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NOVEMBER 20, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 228

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SLAF Bombs North?
Wires, November 21. Wire reports state that Rebel Strong holds in Sri Lanka are under attack by the SLAF.
Published: Mon Nov 20 23:32:05 EST 2006

Sri Lanka peace mediators to meet in Washington
afp, November 21. WASHINGTON (AFP) - Major donors engaged in efforts to end Sri Lanka's long-running civil war will meet Tuesday in Washington in the latest attempt to revive peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels, the State Department announced.

The four-party group, known as the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference on Sri Lanka, will discuss ongoing fighting in Sri Lanka and strategies for encouraging the two sides to return to negotiations, the department said in a statement. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 20 23:16:46 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Co-Chairs reviewing Sri Lanka situation  - hindu.com

Sri Lanka to reopen crucial highway to supply 500,000 trapped civilians
Associated Press, Sun November 19, 2006 23:32 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan government said Monday it will reopen the only highway supplying the Tamil-majority Jaffna peninsula, allowing the flow of essential supplies to half a million civilians trapped by fighting for the first time in four months.

But the rebels reacted sharply, saying the action was politically motivated.

Also on Monday, a soldier was killed in a bomb blast blamed on the rebels in Jaffna.

President Mahinda Rajapakse's office said he instructed authorities to reopen the A-9 Highway for a one-time supply run. The road was closed in August after the Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a military checkpoint at Muhamalai _ the main entry and exit point to the peninsula.

The closure of the strategic road led to the breakdown of peace talks between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the government in Geneva last month.

``The president has directed government authorities to make arrangements for the transport of essential goods to Jaffna by road using the A-9 as a one-time measure,'' the president's office said in a statement.

Chief government spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella, told The Associated Press that the government would review the security situation and then decide whether to open the highway again.

``Security concern is the top issue and if the Tigers (rebels) behave, we will certainly open the road again,'' Rambukwella said.

``If the government is serious, it should open the road permanently,'' rebel spokesman, Rasiah Ilanthirayan, said from the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi.

``This is the only logical solution,'' he said. ``The plight of the people should not be utilized for political ends, this appears to be a political gimmick,'' Ilanthirayan said.

Sri Lanka's key aid donors _ Norway, Japan and the United States and the European Union _ are scheduled to meet in Washington later Monday to review the faltering peace process. The issue of the road and the plight of the people in Jaffna are likely to figure in the agenda.

Tamil Tigers exploded a roadside bomb targeting a bus with army troops in Jaffna, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. The blast killed one soldier and wounded three others.

There was no immediate comment from the rebels on the blast.

Fighting since last December _ which has included airstrikes, mine attacks, assassinations and regular exchanges of heavy arms fire _ has killed more than 3,200 combatants and civilians.

About 500,000 people in the north are facing severe shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies. But the government said reopening the highway would allow the rebels to freely transport weapons and fighters.

Efforts to send supplies by sea to the peninsula were hampered because of monsoon rains, rough seas and the security situation, the official said.

Rambukwella said the rebels were yet to react, but the government was going ahead with preparations. He gave no date for the reopening.

Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for ethnic minority Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before a 2002 cease-fire was signed. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 20 00:55:13 EST 2006 Back to the top

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A9 highway linking Jaffna being opened  - hindu.com
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Sri Lanka opens road for food relief  - bangkokpost.com

Sri Lanka concludes ADB deal to up funding for Southern highway
lankabusinessonline.com, Nov 20. Nov 20 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has concluded talks with the Asian Development Bank for an additional 90 million dollars to expand the country’s Southern expressway, Treasury Secretary PB Jayasundera said Monday... Back to the top

Rebels reject Sri Lanka President aid convoy plan
reuters, November 20. COLOMBO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Monday rejected government plans to send a one-off aid convoy through its territory to the far north, demanding instead that island's main north-south highway be opened permanently... Back to the top

Rajapakse rules out Lanka’s partition
dawn.com, November 20. COLOMBO, Nov 19: Mahinda Rajapakse, who on Sunday completed one year in office as the fifth executive president of Sri Lanka, reiterated his stand that he would not allow the partition of the country as sought by the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

LTTE rejects aid convoy plan
thepeninsulaqatar.com, Monday November 20, 2006 - 23:09 EDT. COLOMBO • Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers (LTTE) yesterday rejected government plans to send a one-off aid convoy through its territory to the far north, demanding instead that island’s main north-south highway be opened permanently... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military, Tamil rebels exchange mortars, gunfire in the volatile east
Associated Press, Sun November 19, 2006 00:21 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil Tiger separatists launched a pre-dawn attack on a military post in eastern Sri Lanka Sunday, triggering a fierce battle that left two soldiers wounded, the military said... Back to the top

U.S., Japan, EU and Norway gather for talks on Sri Lankan violence
Associated Press, Mon November 20, 2006 16:57 EST . - WASHINGTON (AP) The international overseers of Sri Lanka - 's fragile peace process began a two-day conference Monday aimed at forming new strategies to encourage negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Ceylinco group sets up Islamic Finance faculty in Sri Lanka with ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 20 November 2006 . Nov 20, 2006 (LBO) – The Ceylinco group tied up Monday with Malaysia’s Centre for Islamic Finance to set up a faculty for Islamic financial studies in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

S.Lankan troops opened fire on students -- monitors
Reuters, November 19. COLOMBO, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Nordic truce monitors said on Sunday Sri Lankan troops opened fire on a group of agriculture students at close range in the island's north on Saturday, killing five, after a deadly rebel ambush on government forces... Back to the top

Asia : 52 killed, 88,000 displaced in Sri Lanka floods, landslide
teluguportal.net, 2006/11/19. Colombo, Nov 19 (Xinhua) At least 52 people were killed and 88,000 displaced during the last two weeks in landslips and flooding caused by continuous torrential rains experienced in the island, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president lays foundation stone for new international airport
Associated Press, Sun November 19, 2006 09:42 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday laid the foundation stone for the country's second international airport, in southern Sri Lanka - , a government statement said... Back to the top

India unlikely to join Lanka's co-chairs
toi, November 19. NEW DELHI: As global players overseeing Sri Lanka's peace process prepare to meet again, it is unlikely that India will formally join them even as the conflict slowly turns as intractable as the Israeli-Palestinian dispute... Back to the top

Death threats to popular Sri Lanka TV presenter
hindu, November 19. Colombo, Nov. 19 (PTI): A popular Tamil television presenter here has received a death threat after he hosted a talk show discussing the assassination of a Tamil legislator, a media rights group said today. Shakthi TV presenter J... Back to the top

Weekend violence kills 35 in Sri Lanka
Yahoo News - AFP, Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 09:20 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - At least 35 people have died in weekend sea, air and land battles between Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels and security forces, according to claims by both sides... Back to the top

Sri Lanka begins work on second international airport
Khalej Times - AFP, Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 09:20 EDT. WEERAWILA, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka’s president Sunday marked his first year in office by launching work on a new international airport to handle the giant Airbus A380 airliner and pledging a major new port... Back to the top

Death threats to popular Sri Lanka TV presenter
hindu.com, Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 09:20 EDT. Colombo, Nov. 19 (PTI): A popular Tamil television presenter here has received a death threat after he hosted a talk show discussing the assassination of a Tamil legislator, a media rights group said today. Shakthi TV presenter J... Back to the top

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