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JUNE 11, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 67


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EU puts Sri Lanka aid package on the line
reuters, june 12. COLOMBO, June 11 (Reuters) The Europen Commission has serious concerns about Sri Lanka's human rights record and wilL withhold a 70 million-euro aid package unless it opens up, a top EU official said today.

The commission said the package was dependent on Sri Lanka removing barriers to humanitarian assistance, including resolving visa issues for Red Cross and UN workers in the country.

''We expressed our serious concerns with the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, as indicated by a range of sources including reports from United Nations rapporteurs,'' Deputy Director General for External Relations of the European Commission Joao Machado said in a statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 11 23:09:42 EDT 2008

Former PMs statement on terror irks Sri Lankan govt, june 12. Former PM and Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe's comment to the Indian media that the Mahinda Rajapaksa government has failed in its war against terror has triggered sharp reactions back home.

Wickremesinghe during his current visit to India told reporters that the recent series of blasts in Sri Lanka revealed that only a responsive government would be able to put an end to terrorism, indicating that the current dispensation has miserably failed to do so.

Minister and spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwalle on Wednesday condemned Wickremesinghe's statement, saying that while the opposition leader criticised the government, he failed to raise one single point against the LTTE. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 11 23:06:35 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says naval battle kills five rebels, 3 sailors
Associated Press, Wed June 11, 2008 01:31 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Several rebel boats launched a pre-dawn attack on a Sri Lankan navy outpost Wednesday, sparking a battle that killed five Tamil Tiger fighters and three sailors, the military said.

The rebel attack took place about 2:15 a.m. at a base off the coast of Mannar, near the front lines of the raging civil war that has engulfed northern Sri Lanka - , military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Sailors at the base retaliated, destroying one boat and killing five rebels, while three sailors were killed, Nanayakkara said, adding that it was unclear how many rebel boats were involved.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan disputed that account, saying the raid killed 10 government troops, while four rebels were also killed.

The Tamil Tiger fighters seized control of the base for about two hours, chasing off the troops and plundering the weapons stored there before withdrawing, Ilanthirayan said. No rebel boats were destroyed, he said.

``Nobody was there to destroy us. Apart from the dead left behind, all the people manning the post fled the scene,'' he said.

The two sides routinely release contradictory statements about battles. Independent confirmation of the accounts is not possible because reporters are not allowed into the war zone.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the ethnic minority Tamils in the island's north and east. Tamils have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority.

The government captured the rebels' eastern strongholds last year and has vowed to force the group out of its de facto state in the north by the end of the year.Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 11 06:56:10 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Launches Air Raid After LTTE Attack
com, 11th of June 2008. Sri Lankan jets Wednesday pounded a suspected Tamil Tiger base in the island's north, barely hours after the rebels launched a sea-borne attack on a naval detachment in the north-western island of Mannar leaving killing nine combatants... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says 7 rebels, 1 soldier killed in latest fighting
Associated Press, Tue June 10, 2008 03:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The latest round of fighting between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels left seven insurgents and a soldier dead, while air force jets Tuesday bombed rebel locations in the north, the military said... Back to the top

S.Lanka rebels say responsible for attacks, Tue 10 Jun 2008. A little known Sri Lankan rebel group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for recent bomb attacks on transport vehicles as revenge for what it said were government attacks and aerial bombings on innocent Tamil civilians... Back to the top

Sri Lanka May tourist arrivals up 18.4 pct vs yr ago, Jun 11. COLOMBO, June 11 (Reuters) - The number of tourists arriving in Sri Lanka in May rose 18.4 percent from a year earlier, despite security concerns stemming from the country's civil war, officials said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's LOLC Group To Build Ethanol Power Plant
yahoo, june 11. COLOMBO, June 11 Asia Pulse - Sri Lanka's LOLC group, which has taken over a defunct sugar firm in a public-private partnership, is planning to build an ethanol-based power plant, the company said... Back to the top

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