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"Sri Lanka Air Force and Navy had definitely targeted..

[b]"Sri Lanka Air Force and Navy had definitely targeted military positions and offices of the LTTE" - Major General Ulf Henricsson[/b]

Colombo, 29 April, (Asiantribune.com): In his observations on Trincomalee & Sampoor Major General Ulf Henricsson, Head of Mission of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) pointed out, "Sri Lanka Air Force and Navy had definitely targeted military positions an

LTTE terrorism not targeted against United States interests, says US State Department

By Daya Gamage – A News Analysis for Asian Tribune

"The designated FTO Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) finances itself by contributions from the Tamil Diaspora around the world, including North America, Europe, and Australia, and by imposing local "taxes" on businesses operating in the areas of Sri Lanka under its control. LTTE military training it self-taught; weapons are either purchased on the international black market or captured from the Sri Lankan Army. Many LTTE innovations, such as explosive belts, vests, and bras, the use of female suicide bombers, and waterborne suicide attacks against ships, have been copied by other terrorist groups. There is no indication that the LTTE is trying to acquire Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)." Post your comments

Iranian team arrives in Pak for talks on gas pipeline

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

An Iranian delegation led by its deputy oil minister Friday arrived here for talks with Pakistani officials on the multi-billion-U.S. dollar Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project. Post your comments

Norwegians get further endorsement in Oslo while Co-Chairs review

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference in a press statement announced that they met in Oslo, Norway on 28 April "to assess the serious situation in Sri Lanka and examine how Co-Chairs could most effectively respond to it," but did not disclose what measures they would take to curb violence and save Sri Lanka from the "deteriorating situation."Post your comments

Situation stabilized in Sri Lankan conflict zones -- UNHCR

United Nations High Commission for Refugees reported that "as of noon (yesterday) the overall situation seems to have stabilised in most parts of the conflict zone in the North and the East of Sri Lanka, compared to the intensity and ferocity of fighting over the last few days."

Karuna's deep penetration operations alerts Prabhakaran

Commando forces of the TamilEala Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) have so far carried out four deep penetration missions into the Vanni Tigers' stronghold, according to informed sources. It is learnt that the Deep Penetrating forces of TMVP operates from Vavuniya - Mannar border area.Post your comments

Solve the Tiger problem and Tamil problem separately --- Douglas Devananda

Presenting an assessment of the current critical situation caused by LTTE violence to President Mahinda Rajapakse the EPDP Secretary General Douglas Devananda states that if the Tigers continue to avoid the opportunities given to them then, as head of state, the President should negotiate "only with those forces who believe in peace and arrange to provide constitutional rights to the Tamil speaking people fulfilling their reasonable aspirations." Post your comments

U.N. Chief Forced to Dilute Reform Proposals

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's wide-ranging plans for a radical restructuring of the United Nations received a political setback when he was forced to withdraw two of his proposals aimed at reducing the powers of the U.N.'s influential 191-member administrative and budgetary committee and shifting decision-making to a smaller group of select countries.

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister urges global action against LTTE

"The LTTE is either unable or unwilling to come to Geneva II Talks at this time to discuss not only the crucial ceasefire related issues such as those agreed to in the Joint Statement of Geneva I, but also the larger questions of democracy, pluralism and human rights in the uncleared areas, "

UN Special Reporters on Extrajudicial Killings calls to end political killings and to strengthen human rights in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Philip Alston, called on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to take urgent measures to end political killings and to strengthen protection for human rights as conflict looked set to spiral out of control.

Solve the Tiger problem and Tamil problem separately

[b]Solve the Tiger problem and Tamil problem separately --- Douglas Devananda [/b]

[b]Colombo, 29 April, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Presenting an assessment of the current critical situation caused by LTTE violence to President Mahinda Rajapakse the EPDP Secretary General Douglas Devananda states that if the Tigers continue to avoid the opportunities given to them then, as head of state, the Presi

Karuna's deep penetration operations alerts Prabhakaran

[b]Karuna's deep penetration operations alerts Prabhakaran[/b]

[b] Colombo, 29 April, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Commando forces of the TamilEala Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) have so far carried out four deep penetration missions into the Vanni Tigers' stronghold, according to informed sources. It is learnt that the Deep Penetrating forces of TMVP operates from Vavuniya - Mannar border area.

Iranian team arrives in Pak for talks on gas pipeline

[b]Iranian team arrives in Pak for talks on gas pipeline [/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 29 April, (Asiantribune.com): An Iranian delegation led by its deputy oil minister Friday arrived here for talks with Pakistani officials on the multi-billion-U.S. dollar Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project.

Norwegians get further endorsement in Oslo while Co-Chairs

[b]Norwegians get further endorsement in Oslo while Co-Chairs review[/b]

[b]Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune[/b]

[b]Washington, D.C.

LTTE terrorism not targeted against United States interests,

[b]LTTE terrorism not targeted against United States interests, says US State Department[/b]

By Daya Gamage – A News Analysis for Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 29, April (Asiantribune.com):[/b] The United States releasing its annual Country Reports on Terrorism on Friday, 28 April, notes in its Sri Lanka section that "the LTTE has not targeted the U.S.

"Sri Lanka Air Force and Navy had definitely targeted military positions and offices of the LTTE" - Major General Ulf Henricsson

In his observations on Trincomalee & Sampoor Major General Ulf Henricsson, Head of Mission of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) pointed out, "Sri Lanka Air Force and Navy had definitely targeted military positions and offices of the LTTE". He further observed that some collateral damage to property had taken place as some of the LTTE offices were situated in populated areas. Such collateral damage was not significant. In his estimation approximately 10 – 12 people may have died. He did not believe that 16 people had died as has been claimed in some reports.Post your comments


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