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SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 152

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Sri Lanka rules out attempts for military gains, wants peace
Xinhua, September 6. Sri Lankan government says there will not be anymore military action to gain territory, and wants to pursue peace negotiations with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The government statement came a day after the military had recorded a major triumph in the eastern province in the military clashes with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels.

The government troops annexed from the LTTE control the key Sampur area located south of the Trincomalee harbor on the ninth day of an offensive on Monday.

"The operation was not to gain territory or record victories it was just an operation in the need to ensure national security," Keheliya Rambukwella, the government's defense spokesman and the Minister of Policy Planning told reporters.

The Minister said the troops when moved forward towards the rebel held Sampur were aiming to neutralize the rebel artillery capability a More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 5 20:53:20 EDT 2006


The fall of Sampor - Column
The Pioneer, September 6. The capture of Sampor by Sri Lankan Security Forces (SLSF) marks the end of the current phase of the war in Sri Lanka. It is a big triumph for the Government and a defeat for the LTTE.

Four years of a Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) decoupled from the political process exhausted LTTE patience. Six rounds of peace talks and one more at Geneva specifically about implementing the CFA which has been violated 7000 times by the LTTE and 700 times by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG) collapsed in July when the Tigers unveiled a grand offensive initiated with an innocuous blockade around a water reservoir at Maavil Aru. Water denied to 60,000 Sinhalese was sufficient provocation for SLG to launch Operation Watershed.

Four years of a CFA, it was said, permitted the LTTE to refurbish and augment its military capability including raising a mini-Air Force, making it the only insurgent force with all three wings of armed forces in a de facto state. The LTTE are believed to have constructed two air strips and credited with having two microlite aircraft, one Cessna and a light helicopters with trained pilots. They may even have a drone. A 150-kg explosive laden kamikaze mission to Colombo is no longer in the realm of fantasy. The Tamil Tigers are unique. They are regarded as the world's deadliest guerrilla force, blessed with a conventional capability also. With a cyanide capsule strung around the neck, they are the only mainly Hindu insurgent group to have finessed the cult of the human bomber. Over the years it has also built a halo around itself. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 5 21:06:07 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Two soldiers, Tamil civilian killed in Sri Lanka violence
Associated Press, Tue September 5, 2006 13:25 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two soldiers and a civilian were killed as fighting continued in Sri Lanka - a day after the government captured a strategic rebel-held village, officials and a report said. The Selvanagar battle took place several kilometers (miles) from the town of Sampur, a key rebel enclave in eastern Sri Lanka, which the military said it captured on Monday. Sampur is now under full control of the army, Samarasinghe said.

But the commander of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the east, S. Elilan, disputed the claim.

``The battle is going on for Sampur. The army has come to the area and we are also there,'' Elilan told The Associated Press by telephone.

He said he had written to Nordic cease-fire monitors to rule whether the government's military offensive amounts to a declaration of full-scale war. If the monitors say it does, the Tigers would no longer be bound by a four-year-old Norway-brokered cease-fire, he said.

``We have many people killed and over 46,000 people displaced. This is really a declaration of war,'' Elilan said.

Thorfinnur Omarsson, a spokesman for the monitors, said they would discuss the matter and issue a ruling after a newly appointed chief monitor arrives in Sri Lanka - on Wednesday.

The military has been trying for more than a week to reclaim Sampur which lies across from the port of Trincomalee and a strategic naval base. The battle has cost the lives of at least 100 combatants and driven thousands from their homes.

The Tigers had been using Sampur to fire artillery and mortars at the base and port, which is the maritime lifeline for 43,000 troops stationed in a government stronghold in the north, the port of Jaffna.

In Jaffna, which saw some of the fiercest clashes in the past weeks, people continue to suffer shortages of food and fuel. Vehicle owners lined up opposite government offices to register for their quota of fuel. Gasoline was selling for US$4 per liter (gallon) on the black market, nearly four times its normal price, while most food items were out of stock in shops.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as the rebels call themselves, have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's 3.2 million predominantly Hindu Tamils, who have endured decades of discrimination at the hands of Sri Lanka - 's 14 million Sinhalese, most of whom are Buddhist.

The conflict one of Asia's longest running killed about 65,000 people before the cease-fire.

Published: Tue Sep 5 15:08:31 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lankan MPs seek meeting with Manmohan
hindu, September 5. COLOMBO: A delegation of MPs from the pro-LTTE Tamil National alliance (TNA) is in New Delhi to seek an audience with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh... Back to the top

UN expert welcomes proposed Sri Lanka commission
Relef Web, September 5. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, today welcomed the announcement by Sri Lanka’s President Mahenda Rajapakse of his intention to invite an international commission to inquire into recent killings, disappearances and abductions in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Uneasy calm near Sampur
hindu, September 6. COLOMBO: Uneasy calm prevailed on Tuesday near Sampur town in the east, re-captured by the military on Monday... Back to the top

Lanka troops clear mines in LTTE town
toi, September 5. COLOMBO: Hundreds of Sri Lankan troops worked on Tuesday to clear mines and booby-trapped devices from a town they captured from Tamil Tiger guerrillas after weeks of fighting, military officials said... Back to the top

Uneasy calm near Sampur
The Hindu, Tuesday September 05, 2006 - 12:06 EDT. COLOMBO: Uneasy calm prevailed on Tuesday near Sampur town in the east, re-captured by the military on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Army and Tamil Tiger rebels exchange mortars and artillery, 1 soldier killed
Associated Press, Tue September 5, 2006 01:36 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's army and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged mortar and artillery fire Tuesday during a clash in an eastern village that killed at least one soldier, a day after the government captured a strategic rebel-held village, an official said... Back to the top

LTTE shells SL army camp near Sampur
Hindustan Times, Tuesday September 05, 2006 - 12:06 EDT. A day after it withdrew from Sampur in the face of heavy bombardment by the Sri Lankan forces, the LTTE on Tuesday fired artillery shells into the nearby Selvanagar army camp, killing one soldier and wounding four others... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's conflict seen rising in east, capital
Financial Express, Tuesday September 05, 2006 - 12:06 EDT. AFTER a month of open warfare between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels, analysts say the next step may involve more bomb attacks in the capital as well as a widening of the battlefront in the island's tsunami-hit east... Back to the top

SL forces take Sampur, but LTTE says its guns are intact
Hindustan Times, Tuesday September 05, 2006 - 06:30 EDT. Sri Lankan security forces captured Sampur town in the eastern district of Trincomalee from the Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday, thus ensuring the safety of the Trincomalee harbour and naval base... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police find explosives in truck trying to enter capital
Associated Press, Mon September 4, 2006 14:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police said they found hundreds of sticks of explosives in a truck that was trying to enter the Sri Lankan capital late Monday night... Back to the top

LTTE admits defeat in Sampoor
BBC, 04 September, 2006; 13:23 GMT. “Sri Lankan forces are now in control of Sampoor,” Tamil Tiger military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan told the BBC... Back to the top

President vows to 'fight terrorism'
Bloomberg.com, Mondya September 04, 2006 - 23:00 EDT. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pledged not to “bow down to terrorism” as security forces moved to capture a key stronghold of Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military captures key rebel territory, Tigers vow to keep fighting
Associated Press, Mon September 4, 2006 08:50 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan soldiers backed by artillery and airpower seized control of a key rebel enclave in the east, the military said, claiming the first significant territorial change of hands since a cease-fire four years ago... Back to the top

Sri Lanka battles a weakened Tamil Tigers
Christian Science Monitor, september 5. COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – After more than a week of fighting with the Tamil Tigers, the Sri Lankan Army Monday captured a strategically important rebel position... Back to the top

UNP happy for 'Sampoor victory'
BBC News, Mondya September 04, 2006 - 23:00 EDT. The main opposition in Sri Lanka has hailed forces the victory by security forces over Tamil Tigers in Sampoor... Back to the top

Sri Lanka freezes Tamil aid agency bank accounts
Associated Press, september 4. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's central bank has frozen the accounts of an internationally registered Tamil relief agency that the government said funds rebel activities... Back to the top

Tamil moves in N America cause concern
ISN, september 5. The alleged efforts by North American-based supporters of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers to buy weapons in New York represent an alarming departure from their traditional activities, say experts and analysts... Back to the top

Silenced Voices speak out on Sri Lanka
Imprint, september 5. Their voices were anything but silenced as the eight speakers took to the podium at “Silenced Voices,” a forum held August 29 at the University of Toronto to speak out against the human rights violations faced by the Tamil population in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Silenced Voices speak out on Sri Lanka
Imprint, september 5. Their voices were anything but silenced as the eight speakers took to the podium at “Silenced Voices,” a forum held August 29 at the University of Toronto to speak out against the human rights violations faced by the Tamil population in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says it has captured key rebel territory, Tigers vow to keep fighting
Associated Press, Mon September 4, 2006 06:34 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers have seized control of a key rebel-held enclave in the east, the military said Monday, a move a top rebel leader said violated a cease-fire and would put the country back at war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Army Captures Rebel-Held Town Near Port (Update2)
Bloomberg.com, Mondya September 04, 2006 - 08:45 EDT. By Anusha Ondaatjie

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army captured the Tamil Tiger-held town of Sampoor, used by the rebels to carry out artillery attacks on the northeastern port of Trincomalee.

``With the capturing of Sampoor, there is no longer a threat from artillery and heavy mortar fire on Trincomalee,'' Prasad Samarasinghe, a military spokesman, said by telephone today in Colombo... Back to the top


Sri Lankan military, rebels battle on 2 fronts as relief agency finds funds frozen
Associated Press, Mon September 4, 2006 03:23 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's armed forces and Tamil rebels traded artillery and mortar fire overnight, wounding at least 18 combatants, the military said Monday, as the government froze bank accounts of a Tamil relief agency operating in conflict zones... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Journalist’s abduction highlights intimidation of media
WSWS, september 4. An unidentified group of gunmen kidnapped Nadarajah Kuruparan, a senior Tamil radio journalist in Sri Lanka, last Tuesday and held him captive for nearly 24 hours... Back to the top

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