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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Sri Lanka: Behind talk of peace, threat of full-scale war

[b]Sri Lanka: Behind talk of peace, threat of full-scale war looms[/b]

Despite international pressure for the resumption of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), violence in the war zones of the East and North of the island is continuing unabated.

After months of attacks and reprisals, for which both sides denied responsibility, hostilities erupted into open warfare last week. On April 25, a suicide bomber killed eight people in a carefully planned attack on the heavily guarded military headquarters in Colombo. While it denied involvement, the LTTE almost certainly organized the bombing, targeted against army commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka.

The Sri Lankan military immediately retaliated with air raids on targets in the LTTE-controlled Sampur area near the eastern city of Trincomalee. At least 11 people were killed and many more were injured. Fearing further attacks, hundreds of people streamed out of the area. Both the suicide bombing and the retaliation are clear breaches of the shaky ceasefire agreement signed in 2002.

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