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JUNE 17, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 73


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Sri Lanka rebels reject laying down arms for talks
reuters, June 17, 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels have rejected a request to lay down or decommission their weapons before peace talks, saying they can still win the war against government forces.

The government said last week it would only reconsider re-starting a peace process if the rebels agreed to lay down or decommission their weapons and issued a clear timetable for negotiations.

But Balasingham Nadesan, the rebels' political head, said laying down arms could weaken their bargaining power at any talks.

"Any approach that disturbs the balance of power and parity of status (between the government and rebels) are counter-productive to the peace process," Nadesan said in an email interview with Reuters. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 17 10:06:34 EDT 2008

Military: 14 rebels, 1 soldier killed in fighting in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue June 17, 2008 03:33 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles across Sri Lanka - 's volatile north killed 14 ethnic Tamil rebels and one government soldier, the military said Tuesday.

In the worst fighting Monday, soldiers killed six rebels in the Mannar region bordering the rebels' de facto state, a Defense Ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

One soldier was wounded in the confrontation, he said.

In the Welioya district, separate clashes killed three rebels and one soldier, he said.

Other fighting in the Jaffna and Vavuniya regions killed five rebels and wounded six soldiers, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not immediately available for comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because reporters are not allowed in the war zone. Both sides commonly exaggerate their enemy's casualties while underplaying their own.

Government forces have tried for the past several months to break into the rebels' well-guarded northern strongholds from four main fronts, promising to crush the insurgents and dismantle their administration by the end of the year.

But military analysts have said the military's progress has been slower than expected and the rebels retain much of their capacity to resist.

The rebels have been fighting the government since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 17 10:04:29 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Tamils angry to see group on terrorist list
CTV, june 17. TORONTO -- Many in Canada's Tamil community are angry with Ottawa's move to label one of its organizations a terrorist group.

Stockwell Day, the minister of public safety, says the World Tamil Movement, which collected money that ended up in the hands of the Tamil Tigers, is now on a list of terrorist groups.

The group, which also had its assets frozen, is designated for helping terrorist activity and for acting on behalf of the terrorist group. More... [Listen] Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 17 10:15:28 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Telecom Eyes IPTV Services
CXO, june 17. Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), a provider of international and domestic voice, Internet, and data services, will use the RollingStream platform to bring IPTV services to its growing customer base throughout Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Serbia shuts down LTTE broadcast
UPI, june 17. BELGRADE, Serbia, June 16 (UPI) -- After nine days of broadcasting, the Serbian government pulled the plug on a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam radio transmission... Back to the top

Taking cue from India, Sri Lanka asks ministers to curtail foreign trips (Lead)
IANS, June 17, 2008. Colombo, June 17 (IANS) Perhaps taking a cue from neighbouring India, Sri Lanka Tuesday asked its ministers to curtail foreign trips and slashed the monthly monetary allocations to all the ministries by 50 percent as part of an austerity drive brought on by rising fuel costs and inflation... Back to the top

Fresh clashes in Sri Lanka; council planned to save civilians, June 17, 2008. Even as Sri Lanka's defence ministry on Tuesday said that 11 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers had been killed in two separate gun battles in the northwestern district of Mannar, a state-run newspaper reported that the president is keen on setting up a security council to protect civilians from terrorism... Back to the top

HL:Ottawa adds non-profit group financing Tamil Tigers to federal terrorism list
Associated Press, Mon June 16, 2008 18:15 EDT . TORONTO _ A non-profit group known for going door to door collecting financial support that ended up in the hands of the Tamil Tigers is now on a list of Canada's known terrorist groups and has had its assets frozen, Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day said Monday... Back to the top

Massacre aid group quits S.Lanka, wants inquiry, Tue Jun 17, 2008 . LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - An aid agency that lost 17 local tsunami aid workers in a massacre in Sri Lanka two years ago said on Tuesday it had no confidence in the government investigation and had quit the island in protest... Back to the top

Umpires' review trial to take place during Sri Lanka -India series
Associated Press, Mon June 16, 2008 07:55 EDT . - - NEW DELHI (AP) Players will be allowed to appeal against an umpire's decision for the first time in a trial sanctioned for India's test cricket tour of Sri Lanka - starting next month... Back to the top

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