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Sri Lanka Needs Credible Power-Sharing Accord, UK, India Say, Jan. 22. Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. and India called on Sri Lanka's government to produce a ``credible'' accord on devolving power to regions as the way to settle the issue of Tamil separatism in the South Asian island nation.

``There is no military solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka,'' Gordon Brown and Manmohan Singh, the U.K. and Indian prime ministers, said in a statement after talks in the Indian capital, New Delhi, yesterday.

Sri Lanka's All Party Representative Committee is scheduled to present proposals on devolution to the government tomorrow. The TamilNet Web site, in comments two days ago, described the APRC as ``more an albatross than a key to peace.''

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government last week formally ended its 2002 cease-fire with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, prompting international donors, led by Japan, the U.S., the European Union and Norway, to reaffirm calls for a political solution. The LTTE has been driven back to bases in the north after losing control of the eastern region in its fight for a separate Tamil homeland. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 21 21:13:57 EST 2008

Military: Tamil Tiger rebel attack kills 3 policemen in southern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon January 21, 2008 11:33 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a police post in southern Sri Lanka on Monday, killing three policemen, the military said.

A group of Tamil rebels opened fire near Thanamalwila village, 260 kilometers (160 miles) southeast of the capital, Colombo, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said. The attack killed three police officers.

No immediate comment was available from the rebels.

Three separate attacks last week killed 42 civilians in the same area.

The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent state in the north and east for the country's ethnic Tamil minority after decades of being marginalized by Sinhalese-dominated governments. The fighting has killed more than 70,000 people.Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 21 12:12:43 EST 2008 Back to the top

No end to the Lanka violence in sight - Opinion
khaleej Times, jan 22. WITH the ceasefire agreement no more in place, the war is spreading to areas outside the north as last week’s events in the southern district of Moneragala show. The cost of living is rising to unbearable limits with people being shocked by regular hikes in prices of essential items. Governance is in a mess with nepotism at its worst.

Diplomacy is in tatters and shows no signs of prudence. The law and order situation is worsening while the country’s human rights record is an international shame. The economy is in a muddle with investor confidence at its lowest.

People seek solutions to all these problems. But the authorities hand out only promises. Bear with us and we will soon overcome the crisis, say the President and his 100 odd ministers. But as the President continues his third year in office, the confidence the people have placed on his government is eroding slowly.

A friend of mine returned to Sri Lanka from Britain with the intention of starting a business. At a checkpoint, an army officer asked him what he was doing. My friend told him that he came back from Britain with the intention of doing business here but he was not going to do it this year. When the puzzled officer asked why, my friend said he would do it next year because “the armed forces chiefs have assured us that by August the war would be over”. The officer advised my friend not to be over-optimistic about deadlines and smiled wryly. Though this officer has not taken seriously what the armed forces chiefs have said, a pro-opposition weekly newspaper has. The newspaper runs a weekly update of statistics complete with tables. One such table was based on the LTTE strength as estimated by Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 21 22:53:07 EST 2008 Back to the top

At least 48 killed in fresh fighting: Sri Lanka military, 21 jan. COLOMBO (AFP) — Heavy fighting raged across Sri Lanka's north with the military destroying rebel bunkers and killing at least 46 guerrillas, the defence ministry said Monday... Back to the top

India, UK decide to strike at terror funding
IE, jan 22. NEW DELHI, JANUARY 21: India and Britain on Monday agreed to establish a “new, broad and high-level bilateral dialogue on terror financing”... Back to the top

Sri Lanka favourite place for Indian BPO majors
toi, Jan. 22. NEW DELHI: As Indian ITes players spread their wings and open global centres, Sri Lanka is fast emerging as a favourite destination for many vendors... Back to the top

Devolution panel’s mandate curtailed
IANS, jan 21. COLOMBO: An all-party panel in Sri Lanka is set to reject the Tamil minority’s demand for a federal constitution while suggesting improvements in the present unitary system to make it more democratic... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says fighting kills 41 rebels, soldier, 20 jan. COLOMBO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's forces have attacked five Tamil Tiger boats in the north, while separately troops have killed 41 rebels and one soldier died in fresh fighting, the military said on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says independence celebrations on despite rebel threat
afp, jan 20. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka will hold large-scale civilian and military independence day celebrations in the capital next month despite fears of Tamil rebel attacks, officials said... Back to the top

Rebel leader killed in northern Sri Lanka, 2008-01-21 00:46:32. COLOMBO, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan Army said a regional leader of Tamil Tiger rebels was killed in a battle in the northern Jaffna peninsula Sunday afternoon. Army troops exchanged fire with a group of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in Kaithady area of Jaffna around 4:30 p... Back to the top

Two more held in Tamil Nadu for 'assisting' LTTE
TOI, jan 21. CHENNAI: Continuing its crack down on LTTE's emerging supply network in Tamil Nadu, police on Sunday arrested two more persons, including a Sri Lankan Tamil, who allegedly helped the recently arrested intelligence wing member of the outlawed group in procuring materials for making explosives... Back to the top

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