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Sri Lanka says can fund offensive against rebels
ALertNet, oct 13. CANBERRA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's war on separatist rebels will not be slowed by international financial turmoil placing pressure on the government's military budget, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said on Monday.

Bogollagama, speaking in Australia where he was urged to seek a political end to the 25-year conflict, said Sri Lanka's military would continue to press its latest bloody offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE.

"We are coming to the final stages of taking on the LTTE. We are quite confident our financial resources can sustain the current engagement," Bogollagama told journalists.

Sri Lanka's army last week pushed to within 2 kilometres (1 mile) of outer Kilinochchi, the strategic headquarters town of the Tigers, located 330 kilometres (205 miles) north of the capital Colombo. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 12 22:29:50 EDT 2008

Lanka says it will address justifiable concerns of India, Oct 12. Colombo, Oct 12 (PTI) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured India that his government will try to address all "justifiable concerns" of India in the wake of the fallout of the on-going military offensive against LTTE. Rajapaksa gave this assurance to Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Alok Prasad when he met him last week. "The President during his meeting with Prasad made it clear that his government will endeavour to address all justifiable concerns of India," Senior Presidential advisor Basil Rajapaksa said. India had last week conveyed its concerns to Sri Lanka over the offensive of the security forces in the Tamil areas and the killing of innocent people there. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 12 12:46:22 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting kills 30 rebels, 2 soldiers
Associated Press, Sun October 12, 2008 03:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Separate battles between government forces and Tamil separatists across Sri Lanka - 's volatile northern region killed 30 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Sunday.

The new fighting came as soldiers closed in on the rebels' administrative capital of Kilinochchi in a campaign aimed at routing the guerrillas and ending the 25-year-old war that has killed more than 70,000 people.

The worst fighting took place Saturday around Kilinochchi where two separate clashes killed 26 rebels and two soldiers, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara. The same fighting wounded 16 rebels and seven soldiers.

The army has said its forces are about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the outskirts of Kilinochchi.

Other battles in Welioya and Vavuniya killed four rebels on Saturday, said Nanayakkara.

With nearly all communications to the north severed, a rebel spokesman could not be contacted for comment.

Independent verification of the military's claims is nearly impossible because most journalists are banned from the war zone. Both sides routinely exaggerate enemy losses and underreport their own.

Fighting has escalated in recent months, with the military capturing a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory. Officials have pledged to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

The rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 12 05:31:41 EDT 2008 Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Deep Plot Seen in Former Tiger Turning MP
0, Oct 11. COLOMBO, Oct 11 (IPS) - It might have the script a Tamil blockbuster movie... Back to the top

HL:Sri Lanka downs Canada, will meet Pakistan in Twenty/20 International final
Associated Press, Sun October 12, 2008 18:22 EDT . Ron Fanfair - - KING CITY, Ont. Sri Lanka - rebounded from an earlier loss to Pakistan Sunday to defeat Canada and secure a re-match against the inaugural World Cup Twenty/20 runner-up in Monday's Al Barakah final... Back to the top

Political party activists killed in eastern Sri Lanka, 2008-10-12. COLOMBO, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least two activists of a political party based in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka have been killed in a shoot-out on Saturday, police officials said on Sunday. An unidentified gunman fired at the activists in a social club run by the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (Tamil People's Liberation Tigers, TMVP) in the eastern town Batticaloa, 310 km east of the capital Colombo on Saturday evening... Back to the top

If India agrees, Tamil party ready to ask LTTE to go for talks, October 12th, 2008. New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s leading Tamil party in parliament says it is willing to persuade the Tamil Tigers to go for talks with Colombo if New Delhi agrees to act as the peace maker... Back to the top

We got maximum support from India to crush LTTE: Sri Lanka, Sunday, October 12, 2008. Colombo, Oct 12 (IANS) Charging that “some foreign elements” were trying to disrupt the ongoing development activities in Sri Lanka, a senior advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the island nation has “got maximum support from India to crush” the Tamil Tiger rebels, a media report here said... Back to the top

JP wants extradition of LTTE chief if he was caught
Zee news, Saturday, Oct 11, 2008. Chennai, Oct 11: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that India should demand extradition of LTTE Chief V Prabhakaran if he was caught in the ongoing offensive by the Sri Lankan Army... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 25 killed in northern fighting
Associated Press, Sat October 11, 2008 03:09 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new round of fighting in Sri Lanka - 's decades-old civil war killed 20 Tamil Tiger rebels and five soldiers, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

No time frame can be set to defeat LTTE: Karuna
IANS, Oct 11. New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers are in “a precarious condition” but no one can predict when they can be overcome militarily, says Vinyagamoorthy Muralitharan, a former top Tiger commander who became an MP this week... Back to the top

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