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VOL. 7, NO. 263


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Sri Lanka s two troubled provinces to be separated, Dec. 25, 2006. Sri Lanka's troubled Northern and Eastern provinces will be administered as separate provinces with effect from the new year, a top state official said Monday.

Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema, who is currently the governor for the merged Northeastern Province, said that he had been appointed as the governor of the eastern province and a separate governor for the northern province would soon be appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

The two provinces came to be merged in July 1987 as part of the India-Sri Lanka agreement when the Indian government made its intervention then to bring about a negotiated end to the island's separatist armed conflict.

The Supreme Court on Oct. 16 this year ruled that the 1987 order by the then President of Sri Lanka merging the two provinces was not in keeping with the country's constitution and should therefore be separate provinces.

Wijewickrema said there will now be two separate administrations as was ruled by the Supreme Court and added "it might be another year or so until we formally set up the Northern Province administration."

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels claim the two provinces the traditional homeland of the minority Tamils and are so opposed to the de-merger.

However, the Sinhala majority groups say the merged provinces distort the ethnic proportional representation in favor of the Tamils as a large number of Sinhala majority and Muslims have been historically living in the Eastern Province.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said the civilian population in the Eastern Province should be given the choice to be merged or demerged at a referendum and the government would not interfere in the court ruling.

Rajapakse's allies, the main left party the JVP and the Heritage Party who are bitterly opposed to a negotiated settlement of the separatist armed conflict with the Tiger rebels, have been putting pressure on the president to implement the court ruling. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 11:23:47 EST 2006

Sailors of Jordanian ship arrive in Colombo from Tamil rebel territory after 3-day ordeal
Associated Press, Mon December 25, 2006 10:55 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The crew of a Jordanian ship that drifted into rebel-controlled waters off Sri Lanka's coast arrived in the capital Monday, days after they were taken by separatists who boarded the vessel. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which is fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.1 million ethnic Tamil minority, say they control waters around insurgent-held territory in the northeast, where they run their own administration.

Published: Mon Dec 25 11:21:15 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Church bombed in Sri Lanka, 25/12/2006. A policeman was killed after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels lobbed a grenade at officers guarding a church in northwest Sri Lanka on Christmas day, said the Sri Lankan defence ministry.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked a police post providing security for the St Lucia's church in Mannar district, about 312km north of the capital Colombo, early on Monday, said the ministry. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 11:31:32 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Chinese houses for Sri Lankan tsunami victims, 25 Dec, 2006. A tsunami victim, 42-year-old M H Sunil, was very happy as he welcomed a special guest from China in his own new house donated by the Chinese people... Back to the top

AICC gen secy seeks action against LTTE supporters, Monday December 25 2006 14:47 IST. PUDUCHERRY: AICC General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member V Narayanasamy demanded action against those speaking in support of the banned LTTE... Back to the top

Indonesia Fears Another Massive Tsunami
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