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Sri Lanka lauds Obama, expresses hope for counter-terrorism support
Associated Press, Wed November 5, 2008 11:21 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) - Sri Lanka - 's Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Wednesday congratulated US president-elect Barack Obama on his election victory and expressed confidence that Obama would support Sri Lankan counter-terrorism efforts.

``We are confident of your support for our efforts to forge a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka - through the pursuit of democracy and countering terrorism'', Bogollagama said.

Bogollgama said Obama's campaign captured the imagination of people around the world from the start. He said Obama's decisive win ``has brought about a major transformation of the political landscapes,'' in the United States. dpa ad ncsDiscuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 5 18:50:00 EST 2008

Akkarayankulam captured: Sri Lanka
hindu, nov 6. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's military on Wednesday said advancing infantry battalions of the 57th Division have overrun the Akkarayankulam built-up area, 9 km away from Kilinochchi.

A Defence Ministry statement said many LTTE cadre were killed and injured. Over a week ago, the military decided not to publish casualty figures, saying this move could be detrimental to its battle plans. It said that soldiers on the western flank entered the area initially, followed by a swift incursion by the troops from south of the battlefront.

Akkarayankulam area is the main LTTE concentration point southwest of Kilinochchi town area, it said. The latest triumph is expected to add momentum to the military surge towards the LTTE heartland, defence observers state, it added. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 5 23:26:24 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka denies ’secret deals’ with India, November 4th. Colombo, Nov 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka Tuesday denied allegations in political circles here of “secret deals with India” regarding the military campaign against the Tamil Tigers in the north, and urged people not get misled by such “mischievous construction”.Answering queries raised by the opposition legislators over developments after senior presidential advisor Basil Rajapaksa’s New Delhi visit last month, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told parliament Tuesday: “Successful outcome of Mr. Rajapaksa’s visit has been most reassuring for the peoples of India and Sri Lanka.”

The foreign ministry said in a statement: “Minister Bogollagama strongly refuted media speculation of any secret deals with India. He hailed the excellent understanding that the government has with the Indian government in its efforts to defeat terrorism and restore democracy to the north.”

Bogollagama also “cautioned the general public not to be misguided by the mischievous construction given to this noble gesture of goodwill by India”. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 4 22:10:17 EST 2008 Back to the top

Rebel report says 10 soldiers killed
Associated Press, Tue November 4, 2008 02:28 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil rebels beat back a government push into one of their northern strongholds, killing 10 soldiers, the insurgents' radio station reported Tuesday... Back to the top

For better or worse, DMK s fortunes linked to LTTE, November 04, 2008. On or around the beginning of October, just as Dr Manmohan Singh was returning from his trip to the United States and to France , a poster began to pop up around Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

India has constraints in intervening in Sri Lanka, says Karunanidhi, Tuesday, November, 04, 2008. CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Sunday said India had constraints in intervening in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

War with LTTE nearly over, says Sri Lankan Army chief, Tue Nov 4 12:57:05 CET 2008. T V Sriram Colombo, Nov 4 (PTI) Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka has claimed that decades-old war against LTTE in the restive north is nearly completed and about 12,000 Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed during the past-two-and-half years... Back to the top

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