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Sri Lanka Says Ending 2002 Truce Boosts Chances of Tamil Accord, Feb. 27. Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government said ending the 2002 cease-fire accord with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in January boosted the prospects for peace because all Tamil groups will now be involved in the process.

``There is a broader space available to interact with all sections of the Tamil community,'' the government said in a commentary marking the sixth anniversary of the signing of the truce. Most groups were ``left out of a participatory role due to the highly restrictive and limiting scope'' of the agreement.

The LTTE said it was ``shocked and disappointed'' when the government formally ended the cease-fire on Jan. 16, accusing the group of using the truce to boost its forces and plan attacks.

The LTTE, which has fought for 25 years for a separate homeland in Sri Lanka, suffered its worst defeat in July when it was ousted from the eastern region. Its estimated 7,000 fighters hold bases only in the north of the South Asian island nation and are facing almost daily attacks by the army on their front lines. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Feb 26 22:04:59 EST 2008

Battles across northern Sri Lanka kill 14 rebels, two soldiers, military says
Associated Press, Tue February 26, 2008 03:22 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A series of battles along the front lines of Sri Lanka's flaring civil war killed 14 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Tuesday.

The fighting came as government forces repeatedly crossed into northern rebel-held territory to destroy Tamil Tiger fortifications and put the separatist group on the defensive, the military said.

In one confrontation, government troops penetrated the front lines Monday in the Vavuniya area, sparking a battle that killed five rebels and one soldier, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara. Another battle in the same region killed six rebels, he said.

Fighting in the Jaffna peninsula north of the rebels' de facto state killed three rebels, while a mine blast killed one soldier, he said.

The newly reported deaths, added to previous military numbers, brought Monday's death toll to 21 rebels and three soldiers, according to the military. Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not immediately available for comment.

The two sides often give vastly different casualty figures. Independent confirmation is unavailable because journalists are barred from the conflict zone.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's minority ethnic Tamils after decades of being marginalized by governments controlled by the majority Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflictDiscuss this story
Published: Tue Feb 26 08:24:12 EST 2008 Back to the top

LTTE front outfit attempts to raise funds in London
The Times of India, 26 Feb 2008. LONDON: Unfazed by two flopped attempts, a front organisation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is allegedly planning a new show in London to raise funds for the Tiger rebels.

The show called 'Illam Kaatru' (Wind of Eelam) is scheduled to be held in the Great Hall in Hatch End in Harrow on March 1 by the Tamil Youth Organisation, which allegedly has links with the banned LTTE, sources said in London on Tuesday.

The previous show at London's Alexandra Palace flopped as South Indian stars refused to come after adverse More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Feb 26 11:06:44 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Asks UN to Punish Rebels for Using Child Soldiers, 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... Back to the top

Top UN official fails to meet Tamil, Muslim parties
ians, Feb. 27. A top UN official who was in Sri Lanka to study the worsening ethnic conflict in the island went back Tuesday without meeting leaders of the Tamil and Muslim minorities... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hands over rebel bodies
BBC News, Tuesday, 26 February 2008. Hospital officials in the northern Sri Lankan town of Anuradhapura say they have handed over the bodies of 14 Tamil Tigers to the Red Cross... Back to the top

Tea acts as tonic to Sri Lanka stocks war gloom, Feb 26, 2008 5:29pm IST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - After a sharp downturn earlier this year as civil war flared, Sri Lanka's stock market is recovering thanks to an unlikely tonic -- tea... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Tri-series: India wins by 7 wickets, secures place in finals against Australia
Associated Press, Tue February 26, 2008 02:49 EST . - - HOBART, Australia (AP) Sachin Tendulkar posted his first half century of the series and India secured a place in the limited-overs tri-series finals Tuesday, beating Sri Lanka - by seven wickets with 106 balls to spare... 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, 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

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

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