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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Despite peace talks, Sri Lanka drifts towards civil war

[b]Despite peace talks, Sri Lanka drifts towards civil war[/b]

Although the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are due to hold a second round of talks in Geneva on April 19-21 over the current ceasefire, the level of violence is again escalating in the war zones of the North and East of the island.

Last Saturday the naval vessel Dvora, a fast attack craft, was sunk during a confrontation with a trawler off the north west coast. Eight sailors died and another 11 were seriously injured when the trawler they were searching exploded. The sinking, which Colombo immediately branded as an LTTE suicide attack, is the worst of series of incidents involving both sides in recent weeks.

The Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), which is responsible for overseeing the ceasefire agreement, issued a statement last Sunday criticizing the government and the LTTE. After questioning the LTTE’s denial of any involvement in the Dvora attack, the SLMM commented: "There has been a dangerous escalation of violence taking place over the last couple of weeks. This trend is extremely worrying."

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