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US says it is troubled by Sri Lankan decision to end peace deal
Associated Press, Thu January 3, 2008 15:20 EST . - - WASHINGTON (AP) The United States said Thursday it was troubled by Sri Lanka - 's decision to end a 2002 cease-fire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels. ``All parties to the conflict share the responsibility to protect the rights of all of Sri Lanka - 's people,'' McCormack said in a statement.

Sri Lanka - 's government has said growing violence has rendered the agreement irrelevant. Despite the cease-fire, near-daily ambushes, assassinations and airstrikes have killed more than 5,000 people over the last two years.

The truce had been considered the foundation for a long-term peace deal that would bring a permanent end to the civil war, and it received widespread international support.

There has been a major escalation in fighting in recent weeks along the front lines surrounding the Tamil Tiger rebels' de facto state in parts of the north.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 3 18:03:35 EST 2008


Rights group calls for UN monitors for Sri Lanka
afp, Jan 4. WASHINGTON : Human Rights Watch called Thursday for a UN human rights monitoring mission in Sri Lanka in the wake of the breakdown of the 2002 ceasefire agreement between the government and the Tamil Tiger secessionists.

The New York-based group said new monitors were needed to replace the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, which is pulling out due to the end of the ceasefire. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 3 22:52:04 EST 2008 Back to the top


Canada blasts Sri Lanka for ending truce
google.com, jan 4. OTTAWA (AFP) Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier on Thursday blasted Sri Lanka for withdrawing from a 2002 ceasefire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Published: Thu Jan 3 18:05:45 EST 2008 Back to the top


UN chief laments end of truce in Sri Lanka
indiatimes.com, jan 4. UNITED NATIONS: UN chief Ban Ki-moon today deplored the Sri Lankan government's decision to end its 2002 truce with Tamil Tigers rebels and pleaded for an end to the bloodshed through a political solution... Back to the top

Arrests made in Sri Lankan MP killing
UPI, jan 4. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan police announced the arrest of eight suspects for their alleged connection to the assassination of Sri Lanka parliamentarian official T. Maheswaran... Back to the top

Man who tried to smuggle arms to terror group is sentenced
Associated Press, Thu January 3, 2008 18:37 EST . BALTIMORE (AP) _ A Sri Lankan man who admitted trying to smuggle weapons to a terrorist organization in his native country was sentenced today to four years and nine months in prison... Back to the top

Ceasefire agreement will end after Thai pongal: LTTE
hindu.com, January 3, 2008 . Colombo (PTI): Sri Lankan government decided to abrogate the six year old ceasefire agreement with the LTTE after its defence was rebuilt with abundant foreign monetary and military assistance, a pro-rebel website said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka notifies broker Norway of end to rebel peace deal, Nordic monitors to leave
Associated Press, Thu January 3, 2008 13:35 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's government officially notified peace-broker Norway on Thursday that it is pulling out a cease-fire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels prompting independent Nordic monitors to announce the termination of their operations... Back to the top

47 soldiers killed in Lanka fighting
TOI, Jan 3. COLOMBO: At least 37 LTTE militants and 10 soldiers were killed in fierce clashes between Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation's embattled north, the defence ministry said on Thursday... Back to the top

Heavy fighting in Sri Lanka as truce ends
google.com, jan 3. COLOMBO (AFP) Heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tigers broke out in northern Sri Lanka Thursday, hours after Colombo announced it was pulling out of a tattered ceasefire agreement with the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka investors to weather truce collapse
reuters.com, Jan 3, 2008 9:29am EST. LONDON (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's unilateral withdrawal from an already moribund ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels will likely deepen its international isolation, but it may do little to dent investor sentiment towards the island... Back to the top

Norway says fighting likely to escalate after Sri Lankan govt ends truce with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Thu January 3, 2008 06:26 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Peace-broker Norway warned violence raging in Sri Lanka - will likely worsen after the government pledged to withdraw from a 2002 cease-fire with Tamil insurgents... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Conflict to Escalate as Cease-Fire Ends, Norway Says
bloomberg.com, Jan 02 22:26. an. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's decision to withdraw from a cease-fire agreement with Tamil rebels will undermine efforts to protect the civilian population and cause the conflict to escalate, said Norway, which brokered the 2002 accord. ``I regret the government is taking this serious step,'' said Erik Solheim, Norway's environment and international development minister... Back to the top

Air Force hits LTTE targets, 13 killed in Lanka
hindu.com, Wed., January 02, 2008, 20:42 EDT. Colombo (PTI): Sri Lankan fighter planes on Wednesdaystruck twice on LTTE bases destroying the outfit's supply centre and killing two of its leaders even as ground battles in the restive north of the country left 11 Tigers dead, the Defence Ministry said here... Back to the top

Sri Lanka decides to formally end cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels, minister says
Associated Press, Wed January 2, 2008 10:57 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's government has decided to formally withdraw from a Norway-brokered cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels amid escalating violence that has rendered the deal redundant, a minister said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says fighter jets bomb 2 rebel bases in north
Associated Press, Wed January 2, 2008 08:41 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan war planes pounded and destroyed two Tamil rebel bases in the volatile north Wednesday, the military said... Back to the top

Bomb blast in Sri Lanka's capital kills 4, injures 24
Associated Press, Tue January 1, 2008 23:59 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil rebels detonated a roadside bomb near a bus carrying wounded soldiers in the heart of Sri Lanka's capital Wednesday, killing four people and injuring 24 others, the military said... Back to the top

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