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Congress for cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

The Congress on Tuesday called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka.

Asked to react on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s demand that the Centre issue an ultimatum to Sri Lanka to declare an “immediate and permanent ceasefire,” Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said: “We are demanding cessation of hostilities.”

When queried persistently whether the Congress agreed with Mr. Karunanidhi’s demand for a ceasefire, Ms. Natarajan insisted on using the formulation “cessation of hostilities” instead.

Article Author: 
Special Correspondent
Article Source: 
The Hindu

Tough search for Sri Lanka truths

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

The past few months have been one of the most challenging times to report from Sri Lanka, but this has never been a particularly easy war to cover.

The Tamil Tigers have now been pushed into a tiny corner of the country. But they have always ruled any areas under their control with an iron hand.

Dissent has never been accepted - and many Tamil critics of the LTTE have been murdered over the years.

Article Author: 
Chris Morris
Article Source: 
BBC

Sri Lankan war in endgame, 95,000 escape rebel zone

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

Thousands more civilians surged out of Sri Lanka's war zone on Wednesday, while soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels fought the apparent endgame of Asia's longest-running war despite calls to protect those still trapped.

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On Tuesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross had said the war zone situation was "catastrophic," with several hundred killed since Monday and at least 50,000 more remaining at risk with limited food, water and medical care.

Article Author: 
C. Bryson Hull and Ranga Sirilal
Article Source: 
Reuters

Two key Tamil Tigers 'surrender'

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

Two senior Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have surrendered to the military, the army says.

It says that the rebels' media co-ordinator, Daya Master, gave himself up along with a top interpreter, named George, who worked for senior rebels.

Correspondents say that if the reports are true it will be a major setback for the rebel leadership.

Article Source: 
BBC

Sri Lanka Lowers Interest Rates Ahead of IMF Bailout

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

Sri Lanka’s central bank reduced interest rates for the fourth time in as many months to bolster an economy growing at the weakest pace since 2001.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka cut the repurchase rate to 9 percent from 10.25 percent and lowered the so-called penal rate to 13 percent from 14.75 percent, according to a statement on the bank’s Web site today. The Colombo-based central bank left its reverse repurchase rate unchanged at 11.75 percent.

Article Author: 
Kartik Goyal
Article Source: 
Bloomberg

UN: Sri Lanka rebels trapping 100,000 civilians

Article Date: 
16 Apr 2009

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief accused Tamil Tiger fighters of keeping 100,000 civilians trapped in a Sri Lankan war zone during a 48-hour cease-fire, which he criticized Wednesday as too short a time to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid.

John Holmes urged a longer pause in hostilities to get the civilians out and avoid "a bloodbath on the beaches."

Article Author: 
EDITH M. LEDERER
Article Source: 
Associated Press

Britain and France Criticize Sri Lanka Rebels

Article Date: 
16 Apr 2009

PARIS — Britain and France issued on Thursday a strongly worded criticism of the Tamil Tiger rebels for preventing civilians from leaving the small conflict zone in the north east of Sri Lanka.

“It is clear that the L.T.T.E. have been forcefully preventing civilians from leaving the conflict area and we deplore their determination to use civilians as a human shield,” the British foreign secretary, David Miliband, and his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, said in a joint statement.

Article Author: 
MATTHEW SALTMARSH
Article Source: 
New York Times

Unprecedented carnage, SLA turns firepower on civilian zone

Article Date: 
15 Apr 2009

Please note source is TamilNet - I have no idea what its politics are:

Article Source: 
TamilNet

Sri Lanka’s displaced: the political vice

Article Date: 
8 Apr 2009

After Sri Lankan army forces overran parts of the last stretch of territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on 1 April 2009, a statement from the defence ministry in Colombo announced that they had found the bodies of over seventy LTTE cadre. The statement went on to detail the spoils of war: the numbers of captured rifles, grenade-launchers, and mortars. As for civilian deaths and injuries - despite what was evidently hard fighting in populated areas - not a word!

Article Author: 
Meenakshi Ganguly
Article Source: 
Open Democracy

Sri Lankan Rebels Must Let Civilians Out During Truce, UN Says

Article Date: 
13 Apr 2009

Tamil Tiger rebels must allow civilians trapped in Sri Lanka’s conflict zone in the north to leave the area during a government-declared pause in hostilities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered troops to halt their offensive against the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam for 48 hours from today to coincide with new year celebrations for the nation’s minority Tamil and majority Sinhalese population.

Article Author: 
Michael Heath
Article Source: 
Bloomberg
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