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Pro-LTTE outfit asks India s help to solve Lankan Tamils issue, Nov 13. New Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) Pressing for an "acceptable" political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic problem, a pro-LTTE political party of the island nation today sought India's intervention to stop war and suggested it could bring LTTE chief V Prabhakaran "on board" for a negotiated settlement. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) appealed to India to "complete its unfinished agenda" in Sri Lanka and ask Mahinda Rajapaksa government to stop its "obsession with a military solution" to the ethnic issue.

Senior TNA leader and MP Srikantha said the Sri Lankan government should commit itself to resolve the conflict through a political settlement to avoid "a split" in the country. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 13 19:52:52 EST 2008

Sri Lanka military: 2 key rebel villages captured
Associated Press, Thu November 13, 2008 09:19 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured two key rebel-held coastal villages Thursday and moved closer to taking the country's entire western coast, the military said.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said troops took control of the Valaippadu and Devil's Point areas that were used by the Tamil Tiger rebels' naval wing for launching attacks and smuggling in weapons.

He said the military's latest gains would largely curtail the rebels' ability to operate on the western coast, restricting them to the village of Pooneryn.

Government forces have been trying in recent weeks to capture a key road that runs along the west coast to Pooneryn, with the aim of opening up a land route to Jaffna peninsula, the cultural capital of the country's ethnic Tamil minority.

Government-controlled Jaffna has been isolated from the rest of the country since 2006, when the government closed the main highway that cuts through rebel territory.

Rebel officials could not be contacted for comment because most communication lines to rebel territory have been severed.

It is not possible to verify battlefield reports issued by both sides because most journalists are barred from the war zone.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's minority Tamils who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 13 10:47:06 EST 2008 Back to the top

Can't crush LTTE: Sri Lanka Tamil MPs
IANS, Nov 13. NEW DELHI: The Tamil Tigers cannot be crushed, two Sri Lankan Tamil MPs said Thursday, reacting to claims that the rebels were on the verge of losing the dragging war in the island nation. “We have been hearing from various (Sri Lankan) presidents that the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) will perish. There is nothing new in it,” N. Sri Kantha of the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the media here. Sri Kantha and his colleague M.K. Shivaji Lingam spoke even as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Indian leaders here. “The LTTE cannot simply be crushed," Sri Kantha said. "It is a military organisation that still controls a sizeable chunk of Sri Lankan territory. It has a 35-year history. It can be defeated but it cannot be destroyed.” The Tamil leaders sought India's immediate intervention to for the sake of a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. Describing the LTTE as a guarantee for the safety of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sri Kantha said: “If the LTTE is crushed, the Tamils will be subjugated.” More...
Published: Thu Nov 13 19:59:17 EST 2008 Back to the top

Fight and flight - The LTTE s air cargo ambitions, 13 November 2008. Satellite imagery has revealed a number of runways in LTTE-controlled areas of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Manmohan to discuss LTTE issue with Rajapaksa, 13 Nov 2008. New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet on Thursday on the sidelines of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in New Delhi... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants joint policing of Bay of Bengal sea routes
Associated Press, Thu November 13, 2008 06:44 EST . New Delhi (dpa) - Maritime surveillance is required in the Bay of Bengal where sea lanes are being used by terrorists to smuggle arms and drugs, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at a regional summit in New Delhi Thursday... Back to the top

Amnesty urges release of Sri Lankan journalist
Associated Press, Thu November 13, 2008 06:11 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Amnesty International has urged the release of a Sri Lankan journalist, saying he is a prisoner of conscience who was jailed for writing articles that were critical of the government... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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 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... 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... 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

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