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LTTE rebels board distressed ship off Sri Lanka : defense ministry
Associated Press, Sat December 23, 2006 05:40 EST . - - COLOMBO, Dec. 23 (Kyodo) Armed Tamil Tiger rebels boarded a distressed Jordanian merchant ship that had drifted close to the Tiger-held Mullaitivu coast in northeastern early Saturday, Sri Lanka's defense ministry said. According to the defense ministry, a distress message from the ship saying it was under armed pirate attack was received by the Maritime Rescuing Coordinating Center in Falmouth, Britain and this had been relayed to naval authorities in Sri Lanka - .

''Attempts made by the navy to establish communications with the vessel have failed and it is believed that the Sea Tiger pirates have disconnected communications,'' the defense ministry said.

The LTTE said the ship was caught in rough weather and drifted into their waters.

''Sea Tigers have rescued 25 members of the crew so far,'' Tiger military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan was quoted saying by TamilNet. ''The cargo vessel drifting toward the coast of Mullaitivu is in danger of grounding.''

The defense ministry said the ship's local agents have sent a tug to prevent the ship from drifting to shore, but there was no word on whether the tug had reached the area or was permitted access by the Sea Tigers.

The government accused the LTTE of being in ''clear violation of international maritime law'' and said there was an act of ''armed piracy.''

Diplomats said that given food shortages in rebel-held areas of Sri Lanka - , the rice cargo would be an attractive prize.
Published: Sat Dec 23 17:14:09 EST 2006

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International Monetary Fund to wind up operations in Sri Lanka in ..., December 23, 2006. The International Monetary Fund will close its office in Sri Lanka from mid next month, the global financial watchdog said Saturday.

The office in Colombo is being wound up late January, when the term of its current resident representative, Luis Valdivieso ends.

"The decision reflects the evolving nature of the IMF's relationship with Sri Lanka, with Sri Lanka no longer having a program with the IMF, and also was taken in the context of the overall declining real administrative budget available to the IMF," Valdivieso said.

He said the IMF and the Sri Lankan authorities will continue close and collaborative relationship and maintain an open dialog.

"The IMF also remains firmly committed to the government's efforts to promote sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. IMF staff teams will continue to visit Sri Lanka regularly to exchange views with the authorities, as they do in all member countries." More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 17:21:09 EST 2006 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket official: Australian spinner Warne failed to honor promise to help rebuild tsunami-battered stadium
Associated Press, Sat December 23, 2006 01:14 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australian spin bowler Shane Warne failed to honor his promise to donate money to help rebuild the Galle cricket stadium wrecked by the 2004 tsunami, a Sri Lankan cricket official said Saturday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Indian PM voices concern over Sri Lanka to pro-LTTE MPs, 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, 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

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