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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


West urged not to ignore Sri Lanka
bbc.co.uk, Friday, October 17, 2008. A senior western diplomat has warned that living conditions are deteriorating for tens of thousands of civilians displaced inside Tamil Tiger rebel-held areas in northern Sri Lanka. It is a humanitarian disaster waiting to happen, he says.

"We have one of the biggest humanitarian problems emerging in the north at the moment. Unfortunately it's not attracting enough international attention," the diplomat, who's familiar with the Sri Lankan situation, told the BBC.

Sri Lankan security forces are carrying out a multi-pronged offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north and some army units are reported to be very close to the town of Kilinochchi, where the Tamil Tigers have their administrative headquarters.

The United Nations says more than More...
Published: Fri Oct 17 14:34:30 EDT 2008 Back to the top


FACTBOX-India s role in Sri Lanka s civil war
reuters.com, Friday, Oct 17, 2008. Oct. 17 (Reuters) - India this week criticised Sri Lanka's escalation of its war with the Tamil Tigers, after nearly 40 legislators told Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh they would quit parliament if he didn't stop the conflict in two weeks.

Analysts say India's prior involvement in the 25-year-old Sri Lankan war rules out such an intervention, and will leave Sri Lanka free to prosecute a war it is confident of winning... Back to the top


TN stand on Lanka could endanger India unity: Newspaper
hindu.com, Friday, October 17, 2008. Colombo (PTI): Terming the recent expression of concern by Tamil Nadu parties over the ongoing violence in northern Sri Lanka as a contradiction of India's own policy on terrorism, a leading newspaper here has called it "latent separatist tendencies" in the Southern state... Back to the top

Pipe Down, Please
The Times of India, 18 Oct 2008. The war in Sri Lanka has kicked up a storm in Tamil Nadu. Public opinion in the state seems to have dramatically shifted in favour of the beleag uered Tamils in northern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Army seizes rebel-held village in north
Associated Press, Fri October 17, 2008 03:42 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured a Tamil Tiger-held village along rebel supply routes in the country's embattled north in a battle which killed six guerrillas and two soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

India can intervene in Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi
Thaindian News, Friday, October 17, 2008. Chennai, Oct 17 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said Friday night that India could certainly intervene in Sri Lanka to alleviate the sufferings of Tamil minorities there, in the same way it did in then East Pakistan in 1971... Back to the top

Spokesperson For The Secretary General Michele Montas Holds Office Of The Spokesman For The U.N. Secretary General Regular News
Associated Press, Fri October 17, 2008 08:28 EDT . In Sri Lanka - this morning, a major U.N. food convoy en route to the north of the island nation was forced to turn back due to fighting... 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... 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 for Negotiated Settlement in Sri Lanka
voanews.com, 15 October 2008. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels should seek a negotiated settlement to end their 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

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