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MAY 31, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Military says grenade blast in Sri Lankan capital has killed 2 civilians, wounded 9
Associated Press, Sat May 31, 2008 13:07 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military says two civilians have been killed and nine others wounded in a grenade blast in the island's capital.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara says the attack was against a group of people waiting at a bus stop in the Wellawatte district of Colombo. Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 31 14:04:18 EDT 2008


LTTE rejects devolution plan in Sri Lanka
ptinews.com, June 1. Colombo, May 31 (PTI) The LTTE has denounced Sri Lankan government's plan for power devolution under which local elections were held recently in the East, saying "Tamil sovereignty and right to self-determination" are key issues for a negotiated settlement to the ethnic problem.

Vowing to continue fighting for a separate state, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) political head B Nadesan said the 13th amendment providing for provincial councils in the East and North has never been accepted as the basis for talks by the Tamils.

"The (Sri Lankan) Tamils have rejected the 13th amendment long back. In the last 21-years of its introduction, neither Tamils nor Sinhalese have shown any enthusiasm towards the 13th amendment," Nadesan said, adding "Tamil sovereignty and right to self-determination" are key issues in creating a climate for a negotiated settlement. More...
Published: Sat May 31 16:32:54 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka rebels reject devolution plan, kill 31 troops: report
google.com, June 1. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels condemned government moves to devolve more power to the north and east as they reported killing 31 troops in fresh fighting, according to a pro-rebel website Saturday. The head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) political wing, B. Nadesan, said the plan under which the government recently held local elections in former rebel-held areas contained "no basis for a settlement." More...
Published: Sat May 31 16:33:27 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger rebels turning more violent amid gov't offensive, official says
Associated Press, Sat May 31, 2008 02:15 EDT . EILEEN NG - Associated Press Writer - SINGAPORE (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels are becoming more violent as they suffer setbacks because of a new government offensive, a top official from the war-torn South Asian nation said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: New fighting kills 26 rebels, 4 soldiers on northern front lines
Associated Press, Sat May 31, 2008 08:07 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) New fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists killed 26 rebels and four soldiers along the northern front lines of Sri Lanka - 's civil war, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Violence in Sri Lanka killing civilians
UPI, May 30. UNITED NATIONS, May 30 (UPI) -- The United Nations says the terrorists responsible for the escalating violence against civilians in Sri Lanka must be brought to justice... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels show no signs of peace: government official
google.com, May 31, 2008, 9:20 EDT. SINGAPORE (AFP) — The Tamil Tigers have shown no sign they are genuine about wanting peace even though the door remains open for a return to negotiations, a senior Sri Lankan official said Saturday... Back to the top

Jets pound LTTE positions
hindu.com, May 30, 2008. COLOMBO: A day after the LTTE struck at an Army post in the Jaffna Peninsula, the Air Force on Friday claimed it targeted “LTTE’s artillery and mortar launching platforms” at Kalmunai Point in the Poonaryn general area... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Government forces capture Tamil rebel base
Associated Press, Fri May 30, 2008 05:48 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops have captured a Tamil Tiger rebel base in northern Sri Lanka - after three days of fighting that killed seven rebels and one soldier, the military said Friday... Back to the top

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