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Sri Lanka rebels declare ceasefire for SAARC summit
reuters.com, Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:48pm EDT. COLOMBO, July 22 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger rebels said on Tuesday they would observe a unilateral ceasefire with the military to support the South Asian Regional summit.

The rebel unilateral ceasefire came as the Sri Lanka hosting the 15th summit of the eight nation, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

"As a sign of this goodwill, our movement is glad to inform that it will observe a unilateral ceasefire that is devoid of military actions during the period of the SAARC conference from 26th July to 4th August and give our cooperation for the success of the conference," the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said in an e-mailed statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 21 22:11:04 EDT 2008


17 killed in latest Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Sun July 20, 2008 02:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting between government troops and separatist Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region has killed 16 rebels and a soldier, the military said Sunday.

The latest infantry clashes erupted Saturday along the front lines in the Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya regions bordering the rebels' de facto northern state, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

Fighting in Vavuniya killed 11 rebels and wounded two soldiers, while five rebels were killed and four soldiers were wounded in nearby Mannar district, he said.

Separately, a soldier was killed by a sniper's bullet in Mannar, he said.

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

It was not possible to independently verify the military reports because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place. Each side commonly exaggerates its enemy's casualties and downplays its own.

Violence on this Indian Ocean island has escalated in recent months, with the military stepping up ground assaults and air strikes on rebels as the government pledged to capture rebel-held territory and crush the insurgents.

The rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Sun Jul 20 03:00:27 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka : Soldiers capture Tamil rebel base, air force destroys 6 guerrilla boats
Associated Press, Sun July 20, 2008 09:27 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government forces captured a Tamil Tiger rebel base on the northwest coast Sunday after a 48-hour battle that left at least 15 rebels dead, while air force jets destroyed six rebel boats, the military said.

Clashes elsewhere in the region killed 16 rebels and one soldier, the military said.

The civil war on the Indian Ocean island has escalated in recent months, with the military stepping up ground assaults and air strikes after the government pledged to capture rebel-held territory and crush the insurgents.

In the latest attack, army troops seized a rebel base in the village of Illupakadavai in Mannar district early Sunday, said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman.

He said soldiers killed 15 rebels during a 48-hour battle to capture the base and one soldier was wounded by a rebel mortar attack.

Air force fighter jets destroyed six rebel vessels fleeing from the fallen base, Nanayakkara said. The air attack also damaged two other boats, he said.

He said details of casualties were not available.

Separate gunbattles elsewhere in the region Saturday left 16 rebels and a soldier dead, Nanayakkara said.

Soldiers killed 11 rebels in Vavuniya while five rebels died in the nearby Mannar district, he said.

Separately, a soldier was killed by a sniper's bullet in Mannar, he said.

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

It was not possible to independently verify the military reports because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place. Each side commonly exaggerates its enemy's casualties and downplays its own.

The rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Sun Jul 20 11:23:39 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Heavy security takes the fun out of Sri Lankan weddings
afp, july 22. COLOMBO (AFP) - Ahead of a South Asia regional summit in early August, the Sri Lankan government has dealt weddings yet another blow by ordering five-star hotels to cancel all banquet hall and restaurant bookings for a week... Back to the top

S.Lanka Tamil Tigers declare unilateral ceasefire
reuters.com, Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:25pm EDT. COLOMBO, July 22 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger rebels said on Tuesday they will observe an unilateral ceasefire with the military to support the South Asian Regional summit... Back to the top

Management saga continues with Sri Lanka sports minister refusing to endorse Tillakaratne
Associated Press, Mon July 21, 2008 05:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's sports minister on Monday refused to endorse the appointment of ex-captain Hashan Tillakaratne as manager of the national cricket team for the upcoming series against India... Back to the top

Buddhist festival parades are Sri Lanka 's answer to Mardi Gras
Associated Press, Mon July 21, 2008 12:26 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) A cannon booms and the crack of a dozen whips pierce the warm night... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels say peace talks 'impossible' because of government offensive
Associated Press, Mon July 21, 2008 08:34 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan rebels said Monday that a new round of peace talks on ending the country's 25-year-old civil war is impossible as long as the government presses ahead with a military offensive... Back to the top

Military: Fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 40 rebels, 1 soldier
Associated Press, Mon July 21, 2008 04:52 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of battles across the front lines of the civil war in northern Sri Lanka - killed 40 Tamil Tiger rebels and one soldier, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Gambhir hits unbeaten 60 as Indians draw warmup match against Sri Lanka Board XI
Associated Press, Sun July 20, 2008 09:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Opener Gautam Gambhir scored an unbeaten 60 runs Sunday as a touring Indian side drew their three-day warmup match against a Sri Lanka - Board XI... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Soldiers capture Tamil rebel base, fighting kills 32
Associated Press, Sun July 20, 2008 05:17 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government forces captured a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the north Sunday after a 48-hour battle that left at least 15 rebels dead, the military said... Back to the top

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