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Rajapaksa asks LTTE cadre to surrender
hindu.com, Saturday, Oct 11, 2008.

B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the current phase of war would mark the end of the LTTE’s battle for a separate State and counselled the Tiger cadre to surrender. Meanwhile, the troops claimed further advances into the last strongholds of the LTTE-held territory in the north.

In an interview to Al Jazeera television channel, Mr. Rajapaksa claimed, “LTTE cadres are willing to surrender to the security forces and many have done so.”

He argued that successive governments had tried in vain to persuade the LTTE to negotiate a political solution, and that under the circumstances, the government could not offer anything more to the terrorist group.

Mr. Rajapaksa said he believed in a political solution and was More...
Published: Fri Oct 10 23:08:36 EDT 2008


DMK & ADMK play politics, Tamil Tigers say thank you
ET, oct 10. NEW DELHI: As Dravidian parties compete with each other to highlight the plight of ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils, to make it an election issue, and the Centre struggles to accommodate DMK’s political interests, the LTTE has interpreted expression of concern by TN-based parties as a ‘significant sign of solidarity’.

In a statement posted on the pro-Tiger website Tamilnet, political head of the Tamil Tigers, B Nadesan, said: “The solidarity extended by all leaders of Tamil Nadu would transcend into political support.”

Pointing out that “indiscriminate shelling and bombardment had uprooted thousands of Tamils from their homes and villages,” Nadesan said the support from Tamil Nadu has come at a time when the Rajapaksa regime is “conceited in its military aggression.”

LTTE also expressed gratitude to Tamil leaders with specific mention of chief minister M Karunanidhi. “Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on Monday indirectly declared that his government would no longer tolerate Indian Central government aiding the Sri Lankan government against the Eezham Tamils, even if it aided Colombo unwittingly,” the Tamilnet website said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 9 22:06:53 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Police raid suspected Tamil terror fundraisers again
National Post - Canada, hursday, October 09, 2008. Counterterrorism police searched a building in Montreal last month due to suspicions it was still being used to raise money for Tamil Tigers guerrillas two years after police first raided it for the same reason.

The RCMP searched the Montreal office of the World Tamil Movement on Sept. 3, seizing items allegedly linked to Tamil Tigers fundraising, according to documents recently unsealed by the Federal Court.

A judge authorized the search after police officers noticed collection tills and items bearing the Tamil Tigers emblem inside the building .

The building had been emptied of all such materials during a 2006 police raid.

"Some of those items are similar to the ones seized on April More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 9 22:02:30 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan jets attack suicide bombers' camp
Associated Press, Fri October 10, 2008 02:44 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets pounded a Tamil Tiger suicide bombers' camp deep in the embattled north on Friday, a day after a suicide attack blamed on the rebels killed two people and wounded five near the capital, the military said... Back to the top

Relentless strikes kill 41 in Sri Lanka
The China Post, Oct 10, 2008. COLOMBO –– At least 40 people were killed for a second straight day in the Sri Lankan military’s push into rebel Tamil Tiger territory, the military said on Friday, a day after a failed suicide attack targeting a minister... Back to the top

Palestinian president calls for peace in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu October 9, 2008 13:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he wants to see a peaceful Sri Lanka - saying his people also seek peace with Israel... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Cabinet minister escapes suicide blast
Associated Press, Thu October 9, 2008 06:02 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew himself up near a convoy carrying a senior Sri Lankan Cabinet minister on Thursday, wounding his deputy and at least six others, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka aims to boost war budget; fighting kills 56
reuters.com, Thu Oct 9, 2008 12:41pm IST. .
By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government on Thursday asked parliament to raise its war budget by 6.4 percent to $1.64 billion in 2009, as air force jets blasted Tamil Tiger camps in an unyielding push to end the 25-year-old separatist war. The bombings, part of a near-daily campaign of hitting rebel targets from the air while ground troops battle through heavily mined jungle, came a day after fighting killed 48 rebels and eight troops, the military said... Back to the top

Palestinian president begins visit to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu October 9, 2008 06:01 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on a goodwill mission to the subcontinent, arrived in Colombo Thursday for a short visit aimed at boosting political and technical ties with Sri Lanka, officials said... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers accuse Sri Lanka of genocidal war
google.com, Thursday Oct 09, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday accused the Sri Lankan government of launching a "genocidal war" against northern Tamils... Back to the top

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