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MAY 16, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 40


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Innovations won final Eelam war for Lanka army
ENS, May 17. COLOMBO,: The island nation would be marking the first anniversary of the Eelam War IV, which resulted in the rout of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), from May 16 to 19. The Eelam War IV that began on August 2006, and ended on May 19, 2009, will go down in history not only for the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, but also for the many political and military innovations it saw.

One of the distinguishing features of Eelam War IV was the political determination shown by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to prosecute the war without bowing to international lobbies that were pressing for a ceasefire and resumption of talks with LTTE.

An important concomitant in the victory was that the demands of all the three services met. The army’s streng th was increased by 100,000. The navy was allowed to manufacture 150 fast inshore patrol vessels equip ped with 14 mm and 23 mm guns. And the air force was deployed on a regular basis. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 16 23:00:45 EDT 2010

Report Holds Sri Lanka to Account for Deaths
NYT, May 17. NEW DELHI — Tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the last, bloody months of Sri Lanka’s civil war, the International Crisis Group said in an investigative report to be released Monday, most of them as a result of government shelling on areas that were supposed to be safe zones.

The report, which cites witness testimony, satellite images, documents and other evidence, calls for a wide-reaching international investigation into what it calls atrocities committed in the last months of the Sri Lankan government’s war against the Tamil Tiger insurgency.

The war ended a year ago, when the Tigers’ top leadership was killed on a narrow strand of beach in northeastern Sri Lanka, capping a two-decade armed struggle by a group that pioneered some of the ugliest insurgent tactics in the world, including female suicide bombers and child soldiers. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 16 16:06:33 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksa to visit India on June 8
hindu, May 17. TEHRAN: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit India on June 8 to discuss the development of infrastructure in northern Sri Lanka and resettlement of the internally displaced persons.

India will also discuss proposals relating to the setting up of an additional consulate in Sri Lanka, reviving old communication links and stepping up economic ties.

This emerged during a meeting between External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Sri Lankan counterpart G.L. Peiris here on Sunday. Both leaders are here to attend the G-15 summit, a more compact block of developing countries carved out of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM), to advance south-south cooperation. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 16 16:13:26 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Civil war damaged 2.6 lakh houses in Lanka: Red Cross
AFP, May 17. The battle between Sri Lankan security forces and the LTTE during the last phase of the 'Eelam IV War' has damaged about 2.6 lakh houses in the Tamil dominated North, according to a recent study... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wary of Tiger revival abroad
afp, May 17. COLOMBO — One year after Sri Lanka's army wiped out the Tamil Tigers, there are no signs of the rebel group's revival at home, but concerns remain about extremist fund-raisers abroad... Back to the top

First anniversary: Remembering Eelam War IV
EXPRESS BUZZ, May 15, 2010. COLOMBO: Eelam War IV (August 2006 to May 2009) which resulted in the rout of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will go down in history not only for this, but for the many political and military innovations it saw... Back to the top

Lanka asks European countries not to support LTTE remnants
Hindustan Times, May 15, 2010. With remnants of the LTTE trying to form 'transnational government' with the support of ethnic Tamils settled abroad, Sri Lanka has asked the European countries not to provide any support to the groups... Back to the top

Tamil jailed in Canada for funding LTTE
LazyBUZZ nEWS, May 15, 2010. May 15, 2010 – 6:24 am Vancouver, May 15 (IANS) In the first conviction in Canada for funding of terrorists abroad, a court here jailed a Tamil for collecting money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) which was routed by the Sri Lankan forces in May last year... Back to the top

Indian-born Canadian Liberal MP says six months jail for LTTE fundraiser too lax
Lazy Buzz, May 15, 2010. May 15, 2010 – 8:55 am

Vancouver (Canada), May 15 (ANI): Indian-born Canadian Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh has criticized the country’s judicial system for failing to send a strong message of deterrence to fundraisers for terrorist groups when it sentenced an Ontario man to only six months in jail for raising funds for the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

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