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TN Assembly passes resolution calling for ceasefire in Lanka, Nov 12. Chennai, Nov 12 (PTI) With Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi, the Tamil Nadu Assembly today mounted pressure on the Centre by passing an unanimous resolution asking it to press Colombo to declare a ceasefire with the LTTE and end its military offensive in the island's north.

The Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution moved by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi asking the Centre to "use its good offices," and tell Colombo to go for truce.

Sri Lankan government had unilaterally scrapped a tattered 2002 ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers in Janury this year and launched a major military offensive in the north. The army is fighting to regain LTTE's last stronghold of Killinochchi. The LTTE has, however, expressed its willingness to revive the ceasefire.

Karunanidhi, in his reply to the debate, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi should take note of the resolution and ensure that the ceasefire demand did not remain just a "dream". More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 12 19:52:37 EST 2008

Sri Lanka to tackle Indian anger at rebel war
Financial Times, 12 Nov 2008. By Joe Leahy in Mumbai

Published: November 13 2008 02:00

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's president, is expected to try to defuse -rising concern in India over his government's military campaign against ethnic Tamil rebels while he is in New Delhi this week for a regional summit.

India's leftist parties have joined in a clamour for New Delhi to intervene in the civil war in Sri Lanka to force a political settlement. Regional parties supporting the Congress-led national coalition have made threats to bring down the government over the conflict because of close ethnic ties between southern Tamil Nadu state and Sri Lanka's Tamil minority.

Sri Lankan forces claim to have advanced to the outskirts of the capital of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the island's north.

"If one village is wiped out [by Sri Lankan air force raids] and if it is reported on international television, then there will be an uproar in Tamil Nadu," said Mohan Guruswamy, chairman of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in New Delhi. "The Sri Lankans have been told, 'Please contain this.' "

Delhi is on edge as India must hold general elections by next May. Mr Rajapaksa is expected to brief Manmohan Singh, the prime minister, about his proposed political solution. This consists of a power devolution package for ethnic Tamils More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 12 22:04:51 EST 2008 Back to the top

Military: Army assault in north Sri Lanka kills 10
Associated Press, Wed November 12, 2008 03:48 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces attacked Tamil separatists with artillery and mortars, triggering heavy battles that killed 10 guerrillas as the army closed in on a northern rebel stronghold, the military said Wednesday. The Tamil Tiger rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for Sri Lanka - 's ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Wed Nov 12 09:35:47 EST 2008 Back to the top

'LTTE must lay down its weapons'
Times Now, Nov., 12, 2008. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister -- Rohitha Bogollagama has dismissed talks to a ceasfire and said that LTTE must lay down its arms... Back to the top

Captured women LTTE cadre an English teacher; army shocked, 12 Nov 2008. Colombo (PTI): A 28-year-old government school teacher of a reputed institution in the embattled North, was amongst the four LTTE female cadres captured by the army, officials said on wednesday... Back to the top

LTTE access routes under siege, Nov., 12, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Tuesday said there were heavy clashes between the military and the LTTE in Kilinochchi as the military advanced north of Akkarayankulam... Back to the top

TN demands ceasefire, negotiations in Sri Lanka, 12 Nov 2008. Chennai (IANS): The Tamil Nadu assembly Wednesday passed a unanimous resolution asking the central government to press for negotiations between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government as well as an immediate ceasefire in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka soldiers seize rebel village in north
Associated Press, Tue November 11, 2008 07:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured a small village controlled by Tamil separatists in the war-torn northern region on Tuesday, while a separate clash elsewhere killed four insurgents, the military said... Back to the top

No trust on double standard ceasefires of LTTE: Lanka, Tue., 11 Nov., 11, 2008. Colombo, Nov 11 (PTI) Sri Lanka has made it clear that fresh negotiations with the LTTE will be considered only if the outfit lays down arms and said it was the Tamil Tigers who had quit the peace talks five years ago and not the government... Back to the top

SCENARIOS - Where is Sri Lanka s war heading?, Mon Nov 10, 2008 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government on Monday rejected a reiterated Tamil Tiger offer of a ceasefire out of hand, saying surrender or defeat are the only options left now for their opponents in a 25-year-old war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil's issue dominates zero hour of TN Assembly
The Hindu, Tue., 11 Nov., 2008. Chennai (PTI): The Sri Lankan Tamil's issue dominated the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday, with all political parties highlighting their stand on the issue... Back to the top

11 Tigers killed, troops moving closer to rebel stronghold
Press Trust of India, Tue., 11 Nov 2008. T V Sriram Colombo, Nov 11 (PTI) Fierce battles raged near the Tamil Tiger stronghold of Kilinochchi in conflict-ravaged northern Sri Lanka, killing at least 11 guerrillas, as troops captured a key town west of the rebel 'capital', the military said today... Back to the top

CM 'led' Anuradhapura violence
BBC News, Tue., 11 Nov., 2008. Chief Minister of the North Central Province (NCP) and his son 'actively contributed' to an attack on the property of a leading opposition figure prior to elections, a leading Buddhist monk told courts... Back to the top

Houses to be gifted to war heroes fighting LTTE, Monday, November 10, 2008. Colombo (PTI): As part of incentives and rewards for gallant defence personnel who are serving in the forward areas of the LTTE strongholds, the Sri Lankan government has decided to donate 100 houses to select "war heroes"... Back to the top

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