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VOL. 7, NO. 167


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Sri Lanka urges Tigers to join peace process, Sep 21, 2006 3:26 AM BST138. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on the separatist Tamil Tigers on Wednesday to give up violence and embrace democracy and the peace process, including international negotiations brokered by Norway.

Rajapaksa said his government was committed to constitutional reforms and negotiations and had engaged in combat only as a "calibrated defensive reaction to very serious cease-fire violations by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil)" at recent flash points.

"The LTTE must also demonstrate a visible effort to transform itself from an entity practising terrorism to one practising democracy," he said in prepared remarks to the Asia Society in New York.

The president addressed the Asia Society and the U.N. General Assembly three days after Sri Lankan government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged gunfire and skirmished at sea to end a four-day lull in fighting around the South Asian island state's besieged Jaffna peninsula. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 20 23:42:39 EDT 2006

Sri Lanka Will Hold Talks Only With Tamil Tigers Rebel Leader, Sept. 20. Sri Lanka will hold any future peace talks only with Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the government said.

``The government is not willing to hold negotiations according to the wishes of the LTTE, which has a 23-year-old cruel history,'' Keheliya Rambukwella, a defense spokesman, said yesterday, according to the Defense Ministry. ``The government will not hesitate to take appropriate measures if the LTTE went against national security, although peace is required.'' More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 20 15:42:46 EDT 2006 Back to the top

End bloodshed to restore Lanka business confidence: IMF-WB, Sept 20. Singapore, Sept 20: Sri Lanka has shown economic resilience but needs to end violence to restore much-needed business confidence, the World Bank and IMF said on Wednesday. The South Asian nation forecasts a blistering 8.0 percent growth this year, the biggest in nearly three decades, despite soaring violence that has claimed more than 1,500 lives since last December. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 20:17:42 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lankan police shoot 14 Muslim civilians during protest, lawmaker says
Associated Press, Wed September 20, 2006 06:22 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police opened fire on Muslim protesters in eastern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, wounding 14 civilians, and a government soldier was killed in an overnight attack by suspected ethnic Tamil rebels in the north, officials said... Back to the top

Stock Exchange asks Sri Lanka’s BOI about Apollo’s undisclosed ..., 20 September 2006 17:39:32. Sept 20 (LBO) – The Colombo Stock Exchange said Wednesday that it was waiting for further clarifications from the Board of Investment, before it allowed trading of Lanka Hospital Corporation shares... Back to the top

Four soldiers killed while escorting journalists in Sri Lanka, Wednesday, September 20, 2006 . Colombo, Sept 20: Four soldiers were killed and 12 others injured when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a convoy carrying 25 journalists to a de facto front line in Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula yesterday... Back to the top

Lankan MPs seek Indian intervention to protest Tamil interests, Wed, September 20, 2006 - 15:51 EDT. India-Sri Lanka-MPs Five MPs of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) from Sri Lanka on Wednesday sought India's intervention to protect the interests of Tamils in the island nation, alleging that innocent people in the northeastern region were being targeted by the Sri Lankan forces... Back to the top

Advertisers take advantage of tighter Sri Lanka security
Yahoo News, Wed, September 20, 2006 - 17:30 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - The fear of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka following an upsurge in violence has spawned extra security checks, making daily life more difficult, but the hassle has also created unexpected marketing opportunities, according to advertising specialists... Back to the top

Singh will hear out pro-LTTE group, Tuesday, September 19. Members of Parliament from the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are in the capital to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and give him the terror outfits take on the situation in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Curfew in Sri Lanka Muslim town, four hurt in police fire, Wed, September 203, 2006 - 11:15 EDT. Colombo, Sept 20: Curfew was clamped on Wednesday in an eastern Sri Lankan town after a mob, protesting the massacre of 10 Muslim men, clashed with police personnel who opened fire wounding four civilians... Back to the top

LTTE will have to 'deeply regret' Gandhi killing: TNA, September 20, 2006. New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas will have to make the Indian people feel that they do "deeply regret" the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, the leader of a Sri Lankan Tamil party said here Wednesday... Back to the top

Rockets and rubble: Sri Lanka troops press campaign, Wednesday, Septempber 20, 2006 - 06:32 EDT. KANKASANTURAI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Firing artillery shells toward Tamil Tiger positions as fighting flares despite peace talk pledges, Sri Lankan gunner Herath Rajaratne longs for the day he can return to his family and civilian life... Back to the top

Sri Lankan warplanes bomb rebel positions, troops escape injury in bomb blast
Associated Press, Tue September 19, 2006 04:43 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force pounded Tamil Tiger rebel positions on Tuesday, as ground troops escaped injury in a bomb blast blamed on the separatists in the volatile east, officials said... Back to the top

India tipped off Lanka about suspected arms shipment of Tigers, Sep 9. Colombo, Sept. 19 (PTI): Acting on a tip-off from Indian authorities, Sri Lankan forces have sunk a ship believed to be ferrying arms and ammunition for Tamil Tiger rebels, a top defence source here said today.

The Sri Lankan military was able to intercept the unnamed vessel some 125 miles off the island's coast because of the good intelligence which came from India, the source said... Back to the top

LTTE’s Batticaloa base bombed, Web posted at: 9/20/2006 8:7:50. COLOMBO • Sri Lankan jets bombed suspected Tamil Tiger targets in the island’s east yesterday, officials said, while rebel mortars killed four soldiers escorting journalists in the embattled Jaffna peninsula... Back to the top

Pressure on LTTE to return to talks, says US envoy, Sep 20. COLOMBO: New U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert O. Blake Jr claimed here on Tuesday that Norway is "persuading" LTTE to return to the negotiating table with "credible guarantees" that it would not use fresh talks to strengthen itself militarily... Back to the top

Fully Support the Peace Initiative in Sri Lanka – Kofi Annan, 17 Sep 2006 - 12:33. President Mahinda Rajapaksa met the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Havana, Cuba... Back to the top

Tigers shell Sri Lanka army positions, Tuesday September 19, 2006 - 11:00 EDT. MUKAMALAI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels shelled recently lost positions on the Jaffna peninsula on Tuesday as accusations flew over responsibility for the weekend massacre of 10 Muslim civilians further south... Back to the top

4 soldiers killed in fresh fighting in northern Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Tue September 19, 2006 09:22 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 19 (Kyodo) Four Sri Lankan soldiers were killed when Tamil rebels opened fire on a military convoy in the country's northern Jaffna Peninsula on Tuesday, a local photographer said. ''We were traveling in an armored personnel carrier and none of us was hurt,'' he said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka GoldQuest controversy takes new turn with Central Bank ..., Tuesday September 19, 2006 - 11:00 EDT. Sept 19 (LBO) - The controversy over the sudden recall of police investigators probing the GoldQuest scheme took a new turn, with the authorities denying that the move would affect an ongoing anti-pyramiding drive... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Muslim party calls for independent probe on massacre, Sep 19. Sri Lanka's main Muslim party leader has called for an independent probe on the massacre of some 11 civilians in the Eastern Province... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s inflation worrying , other South Asian nations doing ..., Sep 19. Though other South Asian nations are doing reasonably well in fighting inflation Sri Lanka's central bank must be more vigilant and do more to stabilize prices, a senior IMF official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Resorts to `Military Option in Conflict, Rebels Say, Sep 19. Sri Lanka's government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa is pursuing a ``military option'' in the ethnic conflict with Tamils and allowing paramilitary groups to attack civilians, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said... Back to the top

Muslims shut shops, offices in eastern Sri Lanka to protest massacre
Associated Press, Tue September 19, 2006 03:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's main Muslim political party on Tuesday demanded an impartial investigation into the killing of 10 civilians, as residents in parts of the east shut shops and offices to protest the killings that some blame on the government... Back to the top

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