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Sri Lankan Power-Sharing Plan Proposes Interim Council in North, Jan. 25. an. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka should create an interim council in the Northern Province where the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has its bases as a first step toward settling the issue of Tamil separatism, an all-party forum said.

The conflict with the LTTE makes holding elections impossible in the mainly Tamil north ``in the near future'' and an interim council should be appointed by the president that reflects the ethnic character of the area, the All Party Representative Committee recommended.

The proposals are to meet the aspirations of the people and aren't ``aimed at meeting the demands of the LTTE,'' Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said yesterday, according to a statement on the government's Web site.

The Tamil Tigers, who are fighting for a separate homeland, now hold bases only in the north after they were driven from the eastern region in July. The all-party committee said security has improved so elections can be held in the Eastern Province, where the government is seeking $1.8 billion in international aid to develop the region. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 24 21:46:13 EST 2008

More than a dozen bodies found dumped in northern Sri Lanka , witness says
Associated Press, Thu January 24, 2008 10:54 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ More than a dozen unidentified bodies were found Thursday dumped in the bush in northern Sri Lanka, a witness and the military said.

A local resident told The Associated Press by telephone at least 17 bodies were seen by a villager who went into the jungle searching for his cattle. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing fear of retribution.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said a forensics team left for Kabithigollewa village, 275 kilometers (170 miles) north of the capital Colombo, to investigate.

Nanayakkara would not say how many bodies were discovered, adding official comment would not be made until Friday.

Unexplained killings have increased in Sri Lanka since hostilities heightened between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels over the past two years. Bodies have been discovered burned beyond recognition, headless, blindfolded, and naked.

Human rights groups have accused Sri Lankan troops of summarily executing people suspected of having links to the insurgents, but the government has denied the allegations.

The Tamil rebels have also received widespread condemnation for allegedly abducting and killing civilians.

Seventeen aid workers from Action Against Hunger were found shot dead execution-style in August 2006.

Both the government and the rebels blamed each other for the killings. Investigators have been unable to identify any suspects.

The Tigers have fought Sri Lankan forces since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils after decades of discrimination by governments controlled by majority Sinhalese.

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Published: Thu Jan 24 11:39:35 EST 2008 Back to the top

Execution-style victims in Sri Lanka mass graves: police, Jan 24, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) At least 16 bullet-riddled bodies of unidentified men were found in mass graves in north-central Sri Lanka Thursday, police said.

Witnesses said some of the victims had their hands tied together and had bullet holes in their heads.

The decomposed bodies were found by local residents in the district of Anuradhapura in the government-controlled part of the island.

"Investigations have now begun to establish the identity of the victims and the circumstances in which they were killed," police said.

Local residents alerted a magistrate to at least one body that was found in the area. When police visited the site they discovered another 15 bodies in two adjoining

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Published: Thu Jan 24 16:08:39 EST 2008 Back to the top

Ban parties openly supporting LTTE: Congress
PTI, jan 25. Chennai (PTI): Expressing concern over reported rise in LTTE activities in Tamil Nadu,the Congress on Thursday asked the State Government to ban political parties and organisations which were openly supporting the proscribed outfit... Back to the top

Sri Lanka asks Prabhakaran to give up arms, Jan 24, 2008. Buoyed by the recent military success against the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lankan government on Thursday asked the elusive LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran to lay down arms... Back to the top

All parties moot interim political council in north Sri Lanka, 24 jan. An all-party panel tasked to work out a devolution package for Sri Lanka has recommended the setting up of an "interim political council" in the war-affected and Tamil-speaking northern province, a Tamil cabinet minister said on Thursday... Back to the top

Fighting in Sri Lanka kills 22 as panel submits power-sharing proposals
Associated Press, Thu January 24, 2008 05:56 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops fought separate gunbattles with Tamil Tiger rebels in the north and east of Sri Lanka - , leaving 21 guerrillas and one soldier dead, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Ex-S.Lanka Tiger awaits UK ID fraud sentence, jan 24. LONDON (Reuters) - Renegade ex-Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebel Karuna Amman has pleaded guilty to identity document fraud in Britain, court officials said on Thursday, as rights groups push for him to be charged with war crimes... Back to the top

Sri Lanka panel urges power-sharing to end bloodshed, jan 24. COLOMBO (AFP) A peace panel including ruling party politicians told Sri Lanka's president to devolve more power to minority Tamils as a first step to resolving the island's long-running ethnic war, officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Karuna to be sentenced
BBC Sinhala, 24 January, 2008. Sri Lankan paramilitary leader Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, better known as Colonel Karuna, is appearing at Isleworth Crown Court in West London on Friday for sentencing... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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