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Sri Lanka military denies report that 2000 troops killed in 2007
google.com, may 5. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's military Sunday denied a report saying more than nine times as many of its soldiers have been killed in clashes with Tamil rebels in 2007 than officially stated.

The English-language Sunday Times said Sri Lanka's top army general Sarath Fonseka told a briefing of military commanders last week that 2,000 troops were killed and 4,000 injured during in 2007, compared to an official tally of 213 dead and 829 injured.

"I myself was not present at that meeting. But we did not have so many casualty figures last year," army spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told AFP in refuting the newspaper story. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 4 15:14:06 EDT 2008


Sri Lankan military says 39 Tamil rebels, 8 soldiers killed in heavy fighting
Associated Press, Sun May 4, 2008 04:57 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy weekend fighting between government troops and Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka - 's contested north killed 39 rebels and eight soldiers, the military said Sunday.

The latest battles erupted Saturday along the front lines in the Welioya, Mannar and Vavuniya regions, the military said.

In the worst fighting, soldiers killed 13 Tamil Tiger rebels in Welioya, said a Defense Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of government regulations. Four soldiers were also killed, he said.

Separate fighting elsewhere in Welioya killed four rebels and three soldiers, the official said.

Army troops seized a small section of territory in the village of Puliyankulam in the northern Vavuniya district after a battle that killed 10 guerrillas, the official said. The battle also wounded 10 rebels and two soldiers.

Another clash in Vavuniya killed two rebels and wounded two soldiers, and sporadic fighting in the northern Mannar district killed 10 rebels and one soldier, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not immediately available for comment Sunday.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because the media are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place. Both sides commonly exaggerate their enemy's casualties while underplaying their own.

The government has pledged to capture the rebels' de facto state in the north and crush them by the end of the year. But diplomats and other observers say the army is facing more resistance than expected.

Fighting has escalated along the northern front lines since the government withdrew from a long-ignored cease-fire in January.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent homeland for minority ethnic Tamils, who have been marginalized for decades by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

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Published: Sun May 4 07:30:51 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan envoy visits Windsor
Windsor Star, may 5. The Sri Lankan Windsor community gathered together Saturday night to celebrate the new year and welcome Toronto's consul general for Sri Lanka to the area.

Consul General Bandula Jayasekera, who was just recently appointed to the position in March, arrived in Windsor and met with MP's Brian Masse and Joe Comartin to discuss various issues.

"It was an extremely productive meeting," said Jayasekera. "We discussed some projects, the major one will be a book project between Windsor and Sri Lanka." Bandula Jayasekara, Consul General of Sri Lanka was in Windsor Saturday to celebrate with the local Sri Lankan community.View Larger Image View Larger Image Bandula Jayasekara, Consul General of Sri Lanka was in Windsor Saturday to celebrate with the local Sri Lankan community.

According to Jayasekera, the Windsor community will be able to donate books to this project in the future. The books will be sent to worthy schools in Sri Lanka.

"I'll have to get back to them with a proposal, and the school names and the types of books needed, whether they be text books or otherwise," said Jayasekera. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 4 23:37:59 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka's budget airline grounded by lack of planes
afp, may 5. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's state-run budget carrier has suspended operations indefinitely because of a lack of planes, an aviation official said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Air Force pounds rebel target
xinhuanet.com, 2008-05-04. COLOMBO, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan military said Sunday that its Air Force successfully bombed a target of Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern district of Mulathivu in the afternoon... Back to the top

Fresh battles kill 43 combatants in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun May 4, 2008 01:07 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy weekend fighting between government troops and Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka - 's war-ravaged northern region left 35 rebels and eight soldiers dead, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Gunbattles, roadside bomb blast kill 17 Tamil rebels, 3 soldiers in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat May 3, 2008 10:02 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered gunbattles and a roadside bomb blast in Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killed 17 Tamil separatists and three soldiers in two days of violence, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sets up political council for war-torn North
newindpress.com, Saturday May 3 2008. COLOMBO: In a significant concession to the ethnic minorities, the Sri Lankan government on Friday set up a multi-party political council to advice on the administration of development and rehabilitation projects in the war-torn Northern Province, which includes Jaffna and the districts under the control of the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka media watchdog slams govt, Tamil Tigers
lankabusinessonline.com, 03 May, 2008. May 03, 2008 (LBO) Sri Lanka's Free Media Movement (FMM) has said media freedom in the island remains under threat by both parties to the internal conflict, the government and the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Fresh fighting claims 7 lives in Sri Lanka: military
google.com, 3 may. COLOMBO (AFP) At least seven combatants have been killed in fresh ground fighting between security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's embattled north, the defence ministry said Saturday... Back to the top

Pro-LTTE London mayor ken livingston defeated by the conservatives ...
defence.lk, 3 may. The radical Labour Party Mayor of London who has been overtly sympathetic to Sri Lanka's terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has been ousted from power after an eight year regime... Back to the top

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