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DECEMBER 19, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 257

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S.Lanka rebels free children amid recruitment 'mistake'
alertnet.org, Dec 19 . Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Tuesday they had freed 23 teenage school children reported abducted overnight, and had suspended rebel fighters who recruited them without checking their age.

However the military said the Tigers only released 15 of 16 girls aged 15-17 who were taken from an evening class in the coastal hamlet of Vinayagapuram, in the tsunami-battered eastern district of Ampara, late on Monday.

One girl and seven boys were still missing.

It was the first time the Tigers have made public a disciplinary measure against their own fighters, as the rebels fight a new escalating chapter of the island's two-decade civil war with the military.

"It wasn't actually an abduction," Tiger military spokesman Rasaiah Ilanthiraiyan told Reuters by telephone from the rebels' northern stronghold. "Our cadres who brought in the young fellows did not properly check their ages, and that is criminal negligence."

"They have been released to their relatives," he added. "The cadres involved have been decommissioned - like a suspension."

The Tigers routinely deny charges by United Nations childrens' agency UNICEF that they recruit children, and argue that any children in their ranks lied about their age to get there. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 12:01:44 EST 2006


European cease-fire monitors say parents of kidnapped Tamil teenagers had lodged complaint
Associated Press, Tue December 19, 2006 10:45 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels kidnapped 24 Tamil teenagers, mostly girls, while they were attending class ahead of annual examinations, the Sri Lankan military said Tuesday. The acting spokesman for the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, Toril Skjetne, said parents of the teenagers had lodged formal complaints.

``The SLMM is inquiring into this incident. Parents have complained to the SLMM that their children were abducted,'' Skjetne said.

The teenagers, who were all 15 or 16 years of age, were attending a special class to prepare them for an important annual exam, Samarasinghe said.

The rebels in a statement posted on their Web site said an investigation was ordered to ensure underage fighters do not join their ranks in the future.

The Tamil Tigers are known to have used thousands of underage combatants in their two-decade separatist war against government forces. Although a cease-fire went into effect in 2002, the two sides have resumed almost daily fighting.

The insurgents control a vast area of northeast Sri Lanka - where they have their own laws and run their own courts, police and administrative system.

They say they have stopped the practice of recruiting underage combatants.
Published: Tue Dec 19 12:50:45 EST 2006 Back to the top


A displaced Tamil child drinks milk in refugee camp in Ridithanna Batticaloa
reauters, 19 Dec 2006. A displaced Tamil child, who fled from rebel-controlled Vakari, drinks milk in a refugee camp in a government-controlled area in Ridithanna Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, December 19, 2006. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 20:25:38 EST 2006 Back to the top

15492 people so far fled from the LTTE controlled Vaharai
nmatnet.com, 19 December 2006 - 06:35 EDT. NMAT.Colombo 18th December 2007: People who were held against their wishes by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are continuing to flee from Vaharai into the Government controlled areas. Since 01 November, so far a total of 15 492 persons have managed give a slip to LTTE, fled from Vaharai and entered the Government controlled areas... Back to the top

Fears for refugees in Sri Lanka fighting
telegraph.co.uk, 1:57am GMT 20/12/2006. Sitting in her hospital bed, nursing an eight-month-old baby with a deep shrapnel wound in his left leg, the young Tamil woman is the forgotten face of Sri Lanka's increasingly violent ethnic war... Back to the top

Military says Tamil rebels kidnapped 24 Tamil teenagers from eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue December 19, 2006 02:52 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels kidnapped 24 Tamil teenagers, mostly girls, while they were attending class ahead of annual examinations, the Sri Lankan military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tea strike called off
bbc.co.uk, Tuesday, 19 December 2006, 17:08 GMT . The main tea unions of Sri Lanka have called off a damaging two-week strike which officials say brought the industry to a virtual standstill... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Flush us out at your peril, Sri Lanka rebels warn army
today.reuters.com, 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 19:19 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - RIDITENNE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil civilians who crossed a jungle to escape heavy fighting described 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
lankabusinessonline.com, 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
lankabusinessonline.com, 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`
zeenews.com, 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
cricinfo.com, 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

Mahinda Rajapaksa s son joins Sri Lankan Navy
hindustantimes.com, 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 set for anarchy, warns rights group
teluguportal.net, 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

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