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Rajapaksa seeks panel report on conflict resolution
Hindu, Jan 10. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested All-Party Representative Committee (APRC) Chairman and Minister Tissa Vitharana to submit the much-awaited final draft for a “political solution” to the ethnic conflict in the island nation by January 23.

The APRC was constituted by Mr. Rajapaksa in mid-2006 to advice him on a political package for power-sharing. The main opposition party, United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Permuna have quit the APRC for different reasons. The pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was not invited to be part of the committee.

Mr. Rajapaksa’s decision to ask the APRC to give him the final draft came amid heavy fighting between government forces and the LTTE and a week after the government chose to withdraw from the 2002 Cease Fire Agreement. More...
Published: Thu Jan 10 15:49:36 EST 2008

Sri Lanka rebels to fight full-scale war if waged, Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:12pm IST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels vowed on Thursday to fight a full-scale civil war if the government wages one after scrapping the remains of a tattered ceasefire, and called on Norway to stay on as mediator.

In their first reaction since President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government announced a week ago it was formally scrapping a six-year truce that degenerated into renewed war two years ago, the Tigers said they were ready to abide by the ceasefire but would mount large scale counter-offensives if the armed forces tried to capture their de facto state. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 10 10:04:13 EST 2008 Back to the top

Tamil rebels want to continue cease-fire after Sri Lankan government withdraws
Associated Press, Thu January 10, 2008 11:50 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday they want to continue a 2002 cease-fire with the Sri Lankan government, a week after Colombo officially withdrew from the truce. Violence across northern Sri Lanka - killed five insurgents Thursday, a defense official said on condition of anonymity citing government rules.

Soldiers set off a bomb targeting a rebel bunker across a defense line in Kilali of Jaffna peninsula, killing two rebels, he said.

The two side also fought two separate battles in Muhamalai and Nagarkovil regions of the peninsula, killing three other insurgents, the official said.

On Wednesday, troops clashed with guerrillas in the districts of Vavuniya and Mannar on the border of rebel-held areas, leaving at least 24 rebels and one soldier killed, a defense ministry said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Five other rebels were killed in gunbattles Wednesday on the northern Jaffna peninsula, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The rebels could not be reached for comment. Each side routinely exaggerates the other's casualties and plays down its own.

Also Wednesday, police commandos fatally shot a senior rebel leader identified as Shankar who was hiding among civilians in the east, Nanayakkara said. Shankar was the insurgents' top leader in eastern Sri Lanka - , a region the government said it liberated from rebel control in July.

More than 70,000 people have been killed since the rebels began fighting in 1983 for an independent state for Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil minority, claiming discrimination by the Sinhalese majority.

A new wave of fighting and attacks nationwide has killed at least 178 people 169 rebels, six soldiers and three civilians since the government withdrew from the truce, according to the military.
Published: Thu Jan 10 18:06:07 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels seek continued Norwegian peace facilitation+
Associated Press, Thu January 10, 2008 05:50 EST . - - COLOMBO, Jan. 10 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil separatist rebels on Thursday sought continuing Norwegian facilitation in search of peace in the war-wracked island nation. The statement was issued following a meeting with Maj... Back to the top

LTTE disappointed over withdrawal of ceasefire by Lanka govt, Thu., January 10, 2008, 18:10 EDT. COLOMBO: Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels (LTTE) said on Thursday that they want to continue the 2002 ceasefire with the Sri Lankan government, a week after Colombo officially withdrew from the truce... Back to the top

40 killed in Lanka clashes; Army captures some rebel-held area, 10 jan. Colombo (PTI): At least 40 people, mostly Tamil Tigers, were killed in a series of clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled north, where the Army captured some rebel-held territory in stepped up battles with the guerrillas, officials said here on wednesday... Back to the top

End to Sri Lanka war not in sight
Dawn, January 10, 2008. As Sri Lanka returned to full scale war after the government formally withdrew from the ceasefire with the LTTE a week ago, military officials confirmed that the second bomb to explode on Tuesday in Colombo was targeted at Sri Lanka’s Air Force chief, Air Marshal Roshan Goonetilleke... Back to the top

Record-breaking Muttiah Muralitharan honored in Sri Lanka 's parliament
Associated Press, Thu January 10, 2008 05:13 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Record-breaking bowler Muttiah Muralitharan was honored in Sri Lanka - 's parliament Thursday where the lawmakers praised him as an icon of unity to a divided nation... Back to the top

Seven LTTE supporters held
newindpress, jan 10. MADURAI: The ‘Q’ branch police arrested seven LTTE sympathisers, including a Sri Lankan refugee Sivakrishnan alias Nanthan (30) and K Murugapandi (27) of Pothampuli near Kamudhi on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka govt may buy Emirates' stake
khaleej Times, jan 10. DUBAI — The Sri Lankan government may consider buying out Emirates Airlines' stake in Sri Lankan Airlines, Treasury Secretary PB Jayasundara told a news conference yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Soldiers seize rebel-held territory in north as fighting kills 47
Associated Press, Wed January 9, 2008 10:07 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers pushed across the front lines and captured a piece of rebel-held territory as heavy artillery and mortar battles across the embattled north killed 47 people, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President Calls for Unity Against Terrorism (Update1), January 09, 2008. By Jay Shankar

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's parties must unite to fight terrorism, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said after a government minister was assassinated in an attack blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels.

Nation Building Minister D... Back to the top

Sri Lankan air force chief escaped bomb blast, Wed, January 09, 2008, 12:11 EDT. By P.K. Balachandran, Colombo, Jan 9 : Sri Lanka's air force chief, Air Marshal Roshan Goonetilleke, narrowly escaped being caught in a bomb blast in the capital Tuesday... Back to the top

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