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SEPTEMBER 13, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 160

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Sri Lanka gov't warns Tamil rebels over peace talks+
Associated Press, Wed September 13, 2006 08:29 EDT . COLOMBO, Sept. 13 (Kyodo) _ The Sri Lanka government warned Wednesday that Tamil rebels should not abuse forthcoming peace talks with government representatives to prepare for war.

A statement issued by the government's peace secretariat, welcoming the efforts of the international community to kick-start the stalled peace process, noted that the rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have always abused such talks.

''It has been the experience in the past that the LTTE has always used peace talks as a period to enhance its military capabilities,'' the statement said.

''The government hopes that the co-chairs (the United States, the European Union, Japan and Norway) and the facilitator (Norway) do the utmost to ensure that the past practices of the LTTE are not repeated in this instance.''

There was no serious fighting following the announcement of peace talks Tuesday and the Colombo Stock Exchange responded positively to the prospects of peace Wednesday, with two key indices each moving up more than 2 percent from the day before.

The announcement in Brussels said that the two sides have agreed to ''unconditional'' peace talks which will begin in Oslo in the first week of October.

Colombo expressed ''great concern'' about ''certain elements'' of the co-chairs statement, saying that commitments to dates and venues had been made without prior consultations with the Sri Lanka government and categorized this as ''procedural irregularities.''

It also alleged that there were ''factual inaccuracies'' in the statement, particularly specifying a reference to an alleged bombing of a school in rebel-held Mullaitivu in the northeast as ''grossly misleading.''

The statement appreciated the efforts of the co-chairs -- the key financial backers of Sri Lanka's peace process -- who have committed to pour in $4.5 billion for reconstruction and rehabilitation if the country moves forward toward peace.

It reaffirmed President Mahinda Rajapaksa's declaration last month at a meeting with the ambassadors of the co-chairs in Colombo, in which the president said the government was ready to engage in talks with the LTTE ''following a clear commitment by the LTTE leader to a comprehensive and verifiable cessation of hostilities.''

Colombo, expressing its full commitment to participate in peace talks with the LTTE, said that specific modalities relating to dates and venue must be discussed and agreed between the government and Norway, which is facilitating the peace process.

Fighting between government forces and the LTTE since last December has cost at least 1,500 lives and displaced over 200,000 people. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 13 10:07:11 EDT 2006


Seize opportunity for talks with LTTE, Chidambaram urges Rajapaksa
hindu, September 14. COLOMBO: Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday urged Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to seize the `opportunity' for talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the wake of the Co-Chairs of Sri Lanka statement.

After meeting the President, Mr. Chidambaram told journalists at the temporary Presidential palace that he was happy to learn about the possibility of the resumption of talks between the Sri Lanka Government and the Tamil Tigers.

``I urged the President to seize the opportunity for talks as we believe that talks could bring down the tensions and halt the flow of refugees into India,'' Mr. Chidambaram, who was here to participate in the Commonwealth Finance Ministers conference, said in response to a question on whether he talked about the refugees issue with Mr. Rajapaksa. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 13 22:57:49 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Stalling for Time in Sri Lanka
strtfor, September 14. The Sri Lankan military is in the midst of an offensive to retake rebel held territory around the key city of Jaffna on the Jaffna Peninsula. The offensive comes swiftly on the heels of the Sri Lankan government's retaking of Sampur, a town overlooking the strategic port of Trincomalee. Furthermore, the Tiger splinter faction led by Col. Karuna has launched attacks against the Tigers in Amparai district near Batticaloa, with more than a little encouragement from Colombo. The Sri Lankan government smells blood, and is now attempting to seize positions that will allow it to secure all the transportation links into Jaffna that are currently in Tiger claws, such as the Elephant Pass and the town of Muhamalai, and drive the rebels farther into their traditional base in northern Sri Lanka. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 13 22:52:38 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Coast Guard fighting oil spill in Sri Lanka
hindu, September 14. MUMBAI: The Coast Guard has provided two ships and as many aircraft to Sri Lanka to combat oil spill, according to Director General Vice-Admiral Rustom Contractor... Back to the top

Anandasangaree wins UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize
hindu, September 14. CHENNAI: Veerasingham Anandasangaree, president of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), is the winner of the 2006 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence... Back to the top

Increasing number of civilians disappearing in Sri Lanka , rights group says
Associated Press, Wed September 13, 2006 09:57 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka is entering a ``period of terror'' with an increasing number of people reported missing, many of them after being taken away by men believed to be government military personnel, a human rights group said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Lankan govt sends medicine to LTTE-inhabited area: Ministry
Times Of Oman , September 14. MUSCAT The Sri Lanka government has sent nearly 285 different kinds of drugs worth around RO2.1 million to the LTTE-inhabited northern region even after the conflicts... Back to the top

15 wounded in grenade explosion in butcher's shop in northern Sri Lanka , police says
Associated Press, Wed September 13, 2006 06:06 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A grenade exploded in a busy market area in northern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, injuring 15 people, police said, as doubts loomed over the prospects of peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Hopes for Sri Lanka peace as govt commits to talks
Yahoo News, Wed, September 13, 2006 - 08:15 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka will hold peace talks with Tamil rebels, likely in early October, after pressure from foreign donors who want to stem an upsurge in violence since Decmeber that has left more than 1,500 dead, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants commitment from rebel leader to halt hostilities before resuming talks
Associated Press, Wed September 13, 2006 05:27 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka said on Wednesday that it needs a personal commitment from the reclusive leader of Tamil Tiger rebels for a ``comprehensive and verifiable'' cessation of hostilities before talks begin between the two sides... Back to the top

India asks Commonwealth finance ministers to make united push for reform at IMF
Associated Press, Wed September 13, 2006 06:57 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) India on Wednesday urged finance ministers from the Commonwealth to make a united stand at next week's meeting of the International Monetary Fund, seeking a greater voice for poorer nations in the global financial institution... Back to the top

Sri Lanka denies peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels 'unconditional'
Associated Press, Tue September 12, 2006 12:55 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's government Tuesday denied it had agreed to unconditional peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, hours after international backers of the country's faltering peace process announced a possible meeting between the two sides in Norway next month... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace talks set for early October in Oslo+
Associated Press, Tue September 12, 2006 12:20 EDT . COLOMBO, Sept. 12 (Kyodo) _ Sri Lanka's government and the Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to ''unconditionally'' hold peace talks in the first week of October, a Norwegian peace envoy said Tuesday. Erik Solheim made the announcement at a meeting of Sri Lanka's key financial donors -- the United States, Japan, the European Union and Norway -- in Brussels to review the island's worsening security situation... Back to the top

15 injured in a grenade explosion in northern Sri Lanka , police says
Associated Press, Wed September 13, 2006 03:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A grenade exploded in a busy market area in northern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, injuring 15 people, police said... Back to the top

EU says Sri Lankan government, separatist Tamil Tiger willing to talk "without preconditions"
Associated Press, Tue September 12, 2006 09:03 EDT . JAN SLIVA Associated Press Writer BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ The European Commission said Tuesday it has received signals from both the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels that they are ready for talks on the settlement of their conflict ``without any preconditions... Back to the top

Army battle with Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka kills 185, government says
Associated Press, Tue September 12, 2006 04:25 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A battle raging in northern Sri Lanka between government troops and Tamil rebels has killed 185 combatants over the past six days, a government official said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ready to look for replacements for EU members of truce monitoring mission
Associated Press, Tue September 12, 2006 06:42 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka said Tuesday that it is ready to find replacements for European Union countries who pulled out of a cease-fire monitoring mission earlier this month... Back to the top

Constable killed, bomb wounds six in Sri Lanka
Yahoo News, Tuesday September 12, 2006 - 12:00 EDT. TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (AFP) - A policeman was shot dead and six people were hurt in a bomb attack in Sri Lanka after weekend fighting between government and rebel forces left 185 combatants dead, officials said... Back to the top

Army-LTTE clashes continue in Lanka
Hindustan Times, Tuesday September 12, 2006 - 12:00 EDT. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) retreated to their second line of defence in the Thenmarachchi sector of South Jaffna on Tuesday, as Sri Lankan ground troops pushed forward from Muhamalai towards Palai, while subjecting Kilaly and Pooneryn to sustained aerial and artillery bombardment... Back to the top

Ship carries aid to isolated Sri Lankan city of Jaffna despite rebel threats
Associated Press, Tue September 12, 2006 10:59 EDT . - - GENEVA (AP) Thousands of tons of urgently needed food and other relief goods are being transferred from a cargo ship to the northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna, despite threats from Tamil Tiger rebels to attack the vessel, the U... Back to the top

Three policemen injured in bomb blast in northeast Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue September 12, 2006 02:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A roadside bomb exploded in northeast Sri Lanka - on Tuesday, injuring three policemen traveling nearby, a police official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ceasefire should hold: Manmohan Singh
Hindustan Times, Tuesday September 12, 2006 - 08:30 EDT. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said India's efforts would be to ensure that the current ceasefire holds in Sri Lanka as a pre-requisite for a durable solution to the island's crisis... Back to the top

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