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OCTOBER 14, 2006 EST, USA
 
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Bodies of 15 workers from French aid agency to be exhumed next week amid ongoing probe
Associated Press, Sat October 14, 2006 06:12 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Authorities will next week exhume the bodies of 15 employees of a French aid organization executed in northeastern Sri Lanka - as part of an ongoing probe into the killings, the agency said Saturday. Australian forensic experts are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka - next week to provide technical advice and assist with the forensic investigation.

Nordic cease-fire monitors have said they are convinced that government troops were behind the killings because of the firm presence of soldiers in the town.

The government vehemently denied the charge, saying a post-mortem examination suggested the possible time of the killing was when the Tigers held the town for four days.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's 3.1 million ethnic minority Tamils in the north and east.

A 2002 cease-fire temporarily halted large-scale hostilities but the last few months have seen the two sides engage in open warfare.
Published: Sat Oct 14 12:24:28 EDT 2006


Fighting subsides in volatile northeast as Japanese special envoy set to visit Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat October 14, 2006 01:46 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels fired artillery at government troops in northern Sri Lanka - on Saturday, but the volatile region was relatively calm, the military said, as a special Japanese envoy prepared to visit the island to boost peace efforts. About 2,000 people have died in fighting this year, according to the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, which was set up to oversee the cease-fire.

The government routinely maintains that its military operations are defensive and do not violate the cease-fire.

The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority in the north and east, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. About 65,000 people were killed before the 2002 cease-fire.
Published: Sat Oct 14 12:24:36 EDT 2006 Back to the top


EU, India seek halt to violence in Sri Lanka
teluguportal.net, 2006/10/13 . Helsinki, Oct 13 (IANS) The European Union and India Friday demanded an immediate halt to violence in Sri Lanka and an early resumption of peace talks between Colombo and the Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lanka was among the subjects that figured in talks Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had with his Finnish counterpart Matti Vanhanen Thursday and with leaders of the European Union Friday.

A joint statement issued after the India-EU summit meeting said: "Both sides are convinced that violence is not the answer to problems in Sri Lanka, and call on the parties to return to talks immediately." More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 13 14:36:36 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Senior US official to visit Sri Lanka in peace bid
alertnet.org, October 13. COLOMBO, Oct 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher and two other foreign envoys will visit Sri Lanka next week to seek a halt to a rash of fierce fighting that threatens to derail peace talks, officials said on Friday... Back to the top

Maharoof claims six wickets as West Indies dismissed for 80 in Champions Trophy qualifier
Associated Press, Sat October 14, 2006 08:01 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - MUMBAI, India (AP) Seam bowler Farveez Maharoof claimed a career-best haul of six for 14 Saturday as Sri Lanka - bundled the West Indies out for 80 runs in the final ICC Champions Trophy qualifier... Back to the top

Sri Lankan forces, Tamil rebels exchange artillery, mortar fire on Jaffna peninsula
Associated Press, Fri October 13, 2006 01:08 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Army forces and Tamil Tigers exchanged artillery and mortar fire in northern Sri Lanka on Friday, the military said, days after hundreds of combatants were killed in some of the bloodiest battles since a 2002 cease-fire accord... Back to the top

Military says 1 soldier killed, 3 wounded in Tamil Tiger attack in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri October 13, 2006 05:55 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a group of soldiers patrolling a defense line in northern Sri Lanka - on Friday, killing one and wounding three others, the military said... Back to the top

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