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Lanka not ready to order ceasefire: Rajapaksa
ndtv.com, October 16, 2008. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday ruled out a ceasefire with the LTTE as demanded by Tamil Nadu politicians and vowed to continue the military offensive against the Tigers in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi.

Rajapaksa has informed the Indian Government that it is not ready to stop the ongoing offensive to evict Tamil Tigers from their last bastion or to order a ceasefire as demanded by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi, and other politicians of the state, the state-run Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) said.

His comments come even as a Lankan Foreign Ministry Spokesman said operations in Kilinochchi were being carried out by the armed forces following zero-civilian casualty doctrine and all assistance was being provided to displaced Tamil civilians. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 16 22:23:10 EDT 2008


Seven DMK ministers to quit today over Lanka issue
toi, 17 Oct 2008, 0339 . CHENNAI: All the seven DMK ministers in the UPA government are expected to submit their resignation letters to party leader and Tamil Nadu chief m inister M Karunanidhi on Friday to mount pressure on the Manmohan Singh regime to intervene in Sri Lanka.

Simultaneously, Karunanidhi on Thursday announced a human chain protest in Chennai on October 21 to ask the Centre to act on an 'all-party' meeting's call that India take steps to halt the war in the island and despatch humanitarian assistance to Tamil civilians affected by the conflict.

A senior Tamil Nadu minister told TOI that the seven ministers — cabinet ministers T R Baalu and A Raja, and ministers of state — S S Palanimanickam, Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, S Regupathy, K Venkatapathy and Radhika Selvi — would hand over post-dated letters addressed to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to Karunanidhi for quitting their parliamentary seats. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 16 22:22:12 EDT 2008 Back to the top


LTTE is racist: Foreign Minister
hindustantimes.com, October 17, 2008. The Sri Lankan government on Thursday raised the issue of the alleged ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to counter charges the Sinhala-dominated government here was carrying out a genocide against the Lankan Tamils.

The foreign ministry released a speech made by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in Canberra raising the issue of displaced Muslims.

Bogollagama said: “I wonder why the shrill voices of those who are screaming of a non-existent humanitarian catastrophe in the Wanni, are deafeningly silent on the plight of the over 1,00,000 Muslims who are now languishing in refugee camps… 24th October marks the 18th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the North by the LTTE. 75,000 Muslims were compelled to vacate their homes at gun point on this day in 1990 by the LTTE…If any proof were needed of the racist nature of the LTTE, the ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the North, speaks for itself.’’ More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 16 22:24:23 EDT 2008 Back to the top


UN must list LTTE as global terror group: Sri Lanka
hindu.com, Oct 17, 2008. COLOMBO: Urging the UN to consider listing the LTTE as an “international terrorist group,” Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has said he is surprised as to why those who are “screaming of a non-existing humanitarian catastrophe in Wanni” are silent about the plight of over 1 lakh Muslims forcibly evicted by the LTTE from the north in 1990... Back to the top

Sri Lankan jets bomb Tamil rebels in north
Associated Press, Thu October 16, 2008 03:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force planes pounded a Tamil separatists' arms storage and command center deep in the northern jungles Thursday, the military said... Back to the top

India 'very dear', we will address issues: Sri Lanka
DNA, Thursday, October 16, 2008. NEW DELHI: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed “serious concern” over escalating hostilities in Sri Lanka, Colombo on Thursday stressed it will keep in mind New Delhi's sensitivities while dealing with the situation... Back to the top

UN food convoy to rebel areas in Sri Lanka forced to turn back
Associated Press, Thu October 16, 2008 08:04 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - A United Nations food convoy consisting of 50 trucks heading to rebel-held areas in northern Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced, was forced to turn back Thursday due to firing by the rebels, the military claimed... Back to the top

India calls on Sri Lankan army to show restraint
Associated Press, Wed October 15, 2008 12:20 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - NEW DELHI (AP) India's prime minister said Wednesday that a military victory would not end neighboring Sri Lanka - 's long simmering ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Lanka says its forces follow zero-civilian casualty doctrine
ptinews.com, Oct 16, 2008. Colombo, Oct 16 (PTI) The Sri lankan government today sought to assure India that its on going offensives on the Tamil Tigers stronghold of Kilinochchi was being carried out by following zero-civilian casualty doctrine and all assistance was being provided to displaced Tamil civilians... Back to the top

Tamil cauldron boils, PM warns Sri Lanka
expressbuzz.com, 15 Oct 2008 . NEW DELHI: With Tamil Nadu MPs threatening to resign en masse over the "atrocities" against fellow Tamils in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday sent a stern message to Colombo to de-escalate hostilities and underscored the need for a political settlement that respects the rights of minorities... Back to the top

52 LTTE cadres, 5 soldiers killed in Lanka clashes
hindu.com, October 15, 2008 :. Colombo (PTI): At least 52 LTTE cadres and five soldiers were killed as heavy fighting raged on Wednesday for control of the key Northern Sri Lankan city of Kilinochchi with government forces pressing fighter aircraft to pound tiger bunkers on the outskirts... Back to the top

Lanka crisis: Pressure piles up on PM
TOI, October 16. NEW DELHI: Although India will not intervene in Sri Lanka, with Tamil political parties turning the screws on the central government on India's "i ndifference" to the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday was back walking the political tightrope... Back to the top

Australia may ban LTTE
hindu.com, Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008. COLOMBO: Australia is considering proscription of LTTE under its domestic laws, according to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry... Back to the top

Suicide Terrorism: Why Are Sri Lanka s Women Blowing Themselves Up?
alternet.org, Oct 15, 2008. "While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him" -- Mikhailovich Dostovsky

The tiny island nation of Sri Lanka has been plagued by terrorism for the past 25 years... Back to the top


Heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 53
Associated Press, Wed October 15, 2008 07:13 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - Government troops killed 47 Tamil rebels while suffering six fatalities in offensive operations in northern Sri Lanka - , military officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

India s Tamil Nadu Lawmakers Demand Sri Lanka Truce, Hindu Says
bloomberg.com, Oct 15, 2008. Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Lawmakers in India's Tamil Nadu state will resign from the national Parliament unless the government presses Sri Lanka to end its military offensive against Tamil rebels, the Hindu newspaper said.

Political parties in Tamil Nadu, home to an estimated 60,000 mostly Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, will tell their members to step down unless a cease-fire is declared within two weeks, the newspaper cited the state's Chief Minister M... Back to the top


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