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SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 162

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Sri Lankan rebels, truce monitors discuss opening key road
Xinhua, September 15. The international truce monitoring group in Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday discussed the issue of opening the main highway linking the capital Colombo and the northern Jaffna peninsula, the truce monitoring team said.

Thorfinnur Omarsson, the spokesman of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), said the issue figured high on the talks between the Head of the SLMM Lars Johan Solvberg and the LTTE's Head of the political wing S. P. Thamilselvan.

The A9 highway between Colombo and Jaffna has been closed since the fighting broke out between the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels early last month.

"We discussed the opening of the A9 which is one of the fundamentals of the cease-fire," Omarsson said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 15 22:34:54 EDT 2006


When Ceasefires Fail
EPIF, September 15. “The war has returned with a vengeance,” a Sri Lankan human rights activist sadly told me. After four years of a shaky ceasefire between the government and the armed secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), better known as the Tamil Tigers, the ugliness that characterized the nearly two decades of fighting prior to 2002 is back.

Since major fighting resumed in April, killings of civilians have occurred both on and off the battlefield. Last month the Tamil Tigers assassinated a respected Tamil member of the government's Peace Secretariat and dispatched a suicide bomber who killed seven people in the capital, Colombo. Government jetfighters indiscriminately bombed a building deep in LTTE-held territory, killing at least 19 young women and girls. The government-backed Karuna group, a breakaway faction of the LTTE, has abducted more than 100 children into its forces since June. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 15 22:38:58 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka appoints probe committee to prevent abductions
Xinhua, September 15. The Sri Lankan government said Friday that a special probe committee and a police unit have been set up to tackle the issue of growing number of abductions and disappearances in the island. Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse told a group of Tamil political party representatives and Tamil businessmen based in the capital Colombo that the government would do utmost to prevent the occurrence of abductions and disappearances of individuals. The police particularly in the capital has received a large number of complaints of abductions and disappearances of members of the Tamil community. More...
Published: Fri Sep 15 22:36:12 EDT 2006 Back to the top

SLMM head meets LTTE leaders
The Hindu, Friday September 15, 2006 - 16:30 EDT. COLOMBO: The newly appointed acting head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Larse Solveberg, visited the LTTE administrative headquarters at Kilinochchi... Back to the top

Tamil rebels attack Sri Lankan troops at key village, injuring 2
Associated Press, Fri September 15, 2006 05:39 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortars at Sri Lankan forces in the north overnight injuring two soldiers, the military said Friday, as international mediators pushed for a new round of peace talks to resolve one of Asia's bloodiest civil wars... Back to the top

Jaffna sighs with relief in Sri Lanka fighting lull
reuters, september 15. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Resident's of Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula enjoyed their most peaceful day in weeks on Friday as government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels kept their distance after both sides conditionally agreed to talks... Back to the top

Troops shell Tigers in new Sri Lanka fighting
afp, september 15. TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (AFP) - Government forces shelled Tamil Tiger positions in northeastern Sri Lanka as suspected guerrillas shot dead four civillians in renewed unrest on the island, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police say sailor killed by Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Fri September 15, 2006 08:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan police said Friday that Tamil Tiger rebels had killed a navy sailor in an eastern port town and dumped his body in a well... Back to the top

Create atmosphere for talks, says LTTE
hindu, september 15. COLOMBO: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in its first detailed reaction to the Sri Lanka Co-Chairs' statement two days ago that the rival sides in the island nation had agreed to hold unconditional talks in Oslo in October, said the Norwegian facilitators and the international community must ensure that the Government adheres to the territorial demarcations and the terms and conditions of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA), to create a conducive atmosphere for talks... Back to the top

Jaffna sighs with relief in Sri Lanka fighting lull
Reuters, (Yahoo News), Friday September 15, 2006 - 09:00 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Resident's of Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula enjoyed their most peaceful day in weeks on Friday as government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels kept their distance after both sides conditionally agreed to talks... Back to the top

Apollo Hospitals exits Lanka after hostile bid
TOI, September 15. CHENNAI: Healthcare-major, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd (AHEL) on Thursday decided to exit from its Sri Lankan operations after failing to stave-off a hostile bid from a local businessman... Back to the top

Tamil rebels attack Sri Lankan troops at key village, injuring two
Associated Press, Fri September 15, 2006 01:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortars at Sri Lankan forces in the north overnight injuring two soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Lack of cash pushes Sri Lanka to peace talks: analysts
afp, September 15. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka appears to be dominating Tamil separatists on the battlefield, but a dwindling war chest may have forced it to enter peace talks ordered by foreign donors, analysts and diplomats say... Back to the top

Fighting between Tamil rebels, Sri Lankan troops kills 2
Associated Press, Thu September 14, 2006 06:19 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged mortar rounds and gunfire in the restive north Thursday, killing two, amid international efforts to revive peace talks that collapsed in February... Back to the top

Police kill two Tamil rebels in northwest, government says
Associated Press, Thu September 14, 2006 05:26 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Special police forces on Thursday shot and killed two Tamil Tiger rebels in northwest Sri Lanka - after their base was attacked, an official said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan soldiers, Tamil rebels exchange fire; 1 soldier killed, military says
Associated Press, Wed September 13, 2006 23:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged mortar and artillery fire overnight in the volatile north, leaving one soldier dead, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka violence continues
Reuters, Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:09am EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Clashes between Sri Lanka's army and Tamil Tiger rebels and scattered violence have left at least a dozen people dead in Sri Lanka, the government said on Thursday, even as hopes rose for a resumption of peace talks... Back to the top

WITNESS-Sri Lanka's war returns to haunt civilians
Reuters, 14 Sep 2006 03:59:40 GMT. .
By Simon Gardner AL AYSHA REFUGEE CAMP, Sri Lanka, Sept 14 (Reuters) - It wasn't the rocket explosions or the air raids that brought Sri Lanka's civil war home to me. It was the pain in Nafeena Rahim's bloodshot eyes and the anger in her voice... Back to the top

Hundreds of Sri Lankans protest World Bank/IMF meeting in Singapore
Associated Press, Thu September 14, 2006 06:39 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hundreds in Sri Lanka - rallied against the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Singapore, saying Thursday the organizations had failed in their country... Back to the top

Unidentified gunmen fatally shoot three youths in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu September 14, 2006 01:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen fatally shot three youths near a northern Sri Lankan town on Thursday, police said... Back to the top

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