The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 31, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 147

JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

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In control, says Sri Lankan Army
hindu, September 1. COLOMBO: Amid assertions by the Army that it is determined to neutralise the LTTE base in Sampoor in the east, the military on Thursday claimed to have established complete control over the Tiger base in Kaddaparichchan to the South of Trincomalee.

The Army and the LTTE are engaged in intense fight for over four days now for the control of the Tiger-held Sampoor. The Government believes that the LTTE offensive in Trincomalee is being directed from the Sampoor base and it is necessary to destroy it to secure the Trincomalee naval base.

A statement by the military said troops were continuing with their operations. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 31 23:00:13 EDT 2006


Sri Lankan Army Captures Rebel Stronghold in Trincomalee Area
Bloomberg.com, Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 21:50 EDT. By Anusha Ondaatjie and Paul Tighe

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army captured a stronghold of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam near the northeastern port of Trincomalee, the government said.

The area south of the port was ``brought under complete control of the army troops engaged in neutralizing the LTTE artillery and mortar location in Sampoor which is a threat to the Trincomalee harbor,'' the Media Center for National Security said yesterday on its Web site.

The offensive in Sampoor will bring about the collapse of the 2002 cease-fire unless it stops, the LTTE said earlier this week. Rebel forces are containing the army's advances in the area, it said at the time, according to the TamilNet Web site.

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Published: Thu Aug 31 21:49:00 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka government, opposition to discuss common approach to solving separatist conflict
Associated Press, Thu August 31, 2006 11:32 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's main opposition party said Thursday it is prepared to work together with the government to try to solve the country's violent separatist conflict, but analysts warned that a combined effort won't be easy to implement.

United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapakse that his party was ready to discuss ways to cooperate with the government to try to resolve the island nation's ethnic conflict which has killed over 65,000 people since 1983.

His letter was sent in response to an invitation by Rajapakse for a discussion, as government troops and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels engaged in heavy artillery and mortar battles in the volatile northeast.

``It is desirable and even necessary for a lasting solution that the main opposition parties and the government should collaborate in peace making. However the challenge will be for them to agree on a common approach,'' said Jehan Perera, an analyst at the independent National Peace Council, a Colombo-based think tank.

``At present the government is utilizing the military to soften up the LTTE. But the UNP's approach is to deal with the LTTE only through international mediated political negotiations,'' Perera said referring to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the formal name for the Tamil Tiger rebel group.

``The past experience suggests that a common approach will be difficult to obtain.''

Sri Lanka's top-ranking general on Thursday vowed that within a few days the military would take control of an eastern, Tamil rebel-held enclave where fierce fighting since the weekend has killed scores of combatants and forced hundreds from their homes.

Analysts, however, said that even if the military did seize Sampur, it would not end the state's more than two-decade conflict with ethnic Tamil separatists.

UNP spokesman Tissa Attanayake said the two parties will soon decide on a start date for the talks.

Cooperation between Sri Lanka's government and the main opposition party would be required to push through any Parliamentary proposals to devolve areas where ethnic Tamils form the majority of the population.

A two-thirds majority is required in the 225-member Parliament to implement any amendments to Sri Lanka's constitution.

However, combined efforts between the country's main parties have been rare.

In 2000, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga's attempt to implement constitutional reforms failed after a last-minute refusal by the UNP to support the move.

Hundreds of combatants and civilians have died since Aug.11 when fresh clashes broke out between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's north and east.

The fighting had brought a 2002 Norway-brokered cease-fire to virtual collapse. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 31 12:43:53 EDT 2006 Back to the top


FEATURE - Sri Lankans flee horror for poverty, safety in India
Reuters, September 1. MANDAPAM CAMP, India (Reuters) - Fisherman Chinnathambi Ravikumar was returning home from a fishing trip when a sea-battle broke out between the Sri Lankan navy and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

President meets British prime minister
BBC, August 31. The Sri Lankan president had a productive discussion with British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said Dr Palitha Kohona, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's top general says rebel territory in east will fall within days
Associated Press, Thu August 31, 2006 08:19 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's top-ranking general on Thursday vowed that within a few days the military would take control of an eastern, Tamil rebel-held enclave where fierce fighting since the weekend has killed scores of combatants and forced hundreds from their homes... Back to the top

Lankan air force bombs outskirts of LTTE HQ town
Hindustan Times, Thursday August 31, 2006 - 11:20 EDT. The Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) bombed the outskirts of Kilinochchi, the northern town which houses the headquarters of the LTTE, as ground troops, supported by artillery and the air force, moved two kilometers into Sampur in Trincomalee district... Back to the top

Displaced Lankans face bleak future
Dawn, Thursday August 31, 2006 - 22:15 EDT . Sheltering from the burning sun under a ragged awning in one of dozens of cramped refugee camps in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged east, 18-year-old Sharmila Rahim dreams of being a teacher and should be studying... Back to the top

Sri Lankans flee horror for poverty, safety in India
Yahoo News, Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 22:00 EDT. MANDAPAM CAMP, India (Reuters) - Fisherman Chinnathambi Ravikumar was returning home from a fishing trip when a sea-battle broke out between the Sri Lankan navy and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

U.N. to stay in Sri Lanka despite charge of government involvement in aid worker slayings
Associated Press, Thu August 31, 2006 09:05 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The U... Back to the top

Government Rejects Speculative Conclusion by SLMM on Killing of Aid Workers in Muttur
SCOPP, August 31. The Government regrets the unprofessional and rather irresponsible stand taken by the Head of SLMM with regard to the incident in Muttur concerning the death of 17 aid workers... Back to the top

LEAD: Cease-fire monitors slam Sri Lanka gov't, Tamil Tigers+
Associated Press, Wed August 30, 2006 10:14 EDT . COLOMBO, Aug. 30 (Kyodo) _ (EDS: ADDING FOREIGN MINISTER'S REACTION IN 7TH-8TH GRAFS) European cease-fire monitors said Wednesday that Sri Lankan government forces were responsible for the Aug. 4 killing of 17 ethnic Tamil aid workers with a French nongovernmental organization, while Tamil rebels were behind the blowing up of a civilian bus on June 15 that killed 64 people and injured more than 80. The killing of the aid workers belonging to Action Against Hunger (ACF-Action Contre la Faim) in Muttur in Sri Lanka's northeast as well as the bombing of a packed bus in Kebetigollewa in the Polonnaruwa district drew international condemnation... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka must guarantee aid worker safety-UN envoy
Reuters, Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 06:50 EDT. COLOMBO, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka must guarantee the safety of hundreds of humanitarian staff involved in tsunami relief and conflict projects, a United Nations envoy said, after truce monitors accused the military of killing 17 aid workers... Back to the top

UN suspends relief aid to Sri Lanka
Hindustan Times, Thursday August 31, 2006 - 11:20 EDT. The United Nations has said that it will not give Sri Lanka the $37.5 million earmarked for the resettlement of 220,000 war refugees until Colombo adequately explains the killing of 17 workers belonging to the French relief agency "Action Against Hunger" in Mutur earlier this month... Back to the top

Child workers decreasing in Asia, but numbers still high, UN labor body says
Associated Press, Thu August 31, 2006 01:59 EDT . KELLY OLSEN - AP Business Writer - South Asia, which includes Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - , remains a child labor hotspot, according to World Bank statistics contained in the ILO report... Back to the top

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