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Rajapaksa Says 1987 Provinces Law Is Basis for Sri Lankan Peace
bloomberg.com, jan 15. Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said a 1987 constitutional amendment that envisaged devolving power to the South Asian island nation's regions is the basis for ending the 24-year conflict with Tamil rebels.

The amendment, which came out of a peace accord signed with India, established provincial councils to assume some of the central government's role, Rajapaksa told local television, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site yesterday. The council didn't function in the Tamil-speaking northeastern province because of the conflict there and was suspended in 1990, he said.

Peace isn't possible with Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, because ``he will not agree to anything,'' Rajapaksa said.

The Tamil Tigers, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., the European Union and India, have been fighting for a separate homeland in a conflict that has left more than 70,000 people dead. The government this month withdrew from a 2002 cease-fire accord and is targeting LTTE leaders, including killing the group's military intelligence chief on Jan. 6. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 14 23:52:34 EST 2008


“Japan committed to Sri Lanka”
hindu, jan 15. COLOMBO: The Special Peace Envoy of Japan, Yasushi Akashi, on Monday pledged his country’s continuing commitment to Sri Lanka and to extending economic assistance, in his discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mr. Akashi is in Sri Lanka to study developments following the government’s decision to abrogate the Cease Fire Agreement with the LTTE and to apprise Colombo of the Japanese government’s stance vis-À-vis the latest developments.

According to official sources, Mr. Akashi expressed Japan’s satisfaction at the efforts made by Mr. Rajapaksa to reach a consensus on arriving at a negotiated solution to the ethnic question.

On the occasion of Pongal, Mr. Rajapaksa greeted the Tamils in the nation and expressed the hope that peace and greater trust would prevail in the coming year. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 14 21:18:23 EST 2008 Back to the top


Is Sri Lankan govt. winning this war? opinion
khaleej Times, jan 15. SINCE the dawn of 2008, Colombo has been rocked by big bombs and small bombs. The big bombs bore the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

But many people are sceptical of the claims that the small bombs sans the usual steel balls are the works of the Tigers. If not Tigers, who could it be? So we continue to build conspiracy theories, not knowing who the suspect is. The war has made most of us cynics. It is not unusual in a country which boasts of a literacy rate of over 95 per cent.

Apart from the LTTE, there are counter-insurgency units, intelligence outfits and various paramilitary groups. There are also criminal gangs with politicians as their patrons. In such a milieu, we look for clues to make our deductions.

When the war resumed in December 2005 amidst a shaky truce, police discovered claymore mines in various locations in Colombo. The first discovery was greeted with accolades, but when more claymore bombs were discovered in the city, questions emerged as to why the LTTE, an organisation known for its ruthlessness, masterly planning and precision, should place bombs in such a way to be discovered by police. One classic example was when security forces on December 3 found a bomb outside a Tamil MP’s official residence in a Colombo high security zone protected by barricade after barricade. When the bomb was discovered, not many people believed the official line. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 14 23:58:15 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan jets bomb rebel artillery pad, 11 killed in other clashes, military says
Associated Press, Mon January 14, 2008 11:00 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed and destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel artillery post Monday while a ground clash in the restive north killed nine rebels and two soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Fighting in the north kills 34 as peace envoy meets Sri Lankan officials
Associated Press, Mon January 14, 2008 11:58 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of pitched battles, bombings and an airstrike killed at least 34 people across northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Monday, as a Japanese envoy met with officials to try to stop the raging civil war... Back to the top

30 SLA killed, ground offensive thwarted in Mannaar - LTTE
tamilnet, jan 14. Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam Operations Command in Mannaar has claimed to have thwarted a major push by the Sri Lanka Army launched in Parappaangka'ndal area on Monday... Back to the top

LTTE front organisations running riot in UK
indiatimes.com, 14 Jan 2008. Sri Lanka has alleged that millions of dollars are still being raised in the UK and mainland Europe by thinly-disguised front organizations for the LTTE, even as it argues for the British government to ban an active UK-based charity it claims to be supported by several southern Indian film stars... Back to the top

Peace Envoy Meets Sri Lankan Officials
Associated Press, Mon January 14, 2008 04:58 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of pitched battles, bombings and an airstrike killed at least 23 people across northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Monday, as a Japanese envoy met with officials to try to stop the raging civil war... Back to the top

Roadside bomb hits bus in northern Sri Lanka , witnesses say
Associated Press, Mon January 14, 2008 00:07 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A roadside bomb hit a vehicle Monday as it traveled near the Vavuniya area of northern Sri Lanka - , military spokesman Brig... Back to the top

LTTE threat: India beefs up coastal security
hindu.com, Monday, January 14, 2008. Colombo, (PTI): India is planning to revamp and upgrade its Coastal Security Scheme to prevent infiltration by LTTE rebels, a media report said here Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka names 6-man pace attack for Australia tri-series
Associated Press, Mon January 14, 2008 07:17 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - has named six pace bowlers including rookie left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara for the next month's three-nation, limited-overs cricket series in Australia... Back to the top

36 LTTE fighters, one soldier killed in Sri Lanka
zee news, jan 14. Colombo, Jan 14: At least 36 fighters of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and an Army personnel were killed in fierce clashes in the restive northern Sri Lanka, the military said here on Monday... Back to the top

'Cross-border terrorism has never stopped'
IBN, jan 14. Karan Thapar: Last week the Sri Lankan government announced that with effect from January 15 it intends to abrogate the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President 'plants' APRC final draft
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, January 13, 2008, 11.55 p.m.. In an allegedly blatant display of despotism, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has virtually 'planted' a proposal as the solution to the ethnic conflict, which he wants the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) to submit to him in a "much better" format on January 23, as if it was the committee's own final draft, highly placed sources said, the Nation newspaper reported on Sunday The incident had transpired on Wednesday when the APRC met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa... Back to the top

Accord with India can solve ethnic issue, says president
Gulf times, jan 14. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has said the India-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 offers the best solution for the ethnic problem in his country... Back to the top

SLMM wraps up operations
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, January 13, 2008, 11.55 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission will shut down its Jaffna office tomorrow, in a bid to wrap up its operations in the North and East Provinces, just ahead of D-Day... Back to the top

S Lankan spent 50 years on remand
bbc, jan 14. A man has been released from prison in Sri Lanka after being held on remand for 50 years without conviction... Back to the top

Vital aid to Sri Lanka could be denied: Japanese envoy
afp, jan 14. COLOMBO (AFP) - Japan's peace envoy opened talks in Sri Lanka on Sunday, hinting international donors may hold back much-needed foreign aid if the island's decades-long ethnic conflict escalates, officials said... Back to the top

Japanese peace envoy arrives in Sri Lanka as fighting kills 27 Tamil rebels, 2 soldiers
Associated Press, Sun January 13, 2008 07:35 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi arrived in Sri Lanka - on Sunday to discuss the country's moribund peace process, a day after 29 combatants were killed in the latest violence since the government withdrew from a truce with the Tamil separatists... Back to the top

Japanese envoy meets Marxist leader in Sri Lanka
TOI, jan 14. COLOMBO: Japan's peace envoy, who arrived here on Sunday for crucial talks with the Sri Lankan government in the backdrop of its failed ceasefire agreement (CFA) with the LTTE, met the leader of the country's main Left party... Back to the top

Int l monitoring group in Sri Lanka to wind-up operations
xinhuanet.com, 2008-01-13 23:56:44. COLOMBO, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), the international truce monitoring group in Sri Lanka's faltering Norwegian backed peace process with the Tamil Tigers, said Sunday it will wind-up its operations on Wednesday in the coming week. Pia Hansson, the SLMM spokesman told reporters that all their district offices in Vavuniya district in the north, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts in the east have been already shut down with the government announcement to abrogate the ceasefire with effect from Jan... Back to the top

RANATUNGA CALLS FOR CHANGE
SL, jan 14. Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga feels more local umpires should stand in international matches... Back to the top

Rajapaksa says India-Sri Lanka accord can solve ethnic issue
ians, jan 13. Colombo, Jan 13 (IANS) Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the India-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 offers the best solution for the ethnic problem in his country... Back to the top

Colombo Should Accommodate India's Security Concerns: JVP Leader (Interview)
newpostindia, jan 13. India should avoid the mistakes of the past while Sri Lanka should accommodate New Delhi's security concerns in the spirit of 'true friendship' between the two neighbours, the leader of Sri Lanka's radical Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has said... Back to the top

Vital aid to Sri Lanka could be denied: Japanese envoy
google.com, Sunday, January 13, 2008, 12:11 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) — Japan's peace envoy opened talks in Sri Lanka on Sunday, hinting international donors may hold back much-needed foreign aid if the island's decades-long ethnic conflict escalates, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tightens security for peace envoy visit: military
afp, jan 13. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's army stepped up security in cities across the island Sunday as a Japanese peace envoy arrived to assess Asia's longest-running civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka international airport food monopoly ends
lbo, jan 13. Jan 13, 2008 (LBO) - A second catering firm has set up shop in Sri Lanka's international airport in Katunayake, breaking a 30 year monopoly held by national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, officials said... Back to the top

India move up to 2nd in ICC Test rankings
pti, jan 13. Dubai (PTI): Successive losses to Australia notwithstanding, India have moved up to second in the latest ICC Test Championship table announced on Sunday... Back to the top

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