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Sri Lanka Power-Sharing Plan Is Step to Peace, Rajapaksa Says, Jan. 24. Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa said power-sharing proposals presented by political parties are a first step toward settling the 25-year conflict over Tamil separatism.

All parties must come together to ``provide a political solution'' that eradicates the problem of terrorism, Rajapaksa said after receiving the proposals yesterday, according to a statement on the government's Web site. Their suggestions haven't been made public.

A 1987 constitutional amendment on power sharing is the basis for ending the conflict because it is already part of the law, Rajapaksa said two days ago. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which is fighting for a separate homeland, rejected the amendment in 1988 saying too much power remained with the national Parliament.

Sri Lanka's international donors told Rajapaksa there can be no military solution to the conflict in the South Asian island nation after his government ended a 2002 cease-fire with the LTTE on Jan. 16. Air force jets raided a rebel base in the north frequently used by LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Defense Ministry said yesterday.

The air raid targeted an intelligence center near the rebel airfield at Iranamadu close to its Kilinochchi headquarters. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 23 21:05:43 EST 2008

Sri Lanka jets target Tiger leader, 23 jan. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan war planes bombed a suspected base of the top Tamil Tiger leader in the island's north Wednesday as ground attacks killed at least two rebels, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Aircraft hit a base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Iranamadu where the separatists have a clandestine airfield, the ministry said. It gave no details of casualties or damage.

Military sources said six aircraft were deployed for the bombing raid based on intelligence reports that Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was receiving medical treatment at a jungle hideout in the region.

There was no immediate reaction from the guerrillas to the military statement.

Sri Lanka's military has already claimed either killing or wounding Tiger chieftain More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 23 05:36:08 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Lankan maid commits suicide at Dubai airport
khaleej Times, Jan. 24. DUBAI — A Sri Lankan woman committed suicide at the Dubai International Airport recently by hanging herself.

Her young children, who are in shock, are now waiting anxiously for the remains of their mother to reach them.

Kala Sangarapillai, 30, who was working as a housemaid in Kuwait and was on her way to Sri Lanka via Dubai to see her family when she allegedly hanged herself in the ladies restroom at the Dubai airport three weeks back.

An official from the General Department of Forensic Science of Dubai Police said, “The Sri Lankan woman hanged herself from the ceiling of the airport’s ladies restroom and was found by the cleaners. The body of the victim is still in the police mortuary.”

He added that the body would be handed over to the authorities concerned after getting approval from the Dubai Public Prosecution on completion of all legal and administrative procedures. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 23 23:12:04 EST 2008 Back to the top

Devolution proposals handed to President
BBC, jan 24. President Mahinda Rajapakse has expressed willingness to devolve power through provisions available in the 13th Amendment to the constitution without a two third majority in parliament, Chairman of the All Party Conference (APC), Minister Tissa Vitharana says... Back to the top

LTTE refutes SLAF claims of air strike on Tiger leadership
Tamilnet, Jan 23. Liberation Tigers Military Spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan Wednesday evening refuted the claims by the Sri Lanka Air Force that it had hit a location of the leader of the LTTE Velupillai Pirapaharan Wednesday morning... Back to the top

Sri Lankan soldiers kill 15 Tamil rebels in northern clashes, military says
Associated Press, Tue January 22, 2008 19:21 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government soldiers attacked Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers in Sri Lanka - 's embattled north, triggering battles that killed 15 guerrillas, the military said... Back to the top

Army trying to avoid civilian casualties in operations: Lanka, 23 jan. Colombo (PTI): President Mahinda Rajapakse has said he was convinced that people in rebel-held areas of northern Sri Lanka are not supporting the LTTE and asserted that the the army was taking all precautions to avoid civilian casualties during operations against the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Conflict Won't Be Settled Militarily, Rajapaksa Says
bloomberg, Jan. 22. Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's 25-year conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam won't be settled militarily, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, as an all-party committee today presents proposals for a political solution. ``I am against a military solution,'' Rajapaksa said in a speech yesterday, according to the government's Web site... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's president defends scrapping cease-fire in civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Tue January 22, 2008 08:22 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's president defended his internationally criticized decision to scrap a cease-fire deal with the Tamil Tiger rebels, saying Tuesday that his patience wore thin because the insurgents increased attacks on civilians... Back to the top

Rajapaksa wants India to help resolve ethnic conflict
hindu, Jan. 23. COLOMBO: Emphasising that he would prefer India to any other country play a role in resolution of the ethnic conflict in the island nation, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday maintained that successive governments since the Indo-Lanka 1987 Accord could not implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution on devolution of powers due to lack of national consensus... Back to the top

Project should not damage Ramar Sethu, says Jayalalithaa
hindu, Jan. 23. New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on January 28 a writ petition filed by Jayalalithaa, general secretary, All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, for a direction to the Centre to implement the Sethusamudram project through an alternative route without damaging Ramar Sethu... Back to the top

Lanka mines sea borders to block Tamil Tigers
newindpress, Jan. 23. CHENNAI: The Sri Lankan Navy is believed to have laid mines along its maritime borders in an attempt to prevent LTTE cadre from fleeing to Tamil Nadu coast... Back to the top

LTTE calendars sold outside London temples: Report
pti, Jan. 23. COLOMBO: A calendar apparently depicting the logo of the banned rebel outfit LTTE and the map of a separate state of 'Tamil Eelam' was sold outside Hindu temples in London earlier this month... Back to the top

Sri Lanka signals shift in war on Tamil Tigers
afp, jan 22. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's President signalled a shift in the war against the Tamil Tigers, saying he did not want to push his troops into rebel-held territory to defeat the guerrillas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov't not pursuing military solution to conflict, January 22, 2008, 12:00 EDT. COLOMBO, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday that his government was not pursuing a military effort to end the island's armed conflict despite his decision to unilaterally abrogate the truce agreement.

"I do not believe in a military solution... Back to the top

Military: 31 rebels, 4 soldiers, 3 policemen killed as fighting rages in Sri Lanka 's north
Associated Press, Tue January 22, 2008 01:57 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan officials said Tuesday that 16 rebels and two soldiers were killed in clashes raging across the country's north, bringing the death toll in a day of fierce fighting to 38... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pours forces into south after rebel attacks, 22 jan. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka Tuesday poured thousands more security forces into the Sinhalese-dominated south on Tuesday after a string of Tamil rebel attacks left 37 civilians and three police dead, officials said... Back to the top

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