Sri Lanka: Civil War Within a Civil War


April 11, 2006: The LTTE refuses to talk peace until the government stops supporting LTTE rebels. The split in the LTTE, between moderates (who will settle for a federal Sri Lanka) and the hard core (who want a separate Tamil state), involves the government, because most Sinhalese (native Sri Lankans) do not want partition, and the government reflects that.

In the north, an LTTE mine destroyed a navy bus, leaving at least a dozen dead.

April 10, 2006: Canada declared the LTTE a terrorist group, and made fundraising for them in Canada a crime. The largest (over 250,000) overseas Tamil community is in Canada, and aggressive LTTE fund raising has made Canada the principal source of cash for LTTE operations. As more and more stories of the LTTE use of terror inside Canada, in support of fund raising, came out, public opinion shifted. Many other countries, and the UN, had already declared the LTTE a terrorist organization.

In northern Sri Lanka, an LTTE mine destroyed an army truck, killing four soldiers and two civilians.

April 8, 2006: In northern Sri Lanka, an LTTE mine wounded a soldier and a civilian.

April 7, 2006: Fighting between LTTE factions in eastern Sri Lanka has left another three dead.

April 6, 2006: Only about 25 men have volunteered for the new Moslem Battalion, formed to help the Moslems defend themselves from LTTE attacks in eastern Sri Lanka. While most Moslems want the protection, few are willing to step forward and take up arms.


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