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NOVEMBER 21, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 229

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U.S., Japan, EU and Norway express alarm at recent violence in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue November 21, 2006 18:01 EST . FOSTER KLUG - Associated Press Writer - WASHINGTON (AP) The international overseers of Sri Lanka - 's fragile peace process voiced alarm and impatience Tuesday over a recent spike in bloodshed on the island, warning warring parties that they risk future financial aid if they do not abandon violence. ``There is simply no way that the international community can impose peace in Sri Lanka - . It must be homegrown'' by the Tamil Tiger rebels and the government, Norwegian Aid Minister Erik Solheim told reporters after the meeting. ``Then we can all assist them.''

He said officials were ``very much impatient'' with cease-fire violations.

Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said that ``the great of bulk'' of $4.5 billion (euro3.5 billion) in reconstruction and development pledges made at a June 2003 Tokyo meeting has been paid.

But he said monitors were determined to establish a ``close linkage between the peace process and the assistance process. The more progress there is on the peace front, I'm sure that all the governments and organizations which made original pledges are prepared to be even more generous.

``But what has been happening lately has been rather negative to the hoped-for consequences,'' Akashi said.

Since last December, air strikes, mine attacks, assassinations and regular exchanges of heavy arms fire have killed more than 3,200 fighters and civilians. Both sides insist they have not withdrawn from the truce.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns noted that the United States is not a neutral observer: it believes the Tigers are a terror organization responsible for innocent deaths, and the government has a right to maintain its territorial integrity.

The EU and Sri Lanka - join the United States in designating the Tigers, also called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist organization. The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's 3.2 million ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

``We ask the government to redouble its efforts'' at working for peace, Burns said.

The United States views the Tigers as ``greatly responsible'' for recent bloodshed, he said. Still, ``it takes both sides to agree to peace. It has been both sides that have caused the violence over the last several months.

``And so any situation like this, it's incumbent upon us to use the influence that we have to try to move both of them, influence both of them to move toward peace.'' Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 21 20:47:29 EST 2006

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Sri Lankan air force bombs rebels' position in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue November 21, 2006 01:30 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan warplanes on Tuesday struck deep inside rebel-held territory in the north, targeting a rebel camp, the government said, but the insurgents accused the air force of attacking areas near their headquarters.

``There were at least two sorties and as many as 20 bombs were dropped by Sri Lankan bombers,'' rebel military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan told The Associated Press by phone from their de facto capital, Kilinochchi.

``The impact of the bombing made the buildings here vibrate,'' he said, and added that he was not in a position to give a casualty figure as it was too early.

He said the 30-minute raid started at 9:15 a.m (0345 GMT).

Chief government spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella, confirmed the air raid and said a rebel training camp was the target. He also had no casualty figures.

``We have been monitoring their (rebels) activities and we pin pointed the target as a training camp of the terrorists,'' Rambukwella said about the bombing in Puthukudiyiruppu village, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Kilinochchi.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are designated a terrorist organization by Sri Lanka, as well as by the United States and the European Union.

There was no way to reconcile the conflicting accounts.

Open conflict in Sri Lanka, a tropical island of 19 million people, has escalated in the past year, despite a truce brokered by Norway in 2002.

Fighting since last December _ which has included air strikes, mine attacks, assassinations and regular exchanges of heavy arms fire _ has killed more than 3,200 combatants and civilians, but both sides maintain they have not withdrawn from the truce.

The Sri Lankan government and the rebels refuse to budge from their positions. The rebels want a separate homeland for the 3.1 million ethnic Tamil minority, while the government says regional autonomy is the maximum it will give. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 21 03:50:49 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan president to visit neighboring India, rebel insurgency likely topic
Associated Press, Mon November 20, 2006 23:46 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Mahinda Rajapakse is scheduled to visit neighboring India later this week for meetings with leaders there that are likely to focus on Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil insurgency, a government spokesman said Tuesday. India is home to 56 million Tamils with some of them having traditional or family ties with Sri Lanka - 's 3.1 million Tamils, on whose behalf the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam say they are fighting to win a separate homeland in Sri Lanka - 's northeast.

Large-scale fighting between the Tamil Tigers and the security forces who are predominantly ethnic Sinhalese started in 1983.

In 1987, New Delhi sent peacekeeping troops to Sri Lanka - , but withdrew them three years later after more than 1,100 Indian soldiers died in clashes with the Tigers.

India has distanced itself from the fighting in Sri Lanka - since the 1991 assassination of its former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

This will be Rajapakse's second meeting with the Indian leaders since he took office last year.

Norway brokered a truce between the government and rebels in 2002, but the last year has seen a sharp escalation in open conflict.

Fighting since last December which has included air strikes, mine attacks, assassinations and regular exchanges of heavy arms fire has killed more than 3,200 combatants and civilians, but both sides maintain they have not withdrawn from the truce.

The Sri Lankan government and the rebels refuse to budge from their positions. The rebels want a separate homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority, while the government says regional autonomy is the maximum it will give. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 21 01:03:33 EST 2006 Back to the top


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