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Tigers aiming to bully govt ahead of talks - official
Reuters, October 22. COLOMBO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels were trying to intimidate the Sri Lankan government ahead of crunch peace talks next week by launching high-profile attacks, the head of the state's peace agency said.

There has been a surge of violence in the island nation in the past month with scores of people being killed in rebel attacks.

Both sides meet in Geneva on Oct. 28-29 to try and end the fighting that has killed around a 1,000 people since July and made a 2002 ceasefire almost redundant.

"They seem to be following a strategy designed to intimidate the government," Palitha Kohona, the Secretary General of the state's peace secretariat, which coordinates and handles peace dialogue for Colombo, told Reuters in an interview. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 22 20:20:20 EDT 2006

The Hidden Truth behind the Sri Lankan Peace Process
Global Politician, October 23. A week after publishing VIGIL Network’s shock-inspiring intelligence report on the activities of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) in the United Kingdom, it seems a good time – after one successful infiltration - to release the details of another successful infiltration some time ago and the factors behind the initiation of the peace process between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government in the late nineties. To tell the world that it took an outsider – just one man with the goal of peace and a shrewd mind – to initiate the peace talks between a country and a terrorist organisation in conflict with that country.

This is an opportune time to reveal this evidence – so that the LTTE right now wakes up to the indisputable fact that it was as easily infiltrated then as it is now (yes, LTTE, London, more evidence is on its way from the latest infiltration of your group by VIGIL). That it ought fast to realise that it is a particularly amateurish, hot-headed crowd. That its members should just grow up, put down their arms and get back to the negotiating table used by real men as soon as possible - unless it wants to seem, increasingly in the world’s eyes, like just another group of gutless, suicide-bombing losers, mentioned in the same breath as those other life-haters Al Qaeda, who, without asking their fellows, have hijacked a whole religion while the LTTE have hijacked all Tamils’ good name. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 22 20:31:40 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lankan leaders agree on MoU
hindu, October 22. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday evening agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation on six points pertaining to crucial issues facing the country.

The decision came at a meeting between the two leaders to sort out some glitches, including the issue of "crossovers" into the ruling combine before the political understanding between the two parties is to be initialled. The draft MoU, variously described as "historic and unprecedented," would be signed on Monday at the temporary Presidential palace.

"The problems are not ideological but personality oriented. A section in the ruling combine is bent on breaking the ranks of the United National Party and it is not acceptable to us," a senior leader of the UNP earlier told The Hindu . More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 22 18:32:14 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels 'must embrace democracy for there to be peace'
Telegraph, October 23. Peace will not come to Sri Lanka until Tamil Tiger rebels embrace democracy and cease illegal arms smuggling, the head of Sri Lanka's Peace Secretariat said yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to demand time-bound talks with Tigers, 22 oct. Colombo, Oct 22: The Sri Lankan government is set to demand "time-bound talks" with Tamil Tiger rebels when the two sides meet next week in Geneva, officials said today... Back to the top

Devilish details could undermine Sri Lanka peace talks
Yahoo News - AFP, Sunday October 22, 2006 - 13:45 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's warring parties were bracing for talks aimed at saving a tattered truce, but arranging next weekend's parley is becoming a logistical "minefield" that could blow up before the meeting begins... Back to the top

Two Sri Lankan soldiers injured in rebel attacks in north
Associated Press, Sun October 22, 2006 10:54 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two soldiers and a civilian were wounded in rebel attacks in Sri Lanka - 's volatile north on Sunday, as the two sides engaged in sporadic artillery fire, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army, rebels exchange artillery fire in north, military says
Associated Press, Sun October 22, 2006 02:14 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged sporadic artillery fire Sunday in the island's volatile north, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's rebels threaten government with island-wide war
Yahoo News - AFP, Saturday October 21, 2006 - 10:35 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have threatened to extend their battle against government troops across the island if Colombo "wants a war", as the navy said they killed 20 rebels in sea clashes... Back to the top

International Community Held To Contempt By LTTE - Peace ..., 22 oct. While reiterating the Government's commitment for direct negotiations with the LTTE, Peace Secretariat Chief Dr... Back to the top

Sri Lankan gov't assures security for rebels for Geneva talks; navy destroys 2 rebel boats
Associated Press, Sat October 21, 2006 03:41 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government said Saturday it will provide safe passage for Tamil Tiger officials traveling to Geneva for peace talks, as the navy destroyed two rebel boats approaching a naval base in the north, killing six insurgents... Back to the top

We will not deal with LTTE: US
Rediff News, Saturday October 21, 2006 - 11:00 EDT. he United States has said that it strongly supported peace talks between Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers as there was no military solution for the conflict in the island nation... Back to the top

Asia's unending war
Boston Globe - Editorial, October 22. SRI LANKA'S intermittent war between successive governments and the secessionist movement known as the Tamil Tigers has been going on for nearly a quarter century and has taken 65,000 lives... Back to the top

S.Lanka navy kills six rebels in new sea battle, 21 oct. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan navy destroyed two Tamil Tiger boats on Saturday off an island in the country's restive north, killing six rebels, a naval spokesman said, the second military engagement at sea in less than 24 hours... Back to the top

Al-Qaeda, LTTE diverting charity funds: US expert, Saturday October 21, 2006 - 10:35 EDT. Kolkata, Oct 21: Humanitarian and religious charity for the needy is being used for terrorist activities by groups such as the Tamil Tigers and al-Qaeda, according to a former US official and expert on terrorism funding... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sea battle kills 35, 21 oct. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan navy boats destroyed seven Tamil Tiger vessels in a sea battle, killing at least 35 rebels, a naval spokesman said on Saturday, as President Mahinda Rajapakse appealed for peace... Back to the top

LTTE continues attacking the Security forces, a soldier killed and ..., 21 oct. LTTE continued attacking the security forces yesterday at diverse locations in the North and East... Back to the top

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