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Nordic peace monitors ordered to leave Sri Lanka
Xinhua, Jan 5. Thirty observers from Norway and Iceland who had been monitoring a failed peace process in Sri Lanka have been ordered to leave the troubled country within 12 days, according to reports reaching in Stockholm from Oslo on Friday.

It is a major process, but the monitors would be packed up and out within the deadline, which was set for Jan, 16, Pia Hansson, one member of the Monitoring Mission, told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten over the telephone.

"On a personal level, we are all disappointed," she added.

The monitors must leave Sri Lanka after government officials formally announced this week that they are terminating a ceasefire agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The ceasefire had been hammered out nearly six years ago by Norwegian peace brokers. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 4 22:30:44 EST 2008

Sri Lankan gets 5 years for arms deal
Baltimore Sun, Friday, January 4, 2008. By Matthew Dolan

January 4, 2008

Before consummating the arms deal, buyers for a South Asian rebel group needed an expert.

So they turned to Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, a citizen of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil Tigers, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Prosecutors say he knew how to inspect the fully automatic weapons and surface-to-air missiles to determine whether they had flaws.

Varatharasa was arrested in Guam after inspecting the military hardware during a clandestine meeting with undercover American agents from Maryland.

In U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday, the 37-year-old father of two received a sentence of almost five years in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization and the attempted exportation of arms and munitions.

Varatharasa is one of six More...
Published: Fri Jan 4 23:41:47 EST 2008 Back to the top

Lanka says still open to negotiated political settlement, January 4, 2008 : 1920 Hrs. Colombo (PTI): Sri Lanka on Friday said it was still open to a "negotiated political settlement" with the Tamil Tigers to the over two-decade-old ethnic conflict despite scrapping a ceasefire agreement, which it claimed, had been violated "thousands of times" by the rebels.

"I wish to underline that the termination of the CFA (Ceasefire Agreement) does not in anyway hamper the process of moving towards a negotiated political settlement," Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogallagama told reporters.

"In fact it gives us a broader space to pursue this goal in a manner that involves all sections of the Sri Lankan polity, which remained sidelined due to the CFA," he said after talks with heads of various missions on the abrogation of the ceasefire agreement.

He said President Mahinda Rajapakse had made it clear that the doors remain open for the LTTE to join this process. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 4 14:18:56 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes off the gloves, Jan 5, 2008 . BANGALORE - Sri Lanka's long-dead ceasefire has been formally buried... Back to the top

US stops military supplies to Sri Lanka after truce abrogation
ET, jan 4. Colombo, Jan 4 - The US has stopped the supply of military equipment and services to Sri Lanka, as key countries rapped the Mahinda Rajapaksa government for unilaterally abrogating the 2002 Norway-brokered truce with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Truce monitors banished, world frets over Sri Lanka, Jan 4, 2007. COLOMBO, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Nordic ceasefire monitors began wrapping up their six-year mission to Sri Lanka on Friday after the government scrapped a truce with the Tamil Tigers, and their mandate, amid a chorus of international concern... Back to the top

Is a ban on LTTE Lanka’s next step?
1, Jan 4. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka’s decision to call off the February 2002 ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is at one level a logical move as the truce was only on paper... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka for devolution package before Indian PM's visit
ians, Jan 4. Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS): Convinced that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will come visiting next month, Sri Lanka is all set to bring out by the end of January a devolution package aimed at resolving the ethnic conflict... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Canada blasts Sri Lanka for ending truce, 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... Back to the top

UN chief laments end of truce in Sri Lanka, 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, 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, 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, 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

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