News Analysis - SRI LANKA



Journal of Indo-Sri Lankan Relations

  • 1. China, Sri Lanka Deal to Develop Hambantota (March 05, 2007)
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse visited China and signed a landmark deal allowing Beijing to develop a harbor, bunkering system, and tank farm in Hambantota district in a "friendship city relationship.<More>

  • 2. EU Monitors Say 4000 Dead in Lanka (February 26, 2007)
    European Union cease-fire monitors project that nearly 4,000 people have been killed in the past 15 months in Sri Lanka and called on the government and rebels to adhere to the cease-fire and avoid unnecessary killing.<More>

  • 3. SLG Invites, TNA Declines (February 06, 2007)
    The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse invited the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and later the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for talks on power sharing; but his peppered invitation was spurned by the TNA asking it to deal with the LTTE directly.<More>

  • 4. SLG Criticized for Military Emphasis (January 31 , 2007)
    As donor nations pledged large sums of money to help civil-war torn Sri Lanka, donor nations also criticized the government’s overemphasis on military option and widespread skepticism over the recent splitting of the Opposition for political gain.<More>

  • 5. Karuna Group Destabilizing, SLG Colludes (January 25, 2007)
    Annoyed by selective leaks of an internal document by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG), donor nations outed the report blaming the SLG-supported Karuna faction as a major destabilizing factor and the Human Rights Watch (HRW) also blamed the government for “willful blindness.”<More>

  • 6. SLG, LTTE Criticized for Child Soldiers (January 22, 2007)
    As the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), helped by Israeli and Pakistani mercenaries, claimed success to take a key town in the East, a UN report has criticized the insurgent groups, the government, and their sponsored militia of abducted conscription of children.<More>

  • 7. UN Calls for Ceasefire in Lanka (January 05, 2007)
    A top UN official appealed to the Sri Lankan Government (SLG) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop their fighting as the citizens “continue to suffer deeply” and the recent civilian death from SLG air attack is causing “deepest concern.”<More>

  • 8. No SLMM in Combat Areas (January 03, 2007)
    As the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) withdrew from combat areas in the North and East, the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) raid killed 15 civilians (including 4 children), wounded dozens, and destroyed all but 5 houses in Northern coast near Mannar.<More>

  • 9. Citizens in Crossfire (December 11, 2006)
    Thousands of civilians took shelter in schools and Buddhist temples after wayward artillery fire wounded dozens and killed and wounded many soldiers, rebels, and civilians and the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and rebels trading charges on who was responsible.<More>

  • 10. LTTE Wants “Independent” Nation (December 08, 2006)<
    The Sri Lankan Government rejected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabakaran’s call for an “independent” Tamil Eelam as there is no other option left for the Tamils and has enacted tougher anti-terror laws.<More>

  • 11. Lanka President in India (November 27, 2006)
    As the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) and Army (SLA) resumed operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), President Mahinda Rajapakse is visiting India amid allegations that senior Indian officials are pro-Sri Lankan Government (SLG).<More>

  • 12. TNA MP Assassinated (November 13, 2006)
    A prominent Member of Parliament and known Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sympathizer was assassinated by unidentified killers as a Sea Tigers attack on Sri Lankan Navy resulted in the death of 6 Tigers and 35 sailors.<More>

  • 13. Lanka Referendum on Merger? (November 09, 2006)
    Under threat by right-wing JVP of a law suit, a coalition partner to the Government, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratna Wickremanayake told the Parliament that the controversy over the merger of north and east provinces could be settled through a referendum.<More>

  • 14. Indian Relief Supplies for Lanka (November 06, 2006)
    In a significant development, India has agreed to honor a request from the Sri Lankan Government (SLG) to supply relief goods to displaced populations of the North and East suffering from the closure of the A-9 Highway that is the lifeline of the Jaffna Peninsula.<More>

  • 15. Lanka Talks in Stalemate (October 31, 2006)
    As expected, the Geneva-based talks between the Sri Lanka Government (SLG) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended without an agreement on any of the issues, but surprisingly, there was no agreement on future engagement.<More>

  • 16. Global Human Rights Panel in Sri Lanka (October 30, 2006)
    Responding to feedback mechanism from Indian interlocutors, Sri Lanka is actively considering a global human rights panel that will investigate allegations of human rights violations through a “full-fledged international human rights monitoring mission.”<More>

  • 17. MCS Tracks Turtle Migration to TN (October 27, 2006)
    The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has successfully tracked tagged endangered green turtles (Chelonian mydas) through satellites from Southern Sri Lanka to the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, a protected area off  Tamil Nadu (TN).<More>

  • 18. Pre-cursor to Lanka Talks in Geneva (October 26, 2006)
    As an Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) team left for Geneva , important information surrounding the Southern Consensus arrived between dominant political parties stressing on political settlement to the ethnic strife is emanating.<More>

  • 19. Lankan Leaders Agree on MoU (October 24, 2006)
    Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse and Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe seemed to have agreed on the 6-point cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on crucial issues facing the island nation.<More>

  • 20. UNP Will Support Constitutional Amendment (October 19, 2006)
    The Sri Lankan United National Party (UNP) promised to support any legislation that could be introduced by the President to restore the status quo of the merger of North and East struck down by the Supreme Court (SC) as “null and void.” <More>

  • 21. Southern Consensus in Sri Lanka? (October 14, 2006)
    In a significant political move, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) and former Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party agreed to pursue a “national consensus” on all issues.<More>

  • 22. Lanka-LTTE Grand Standing (October 10, 2006)
    While emphasizing that his Government was committed to a “negotiated settlement” and wanting a “successful” Geneva summit, Sri Lanka told facilitators that he will be “compelled” to react if LTTE continues with “violent and provocative measures.”<More>

  • 23. Indo-Sri Lanka Trade Looking at USD 3B (October 05, 2006)
    From a mere USD 650 million in 2000, the Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is set to take bilateral trade to USD 3 billion next calendar year despite unethical business practices not-conducive to business by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG).<More>

  • 24. Maoist Meet Focuses on Coordination (October 03, 2006)
    In an ominous note, the fourth conference of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) in Nepal resolved to better coordinate to turn South Asia “into a flaming field of people’s upsurges.”<More>

  • 25. LTTE Agrees to Talks (September 28, 2006)
    Responding to calls from many parties and despite afterthought caveats introduced by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG), the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said that his organization is ready to resume stalled talks on a peaceful future in the island.<More>

  • 26. Indian ‘No’ to TNA Team, ‘Yes’ to Others (September 26, 2006)
    Affirming its policy of separating the rights of the Sri Lankan Tamils from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), India refused to entertain members of the Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance (TNA) but has invited other parties for consultations.<More>

  • 27. Diplomatic Pressure on LTTE (September 22, 2006)
    The new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka espoused the Sri Lankan Government (SLG) line claiming that there is intense diplomatic pressure on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to offer “credible guarantees” not to rearm while negotiating. <More>

  • 28. Lanka Says Willing to Talk Peace (September 18, 2006)
    At sharp variance with international mediators, Sri Lanka denied agreeing to hold unconditional talks with Tamil rebels but said it was committed to peace and negotiated settlement provided there is “a comprehensive and verifiable cessation of hostilities.”<More>

  • 29. Disappearances on Rise in South Asia (September, 06 2006)
    As nations of South Asia fight terrorism, Amnesty International (AI) says that “enforced disappearances” of people is growing and while “new patterns” are emerging from Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.<More>

  • 30. SLA Claims Military Successes as TN Censures It (August 21, 2006)
    The Sri Lankan Army has claimed several major successes against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even as the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution censuring the Government for the death of scores of children by air attacks. <More>

  • 31. LTTE to Stay Banned, No Lanka Intervention (August 10, 2006)
    The National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said that India has no plans to lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and for “direct intervention” in peace initiatives in Sri Lanka where hostilities has escalated rapidly to civil war proportions. <More>

  • 32. Norway Initiative Fails in Lankan Water War (August 08, 2006)
    The Sri Lankan Government (SLG) rejected a compromise formula worked out by Norwegian peace brokers to open a canal that has killed 425 and caused a mass exodus saying that it did not want “terrorists” to open the waterway. <More>

  • 33. SLMM Collapses, Ceasefire Dead as Civil War Looms (August 02, 2006)
    Sri Lanka moved ground troops following air force raids on a “humanitarian operation” to take control of a water reservoir in an ill-defined area but controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sparking the Tamils to declare the ceasefire dead.<More>

  • 34. LTTE Insists on Change in Monitor (July 24, 2006)
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has reiterated to the visiting Ambassador-at-Large of Swedish Foreign Ministry that there is no change in its demand for withdrawal of EU monitors  from the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) by September 1.<More>

  • 35. TN Politician Says No Aid to Lanka (July 20, 2006)
    Extreme right wing {Tamil Nadu} local politician Vaiko urged the Federal Government not to provide military, material, or financial assistance to Sri Lanka that would enable “the Sri Lankan Air Force to strafe and bomb the Tamil areas, killing innocent Tamils.” <More>

  • 36. PLOTE Leader Killed (July 14, 2006)
    A senior member of the People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) Bolder Rajan was shot dead in Jaffna by unidentified gunmen.<More>

  • 37. Lanka Allots Oil Blocks for India, China (July 12, 2006)
    For the first time ever, the Sri Lankan Government has invited India and China to explore for oil in two of the seven blocks identified for exploration along its sea belt on a “nomination” basis which means that the two nations will not have to bid on tenders.<More>

  • 38. Lanka Promises Large Aid for Tamil Areas (July 12, 2006)
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse asked his advisors to study the Indian devolution model to share power with Tamils of the North and North East and promised a USD 1.25 billion tranche as means to bring the bloody ethnic feud to an end.<More>

  • 39. LTTE Regrets Rajiv Gandhi Assassination (June 29, 2006)
    In a virtual admission of guilt, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Chief Peace Negotiator and Ideologue, Anton Balasingham said that his organization deeply regretted the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.<More>

  • 40. Lankan Deputy Army Chief Killed (June 28, 2006)
    Suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle on a car carrying Deputy Chief of Sri Lankan Army killing him and 3 others and injuring 8.<More>

  • 41. LTTE Wants EU Monitors Removed (June 22, 2006)
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has categorically told Norwegian peace facilitators in Sri Lanka that it will not accept truce monitors from the European Union (EU) because of the terrorism-related ban on LTTE in Europe.<More>

  • 42. Oslo Talks Non-Starter (June 09, 2006)
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) surprised Norway facilitators saying that they will not meet with the Sri Lankan Government (SLG) delegation as it was not representative of Sri Lanka and also because of the presence of European Union members.<More>

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