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DECEMBER 22, 2006 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka 's air force jets destroy a Tamil Tiger rebel base in volatile north
Associated Press, Fri December 22, 2006 07:46 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's air force destroyed a Tamil Tiger guerrilla base in the volatile north on Friday, the military said while accusing rebels of attacking government security posts elsewhere in the north. Sri Lanka's two decades of civil war halted temporarily in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire, but a resurgence of near-daily violence has since threatened the truce. More than 3,500 combatants and civilians have been killed this year, according to the Defense Ministry.

The Tamil Tigers say they are fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.1 million minority ethnic Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

Most of Sri Lanka's Tamils live in the island country's north and east.

Published: Fri Dec 22 08:53:07 EST 2006


Suspected Tamil rebels attack government's security posts, 2 security personnel wounded
Associated Press, Thu December 21, 2006 22:26 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two government security posts in northern Sri Lanka, wounding two security officers, the Media Central for National Security said Friday. Sri Lanka's two decades of civil war stopped in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire, but that truce has come under serious threat due to almost daily violence. This year more than 3,500 combatants and civilians have been killed in violence, according to the Defense Ministry.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadres say they are fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.1 million Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.
Published: Fri Dec 22 03:45:45 EST 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka President hopes for solution to conflict early next year
people.com.cn, December 22, 2006. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has expressed hope for finding a solution to the country 's ethnic conflict early next year.

Addressing a public gathering here on Thursday night, Rajapakse said a draft solution to end the conflict would be submitted by the all political party panel which he appointed early this year for the purpose.

"The All Party Conference would come up with its solution by January or February," the President said.

However, he said his government would carry on the anti-terror actions against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels.

"We are for peace but our action will continue to free the civilians from armed violence to make them lay down arms," Rajapakse stressed.

The all political party panel's draft solution to end the conflict has come under sharp criticism from two of the President 's political allies, the main left party the JVP or the People's Liberation Front and the all Buddhist monk party, the JHU or the Heritage Party. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 13:41:47 EST 2006 Back to the top


Indian PM voices concern over Sri Lanka to pro-LTTE MPs
indiaenews.com, Friday, December 22, 2006. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday voiced India's concern over the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka at a path-breaking meeting with a group of Tamil MPs from the island nation who are supportive of the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka s Tamil Tigers warn of full-scale war
alertnet.org, 22 Dec 2006 - 03:40 EDT . COLOMBO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Renewed conflict in Sri Lanka will escalate into full-scale war if the military follows through on a declared plan to evict the Tamil Tigers from the island's volatile east, a top rebel has warned... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wins rain shortened Twenty-20 international
Associated Press, Fri December 22, 2006 04:04 EST . WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Sri Lanka - won the first of two Twenty-20 cricket internationals against New Zealand by 18 runs at Wellington on Friday when the match was abandoned due to rain... Back to the top

Military says Sri Lankan patrol escapes roadside bomb attack
Associated Press, Wed December 20, 2006 21:55 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A military patrol escaped a roadside bomb attack in northern Sri Lanka - , the Defense Ministry said Thursday... Back to the top

LTTE desperate for international sympathy
hindustantimes.com, December 21, 2006. Fighting with its back to the wall in the Vaharai sector in Eastern Sri Lanka, and desperate to gain international sympathy, the LTTE is destroying civilian bunkers in areas under its control to increase civilian casualties... Back to the top

Lankan peace prospects bleak, says Norway
indiatimes.com, DECEMBER 22, 2006. Norway has told India that it feels the Lankan peace process is stalled, and has expressed pessimism over the future of the process... Back to the top

LTTE expresses 'gratitude'
hindu.com, Friday, Dec 22, 2006. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has expressed its `gratitude' to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels abducted us using grenades, say children
alertnet.org, Dec 21. Seven Tamil schoolboys emerged from Tamil Tiger territory in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, saying rebels threatened them with grenades and cut their hair in apparent preparation for military training... Back to the top

Sri Lanka accuses rebels of abducting more than 400 underage fighters this year
Associated Press, Wed December 20, 2006 18:30 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government accused Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday of abducting more than 400 underage boys and girls from government-controlled areas this year to be trained as combatants and asked the insurgents to stop the practice... Back to the top

Sri Lanka starts to digitise birth, marriage and death certificates
lankabusinessonline.com, 21 dec. December 21, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka has started to digitize the issue of birth, marriage and death certificates, which has cut processing time to as little as ten minutes, officials said... Back to the top

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