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Heavy losses for LTTE: Colombo, Saturday, Dec 13, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Saturday claimed that at least 27 LTTE cadre were killed at Terumurikandy as troops advanced along the Wanni battlefront amid LTTE resistance.

The Defence Ministry said the LTTE had declared “baffled casualty reports” through its media proxies to sustain the diminishing morale and support of its overseas supporters.

It said the troops, operating south of Adampan, Puthumurrippukulam and west of Iranamadu, had caused “serious damages” to the LTTE.

The Pro-LTTE website TamilNet claimed the two-pronged Army offensive on Kilinochchi was pushed back on Wednesday after fighting in Puthumurippu, west of Kilinochchi, and Ariviyal Nakar.

Separately, the EU has decided to give 16 developing countries, including Sri Lanka, duty-free access to EU markets under a special incentive arrangement for “sustainable development and good governance.”

A EU statement said the concession in respect of El Salvador and Sri Lanka would be subject to outcome of an investigation on whether the two countries are effectively implementing U.N. and ILO conventions on human rights and other related issues. More...
Published: Fri Dec 12 18:56:18 EST 2008

Sri Lanka disputes rebel claim of killing 89 troops, 11 December. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday said they had killed 89 troops in two battles around their headquarters town but the military said 20 soldiers and 27 insurgents died in the clashes.

The battles occurred on Wednesday to the south and southwest of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) self-proclaimed capital, Kilinochchi, the pro-rebel web site said, quoting LTTE officials.

A further 180 troops were wounded, it said. The web site displayed 14 photographs, credited to the LTTE, which it said were from the battle and its aftermath.

They show a long earthen trench line with the bodies of what TamilNet said were soldiers and also of what it says are rebels engaged in heavy fighting. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Dec 11 10:44:14 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Lanka aims to resolve conflict with LTTE, 11 Dec 2008. Dubai: Sri Lanka is not merely looking for a military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ellam (LTTE) but is also aiming to solve the conflict in the country, said Dr Palitha Kohona, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka.

Kohona, who was on his way to The Hague, made a brief stopover in Dubai yesterday and spoke on the internal and external political stability achieved in the recent past by the island nation.

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Heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka as troops capture rebel town
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Pressure LTTE to free citizens in war zone: TULF, 11 Dec 2008. COLOMBO: Making a strong plea to the people and leaders of Tamil Nadu to pressure the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to free innocent people caught in the war zone, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V... Back to the top

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