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VOL. 7, NO. 256


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Sri Lankan military seizes explosives in Jaffna
Associated Press, Mon December 18, 2006 03:11 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said Monday that it has seized 95 kilograms (210 pounds) of explosives, believed hidden by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, from an abandoned house in a Tamil-majority area. The rebels, who are fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.1 million ethnic Tamil minority, could not immediately be reached for comment.

A Norwegian-brokered cease-fire halted Sri Lanka - 's two-decade-old civil war in 2002, but the truce now exists only on paper and near-daily violence has returned. More than 3,500 people, including both combatants and civilians, have died in the fighting this year.
Published: Mon Dec 18 04:45:45 EST 2006

Corruption blocks aid as Sri Lanka marks tsunami anniversary
Yahoo, 12/18/2006. Corruption and ethnic violence is blocking a flood of foreign aid for Sri Lanka's tsunami survivors two years after the massive disaster, according to official records and whistle-blowers.

President Mahinda Rajapakse admitted a year ago the country had failed to do enough to help the victims of the towering waves, but thousands of survivors still live in "tent villages" along the coast.

Sri Lanka, one of the worst hit by the December 2004 Asian tsunami, lost an estimated 31,000 people while another million were left homeless, but the island also attracted 3.2 billion dollars in foreign aid pledges.

Out of the promised aid, it was not clear how much was received, but the state auditor general in September 2005 noted out of 1.16 billion dollars committed, only 13.5 percent had actually been spent.

Since then, there has been no fresh government audit. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 09:40:43 EST 2006 Back to the top

Australia may ban LTTE says Foreign Minister Downer, 12/18/2006. Australia is seriously considering banning the LTTE, the country's foreign minister Alexander Downer said in London.

Mr. Downer said that in the past two weeks Australian authorities have had discussions concerning the LTTE and a decision was expected to be taken shortly. The foreign minister, who was in London to attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) that suspended Fiji from the organisation following the military takeover there, said Australian intelligence services had monitored the activities of some Tamil charities that had used the cover to illegally raise funds for the LTTE in Sri Lanka.

"We are now considering banning the LTTE," Mr. Downer told the Sunday Times (London) after a talk he gave the International Institute of Strategic Studies on terrorism and Islamic extremism.

Mr. Downer said his speech titled "Ideas as weapons: Meeting the ideological challenge of extremism," dealt only with Islamic extremism but he said that other forms of terrorism did exist and needed to be dealt with.

Diplomatic sources said recent developments in Sri Lanka such as the attempted assassination of the defence secretary and the escalating violence were among the factors that caused the Australian authorities to consider tough measures against the LTTE. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 17:38:13 EST 2006 Back to the top

Flush us out at your peril, Sri Lanka rebels warn army, 18 Dec 2006 - 05:12 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers warned the army on Monday they would resort to pre-emptive strikes if the military pushes ahead with a declared plan to drive them out of rebel-held territory in the island's volatile east... Back to the top

Fleeing Tamil refugees descibe being held by separatists as Sri Lanka shelled camps
Associated Press, Mon December 18, 2006 10:52 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - RIDITENNE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil civilians who crossed a jungle to escape heavy fighting in an undeclared civil war described Monday being held by force by Tamil separatists as the Sri Lankan government shelled rebel-controlled villages... Back to the top

Sri Lanka scouts for International help to hedge oil bill, Mon, 18 December 2006 21:56:49 . .
Sri Lanka scouts for International help to hedge oil bill December 18, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka is scouting for international experts to help the island hedge part of its hefty oil bill next year, Petroleum Minister A H M Fowzie said Monday.Sri Lanka scouts for International help to hedge oil bill December 18, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka is scouting for international experts to help the island hedge part of its hefty oil bill next year, Petroleum Minister A H M Fowzie said Monday. A net oil importer, Sri Lanka's retail fuel market is dominated by state oil giant Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), while Indian fuel retailer Lanka IOC, commands a third of the market. "We are going to call for expressions of interest from international experts to help us, so that we can mitigate some part of our oil import bill next year," Fowzie told LBO... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president will launch port expansion project, 18 December 2006 18:13:49. .
Dec 18, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse Monday kicked off a million dollar project to expand the Colombo port, which will triple existing capacity and enable it to service larger vessels in the future. The 1.2 billion dollar project, the largest port development undertaken so far, will add four terminals, each with four berths to existing facilities, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority said... Back to the top

`No solution to Lanka conflict till funding from West cut-off`, Dec 17. Unless all funding from the West to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is cut-off, the end to violence and a chance of political settlement in Sri Lanka is a distant dream, a leading American newspaper has said... Back to the top

Murali spins Sri Lanka to series leveller, December 18, 2006. Muttiah Muralitharan was the ringmaster, claiming his ninth ten-wicket haul of the year, as Sri Lanka wrapped a series-levelling 217-run victory just before tea on day four at the Basin Reserve... Back to the top

Mainstream Tamil Tiger rebels kill 3 breakaway members, military says
Associated Press, Mon December 18, 2006 06:12 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Three members of a breakaway Tamil Tiger faction were shot dead Monday in Sri Lanka - 's volatile east by suspected members of the mainstream rebel group, the military said... Back to the top

Illegal arms to Lanka: Chennai is conduit, December 17. The state capital of Tamil Nadu is gradually turning into a conduit for illegal arms and ammunitions because of its porous coastline near Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Mahinda Rajapaksa s son joins Sri Lankan Navy, 18 Dec 2006 - 05:12 EDT. In a move which has great symbolic value in present-day Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's second son Yoshitha joined the Sri Lankan Navy last week amid much media fanfare... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s New Phase of Fratricidal Conflict
org, 17 Dec 2006 - 9:00 EDT. The month of November saw hectic political and military activity with the LTTE celebrating, "Maveeran Varam" or Great Fighters week coinciding with the birthday of the supreme leader Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set for anarchy, warns rights group, 18 Dec 2006 - 05:27 EDT. New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka appears set for anarchy, a leading rights group has warned, adding that the situation in the strife-hit island mirrored the mid-1980s "where people count for nothing"... Back to the top

Lull in heroin smuggling to Sri Lanka: official, Dec 15, 2006. .
K.T. Sangameswaran Links it to intensified patrolling along State's coast CHENNAI: Narcotic drug enforcement authorities have noticed a lull in smuggling of heroin to Sri Lanka from the Tamil Nadu Coast in the last one-and-a-half months... Back to the top

Peace and the Tamil Tigers?
The Washington Times, 17 Dec 2006 - 17:00 EDT. A successful peace accord cannot be reached in Sri Lanka until the financial support for the terrorist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam can be altogether strangled... Back to the top

Tsunami-stricken beaches revive, but survivors carry deep scars
Associated Press, Sat December 16, 2006 14:59 EST . DENIS D. GRAY - - In Sumatra's Aceh province, where an estimated 167,000 perished, extreme personal loss and financial desperation have taken a toll on mental health... Back to the top

Balasingham`s death could spark Lanka war: Analysts, 17 Dec 2006 - 9:00 EDT. Colombo, Dec 17: The death of a top peace negotiator for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels dealt a huge blow to the moderate cause, and could spark a backslide to full-scale war in the island nation, analysts say... Back to the top

Flight school comes after unlikely journey for Sri Lanka native
Associated Press, Sat December 16, 2006 16:22 EST . GRAND FORKS, North Dakota (AP) Yasith de Silva has wanted to be a pilot since he was 4 years old... Back to the top

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