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JUNE 14, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 70


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Sri Lanka raises new debt despite warnings, June 15, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Saturday sought investors to buy $200 million worth of bonds despite warnings from credit rating agencies and international lenders that the island is depending too much on debt.

The latest debt-raising move comes as Sri Lanka, locked in a long-running ethnic conflict with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels since 1972, has been on an overseas borrow spree to pay for development projects. The new securities, known as Sri Lanka Development Bonds, will be offered in maturities ranging from two to five years to local and foreign investors, the central bank said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jun 14 23:07:30 EDT 2008

Burning less bright?
ECONOMIST, june 14. 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. The charge-sheet explains why: the men bundled out of their homes at dawn are suspected of procuring equipment for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a rebel group that has fought a decades-long civil war against the Sri Lankan state and is now banned in Britain. The police took pains to emphasise that there was no link to al-Qaeda; after that, interest dried up.

The Tigers may be little known in Britain, but it is one of their most important constituencies. War has driven a quarter of Sri Lanka's minority Tamils abroad and Britain has the biggest share after Canada: up to 200,000 Sri Lankans (including a big second generation), most of them Tamils. Professionals have thrived in London since the 1950s, helping to hatch the Tigers' nationalist ideology. The movement's international headquarters, now presumed defunct, were in London and Paris. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jun 14 11:07:21 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to probe policemen massacre, 2008-06-1. COLOMBO, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lanka government said Friday it will launch a probe into a massacre of some 400 policemen by the rebel Tamil Tigers 18 years ago.

The National Security Media Center said in a statement that a probe would soon commence on the massacre of 401 policemen in the Eastern Province on June 11, 1990.

"Some 401 unarmed policemen were massacred by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) in the Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee areas," the MCNS statement said.

The government was also blaming the main opposition United National Party (UNP) for the killing of the policemen.

The UNP was the ruling party then. The statement alleged that the policemen were ordered by the government to surrender to the LTTE as part of an agreement between the then government and the LTTE.

There was no immediate response from the UNP to the government's statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 13 12:56:05 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka s former rebel group holds up panel for political solution, 2008-06-13 21:09:22. COLOMBO, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government said Friday that an all political party representatives' panel is delaying its proceedings until a minority Tamil ex-militant group named its representatives to the panel... Back to the top

UN rights forum urges Sri Lanka to probe killings, Fri Jun 13, 2008. GENEVA, June 13 (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council called on Sri Lanka on Friday to investigate allegations of killings and disappearances and prosecute those responsible, including members of government security forces... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels say 27 child soldiers released, 2008-06-13. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said Friday they had released 27 more child soldiers, and contested a United Nations estimate that over 1,000 under-age fighters were still in rebel ranks... Back to the top

Toronto Student Held In Sri Lanka, June 13, 2008. A Toronto man has been arrested in Sri Lanka after police seized an array of electronics, including heat-seeking devices, that were shipped from Canada... Back to the top

Fighting in Sri Lanka 's north and east kills 11 rebels, 2 soldiers, military says
Associated Press, Fri June 13, 2008 04:22 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of battles broke out between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger separatists, killing 11 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

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