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Sri Lanka battles rebels in east after independence vow
Reuters, November 28. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military fought a fierce artillery duel with Tamil Tigers in the island's restive east early on Tuesday, just hours after the rebels said they were resuming their two-decade independence struggle.

The military said the Tigers were using 152 mm artillery shells for the first time to target their forward defence line in the eastern district of Batticaloa, and had so far killed one soldier and injured two others.

"Our defence lines have been mortared and shelled," said Major Upali Rajapakse, a spokesman with the Media Centre for National Security. "They are using heavy, heavy guns. The army is retaliating with artillery." More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 27 22:47:45 EST 2006

Sri Lanka: Stop Child Abductions by Karuna Group, November 28. (New York, November 28, 2006) � The Sri Lankan security forces must immediately stop assisting abductions of boys and young men by the Karuna group and help those abducted return safely to their families, Human Rights Watch said today. A Human Rights Watch report to be published next month finds that the Sri Lankan military and police are complicit and, at times, directly cooperating with the Karuna group, an armed faction that split from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2004. Led by V. Muralitharan, a former Tamil Tiger commander known as Karuna, the group has abducted hundreds of boys and young men in eastern Sri Lanka this year. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 27 23:25:28 EST 2006 Back to the top

Top Tamil Tiger leader says cease-fire agreement is ``defunct
Associated Press, Mon November 27, 2006 07:47 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Top Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran said Monday the 2002 cease-fire with Sri Lankan government was ``defunct'' and blamed the Sri Lankan government for failing to resolve the demand for a Tamil homeland through negotiations. He said an independent Tamil state is the only solution.

``The Rajapakse regime hopes to decide the fate of the Tamil nation using its military power. It wants to occupy the Tamil land and then force an unacceptable solution on the Tamils,'' Prabhakaran said in his annual policy speech, referring to President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Prabhakaran also said the cease-fire was ``defunct.''

It was not immediately clear if the statement meant that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam will pull out of the truce that stopped the two-decade civil war, which claimed at least 65,000 lives.

``It is now crystal clear that the Sinhala leaders will never put forward a just resolution to the Tamil national question ... The uncompromising stance of Sinhala chauvinism has left us with no other option but an independent state for the people of Tamil Eelam,'' he said, referring to the majority Sinhalese who dominate the government and the military.

Last year, Prabhakaran had hinted that he was ready to enter a negotiated peace process, and gave Rajapakse one year to resolve Tamil demands for self-rule in the country's north and east.

But the year saw a sharp escalation in open conflict, with more than 3,500 fighters and civilians dying in aerial bombings, assassinations, bomb attacks and daily skirmishes, according to government figures.

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Published: Mon Nov 27 08:43:02 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan troops, rebels exchange artillery, mortar fire
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India for 'maximum devolution' in Sri Lanka
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