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Devolution proposal in Sri Lanka
hindu, December 07. THE "majority report" of the Sri Lankan Government's multi-ethnic experts panel has recommended maximum devolution of power with the province as the unit of devolution, and provision for the appointment of two Vice-Presidents from communities other than that of the country's President.

The report, a copy of which is available with The Hindu , was submitted to the Secretariat of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday. Of the 17 members of the experts panel, 11 — six Sinhalese, four Tamils, and the lone Muslim member — endorsed the report.

The minority report is by H.L. de Silva (Government representative in Geneva and lawyer for the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in the de-merger case), Gomin Dayasiri (another lawyer for the JVP in the de-merger case), Manohara de Silva (Jatika Hela Urumaya lawyer) and Professor G.H. Peiris. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Dec 6 19:45:48 EST 2006

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Sri Lanka decides not to ban Tamil Tigers, but promises to enforce anti-terror law
Associated Press, Wed December 6, 2006 07:57 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Wednesday decided not to ban the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, but said it would enforce more strictly a tough anti-terrorism law to help fight terror threats.

The government's decision came after a suspected rebel suicide bomber targeted the country's defense secretary last week, topping a year of violence that has killed more than 3,500 people.

``The Cabinet decided to introduce new regulations as it felt that existing regulations are not sufficient to deal with the terrorist activities faced today,'' Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake told reporters.

The current Prevention of Terrorism Act provides state security forces with sweeping powers to detain anyone without a warrant for six months, raid any home, structure and even demolish properties considered a threat to national security.

This will be strictly enforced because terrorist activities have increased, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who say they are fighting on behalf of the country's 3.1 million ethnic Tamil minority are banned in the United States, Britain, Canada, EU and neighboring India.

The rebels' supporters had warned that a ban would effectively scupper a peace process that has already come under increasing strain amid a spike in violence this year.

The new regulations prohibit providing information detrimental to national security to any person engaged in terrorism, or involvement with such people. Violators can be imprisoned for up to 20 years.

``These regulations will no way obstruct the resumption of peace process. We hope that the LTTE at least will now try to move out of these definitions and come back to the table,'' Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

The Cabinet met Wednesday for an extraordinary meeting to discuss whether to re-impose a ban on the Tigers following the suicide bomb blast on Friday that killed three people, including the bomber, and wounded another 14. It is thought the target of the attack was Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who is also the president's brother. The government has blamed the rebels, who are known for using suicide bombers in attacks against the government.

Separately on Wednesday, a bomb blast blamed on the rebels killed two Tamil civilians, wounded three others in the volatile north, the military said.

The government first banned the LTTE in 1998 after the rebels exploded a truck bomb, badly damaging the Temple of Buddha's Tooth relic, a sacred place for the island's predominantly Buddhist majority.

It lifted the ban in September 2002 as part of confidence-building measures after the two sides signed a Norway-brokered cease-fire in February that year.

Norwegian peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer had planned to travel to the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi on Monday to discuss the faltering peace process, but delayed the trip on the request of the government until after Wednesday's Cabinet meeting.

The rebels have fought the government since 1983 to carve out a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Dec 6 08:27:56 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Bomb blast kills 2 civilians, wounds 3 others in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed December 6, 2006 07:11 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a roadside bomb on Wednesday, killing two civilians and wounding three others in volatile northern Sri Lanka - , the military said.

The rebels were targeting a military vehicle on the northern Jaffna peninsula but missed, an officer at the Media Center for National Security said on condition of anonymity due to policy.

He said the blast killed two civilians who were close to the explosion and wounded three others.

There was no immediate comment from rebels. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Dec 6 08:27:31 EST 2006 Back to the top

Little action on Tamil Tigers
toronto star, December 07. Other than listing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a terrorist organization, the Canadian government has done little to curb fundraising by the banned group in Canada, Human Rights Watch says... Back to the top

UPDATE 1-New Zealand demolish Sri Lanka for 154, Dec 7, 2006. SYDNEY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka collapsed to 154 all out after winning the toss at tea on the first day of the opening test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Thursday... Back to the top

Possible LTTE infiltration in the Sri Lankan army
dailyindia, December 07. Colombo, Dec 6 (ANI): The LTTE has reportedly infiltrated the Sri Lankan military, making the army more vulnerable to the attack from the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to debate banning Tigers
AP, December 06. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's Cabinet is set to hold a crucial meeting Wednesday to decide whether to ban the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels _ a move rebel supporters say would to effectively scupper the peace process... Back to the top

Power line project between India-Sri Lanka to be inked, December 6, 2006. An agreement to set up a major power transmission line between India and Sri Lanka is likely to be inked early next year that would link two cities well known for their temples and religious festivals — Madurai in Tamil Nadu in the southern state of India and Anuradhapura an ancient city in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka panel may recommend devolution, Wednesday, Dec 06, 2006. -
B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: The multi-ethnic group of experts constituted by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to advise him on the resolution of the ethnic conflict in the island nation is expected to present its "preliminary" report on Wednesday... Back to the top

18 combatants, 2 civilians killed in Sri Lanka 's latest fighting
Associated Press, Tue December 5, 2006 01:28 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops killed 16 Tamil Tigers in the country's volatile east, in fighting that also left two soldiers dead, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

The rationale behind Sri Lanka’s ties with Israel, 5 December 2006. A COLLEAGUE last week asked me why Sri Lankan Muslims were silent over a visible change in the government's Palestinian policy... Back to the top

Bug-borne fever infects more than 100,000 in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue December 5, 2006 03:09 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A fever spread by mosquitoes has infected more than 100,000 people in Sri Lanka - , an official said Tuesday... Back to the top

Japanese Embassy in Sri Lanka cancels ceremony over safety concerns+
Associated Press, Tue December 5, 2006 07:48 EST . - - COLOMBO, Dec. 5 (Kyodo) The Japanese Embassy in Colombo on Tuesday cancelled a traditional reception celebrating Japanese Emperor Akihito's birthday on security considerations, a spokesman for the embassy told Kyodo news. ''There were many reasons for the cancellation, but the main reason was security,'' the spokesman said... Back to the top

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