Sri Lanka: Fight to the Death

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June 9, 2006: LTTE related violence has left nearly 700 dead in the last six months. attacks. ABout 15 percent of the dead have been army troops, another 12 percent navy, with police and other security forces being seven percent. Civilians accounted for 29 percent of the dead, and LTTE personnel, 37 percent. While the violence has spiked recently, it has been growing for some time. During the four years of the ceasefire, there have been over 3,000 deaths caused by LTTE violence. The LTTE is involved in a civil war, with several thousand of its armed members in eastern Sri Lanka wanting to make a compromise deal with the government. But the mainline LTTE is ready to fight to the death for a separate state.

June 8, 2006: The LTTE made two attacks near a naval base in the north, killing three and wounding two. The LTTE also demands that 37 of the 57 European truce monitors be withdrawn, feeling that everyone except those from Norway and Iceland, are anti-LTTE. The LTTE wants to insure that it's sea link with southern India, the main source of weapons and military supplies, stays open. The presence of foreign ceasefire monitors in the north makes it more obvious that the LTTE is willing to fight to keep the sea lanes open.

June 7, 2006: In the north, LTTE violence left nine dead and 14 wounded.. In the same area, a policeman guarding European peace monitors was shot by LTTE gunmen.

June 3, 2006: The LTTE won't revive peace talks, but will enter negotiations, in Norway, over the safety of European peace monitors.

 

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