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JULY 12, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 9, NO. 98

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Ready for talks with LTTE, says Mahinda Rajapaksa
Hindu, july 13. TIRUMALA: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Saturday that his government was ready to resume talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) provided it laid down arms.

Talking to journalists at the end of his two-day pilgrimage to the hill temple, Mr. Rajapaksa said the LTTE should give up terrorist activities and come to the negotiating table in the interest of the nation.

There was no room for suspecting the government’s intentions. It was the government which had been negotiating with the LTTE for the past 20 years expecting some positive outcome every time. Negotiations were held even in Geneva, Oslo and Japan though there were instances when the LTTE walked out of the talks, he said. “Change in mood”

Replying to a question on the killing of innocent people, Mr. Rajapaksa expressed his deep concern and said they became a casualty even when the ceasefire was declared. Hinting that there was a change in the mood of Tamils, he said the election of a former LTTE leader as Chief Minister of the Eastern Province was an indication of this. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 12 15:55:31 EDT 2008


“LTTE is forcibly recruiting children”
hindu.com, Jul 13, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Air Force (SLAF) on Saturday claimed to have launched “precision air sorties at an identified LTTE bunker line” south of Thunukkai in Mullaithivu in the north of the country amid continued fighting between the forces and the LTTE. “A bulldozer was confirmed destroyed and few other heavy machinery damaged in the air raid,” said spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara. He said LTTE cadres were engaged in “heavy construction work” at the site at the time of the attack. Separately, the military reported further exodus of civilians from LTTE-controlled areas in Mullaithivu. In recent weeks, there has been a steady flow of civilians into government areas, it said. More...
Published: Sat Jul 12 21:29:31 EDT 2008 Back to the top

4 die as Sri Lankan rebels shoot at passenger bus+
Associated Press, Fri July 11, 2008 04:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 11 (Kyodo) At least four people, including a 9-year-old boy and his mother, were killed when suspected Tamil rebels Friday fired at a passenger bus in a remote rural area in Sri Lanka - 's southeastern Moneragala district, the police and the military said.

''It was obviously an attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,'' Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman, said. ''Nobody else could have done that.''

''Of the 25 wounded, four had only minor injuries and have been discharged from hospital,'' he added.

The Defense Ministry said the bus was heading from Moneragala towards Kataragama, a famous pilgrim center, along the main Buttala-Kataragama road 350 kilometers southeast of Colombo when it was attacked at 10:15 a.m.

''Security forces are engaged in extensive search operations in the area,'' the ministry said.

The area, where the Tamil Tigers have previously targeted civilians, borders the southern tip of Eastern Province, which government forces wrested from the rebels earlier this year.

The rebels usually use land mines in attacks, but Nanayakkara pointed out that in January a civilian passenger bus targeted with a mine was fired at after the blast, killing 25.

''We'll have to maintain a stronger presence in areas at risk,'' he said.Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jul 11 07:01:13 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka: Amnesty condemns today's murder of civilians  - amnesty.org.uk
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Four die in S Lanka bus attack  - bbc.co.uk

25 LTTE men killed in northern Sri Lanka
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Weakened Sri Lankan rebels seeking Indian support
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‘30 pc of recent LTTE conscripts have died’
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Sri Lankan military says 17 Tamil rebels killed in latest clashes
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