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49 Tamil Tiger rebels killed by breakaway faction, spokesman says
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 12:58 EDT . RUWAN WEERAKOON Associated Press writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Heavy clashes broke out between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in three parts of Sri Lanka's volatile north and east, killing a large number of insurgents and wounding eight soldiers, the military said Friday.

The fighting, which each side denied initiating, came a day after the government said it is ready to resume stalled peace talks with the Tamil rebels later this month in Switzerland.

Nordic cease-fire monitors said the clashes put the talks into ``jeopardy.''

Separately, 49 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed Friday in a raid by a breakaway faction in eastern Sri Lanka, a spokesman for the breakaway group said.

The group, known as the K-faction, overran three Tamil Tiger camps in the Vaharai area of eastern Batticaloa district, killing 49 mainstream rebels, spokesman T. Thuyavan said. It was not immediately possible to verify the claim independently.

Thuyavan also said five of the splinter group's fighters died in the clashes.

In the clashes between the mainstream rebels and government forces, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said the Tigers launched an attack on a military camp in Mankerni in Batticaloa district early Friday.

The army, supported by fighter helicopters, repulsed the rebel attack, he said.

Samarasinghe said a large number of rebel bodies were lying on the battlefield, but that exact details were unavailable.

However, the rebels accused the army of launching an offensive to grab rebel-held territory in the east.

``Sri Lanka's troops launched an operation backed by artillery and air support to gain our territory,'' said rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan. Samarasinghe denied the accusation.

A spokesman for the Nordic cease-fire mission, Thorfinnur Omarsson, said both sides had filed complaints, accusing the other of starting the fighting.

In the northern Jaffna Peninsula, six soldiers were wounded Friday when Tamil Tigers fired artillery toward the northern defense line, the military spokesman said.

The air force later launched airstrikes on rebel artillery and mortar positions, Samarasinghe added.

Separately, soldiers destroyed six Tamil Tiger boats off the country's northern coast suspected of transporting fuel, he said.

The boats were destroyed overnight near the sea of Pallaithivu, an islet off the northern Jaffna Peninsula, by the soldiers' artillery fire, he said.

A suspected oil storage facility on the islet also caught fire and was destroyed, he said.

A round of peace talks is planned for Oct. 28 and 29 in Switzerland. The last round of peace talks, aimed at ending two decades of civil war, was held in February.

The Norway-brokered 2002 cease-fire temporarily ended Sri Lanka's civil war between the government and the Tamil Tigers, who want to carve out a separate homeland in the north and east for the country's ethnic Tamil minority, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

About 65,000 people died in the conflict before the truce.

Renewed fighting since late July has left at least another 1,000 combatants and civilians dead, even though both sides say they are still honoring the truce.

The K-faction broke away from the mainstream Tamil Tigers in 2004, alleging discrimination against eastern-based ethnic Tamils by the northern-based mainstream rebel leadership.

The Tamil Tigers accuse government forces of backing the splinter group in attacks against the mainstream group, a charge denied by both the government and the breakaway faction.

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Published: Fri Oct 6 13:32:14 EDT 2006


Sri Lanka pushes rebels back in east, fighting rages
today.reuters.com, Friday October 6, 2006 - 13:00 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army pushed into Tamil Tiger territory to neutralize artillery and mortar fire in the island's east on Friday, military sources said, as the rebels warned of low expectations at peace talks due later this month.

The military said the Tigers had attacked their frontline positions in the restive eastern district of Batticaloa and in the besieged army-held northern Jaffna peninsula, which is cut off from the rest of the island by rebel territory. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 6 13:00:17 EDT 2006 Back to the top


SRI LANKAN-AMERICANS DEMONSTRATE FOR PEACE IN SRI LANKA OPPOSITE THE WHITE HOUSE
SL Embassy, October 5. Sri Lankan Americans in the Greater Washington area on Wednesday (4th October) held a mass demonstration for peace opposite the White House in Washington DC. This event was attended by almost 250 persons cutting across ethnic and religious persuasions. Sri Lankan Americans from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania also participated in the event. The rally was held to protest the brutal killings, ethnic cleansing and forcible recruitment of child soldiers by the LTTE and to support the Sri Lanka peace process. The demonstrators were particularly appreciative of the action taken by the U.S. administration and for its tangible support to Sri Lanka. They also highly commended the FBI for the recent investigation and for apprehending 16 LTTE agents in the U.S. They urged for continued vigilance to prevent U.S. soil being used by the LTTE and its front organisations. More... [Listen]
Published: Fri Oct 6 21:28:03 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Heavy clashes in Sri Lanka 's northeast jeopardize new plans for peace talks
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 08:44 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy clashes broke out between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in three parts of Sri Lanka's volatile north and east, killing a large number of insurgents and wounding eight soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Violence, infrastructure bottlenecks, hurts Sri Lanka s BPO sector
lankabusinessonline.com, Sat, 7 October 2006 8:14:22. October 7, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s deadly ethnic conflict is possibly the biggest challenge that is holding down the business process outsourcing industry’s growth, as an escalation in violence spooks foreign clients, a new industry study shows... Back to the top

22 LTTE men killed in fierce battle
hindu.com, Friday October 6, 2006 - 09:25 EDT. Colombo, Oct 6. A day after the announcement on dates of fresh talks between the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE, the Sri Lanka military has claimed that at least 22 cadres of the Tamil Tigers were killed in the east in heavy fighting... Back to the top

Sri Lankans in Washington protest LTTE violence
ITN News, Friday October 6, 2006 - 22:15 EDT. Sri Lankan Americans in the Greater Washington Area organised a mass demonstration for peace opposite the White House... Back to the top

Heavy clashes take place in Sri Lanka 's northeast after agreement to resume peace talks
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 06:17 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy clashes broke out between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in three parts of Sri Lanka - 's volatile north and east, killing a large number of insurgents and wounding eight soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

SRI LANKAN-AMERICANS DEMONSTRATE FOR PEACE IN SRI LANKA OPPOSITE THE WHITE HOUSE
Em bassy of Sri Lanka, Friday October 6, 2006 - 22:15 EDT. SRI LANKAN-AMERICANS DEMONSTRATE FOR PEACE IN SRI LANKA OPPOSITE THE WHITE HOUSE

Sri Lankan Americans in the Greater Washington area on Wednesday (4th October) held a mass demonstration for peace opposite the White House in Washington DC... Back to the top


Monitors condemn Sri Lanka military action
aljazeera.net, Oct 6. Truce monitors in Sri Lanka have condemned a push by the army into territory held by the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting rages as rebels play down talks hopes
reuters.com, Oct 6. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military fought mortar and artillery duels with Tamil Tigers in the island's north and east on Friday as the rebels warned of low expectations at peace talks due later this month... Back to the top

Bangladesh looks for early upset in Champions Trophy qualifying
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 08:33 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - MOHALI, India (AP) Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar is confident his team can create an upset against Sri Lanka - in its opening limited-overs qualifier for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament ... Back to the top

Kfir jets raid new LTTE camps in Kadiraweli
mod.gov.lk, Oct 6. SLAF fighter jets pounded a sea tiger base in Kadiraweli to neutralize terrorist movements between Verugal and Mankerni... Back to the top

Soldiers destroy six rebel boats in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 01:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers destroyed six Tamil Tiger rebel boats suspected of transporting fuel off the country's northern coast, the military said on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says troops, Tamil rebels exchange artillery fire in northeast
Associated Press, Thu October 5, 2006 23:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan army troops and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged artillery and mortar fire Friday in the country's volatile northeast, wounding six soldiers, the government said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's political rivals reach consensus to solve separatist conflict, lawmakers say
Associated Press, Thu October 5, 2006 10:37 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's largest political parties, considered arch rivals, on Thursday agreed on a common program to solve the country's pressing problems, mainly a bloody two-decade civil war, lawmakers said... Back to the top

LTTE must cease violence: Colombo
hindu.com, Thursday October 05, 2006 - 22:45 EDT. COLOMBO: Hours after the Government announced new round of talks with the LTTE in Switzerland on October 28 and 29, Sri Lanka Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva who is head of the Government Peace Negotiating Team demanded, "the LTTE must also immediately cease all acts of violence... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President Slams Country's Envoys For Not Doing Enough
bernama, 5 oct. cOLOMBO, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a no-holds barred pep talk to the country's overseas envoys, has urged them to treat Sri Lankan migrant workers with compassion and gratitude... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers agree to talks dates
BBC News, Thursday October 5, 2006 - 1:50 EDT. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels say they have agreed to hold talks with the government by the end of this month... Back to the top

Sri Lanka suggests date for talks with separatist Tamil rebels as violence soars
Associated Press, Thu October 5, 2006 06:39 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government on Thursday said it was willing to attend talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels at the end of the month, a government spokesman said, as a bomb blast blamed on rebels killed a soldier and the air force continued a raid in the north... Back to the top

Sri Lankan war refugees live in appalling conditions in southern ...
indybay.org, Oct 3rd, 2006 7:26 AM . Fleeing death and destruction in Sri Lanka, around 15,000 people have escaped to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu since January, amid an escalating war on the island between the security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Air raids, bombs despite Sri Lanka peace talk vows
reuters.com, Thursday October 5, 2006 - 08:40 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Air Force bombed Tamil Tiger bases for a third day on Thursday, and suspected rebels clashed with government soldiers, after the foes agreed to crunch talks aimed at halting renewed civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says Rebels Mount Attacks After Agreeing to Talks
bloomberg.com, Thursday October 05, 2006 - 01:15 EDT. By Anusha Ondaatjie and Paul Tighe

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of mounting attacks after the rebels agreed to hold peace talks to try to end the worst fighting since a 2002 cease-fire.

``The track record of the Tigers during the last 24 hours, a day since they agreed to hold talks with the government, is clear evidence of their insincerity in entering peace talks,'' the Media Center for National Security said yesterday on its Web site... Back to the top


Bomb blast kills 1 soldier, wounds 2 others in Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Thu October 5, 2006 02:17 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels exploded a roadside bomb in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, killing one soldier and wounding two others, the military said... Back to the top

Lankan Govt announces fresh talks with LTTE on Oct 28, 29
hindu.com, Thursday October 5, 2006 - 12:00 EDT. Colombo, Oct 5.: The Sri Lanka Government on Thursday announced that fresh talks with the LTTE would be held in Switzerland on October 28 and 29. A statement issued by the Government Peace Secretariat said that the Government has conveyed to the Norwegian facilitator that it proposes to engage in discussions on `substantive' issues... Back to the top

Lankan Americans protest LTTE policies
hindu.com, Oct. 5. Washington, Oct. 5 (PTI): Sri Lankan Americans held a demonstration outside the White House to protest the policies of Tamil Tiger rebels, including the recruitment of child soldiers and ethnic cleansing. The demonstrators, who held a banner saying that the Island Nation was with the United States in the war against terrorism, thanked Washington for recently unearthing agents of the LTTE who were trying to procure arms in this country... Back to the top

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