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MARCH 12, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 341


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Sri Lanka to Start Power-Sharing Plan With Provincial Election
bloomberg, march 13. March 13 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa said elections will be held for a provincial council in the east in the first stage of a power-sharing plan aimed at settling the issue of Tamil separatism.

The elections for the Eastern Provincial Council are a key part of the ``search for an end to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka,'' the government said in a statement on its Web site yesterday. More than 70,000 people have been killed in 25 years of fighting.

Voters chose members of local councils in the district of Batticaloa in the east two days ago in the first ballot in 14 years. A pro-government breakaway faction of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam won control of eight bodies.

Sri Lanka's army captured the eastern region in July, inflicting the heaviest defeat on the LTTE in its fight for a separate homeland. The Tamil Tigers hold bases only in the north where the government plans to establish a similar provincial council giving some powers to Tamils. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 12 22:34:44 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka says fresh fighting kills 33, mostly rebels, Wed Mar 12, 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops killed 32 Tamil Tiger rebels in a series of clashes in the island's north, the military said on Wednesday.

One soldier was also killed and three others wounded in eight confrontations on Tuesday, said a military spokesman who asked not to be identified in line with government policy.

The military said they had also captured a rebel held area and destroyed Tamil Tiger bunkers along a 'border' that separates rebel-held from government territory in the northwestern district of Mannar.

The military has moved to capture areas in Mannar as part of a wider strategy to gradually retake the Tigers' northern stronghold.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who want to create an independent state in north and east Sri Lanka, were not immediately available for comment on the latest fighting.

Pro rebel Web site said 60 soldiers had been killed in heavy fighting on Sunday and Monday in Mannar.

The military denied the rebel claim. More...
Published: Wed Mar 12 11:30:07 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Battles kill 28 Tamil rebels, 1 soldier in northern Sri Lanka , says military  - Associated Press

Sri Lanka charges Tamil Tiger leader for murder, 2008-03-12 07:25:15. COLOMBO, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan authorities have filed indictment against the leader of the rebel Liberation Tigersof Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Velupillai Prabakaran for the murder of former foreign minister, officials said Tuesday.

Officials from the Attorney General's Department said that Prabakaran and five other rebels were charged on Tuesday for the August 2005 murder of then Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

A fellow Tamil, Kadirgamar was gunned down near the swimming pool of his Colombo home by a LTTE gunman. Kadirgamar had led an international campaign against the rebels which resulted in several countries banning the rebel outfit. More...
Published: Tue Mar 11 22:42:42 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Prabhakaran, five LTTE operatives charged in Kadirgamar killing  - IANS

Sri Lanka axes icons Jayasuriya, Muralitharan for limited-overs series against West Indies
Associated Press, Wed March 12, 2008 09:42 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka has dropped iconic stars Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan from its squad for the three-match limited overs series in the West Indies next month, the sport's governing body said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tourism drops in February on violence, Wed Mar 12, 2008. COLOMBO, March 12 (Reuters) - Escalating violence in Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war hit tourism in February, largely because Europeans stayed away, officials said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Pro-government former rebels win key Sri Lankan election despite rights violations charge
Associated Press, Tue March 11, 2008 01:53 EDT . BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A militia of former Tamil Tiger rebels swept local elections in eastern Sri Lanka, winning control of the city of Batticaloa amid accusations it waged a campaign of violence ahead of the voting, official results showed Tuesday... Back to the top

Fighting across Sri Lanka 's north kills 40 rebels, 5 soldiers, says military
Associated Press, Tue March 11, 2008 08:30 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Army troops launched a pre-dawn attack Tuesday across the front lines in northern Sri Lanka - , killing four Tamil rebels as a wave of fighting killed another 36 insurgents and five soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Tamil Rebels Condemn India for Backing Sri Lanka Army (Update2), 11 march. March 11 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam condemned India for supporting military offensives against rebel bases in the north, saying Tamils face ``ethnic genocide'' in the region... Back to the top

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