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Sri Lankan rebels say government must agree to reopen key road to north at Geneva talks
Associated Press, Fri October 27, 2006 04:37 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government must agree to reopen a key road to ethnic Tamil-majority areas in the north during weekend peace talks or no negotiations will be possible in the future, a rebel spokesman said Friday.

The Tamil Tiger rebel negotiators participating in the two-day talks starting in Switzerland on Saturday will insist that the road linking northern Jaffna peninsula with the rest of the country be opened, rebel spokesman Daya Master said.

He said the rebels will not consent to any future meetings with the government if the demand is not met.

The road leading to government-controlled Jaffna city, cutting across a vast rebel-held territory, was closed in early August when intense fighting broke out between government troops and Tamil Tiger guerrillas.

Severing the road cut off 500,000 people who now depend on irregular, government-arranged food shipments brought mainly by sea.

The peninsula is facing an acute shortage of food, medicine and other essential items because of a lack of transport facilities and security threats, residents say.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels have fought the government since 1983 demanding a self-ruled homeland for minority Tamils in the north and east, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before a 2002 Norway-brokered cease-fire. But the truce has virtually collapsed with heavy fighting that has killed another 2,000 soldiers, rebels and civilians this year.

Government and rebel officials are meeting in Switzerland over the weekend to find ways to halt the bloodshed. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 27 06:54:39 EDT 2006

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Lanka sees hope in India’s Panchayati Raj
hindustantimes.com, Friday, October 27, 2006 - 16:30 EDT. Sri Lanka sees a ray of hope in India’s Panchayati Raj system to resolve its domestic conflicts.

Empowering the people at the grassroots level through involvement in the decision making process seems to be the island country’s new mantra to remove regional dissatisfactions.

An all party Sri Lankan delegation on Friday got tips from Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Iyer on the devolution of power before embarking on a trip to Karnataka and Kerala for an on-the-spot study of the system in these States. Senior officials of the Ministry also shared their experience with the visiting delegation.

Emerging from over two hour long session, leader of the delegation and Minister of Science and Technology Tissa Vitarana said Sri Lanka viewed devolution of power as part of the process to resolve its “national problem”. He owed the prevailing tension in various regions of his country to non-involvement of people at different levels in the decision

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Published: Fri Oct 27 16:27:55 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Suspected Tamil rebels fatally shoot 2 civilians in northeast, military says
Associated Press, Fri October 27, 2006 01:25 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels shot dead two civilians in northeast Sri Lanka - , the military said Friday, while it denied a claim that it attacked rebel patrol boats off the island's Jaffa peninsula.

Bodies of the two young men apparently in their mid-20s and with their hands tied behind their back were found near the east port town of Trincomalee, the Defense Ministry said in its Web site.

They were believed to have been killed Thursday night, the report said. Tiger spokesman for the area could not be contacted immediately for comment.

Pro-rebel TamilNet Web site said a sea battle off the northern Jaffna peninsula lasted for five hours on Thursday but gave no casualty figures or report of damage.

The Web site said the army's coastal bases backed the naval attack by giving support artillery fire.

``Our navy was not engaged in any fight,'' navy spokesman, Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake said Friday.

``The LTTE wants to create a false impression that our forces are attacking them when both sides are engaging in (peace) talks,'' defense spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella said about the weekend talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

Rambukwella was calling the rebels by their formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE.

The talks are aimed at salvaging a 2002 cease-fire that has virtually collapsed amid a major upsurge in fighting.

The navy regularly patrol the sea in the northeast to protect from any attack by the rebels' sea wing called the Sea Tigers and also to prevent smuggling of arms and ammunition. TamilNet, quoting an unidentified navy officer, said the navy had ``mistaken Sea Tiger patrol vessels ... as an LTTE attempt to launch an attack on Jaffna.''

The rebels want a self-ruled homeland for the country's minority Tamils. The government says it can offer autonomy, but not a separate state. The civil war flared up in 1983, and 65,000 people were killed until the Norwegian-brokered truce in 2002.

The renewed fighting this year has seen some 2,000 soldiers, rebels and civilians killed. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 27 03:47:35 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka killing fields to haunt negotiators at Swiss talks
Yahoo News - AFP, Friday, October 27, 2006 - 11:50 EDT. GENEVA (AFP) - Sri Lanka's warring parties are due to meet in Geneva Saturday amid international pressure to stop a new spiral of killings in Asia's bloodiest civil strife... Back to the top

Sri Lanka suspects weapons to rebels sent through Indonesia+
Associated Press, Thu October 26, 2006 15:12 EDT . JAKARTA, Oct. 27 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - has expressed its suspicions that weapons supplied for the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were illegally ''sent through'' Indonesia, an Indonesian Cabinet minister said Thursday. The minister did not provide any details, but said Indonesia and Sri Lanka - agreed to build cooperation in defense and security, particularly in antiterror activities... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: food and fuel shortages hit north after renewed ...
un.org, Friday, October 27, 2006 - 16:30 EDT. 27 October 2006 – The 600,000 inhabitants of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Peninsula, already buffeted by decades of conflict, are now facing food and fuel shortages as a result of a recent upsurge in fighting between Tamil separatists and Government forces, with many businesses closed due to security concerns, according to the latest update from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tigers seek foreign pressure to avert real war
zeenews.com, October 27, 2006 . Abu Dhabi, Oct 25: Tamil Tiger rebels heading for peace talks in Geneva are banking on international pressure on the Sri Lankan government to stop the island returning to "real war", a top guerrilla leader said today... Back to the top

Lankan Oppn not to join government
hindustantimes.com, October 27. The opposition United National Party (UNP) will not be joining the Mahinda Rajapaksa government despite the MoU on cooperation signed recently... Back to the top

British retailer Tesco’s upbeat on Sri Lanka, despite war ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 27 October 2006 14:58:54. Oct 27 (LBO) – An escalating civil conflict has not dampened Tesco’s plans for Sri Lanka, with the UK based mass retailer expecting a 40 percent spike in apparel business from the island next year... Back to the top

LTTE attempt of mass murder fails - Anuradhapura
mod.gov.lk, 10/27/2006 . Tiger terrorists attempted to explode a bus transporting civilians in the Kebithigollewa area this morning around 08:45 a... Back to the top

Global rights panel soon, says Colombo
hindu.com, Oct 27, 2006. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Thursday said an international independent panel of eminent persons would soon investigate allegations of human rights violations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government negotiators optimistic about Geneva peace talks
Associated Press, Thu October 26, 2006 10:48 EDT . FRANK JORDANS - Associated Press Writer - GENEVA (AP) Sri Lankan government negotiators said Thursday they were optimistic about talks to take place this weekend to salvage a 2002 cease-fire with the Tamil Tigers that has collapsed amid a major upsurge in fighting between the two sides... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s battle to avert war
bbc.co.uk, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 15:45 EDT. The fact that Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels are meeting in Geneva this weekend is a minor triumph in itself after the violence of recent months... Back to the top

India ready to help Lanka find settlement to ethnic strife
zeenews.com, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 15:45 EDT. New Delhi, Oct 26: India on Thursday said it was ready to assist Sri Lanka in finding a negotiated political settlement to its ethnic problem as an all-party delegation from the island nation arrived here to study the country's model of republic... Back to the top

Police: Nine wounded in attack on Sri Lankan rebel splinter group
Associated Press, Thu October 26, 2006 04:42 EDT . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger insurgents hurled grenades into a Hindu temple compound in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, wounding nine members of a rival Tamil rebel faction, police said... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels make child recruitment "illegal"
Associated Press, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:15 EDT. KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, widely accused of forcibly recruiting child soldiers, have banned the practice in areas under their control, a pro-rebel Web site reported... Back to the top

Political Strife in Sri Lanka Brings Turmoil to Church
christianpost.com, Thursday October 19, 2006 - 12:15 EDT. Days ahead of the peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger Rebels on Oct... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Political Consensus Boost for Geneva Talks
ipsnews.net, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:20 EDT. COLOMBO, Oct 26 (IPS) - As the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse prepares for talks with Tamil Tiger rebels in Geneva on the weekend, it goes in with hands strengthened by a political understanding arrived at with the main opposition United National Party (UNP)... Back to the top

Mortar blast wounds four children in Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:21 EDT. COLOMBO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A mortar bomb explosion wounded seven people, including four children, in Sri Lanka's east on Thursday, after a child attempted to lift the buried device, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan MPs in India to study devolution
hindustantimes.com, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 14:15 EDT. A group of 13 Sri Lankan MPs representing as many parties are here to study India's devolution process to see if it can help resolve the long-drawn ethnic conflict in their country... Back to the top

EU urges end to Sri Lanka violence before talks
alertnet.org, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 14:20 EDT. BRUSSELS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The European Union called on the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday to halt hostilities and seek ways out of the 23-year conflict at peace talks in Switzerland this weekend... Back to the top

China to push for relations with Sri Lanka, says senior CPC ...
people.com.cn, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:30 EDT. Oct 26, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Haycarb Ltd plans to start work on a new activated carbon plant in Indonesia next year, to offset raw material supply shortages from their local plants here, a top official said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s Haycarb hopes to start work on new activated carbon ...
lankabusinessonline.com, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:30 EDT. Oct 26, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Haycarb Ltd plans to start work on a new activated carbon plant in Indonesia next year, to offset raw material supply shortages from their local plants here, a top official said Thursday... Back to the top

BJP opposes military aid to Sri Lanka
hindu.com, Oct. 26 . Chennai, Oct. 26 (PTI): The BJP's Tamil Nadu unit today alleged that the Indian government was providing military aid to Sri Lanka and urged the Centre to stop it immediately as it would be "used only against Tamils in the island." "Sri Lanka has no enemies in its neighbourhood. Hence, the weapons given to it will be used only against Tamils in the island and fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu," State BJP president L Ganesan told reporters here... Back to the top

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