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Sri Lanka Asks UN to Punish Rebels for Using Child Soldiers
bloomberg.com, Feb. 26. Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka asked the United Nations to freeze funds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to punish the group for continuing to use child soldiers in its fight for a separate homeland in the South Asian island nation.

``Only targeted measures would deter the LTTE from continuing to perpetrate grave violations against children,'' Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka's UN ambassador, said in a statement published on the government's Web site yesterday. Only punitive measures will ``compel them to renounce terrorism, lay down arms and take part in the political process.''

The LTTE has about 240 people under 18 years of age in its ranks, the group's Peace Secretariat said this month, citing the database of the Child Protection Authority in Kilinochchi, the northern town where it has its headquarters. That figure has remained static for more than four months, it said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 25 21:19:18 EST 2008


India continues to influence events in Sri Lanka
Khaleej Times Online, Feb. 26. SINCE the government proposed and accepted the 13th amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution as a means to devolve power within a unitary state, India’s interference in the affairs of its southern neighbour is becoming increasingly clear — and even coming under fire.

None would dispute the claim that India has a role to play in Sri Lanka’s ethnic crisis. After all, it was India which in the early 1980s trained, armed and financed several Tamil militant groups to fight the Sri Lankan government. It was India which came to the rescue of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and other militant groups when the Sri Lankan security forces were about to capture the Tamil Tiger stronghold of Vadamarachchi in 1987. It was India which imposed on Sri Lanka the 13th amendment to the constitution following a 1987 treaty. Even after Rajiv Gandhi, the former Indian Prime Minister, who browbeat Sri Lanka into accepting the 13th amendment, was killed in a Tamil Tiger suicide attack, India continued to play its role of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds.

Though India banned the LTTE as a terrorist organisation, for strategic purposes, it maintains some secret links with the LTTE. A case in point was when the LTTE laid siege on Jaffna in 2000, India, responding to a plea from the then Sri Lankan government, asked the rebels not to capture Jaffna. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 25 23:30:57 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Blames Tamil Rebels as Party Activists Killed in East
bloomberg.com, Feb. 25. Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for killing two party activists campaigning in the first elections to be held in the Eastern Province since the region was captured from the rebels last July.

The representatives of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikkal, a breakaway group of the LTTE contesting seats in local elections in the town of Batticaloa, were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up yesterday, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government is seeking $1.8 billion in aid to meet its pledge to rebuild the Eastern Province and hold elections. Voting for the Batticaloa Municipal Council is scheduled to take place March 10.

The LTTE has been driven back to bases in Sri Lanka's north since the capture of the eastern region, its worst defeat in a 25-year fight for a separate homeland in the South Asian island nation. The army's campaign in the east turned the region into a ``land of refugees'' for Tamils under ethnic-Sihanlese military rule More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 24 23:43:21 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan Says 49 Killed in Fighting
Associated Press, Mon February 25, 2008 18:36 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan forces attacked rebel fortifications by ground and staged an airstrike on a Tamil Tiger naval base in a wave of fighting that killed 43 rebels and six government soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

69 Tamil Tigers, 11 soldiers killed in Lanka: army
hindu.com, Monday, February 25, 2008 . Colombo (PTI): At least 69 Tamil Tigers and 11 soldiers were killed in fierce clashes between the LTTE and security forces in the embattled northern Sri Lanka, the army said here on Monday... Back to the top

UN help urged to defeat LTTE
BBC Sinhala, 25 February, 2008 . United Nations Security Council should help Sri Lanka government to defeat LTTE from their strongholds, a senior Tamil politician said... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Half a million people could be affected by conflict in 2008
IRIN News, 25 February 2008 . COLOMBO, 25 February 2008 (IRIN) - The UN and NGOs working in the conflict-ridden north and east are warning of a mounting humanitarian toll in 2008 due to the escalation in hostilities between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

86 LTTE cadres, 3 soldiers killed in Sri Lanka clashes
hindu.com, February 25, 2008. Colombo (PTI): At least 86 Tamil Tigers and three soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region as a fighter aircraft bombed an LTTE leader's base in the rebel-stronghold of Mannar, officials here said on Sunday... Back to the top

Airstrike, ground battles killed 36 rebels, five soldiers in Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Mon February 25, 2008 03:27 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces launched an airstrike against a Tamil Tiger naval base and attacked rebel fortifications in a wave of violence that killed 36 rebels and five soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says 40 killed in recent clashes; suicide bomber strikes ex-rebels
Associated Press, Sun February 24, 2008 19:55 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Clashes between government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists killed at least 40 combatants across northern Sri Lanka - , the military said... Back to the top

Bharti Airtel may be re-drawing plans for Sri Lanka'
ians, Feb. 26. Colombo, Feb 25 (IANS) Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel, which had announced its entry into the Sri Lankan mobile phone sector with much fanfare last year, is experiencing delays and may well be re-drawing its investment plans for the island country, says a Sri Lankan telecommunication expert... Back to the top

Three killed in Lanka suicide attack
com, Sunday, 24 February , 2008,. Colombo: At least three people, including two members of the LTTE breakaway faction, were killed in a suicide attack carried out by suspected Tamil Tigers in the restive eastern region of Sri Lanka on Sunday... Back to the top

Is this crazy, or is this crazy? -Opinion
Spectator, Feb 25. The decision by Britain, America and certain other European countries to recognise Kosovo as an independent state is mind-blowingly stupid and suicidal and of a piece with their obvious determination to capitulate in the war for civilisation... Back to the top

76 LTTE cadres, three soldiers killed in Lanka clashes
The Hindu News, Sunday, February 24, 2008, 7:53. Colombo (PTI): At least 76 Tamil Tigers and three soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region as a fighter aircraft bombed an LTTE leader's base in the rebel-stronghold of Mannar, officials here said on Sunday... Back to the top

Man carrying diesel for LTTE arrested
Sify News, SSunday, 24 February , 2008. Rameswaram: A 30-year-old man carrying a can of diesel meant for the LTTE, was arrested at a coastal village in the district on Saturday as he was waiting for a Sri Lankan boat to pick him up, police said... Back to the top

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