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OCTOBER 30, 2006 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lankan military, rebels exchange artillery fire after peace talks fail; 1 Tamil killed
Associated Press, Mon October 30, 2006 03:39 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels and government troops exchanged artillery fire in Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil heartland on Monday, the military said, a day after talks to salvage a cease-fire and halt more than two decades of conflict ended without a breakthrough. The Tigers, formally known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, alleged during the weekend talks that Sri Lanka - 's military was preparing for a major assault in the north an allegation the military denied Monday.

``There is absolutely no truth in the claim,'' Samarasinghe said. ``We are defending our positions with the current deployment.''

The Geneva talks between government and rebel negotiators were aimed at salvaging a 2002 cease-fire that has been all but destroyed by a major surge in violence this year.

The talks ended Sunday with the two sides failing to even agree on a date for further talks, said Erik Solheim, Norway's minister for international development and its peace envoy to Sri Lanka - .

The rebels accuse the government of blockading the A-9 highway to strangle the rebels' main supply route and to impede aid agencies' access to the area, where fierce fighting has stranded thousands of people without enough food or other essentials.

The government said during the talks that a sea delivery route would cheaper and safer, claiming the rebels themselves hamper deliveries by threatening and extorting those using the road.

But the rebels rejected an offer to set up a sea route, saying it would not be suitable for aid agencies.

The rebels began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka - , claiming discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the 2002 cease-fire.

Associated Press writer Bharatha Mallawarachi contributed to this report. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 30 06:31:37 EST 2006

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Tamil Tiger delegation cancels trip to Norway, Iceland following failed peace talks
Associated Press, Mon October 30, 2006 11:09 EST . FRANK JORDANS Associated Press Writer GENEVA (AP) _ A Tamil Tiger delegation which met with Sri Lankan government officials in Switzerland this weekend will head straight back to the Indian Ocean island instead of traveling to Norway and Iceland as planned, a delegate said Monday.

Blaming the Sri Lankan government for the failure to revive the crumbling 2002 cease-fire agreement, Seevaratnam Puleedevan said the delegation had ``decided to return and inform our leaders of what has really happened at the peace talks in Geneva and what steps we need to take in future.''

He warned that flaring violence in the South Asian nation since Sunday, which has left at least three people dead and five injured in the northeast, was an indication that the military would soon attempt an offensive against the rebel stronghold of Killinochchi.

The Tiger delegation was originally scheduled to visit Norway and Iceland, two of the Nordic countries which have been heavily involved in setting up peace talks to bring an end to the 23-year civil war.

But failure to reach an agreement over the opening of a major highway which passes through government and rebel lines led to a deadlock in talks Sunday.

Both sides accuse each other of ignoring a humanitarian crisis in the northern Jaffna peninsula, where thousands face shortages of food, medicines and other essentials.

``The attitude of the Sri Lankan government with regard to the opening of the A9 road is causing 600,000 people misery,'' said Puleedevan.

Government delegates insisted throughout the talks that supplying aid by sea would be cheaper and more efficient, as well as prevent the Tigers from extorting money from vehicles passing along the highway.

Puleedevan repeated warnings from rebel commanders over the weekend that the military was planning an assault now that the talks are over.

``There is a lot of military concentration in the northern front, in Muhamalai, in the Jaffna peninsula,'' he said, adding that Sri Lanka's top-ranking military official, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka was in the area.

``The Sri Lanka government is planning to launch a big offensive attack towards (the Tamil held area of) Elephant Pass, and to capture Killinochchi, the capital of the LTTE,'' Puleedevan said, referring to the rebel group by the acronym for their official name, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. ``That is the reason the Sri Lanka government did not want to open the A9 road.''

Some 65,000 people have died in the conflict since the LTTE began fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in 1983, with more than 2,000 soldiers, rebels and civilians killed this year alone.
Published: Mon Oct 30 18:21:14 EST 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lankan military, Tamil rebels exchange artillery fire after failed peace talks
Associated Press, Mon October 30, 2006 00:34 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lanka - government troops exchanged artillery fire in the country's north on Monday, the Defense Ministry said, a day after peace talks to salvage the country's cease-fire failed to make any headway. They ended Sunday without two sides failing even to agree on a date for a new round of talks, said Erik Solheim, Norway's minister for international development, and the country's peace envoy to Sri Lanka - .

The rebels accuse the government of blockading the A-9 highway to strangle the rebels' main supply route and impede aid agencies' access to the area, where thousands of people have been cut off by fierce fighting, leaving them without enough food or other essential supplies.

The government said during the weekend talks a sea delivery route would cheaper and safer, claiming the rebels themselves hamper deliveries by threatening and extorting those who use the road.

But the rebels rejected an offer to set up a sea route, saying it would not be suitable for aid agencies.

The rebels began fighting in 1983 for a self-ruled homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority in Sri Lanka - 's north and east, citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. The government says it can offer autonomy, but not a separate state.

The conflict cost the lives of more than 65,000 people before the cease-fire. At least 2,000 civilians and combatants have been killed this year alone.

On the Net:

Pro-rebel Web site: www.TamilNet.com

Military Web site: www.nationalsecurity.lk
Published: Mon Oct 30 02:37:10 EST 2006 Back to the top

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