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Sri Lanka s Tamil Tigers must compromise for peace: envoy, January 25, 2008. WASHINGTON (AFP) Sri Lanka said Friday it could not return to the negotiating table with the Tamil Tigers unless there was a guarantee from the rebels that they would not walk away from the talks.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) must also be prepared to compromise on its demand for a separate state in Sri Lanka's north and east, said the country's US envoy, Bernard Goonetilleke.

The LTTE wants "to establish a separate state by hook or by crook," he said at a forum in Washington.

"Against this backdrop, the question we ask from those who urge the government to seek a negotiated settlement is, are they asking us to negotiate with the LTTE once again," he said. More...
Published: Fri Jan 25 21:57:24 EST 2008

Sri Lanka says kills 30 rebels, planes bomb north, 25 jan. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan warplanes bombed a Tamil Tiger base in the far north on Friday, a day after ground troops killed 30 rebels in clashes across the region, the military said.

Seven soldiers were killed in the battles on Thursday, the latest in an intensification of the 25-year civil war following the official scrapping of a truce with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last week.

"We have taken a target today morning using fighter aircrafts and the target was a LTTE transport base located in Selvanagar in Kilinochchi," said air force spokesman Wing Commander Andrew Wijesuriya. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 25 03:58:07 EST 2008 Back to the top

UK jails ex-S.Lanka Tiger Karuna for ID fraud, Jan 15, 2008. Britain sentenced renegade ex-Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebel Karuna Amman to nine months in prison on Friday for identity document fraud and now rights groups hope he will face additional war crimes charges.

The ex-eastern Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) commander is accused by rights groups of torture, abductions, killings and child soldier recruitment both before and after splitting from the mainstream rebels in 2004.

Analysts say he switched his support to the government, and rights groups accuse security forces of turning a blind eye to his actions before his own group ousted him last year and he fled to Britain.

British officials say they have asked Sri Lanka how Karuna -- real name V. Muralitharan -- was able to acquire an apparently genuine Sri Lankan diplomatic passport under a false name.

The Metropolitan police and immigration authorities arrested him in London late last year and he pleaded guilty to magistrates before Christmas. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 25 15:52:45 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka fixes dates for elections in war-torn east, Fri Jan 25, 2008 . Sri Lanka has fixed dates to hold local elections in the recently recaptured east for the first time in 14 years, a day after the government unveiled a home grown peace plan aimed at giving more autonomy to war-torn areas... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka probes bodies found in shallow graves, 25 jan. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lankan police were Friday investigating the gruesome discovery of 16 bullet-riddled bodies dumped in shallow graves in a government-controlled part of the island... 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... 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

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