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Sri Lanka often seems at war _ but opposing sides won't admit it
Associated Press, Sat November 11, 2006 12:53 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force bombers roar through the sky, rebels attack navy ships and thousands of people are dead in violence. On many days, it seems Sri Lanka - is embroiled again in all-out war but neither side will acknowledge it. ``This is definitely a war, but they do not want to say that fearing international opinion,'' said Premachandran. Others, however, say Sri Lanka - can't be described as fully back to war, compared to past periods.

``Yes, there are obvious indications'' of a return to full-scale war, said retired Air Marshall Harry Goonetilleke. ``But both sides know that a new full-scale war will mean huge destruction and massive loss of people.''

Jehan Perera of the independent think tank, the National Peace Council, said neither side has the manpower for a full-scale war.

``I think this is a battle of attrition and through which the hope is that one side will collapse or break up because of the pressure,'' he said.

The 2006 defense allocation of $892 million had little set aside for new weaponry, and the government's need for new bombs and mortars has strained the local economy.

The rebels draw their funds from an estimated 800,000 Tamil expatriates, including many who fled the country after 1983 anti-Tamil riots that saw the beginning of the civil war.

Goonetilleke, the defense analyst, said the apparent semantic game over whether Sri Lanka - is technically at war stems from an unusual clause in the 2002 cease-fire agreement, which he says includes demands that either side give a 14-day notice before abrogating the truce.

``No notice no open war,'' he said. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 11 23:36:22 EST 2006

Sri Lanka security situation worsens, November 12. Colombo, Nov. 12 (Xinhua): Sri Lanka's security situation continued to deteriorate after the failed Geneva talks between the government and the rebel Tamil Tigers as clashes continued and more people being killed. The government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held talks on October 28-29 in Geneva to honour the Norwegian-brokered truce and find peaceful solution to the country's ethnic conflict that killed more than 64,000 from the mid-1980s to 2002. More...
Published: Sat Nov 11 23:36:55 EST 2006 Back to the top

Group threatens attacks on Sri Lanka civilians, 11 nov. COLOMBO, Nov 11 (Reuters) - A suspected front for Tamil Tiger rebels vowed on Saturday to kill majority Sinhalese civilians in southern Sri Lanka in retaliation for the army bombing of a refugee camp this week that killed dozens of minority Tamils. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 11 06:48:45 EST 2006 Back to the top

U.N. Secretary-General calls on parties involved in Sri Lanka conflict to return to peace process
Associated Press, Fri November 10, 2006 18:33 EST . UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is ``increasingly concerned'' about the growing violence in Sri Lanka and ``deplores the many civilian casualties caused by the ongoing hostilities between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers,'' a U... Back to the top

WITNESS: Waking up paralyzed in Sri Lanka s war zone, Fri Nov 10. AYLESBURY (Reuters) - When I came round, I thought I was lying on a corpse... Back to the top

Slain TNA MP gets highest LTTE award, Saturday November 11, 2006 - 09:05 EDT. The LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran on Friday conferred on the slain Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Nadarajah Raviraj, the highest award of his organisation - "Maamanithar" or "Great Man... Back to the top

Prominent Tamil politician killed in Sri Lankan capital; two more Tamils killed
Associated Press, Sat November 11, 2006 01:28 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two Tamils were killed by unidentified gunmen in separate incidents in Sri Lanka - 's north, the rebels and the military said Saturday, in fresh attacks that came after the assassination of a prominent Tamil politician... Back to the top

Prominent Tamil politician assassinated in Sri Lankan capital as war looms
Associated Press, Fri November 10, 2006 06:32 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A prominent Tamil legislator was assassinated in the Sri Lankan capital Friday, while the navy said it killed six rebels in an attack on Tamil Tiger boats... Back to the top

Slain Sri Lanka law makerís final words
com, Sunday November 11, 2006 - 09:20- EDT. Following is the complete text of the last live programme Mr... Back to the top

Allies push Delhi to interfere in Lankan strife, November 11. Along with the ceremonial welcome he gets on his visit to New Delhi later this month, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse will be given something which he has not asked for: a briefing on Indiaís rising concern over the killing of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Lanka seeks British help to probe assassination of Tamil MP, Nov. 10 . Colombo, Nov. 10 (PTI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa sought help from Scotland Yard to investigate assassination of Tamil legislator Nadarajah Raviraj, who was shot dead here today. Pro-rebel Tamil legislator Nadarajah Raviraj, 44, and his bodyguard were shot dead as they drove to work in Colombo's Narahenpita area this morning in rush hour traffic, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy says two rebel boats destroyed in new sea clash, 6 rebels killed
Associated Press, Thu November 9, 2006 21:52 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan navy destroyed two Tamil Tiger naval boats early Friday, killing six rebels, a spokesman said, in another sign the country is drifting toward full-scale war amid increasing violence... Back to the top

US deplores Sri Lankan MP s killing, Nov 10 . Colombo, Nov 10 (IANS) The US deplored Friday's assassination of N... Back to the top

PM `concerned over attacks on Lankan Tamils, Friday November 10, 2006 - 06:30 EDT. New Delhi, Nov. 10 (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today conveyed to DMK chief M Karunanidhi that he was "equally concerned" at attacks on Sri Lanka's Tamils and assured he would discuss the issue with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee so that it could be resolved urgently with the island nation. Singh gave the assurance to Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu, who met him on behalf of the DMK leader to seek "immediate appropriate intervention" by India to end "unprovoked and indiscriminate offensive of the Sri Lankan Army against innocent Sri Lankan Tamils"... Back to the top

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