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Clashes with Sri Lankan navy kill 7 Tamil Tiger guerrillas, military says
Associated Press, Sun October 1, 2006 06:35 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS

Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Seven Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in two separate battles with the Sri Lankan navy, the military said Sunday, as a Norwegian peace envoy arrived to try and end a seven-month deadlock in peace talks between the two sides.

Three rebels were killed Saturday evening on Kayts Island west of northern Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula after sailors were deployed there, an official at the Media Center for National Security said on condition of anonymity, citing policy.

The navy operation followed an attempted raid Friday by a Tiger vessel that was destroyed trying to enter a naval base near the island, he said.

Four guerrillas died in the sea battle and two bodies were recovered, the official said.

The attempted infiltration prompted the navy to search Kayts Island on Saturday.

On the Jaffna peninsula, a grenade hurled at a military checkpoint wounded a soldier and four civilians on Sunday, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe.

Also in Jaffna, army and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged artillery and mortar fire across the northern defense line separating the government and rebels, Samarasinghe said. No casualties were reported.

The fighting came as Norwegian envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer arrived in the island for talks with government and Tiger leaders on the country's peace process.

``He will be meeting officials from both sides during the week,'' said Erik Ivo Nurnberg, a spokesman for Norway's embassy in Colombo. He gave no further details.

The last round of peace talks was February in Geneva, but a second round slated for April was canceled after each side blamed the other for rising violence.

Norway brokered a cease-fire in 2002.

Violence in recent months has killed more than 1,000 combatants and civilians in the country's northeast.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Sunday that its is ``highly worried'' because of a grenade explosion in front of the agency's office in Jaffna on Saturday.

Although nobody was hurt in the explosion, the ICRC in a statement urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to ``refrain from acts that jeopardize the safety of humanitarian workers.''

On Saturday, elite Sri Lankan police forces killed 11 rebels in a pre-emptive attack in the east, while a bomb blast killed three policemen in the northwest.

The Tigers _ formally called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam _ have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils following decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

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Published: Sun Oct 1 09:47:48 EDT 2006

Norwegian envoy resumes Sri Lanka peace bid
Yahoo News, Sunday October 1, 2006 - 10:00 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway is set for a fresh attempt to end a seven-month deadlock in talks after the warring parties agreed to meet, diplomats said.

Special envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer will begin meetings with political leaders on Monday during a four-day visit aimed at jump-starting stalled negotiations between the government and Tiger rebels, diplomats said on Sunday.

"He will start the talks with Sri Lankan government officials tomorrow and then proceed to have talks with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)," Norwegian embassy spokesman Erik Nurnberg said.

Diplomatic sources said Hanssen-Bauer's visit was likely to be followed by another from Erik Solheim, Norway's International Development Minister and Sri Lanka's top peace broker, who will try to arrange talks in Oslo later this month.

"There is fresh hope after the government's announcement last week that they had the commitments they were looking for from the Tigers before sitting round a table," a diplomatic source said.

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Sri Lanka heading for snap polls by year's end: state paper
Yahoo News, Sunday October 1, 2006 - 10:07 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's president has asked his party to prepare for general elections before year's end if the main opposition fails to back his minority government, a state-run newspaper said.

President Mahinda Rajapakse has summoned members of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party and asked them to get ready for elections, the Sunday Observer said, quoting unnamed sources close to the president.

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Published: Sun Oct 1 10:08:31 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Tamil abductions: suspect arrested
bbc, October 1. The police chief in Sri Lanka has pledged not to bow down to pressure from the authorities to release a suspect on abduction of Tamil civilians... Back to the top

Sri Lankan combatants seem unlikely to resume truce talks, Sept. 30, 2006, 7:23PM. NEW DELHI — The entrenched ethnic conflict on the island nation of Sri Lanka has sunk into the vise grip of war once more, leaving a trail of fear and devastation that is no less chilling for its familiarity... Back to the top

New twist to Sri Lanka central banks Goldquest probe, Sunday October 1, 2006 - 09:50 EDT. October 1, 2006 (LBO) – In another twist to the continuing GoldQuest controversy, remaining officials of the anti-pyramiding unit, that probed the GoldQuest case have been transferred for better career prospects, and to complete other urgent work, senior central bank officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka attacks leave 11 rebels, 3 policemen dead, military says
Associated Press, Sat September 30, 2006 09:50 EDT . ANTHONY DEUTSCH Associated Press Writer AMPARA, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's elite police force ambushed a group of Tamil Tiger rebels moving to attack a police checkpoint in the east, killing 11 insurgents, while a separate bomb attack killed three policemen, officials said... Back to the top

Australians to probe Sri Lankan massacre, Sunday October 1, 2006 - 09:50 EDT. Australian forensic experts will visit Sri Lanka next week to probe last month's execution-style killing of 17 employees of an international aid organisation, the foreign ministry said... Back to the top

Son disowns Premadasa's anti-India approach
telegu portal, september 30. New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The politician-son of Ranasinghe Premadasa, the Sri Lankan president who ordered Indian troops out of the island in 1989 sparking a diplomatic row, says he is keen to develop excellent ties with New Delhi... Back to the top

UN-GEN--UN-Sri Lanka-Peace Talks
Associated Press, Sat September 30, 2006 15:32 EDT . EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - UNITED NATIONS (AP) Sri Lanka - 's top peace negotiator said he hopes the Tamil Tigers will return to peace talks in October and recognize that they will not achieve their dream of independence through violence... Back to the top

Lankan govt accused of gagging media
Dawn, Sept 30. The Sri Lankan government is trying to gag the media by giving written instructions to newspapers and television networks calling for ‘responsible reporting’ on defence-related matters, it was alleged on Saturday... Back to the top

India faulted for Sri Lanka mess by ex-spy chief, 2006/10/1 . New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) India's failure to play a more active role in bringing peace to Sri Lanka may prove to be "a monumental foreign policy blunder", warns J... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Unrest
Yahoo News - AP Photos, Saturday September 30, 2006 - 11:45 EDT. Sri Lankan residents gather to watch the bodies of Tamil Tiger rebels killed in an ambush by elite Sri Lankan police forces at a hospital morgue in Mahiyangane, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Back to the top

Sri Lanka violence claims 22 lives amid peace moves, September 30, 2006. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan forces killed 15 Tamil Tiger rebels who attacked their camp in the island's east, the defence ministry said, while three constables and four guerrillas were killed in other violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricket coach Tom Moody is confident, September 30. Sri Lanka cricket coach Tom Moody is confident his side have the players who are able to win the Champions Trophy even though they will have to first qualify... Back to the top

Sri Lanka backs SKorean for UN's top job
afp, September 30. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's candidate has pulled out of the race to succeed Kofi Annan as UN secretary general and the country has thrown its backing behind South Korea's Ban Ki-Moon, officials here said... Back to the top

Fresh fighting claims 18 lives in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Sat September 30, 2006 09:29 EDT . COLOMBO, Sept. 30 (Kyodo) Police commandos on Saturday killed 15 Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka - 's troubled Eastern Province while three policemen were killed in a fragmentation mine attack, the military said. Norway, which is facilitating Sri Lanka - 's peace process, is redoubling efforts to get talks between the two sides started... Back to the top

6 indicted on charges of arms brokering for Tamil Tigers terrorist group and Indonesia
Associated Press, Fri September 29, 2006 19:11 EDT . BRIAN WITTE - Associated Press Writer - BALTIMORE (AP) Three people suspected as arms brokers for the Tamil Tiger terrorist group were arrested as they thought they were closing a deal to send missiles, grenade launchers and other weapons to Sri Lanka - , federal prosecutors said Friday... Back to the top

Race for new U.N. chief reaches end game, with South Korean as the likely winner
Associated Press, Sat September 30, 2006 00:45 EDT . EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - By Friday, the contest had claimed its first dropout: Jayantha Dhanapala of Sri Lanka - , a former U... Back to the top

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