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DECEMBER 3, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 241

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Sri Lanka contemplates tough action against Tamil rebels
people.com.cn, December 04. The Sri Lankan government is under pressure to take tough action against the Tamil Tiger rebels after Friday's failed attempt to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapaksa 's brother, who is also the top defense civil service officer, government sources said.

Keheliya Rambukwella, the government's defense spokesman said Sunday that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels had once again shown their brutality and inhuman nature by attempting to kill Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the defense ministry secretary.

Rajapaksa survived the rebel suicide bomb attack on Friday in downtown Colombo but two soldiers were killed and 13 others injured in the blast. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Dec 3 22:13:22 EST 2006

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Sri Lanka advises Norwegian peace envoy not to meet Tamil Tiger leadership
Associated Press, Sun December 3, 2006 03:12 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government has advised a Norwegian peace envoy against meeting with the separatist Tamil rebel leadership as the government reviews its relationship with the insurgents, an official said Sunday. ``I have told Norwegian ambassador, Hans Brattskar, and Hanssen-Bauer that all contacts with the LTTE are under review by the government, and the Cabinet will decide on these issues on Wednesday,'' said Palitha Kohona, chief of the Sri Lanka - 's Peace Secretariat. He used the acronym of the rebels' formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Kohona declined to elaborate. However, the Cabinet is likely to take up the issue of re-imposing a ban on the rebels as punishment, after a suspected rebel suicide bomber in the capital, Colombo, tried to kill president's brother, who is also the defense secretary.

Hanssen-Bauer has already met with some senior government officials and has been set to travel to the rebels' northern stronghold of Kilinochchi for talks with the Tiger leadership on Dec. 4.

Kohona said he had informed Hanssen-Bauer that he cannot go to Kilinochchi until the government makes a firm decision on the matter.

A suspected rebel suicide bomber on Friday targeted Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse's convoy. The blast killed three people including the bomber, and wounded 14, but Rajapakse was unhurt.

The government blamed the Tamil Tigers for the attack. The rebels have not commented on it.

The latest round of peace talks, held in Switzerland in October, failed to make any progress in resolving Sri Lanka - 's more than two-decade-old conflict. Government-rebel relations have since deteriorated.

On Sunday, the military said Tamil Tigers had attacked an army camp in Sri Lanka - 's volatile east overnight, triggering an exchange of artillery and mortar fire.

The army repulsed the attack in the Batticaloa district, and no soldiers were injured, an officer from the government's Media Center for National Security said on condition of anonymity, in line with policy.

There was no immediate comment from the rebels.

The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the island nation's 3.2 million minority ethnic Tamils, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

The government says it is willing to grant autonomy to areas where Tamils are in the majority, but the rebels insist on sweeping changes that the government says would infringe on the country's sovereignty.

The Tigers' top leader days ago called the Oslo-brokered cease-fire ``defunct,'' but the rebels later clarified that they would abide by the truce.

Despite the recent violence, both sides insist they have not withdrawn from the truce. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Dec 3 04:49:12 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Tamil Tigers attack eastern army camp, military says
Associated Press, Sun December 3, 2006 01:26 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger separatists attacked an army camp in Sri Lanka - 's volatile east overnight, triggering an exchange of artillery and mortar fire, the military said on Sunday. Saturday's battle came a day after a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber targeted a convoy of vehicles carrying Sri Lanka - 's defense secretary.

Three people, including the bomber, died in the attack in the capital Colombo on Friday, and 14 more were wounded.

The government blamed the Tamil Tigers for the attack and said Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who is also the president's brother, appeared to be the target.

Rajapakse, a retired military colonel, was not injured, but the military said two soldiers providing security died, and nine soldiers and five civilians were hospitalized.

Police said Saturday they arrested four people in connection with the bombing, including the owner of a motorized rickshaw used in the attack.

The rebels have not commented on the suicide attack.

Fighting since last December has killed 3,500 fighters and civilians, putting at risk a 2002 cease-fire and threatening to return the country to all-out war.

But both sides maintain they have not withdrawn from the truce between the government and rebels. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Dec 3 05:11:32 EST 2006 Back to the top


Failed suicide attack unusual for Sri Lankan rebels known for precision
Associated Press, Sat December 2, 2006 05:35 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) For a rebel army known for precision attacks, the Tamil Tigers' recent string of botched attempts to hit senior government targets has been an unusual development a result, analysts say, of tight security surrounding the officials... Back to the top

4 suspects arrested in suicide attack on Sri Lanka defense secretary
Associated Press, Sat December 2, 2006 09:28 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Four people have been arrested in connection with a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bombing targeting Sri Lanka - 's defense secretary, including the owner of a motorized rickshaw used in the attack, police said Saturday... Back to the top

Rajiv misled LTTE, claims Vaiko
monstersandcritics.com, Dec 3. New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) MDMK leader Vaiko Sunday stood by his assertion that former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, while brokering peace in Sri Lanka, had deliberately misled the Tamil Tigers before signing the 1989 peace accord that saw the induction of an Indian peace-keeping force in the island nation... Back to the top

Lanka peace depends on ceasefire, MoU: Wickremasinghe
zeenews.com, Dec 02. Indore (MP), Dec 02: Long-term peace in Sri Lanka depends on the government-LTTE ceasefire agreement and the MoU signed between the island nation`s two main political parties, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has said... Back to the top

Fisherman from LTTE custody arrives
chennaionline.com, December 02. Rameswaram, Dec 2: A local fisherman today alleged that he was kidnapped along with his fishing boat by a group of 35 armed LTTE men when he was fishing in the mid-sea along with others in a mechanised boat on November 12... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pins hopes on athletics
indiaenews.com, December 01. Sri Lanka will be pinning its hopes on athletics to bag medals in the 15th Asian Games, a media report said Friday... Back to the top

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