night of a top official of the government's peace secretariat... Back to the top

Fear and death on Sri Lanka's rebel battlefield
Reuters, August 12. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The first survivors to escape Tamil Tiger territory in northeast Sri Lanka tell of days walking through government shelling without food or water after the rebels tried to stop them leaving... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government peace co-ordinating official shot dead
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 12:57 EDT . Sri Lankan government peace co-ordinating official shot dead COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A senior peace co-ordinating official of Sri Lanka's government was shot dead Saturday in a suburb of the capital, Colombo, police and a doctor said... Back to the top

More clashes in Sri Lanka's north
BBC News, Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 10:19 EDT. Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula has seen more heavy shelling and artillery fire as government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels battle for control of key areas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tiger rebels says peace talks impossible
Reuters, Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 10:11 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Tamil Tigers on Sunday denied offering to hold peace talks with Sri Lanka's government, saying any talks were impossible while the two sides are locked in the worst fighting since a 2002 truce... Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks to extend impressive home record in tri-series opener
Associated Press, Sun August 13, 2006 06:59 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - is looking to extend its impressive limited-overs home record Monday when it faces South Africa in a tri-series cricket tournament that also features India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it's winning battle with Tigers
Swiss Info.ORG, Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 01:00 EDT. By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said on Sunday it had pushed back a Tamil Tiger offensive on the northern Jaffna peninsula, but fighting continued and analysts remained sceptical that Colombo was telling the whole truth... Back to the top

Heavy fighting continues in Sri Lanka
NDTV, Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 01:00 EDT. In the worst fighting since the 2002 ceasefire, Tamil Tiger rebels have advanced to the strategic Jaffna Peninsula in Sri Lanka even as Norwegian truce monitors were asked to stay away... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels suffer massive loss: More than 100 Tigers killed overnight
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 12, 2006, 7.10 p.m.. The LTTE has suffered a massive loss due to yesterday's fighting that erupted in Jaffna, with the organization reportedly losing more than 100 tiger rebels... Back to the top

Over 220 killed in deadly Lanka clashes, official killed
DNA World , Saturday August 12, 2006 - 18:55 EDT. COLOMBO: Over 200 Tamil tiger rebels and 27 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed on Saturday in the heaviest fighting since the 2002 truce in the island's embattled northeast, even as an official involved in the peace process was shot dead in the capital... Back to the top

Tamil rebels push to recapture Sri Lanka 's Jaffna Peninsula
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 13:33 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Rebels mounted a fierce offensive Saturday in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula, the heart of the island's Tamil minority, military officials and the rebels said amid the heaviest fighting since the two sides signed a 2002 cease-fire... Back to the top

Deputy Head of the Government's Peace Secretariat shot in Colombo
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 12, 2006, 10.23 p.m.. Suspected Tamil tiger rebels today evening shot the deputy secretary general of the Sri Lankan government's peace secretariat Kethesh Loganatha at Dehiwela... Back to the top

Peace official murdered as toll in Sri Lanka mounts
Yahoo News, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 20:02 EDT. by Amal Jayasinghe 2 hours, 16 minutes ago

COLOMBO (AFP) - A leading official involved in Sri Lanka's troubled peace process was assassinated as fighting in the island's north and east intensified claiming at least 177 lives... Back to the top


Over 227 killed in the heaviest fighting in Lanka since truce
New Kerala.COM, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 15:03 EDT. Colombo, Aug 12: In the most fierce fighting since the 2002 ceasefire, more than 200 Tamil tigers and 27 government soldiers were killed today and thousands of civilians were trapped in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula... Back to the top

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) used a
OUTLOOKIndia.com, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 15:06 EDT. force of 400 to 500 fighters to attack the de facto front line in the Jaffna peninsula and a nearby islet, military spokesman Jayawardena said... Back to the top

Tamil rebels push to recapture Sri Lanka 's Jaffna Peninsula
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 13:33 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels mounted a fierce offensive Saturday to retake Sri Lanka - 's northern Jaffna Peninsula, the heart of the island's Tamil minority, the military and rebels said, amid the heaviest fighting since the two sides signed a 2002 cease-fire... Back to the top

Sri Lankan defense spokesman fears country is 'headed for war'+
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 10:16 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 12 (Kyodo) Fighting in Sri Lanka - 's northeast intensified Saturday with air strikes and artillery exchanges inflicting heavy casualties and displacing thousands. Rambukwella's remarks came just hours after the ''Co-Chairs'' -- the United States, the European Union, Japan and Norway -- assisting Sri Lanka - 's peace process called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and return to the negotiating table... Back to the top

LTTE attacks Trincomalee to cut-off supply to Government held positions in Jaffna
New Kereala.com, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 12:16 EDT. Colombo, Aug 12 : In a major upset for the Sri Lankan army, the Tamil Tigers today attacked the naval port Trincomalee to cut off the army's vital supply route to its forces stationed in Jaffna... Back to the top

Co-Chairs want an immediate cessation of hostilities
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 12, 2006, 5.35 p.m.. As fighting raged between Sri Lankan security forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels, the Co-Chairs today called on the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to immediately cease hostilities and return to the negotiating table... Back to the top

At least 127 combatants killed in Lanka fighting: military
The Hindu, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 09:55 EDT. Colombo, Aug. 12 (PTI): At least 127 combatants were killed and another 280 wounded in heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern and eastern Sri Lanka today, the military claimed. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) used a force of 400 to 500 fighters to attack the de facto front line in the Jaffna peninsula and a nearby islet, according to military spokesman Athula Jayawardena... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka obstructing slain aid staff probe-monitor
Reuters, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 10:00 EDT. By Simon Gardner COLOMBO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan authorities are deliberately hampering efforts to investigate the murder of 17 aid workers, some of whose relatives blame the military, the island's chief truce monitor said on Saturday... Back to the top

U.S., EU call on Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tigers to end fighting now
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 06:46 EDT . - - In a joint statement, they said they were ``deeply concerned'' by the continued violence, which they said was unraveling the cease-fire agreement and peace process in Sri Lanka - , and would meet soon to discuss what action they could take... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Humanitarian convoy reaches Vakarai
Reuters, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 10:00 EDT. Colombo / Geneva (ICRC) An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) convoy of 17 trucks and four cars today reached the town of Vakarai in the Batticaloa district of eastern Sri Lanka in the early afternoon local time... Back to the top

Rebels say break Sri Lanka army's northern defences
Reuters, August 12. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had broken through army defences in the island's far north and were advancing on the government-held Jaffna peninsula, in the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce... Back to the top

LTTE attacks repulsed, says Sri Lanka Army
New Kerala.COM, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 02:20 EDT. Colombo, Aug 12: Sri Lankan defence authorities said Saturday that several attacks by the Tamil Tiger rebels since Friday evening in the northeastern battle zones have been successfully repulsed and the situation has been brought under control... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels claim advances
CNN.COM, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 02:48 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had broken through army defenses in the island's far north and were advancing on the government-held Jaffna peninsula, in the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce... Back to the top

Tamil rebels attack Sri Lankan naval base in bid to recapture Jaffna Peninsula
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 23:41 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a key naval base in northeastern Sri Lanka early Saturday as they mounted a fierce push to retake the northern Jaffna Peninsula, military officials and the rebels said... Back to the top

Heavy shelling in Sri Lanka sends more refugees on the run
TodayOnline.com, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 02:28 EDT. Sri Lankan troops and Tiger rebels have killed at least four people and wounded 80 others in heavy artillery battles, compounding an already serious refugee crisis... Back to the top

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