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Stop Tamil Tigers raising money in UK
timesonline.co.uk, June 13. Britain stands accused of applying double standards to its counter-terrorism policy because a banned Tamil militant group is being allowed to raise money among expatriates in London.

President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka said that supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were able to raise millions of pounds each year from the Tamil community in Britain, some of whom were coerced into donating the money.

You can't have two different attitudes towards terrorism, he told The Times this week during a visit to London for a Commonwealth meeting, where he raised the issue with Gordon Brown. I don't agree that there are good terrorists and bad terrorists. There is only one kind of terrorist.

There are about 150,000 Tamils living in Britain, mostly in North London. The Sri Lankans estimate that 70million is sent home every year. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 12 21:53:52 EDT 2008


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 Back to the top


Sri Lanka 's military says fighter jets bomb rebel positions; 15 killed in ground fighting
Associated Press, Thu June 12, 2008 11:25 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's air force bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel explosives warehouse and an ammunition factory Thursday, a day after infantry clashes in the country's embattled north killed 13 rebels and two soldiers, the military said.

Fighter jets targeted the two locations in rebel-held northern Mullaitivu district, the military said in a statement. It did not give details of casualties or damage caused by the attacks.

On Wednesday, troops destroyed two rebel bunkers in Mannar district in a clash that killed four guerrillas, a Defense Ministry statement said.

Other battles in nearby Vavuniya and Welioya districts left nine rebels and two soldiers dead, it said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place.

Wednesday's infantry clashes came hours after rebels launched a pre-dawn attack on a navy outpost off the coast of Mannar, sparking a battle that killed five Tamil Tigers and three sailors, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Rebel spokesman Ilanthirayan disputed that account, saying the raid killed 10 government troops and four rebels.

The two sides routinely release contradictory statements about battles and battle losses.

Fighting has escalated in recent months along the war's front lines, with the government pledging to capture rebel-held territory and crush the insurgents by the end of the year.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for the island's ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by majority Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 12 14:24:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka jets bomb Tiger weapons stock: military
google.com, June 13. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lankan war planes destroyed a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel arms manufacturing facility in the island's north on Thursday as ground battles killed 15 people, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers in Britain
economist.com, Jun 12th 2008. TERRORISM normally makes front-page news in Britain, so it was odd that the four Asian men charged with terrorist offences last month scarcely made the papers... Back to the top

No role for India in Sri Lanka for now, says LTTE
hindustantimes.com, June 12, 2008. India cannot make "any healthy, fruitful contribution" to resolving Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict until it changes its mind on the Tamil Tigers' struggle for an independent state, a rebel leader has said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Soldiers Attack Rebel Leader Prabhakaran's Hideout
bloomberg.com, June 12, 2008. June 12 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan soldiers are closing in on Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's hideout in the northern region of country, the Defense Ministry said... Back to the top

Former PMs statement on terror irks Sri Lankan govt
hindustantimes.com, 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... 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... 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 May tourist arrivals up 18.4 pct vs yr ago
reuters.com, 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

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