Tamil Freedom Struggle- CFA SAGA

2000

Chandrika kumaraatunge Banadaranaike (CBK) re-elected as president for a 2nd term.

Norwegians try to facilitate peace talks.

In his Nov 27th  Heroes Day speech, LTTE Leader Pirapaharan declared  preparedness  for unconditional peace talks with the GoSL but insisting on a process of de-escalation of war and the creation of a conducive climate of goodwill and normalcy in the Tamil homeland to facilitate such talks.

LTTE declares unilateral ceasefire in December.

2001

4 months Negotiations with CBK’s PA government (lasting 4 months) end in fiasco.

 April –   SLA launch “Agni Keela” military   operation in North.

 May – Elephant Pass - biggest military base in the Island - over-run by LTTE, who then enter the outskirts of Jaffna city, coming close to destroying/the defeating the SLA in the Peninsula. 

Indian response to GOSL's appeal for military assistance was lukewarm, offering only help to “evacuate SL troops entrapped in the North”.

Pakistan’s military equipment and support saves the day for SLA, preventing defeat in LTTE’s hands.

LTTE attack on Katunayake International Airport shook SL Military and economy.

November: LTTE leader Pirapaharan, in Heroes Day speech appeals to the “Sinhala people faced with crucial parliamentary election … to reject racist forces committed to militarism and war and to offer justice to the Tamil people to bring about peace, ethnic reconciliation and economic prosperity to the island” …. Reiterating the “possibility of peace only when LTTE is de-proscribed, and that “proscribing the LTTE by Western governments …will not pave the way for the peaceful negotiated settlement of the conflict”.

 

December - LTTE declares unilateral ceasefire a send time.

2002

 

UNP coalition (UNF) wins general elections, defeating CBK‘s SLFP coalition (UPFA), and Ranil Wickremasinghe takes over as Prime Minister.

February 22 – Cease fire agreement (MOU) signed by Ranil Wickremasinghe and LTTE Leader Pirabakaran.

September 16 - Peace Talks between UNF government and LTTE commence in Thailand.

November” LTTE leader Pirapaharan declares that he would “favorably consider a political framework that offers substantial regional autonomy and self-government to the Tamil people on the basis of their right to internal self-determination. ..But if our people’s right to self-determination is denied and our demand for regional self-rule is rejected we have no alternative other than to secede and form an independent state

December 05 - Oslo Declaration (Statement), where LTTE offers to “explore alternatives” to separation.

Norway Statement of 5th December, 2002.

“Responding to a proposal by the leadership of the LTTE, the parties agreed to explore a solution founded on the principle of internal self-determination in areas of historical habitation of the Tamil-speaking peoples based on a federal structure within a United Sri Lanka. The parties acknowledged that the solution has to be acceptable to all communities”.

IC pledge $ 70 m for reconstruction in North-East

 

          December 2002 - Oslo Donor Pledges

 

$ 70 M pledged by Donors, and  $ 40 M already placed in NERF (North East Reconstruction Fund), a Trust Fund  earmarked for the war-affected North East (Tamil) areas, and the World Bank appointed as Trustees/ Managers.

Reconstruction programs were to be proposed and supervised by a newly formed SIHRN (Sub-committee on Immediate Humanitarian & Rehabilitation Needs) - a Committee comprised OF GOSL and LTTE REPRESENTATIVES.

2003

LTTE in a Press Release (April 04) express disappointment of its exclusion from the international conference, in   support of reconstruction and rehabilitation in the north and east, hosted by US in Washington on April 14,  saying “this would undermine confidence in the ongoing peace process”.

    Ass prelude to the June Tokyo Donor conference, a seminar hosted by the US   State Dept., held in Washington D.C on April 14, was attended by representatives from 26 countries and 16 international organizations but not LTTE. Richard Armitage, who chaired the meeting explained.. “there is one partner to peace that is today conspicuous in its absence, and that is the LTTE…. United States placed the LTTE on our list of foreign terrorist’s organizations back in 1997. That designation carries with it legal restrictions including a prohibition on issuing visas to members… And while it is safe to say that the United States is encouraged by the recent behavior of the LTTE, we do not yet see a rationale for lifting the designation as a foreign terrorist organization. Our position is crystal clear. The LTTE must unequivocally renounce terrorism, in word and in deed, if we are to consider withdrawing the designation”.

April - LTTE withdraws from peace negotiations, since GoSL had not   fulfilled its obligations under the CFA in regard to bringing “normalcy” in the North-East, and dismantling of High Security Zones (HSZ) to enable resettlements of displaced families

 April-July:

 

   Needs Assessment Study

April-July: the“Needs Assessment Study” carried out by Multilateral Financial Institutions - IBRD, ADB and UN - COVERING ALL 8 Districts in the war-torn North-East Province. This Study brought OUT AN estimated immediate and medium term funding needs OF ABOUT $ 2 Billion, and an additional $ 1 Billion in long term needs.

June 2003 - June 9th & 10th  - Tokyo Donor Conference, boycotted by LTTE.

The Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka was held on June 9th and 10th in Tokyo with the participation of 51 countries and 22 International Organisations

International    Donors pledge $ 4.5 billion pledge for reconstruction and development, subject to satisfactory progress being made in peace talks.

“Tokyo Donor Conference which reviewed the  Needs Assessment Report and GOSL’s (Sri Lankan Government) own “Regaining Sri Lanka” report pledged  Aid amounting  to $ 4.5  Billion, subject to the condition of satisfactory progress in peace Negotiations between the GOSL and LTTE (Liberation Tamil Tigers”

October-December:

Since the NERF/SHRN arrangement did not take effect, due to GOSL’s bureaucratic hurdles and Sinhalese political machinations, LTTE was obliged to propose the establishment of an Interim Self Governing Agency (ISGA) to handle the urgent “Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction” in the war-torn North-East.    

October 31 - LTTE submits its Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals.

CBK uses ISGA proposal as evidence of UNF government weakness, and takes over the Defence, Media and Interior Ministries in November, with the intent to dissolve Parliament and call a general election.

Nov. 27 - Pirabakaran declares on Heroes' Day that "If the Sinhala chauvinistic ruling elites continue to deny the rights of our people and oppose reconciliation and if the conditions of oppression continue, we have no alternative other than to secede and form an independent state invoking the right to self-determination of our people."

 

2004

 

Feb. 2004: Using LTTE’s ISGA proposals as justification against the ruling UNF political party, CBK (as President), dissolves Parliament and calls for General Elections to be held in April.

April 2004: UPFA (SLFP/JVP) coalition wins General Elections, securing larger number of seats than the UNF coalition, and forms a minority govt., whereupon CBK appoints Mahinda Rajapakse (Mahinda) as Prime Minister.

 

Dec 26 - Tsunami hits Sri Lanka, with 2/3 of total casualties in Northeast.

 

The heart rending Tsunami disaster “becomes a bonanza for CBK and her Party, with abundant humanitarian emergency aid pouring in - relief supplies, services etc., and $3.5 Billion plus international Aid”.

 

2005

 

07.02.05: Batticaloa LTTE Political Leader

 Kousalyan killed in a ‘Karuna Group’ ambush.

 

08.02.05:  Ex-TNA MP Chandra Nehru, injured in the ‘Karuna Group’ ambush, succumbs to his injuries

 

29.04.05: Journalist Sivaram ‘Taraki’ assassinated in Colombo.

05.05.05:  Peter Harrold, World Bank Country Director says that World Bank “extends its full support to the implementation of Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) proposed by GOSL and LTTE”.

24.06.05: GoSL and LTTE sign Agreement on” Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure” (P-TOMS).

04.07.05: National Patriotic Movement protests against SLMM. 

 

05.07.05: Witnesses fail to identify Sivaram murder suspect. 

 

10.07.05: STF conducts cordon and search operations (CSO) in Thiraikerni. 

 

200,000 plus protesters join the last lap of the UNP march, calling for Presidential polls be held in 2005 itself.

 

July 15: SC issues stay order against P-TOMS, citing “4 Issues – ‘Fund Management’; ‘Location of Regional Committee’ in Kilinochchi; ‘Project Approval; and ‘Implementation in Regional Committees.”

 

(Cases were filed by JVP & JHU, seeking P-TOMS to be made null and void).

 

17.07.05: SLA bans transport of batteries, wires in Batticaloa. 

 

18.07.05: SLFP's Central Committee “unanimously nominates” Mahinda Rajapakse as its presidential candidate, and Anura Bandaranaike to be the next PM if Mahinda gets elected President.

 

19.07.05: CBK decides to have P-TOMS debated in parliament.

 

22.07.05: GoSL decides to file objections against SC’s P-TOMS Stay Order. 

 

28.07.05: JHU holds convention protesting against P-TOMS. 

 

Mahinda kicks off Presidential election campaign, after prayer and blessings at a Buddhist temple in Colombo.

 

01-08-05: Mahinda releases his election manifesto -“Mahinda Chintanaya” - emphasizing: “ Unitary State, No Federal State, No Tamil Homeland, No P-Toms, No CFA, No Norway, No Solheim, No Helicopters and NO Peace Talks overseas etc., and calling for  “Direct talks with Pirabakaran” and “going the Extra Mile” for negotiated settlement, offering   “maximum power devolution   within a unitary state.”

 

3.08.05: CBK seeks SC's ruling on poll date for presidential elections.

 

04.08.05: Curfew imposed in Jaffna District w.i.e.

 

05.08.05: IGP Chandra Fernando visits Jaffna and appoints a 12 member team to “conduct inquiry into the killing of SP Charles Wijewardene”.

 

Kaluwanchikudy LTTE political office attacked.

 

05.08.05: Body of a young woman, raped before murder, found at Batticaloa Methodist College.

 

07.08.05: SLMM and TDTPF discuss with SLA the building of new mini-camps and sentry points, following the erection of Buddha statue near Trinco bus stand.

 

SLA in Jaffna cut down trees to reinforce FDLs and Police stations. 

 

09.08.05: Parliament decides to debate P-TOMS.

 

SLFP seeks SC ruling on date for presidential election. 

 

12.08.05: Lakshman Kadirgamar assassinated at his residence by “snipers”.

 

14.08.05: State of Emergency declared, following Kadirgamar’s assassination.

 

STF storm LTTE’s Karaithivu political office, and arrest a LTTE political cadre and 3 civilians “for investigation related to attacks on Amparai police and security posts.”

 

LTTE political office in Batticaloa bombed. 

 

16.08.05: SLA conducts CSO in Mannar. 

 

18.08.05:  Tamil youth kidnapped and killed in Colombo. 

 

SLA forcibly occupies Thenmaradchchi TRO office. 

 

22.08.05: Anura Bandaranaike sworn in as new Foreign Minister, replacing Luxman KadIrgamar. 

 

23.08.05: Mannar CSU rape case slated to be heard away in Anuradhapura High Court. 

 

26.08.05: SC rules that Presidential election should be held in 2005 itself.

 

29.08.05: JHU holds talks with Mahinda, threatening to contest presidential poll if talks with SLFP failed. 

 

31.08.05:  Police seize fuel meant for Mannar fishermen.

 

02.09.05: GoSL donates US $25,000 to ICRC for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in USA.

 

04.09.05: Kaluwanchikudy LTTE Political Office attacked, one cadre killed.

 

06.09.05: STF raids LTTE Political offices in Amparai. 

 

13.09.05: Mahinda and JHU sign MOU in support of his Presidential campaign, specifying conditions including “termination of talks on P-OMS, No Tami Homeland, No self determination, and solution to ethnic conflict to be under a unitary state”.

 

18.09.05:  Buddha statue erected in Chunnakam SLA camp.

 

19.09.05:  Mannar rape victim disappears before court hearing. 

 

20.09.05: Mahinda and JVP kick off joint election

 

22.09.05:  SLA blocks cement lorry entering Jaffna. 

 

27.09.05: Ranil’s UNP manifesto promises to end ‘Separatism’. 

 

29.09.05: SC Chief Justice issues interim order preventing CID from conducting investigation into the "Helping Hambantota" Bank Account until January 2006 - after Nov. presidential elections.

 

30.09.05: Thousands attend Pongu Thamil celebrations at Jaffna University grounds, calling “SLA to vacate the Tamil Homeland”, and declaring “Tamils right to self-determination to be non-negotiable”.

 

07.10.05: Mahinda Rajapakse, Ranil Wickremasionghe and 11 others hand in nominations for the Nov. 17 presidential election.

 

Mahinda and Ranil “hand in their nomination papers to the Commissioner of Elections at auspicious times they selected.”

 

08.10.06: CWC, SLMC, UPF leaders decide to address UNP election rallies, supporting Ranil’s candidature. 

 

11.10.05: CWC ministers resign from UPFA cabinet. 

 

14.10.05: SL police arrest 48 Tamil workers in Polannaruwa.

 

Ranil begins election campaign in North-East. 

 

16.10.05: Mahinda rejects self-determination, slams foreign intervention…calls for direct talks with LTTE on “ending separatism, disarming and [their] entering democratic process….under undivided country, consensus of the majority and peace with dignity.”

 

17.10.05: Erik Solheim appointed as Development Minister.

 

20.10.05: Ranil challenges rival Mahinda to “cancel the CFA “giving 15 days' notice to Norwegian Govt”, instead of accusing him for signing the CFA.

 

28.10.05: GoSL and USA sign a MoU to “enhance SL’s abilities to fight terrorism and strengthen co-operation between the two countries in tackling international terrorism”.

 

Puthur East villagers (Jaffna) protest at SLA's 511 Division camp, after foiling “a rape attempt by SLA Soldiers, chased away by neighbours, who rushed to the house upon hearing the women shout. 

 

SLA troops fire at protesters, who burnt a check at the Camp, killing a youth and injuring 7 others. Puthur area turns tense, after the youth shot by SLA dies.

 

03.11.05: Ranil arrived in SLAF aircraft at Palaly, met Commander Sunil Tennekoon and other military officials, and discussed “security situation in Jaffna and forthcoming elections”.

 

04.11.05: Mahinda   makes campaign trip to Jaffna (accompanied by Douglas Devananda, and Sripathy Suriryaarachchi), visits HSZ areas around Palaly Military Base, and attends a meeting at Nadeswara College (in KKS HSZ), where he proclaimed "No one can wage a war and divide this country, and I don't intend to start a war."

 

06.11.05: Clerical Union calls for Jaffna Postal vote boycott. 

 

07.11.05: UNP’s Naveen Dissanayake blurts out in Nuwara Eliya that “Karuna defection was, Wickremasinghe's ploy,…creating a situation during Karuna’s European trips for Peace Talks, to make the   renegade dissatisfied with LTTE leadership”… and that it would “not be necessary for SL Military to fight the Tigers…American and Indian forces will fight the LTTE if …Pirapaharan opts to wage a war.”

 

08.11.05: Jaffna postal voting concludes, with less than 1300 voting.

 

09.11.05: 2006 Defence Budget shows 30% increase, above 2005 levels, to Rs 61 B.

 

10.11.05: SLA tightens restriction on transport of food, fuel and goods including eggs, meat etc., on top of barring fishing in Mutur East coast.

 

TNA dissuades Tamils from voting at Nov 17 elections, saying “Tamils do not care about the coming election….Tamils will gain nothing by taking an interest in the election...… Tamils had no confidence in either of the 2 main presidential candidates”.

 

11-11-05: Malinda Moragoda echoes Naveen Dissanayake’s statement that UNP helped to “create the situation to make the renegade Karuna to break away from the LTTE.”

 

13.11.05: "Peoples Force" in Jaffna calls Tamil public servants to “ignore election duty on Nov. 17, and to observe it as a day of mourning”.

 

13.11.05: Trinco, Amparai Tamil students call for boycott of Nov. 17 presidential election.

 

15.11.05: Unidentified aircraft comes down in Puttalam.

 

16.11.05:  TRO office in Batticaloa attacked:

 

17.11.05: Presidential elections in progress.

 

Voting at election near fizzle-out in North-East. Less than 1% cast votes in Jaffna; low voter turnout in Omanthai; Mutur east, while voters ignore poll in

Eachchilampathu.

 

Ranil comes up ahead in Jaffna postal votes.

 

18.11.05: Mahinda wins presidential election by a very narrow margin, while most Tamils in the North-East boycott.

(Mahinda’s 50.3% against 48.4% for Ranil).

 

21.11.05: Mahinda apppoints Ratnasri Wickremanayaake as PM, ignoring Anura Bandaranaike, and his brother Basil Rapakse as Presidential Advisor.

 

Mahinda names himself as Defense Minister, “according to the constitution,” also retains the   Finance portfolio.

 

Nov 23: Mahinda as:-

25 Ministers and 52 Deputy Ministers:

 

Mangala Samaraweera as Foreign Minister, replacing Anura Bandaranaike;

 

Gothabaya Rajapaksa as Defence Secretary; and  

 

“Hardliner” H.M.B.G. Kotakadeniya as Advisor in the Ministry of Defence.

 

Nov. 25:  Mahinda calls for a ''new peace process'' with the LTTE, stating that the Cease Fire Accord (CFA) will be revised ''to ensure human rights''… emphasizing that “our method is discussion instead of war”.

 

Nov 27: Prabhakaran in his annual Heroes Day speech urges GOSL to “propose a framework that satisfies the political aspirations of the Tamils … If the new govt. rejects our urgent appeal, we will, next year, in solidarity with our people, intensify our struggle for self-determination, and national liberation to establish self-government in our homeland.....Tamils would intensify the struggle for independence by next year.”

 

Nov28: Mahinda calls an emergency meeting of his aides, the day after Prabhakaran “threatened to intensify the struggle for an independent homeland by next year...”

 

Nov. 28: Bill Clinton visits tsunami-battered Northeast “praising reconstruction efforts…urging GoSL to “seek peace with Tamil Tiger rebels”.

 

Nov. 29: Mahinda“welcomes” Prabhakaran’s reference in his Heroes Day speech to “Rajapakse’s pragmatic” approach”, reiterating his “invitation to Prabhakaran for talks”, and that “we can resume work immediately on reviewing the operation of the ceasefire, while preparing for eventual substantive talks leading to a lasting solution”.

Dec. 01: Indian Commander Lt. Gen. B.S. Thakker visited

 SLA FDLs in Vavuniya and “discussed with SLA Commanders matters related to security”.

 

2 Tamil youths shot dead in Neervely (Jaffna) by assassins, who came in a three-wheeler taxi.

 

Samaraweera visits India, meets Manmohan Singh, informs him that GOSL “would review the CFA to make it more effective ….. also extending a firm invitation to the LTTE to negotiations to discuss a political solution''.

 

Dec. 02: Mahinda appoints “battle-hardened” Sarath Fonseka as Army Commander to lead SL's military.

 

Dec. 04: Firefight near Neervely SLA camp, one SLA soldier killed.

 

10 soldiers attached to 51-1 Brigade at Atchuveli killed  when their tractor hit  a claymore mine near Kondavil.

 

Dec. 05: SLA fires tear gas at student protest in Point Pedro.

 

Dec. 06: 7 SLA soldiers killed and 9 badly injured in Claymore mine attack on a military truck in Irupalai (Jaffna).

 

Colombo High Court release Charles Gnanakone, detained for 2 months on alleged charges of “involvement in Lakshman Kadirgamar assassination.” 

 

Dec. 07: Mahinda invites Norway to continue as facilitator to the Peace Process.

 

Dec. 09: SLA blocks Mannar traders from entering LTTE held area. 

 

Dec.10: Japan Envoy Akashi visits Amparai

Dec.11: GoSL blocks Akashi from visiting Kilinochchi .

 

SLA troops conduct CSO in Mandaitivu.

 

Dec.13: SLA troops conduct CSO in Potpathi Road area (Jaffna), where LTTE Northern Political office HQ is located. 

 

Dec.14: SLAF Helicoer comes under LTTE fire in Arugambay. 

 

Dec.15:  One CWC MP crosses over to SL Government. 

 

Dec.16:  Indian Naval Commander Vice Admiral Sureesh Mehta occludes his 5 day visit.

 

SLA conducts CSO in Ariyalai (Jaffna).

 

Dec.17:  Arumugam Thondaman (CWC) meets Thamilchelvan, in Kilinochi, with his “plan to form a united effort among Upcountry and WP Tamil political parties…a strategic need to form a broad Tamil front to meet the challenges from Southern polity and to further the common aspirations of both Tamil communities in NE and Upcountry”.

 

 

Dec. 18: SLA attacks Irupalai auto-rickshaw drivers 

 

Dec. 20: Hundreds of SLA troops enter Jaffna University, open fire in the air, charge teargas.

 

Dec. 22: 3 sailors killed in an attack on 2 SL Naval craft off Mannar coast.

 

Dec. 23: 13 sailors killed when their convoy was ambushed in Mannar.

 

SLN soldiers enter the ‘Victoria Hundred Houses’ IDP settlement scheme in Pesalai (Mannar), and “attack the civilians with batons, bike-chains and shoes, after tying their hands and legs, wounding 28 inmates.

 

Mannar LTTE office burnt down. 

 

Dec 25: TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham assassinated at a Christmas service in Batticaloa church.

 

SLA guns down 2 civilians in Jaffna. 

 

 

Dec 26: Two 3-wheeler drivers (Tamils) shot dead in Trinco.

 

Dec. 27: 7 persons reported missing in Jaffna.

 

12 soldiers killed in Claynore mine attack near Pt Pedro.

 

US Tamils call for sanctions against SL Govt. 

 

 

Dec. 28: SLA bars INGOs from entering NorthEast w/o MoD permission.  

 

Dec. 29: 16-years-old boy shot dead in Thenmaradchi. 

 

SLN takes away passes from fishermen in Punguduthivu.

 

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha Jayaram cancels scheduled Rajapaksa meeting. 

 

Dec.30: During Mahinda’s 4 day Indian visit, Manmohan Singh repeats “India’s support” emphasizing that an “enduring solution to the country's ethnic problem could emerge only thru internal political processes, based on consensus and reconciliation”.

 

While skirting SL’s request to “provide intellectual and academic resources.., India announced a “slew of programs to support reconstruction and developmental works n NE”.

 

 

Dec. 31: SLA & Police arrest 920 Tamils, including 105 women, in an operation, code named "Strangers Night III” in Colombo (Wellawatte, Bambalapitya, Maradana, Kotahena, Grandpass and Mutuwal), take them to 8 police stations, and have all photographed, finger-printed and video taped by SL Intelligence agencies.

 

SLA conducts house-to-house search in Ilavalai (Jaffna).

 

Civilian shot dead at Urelu in Jaffna.

 

 

2006

 

Jan. 02: Bomb blast in Trinco kills 5 Tamil youths, wounding 2 others.

 

Jan. 04: Samaraweera calls USA to “get tough with LTTE, and take measures against Tamil exile groups financing them….US must realize they are not dealing with a liberation movement but a ruthless killing machine more dangerous than al-Qaeda”.

 

Jan. 07: 13 sailors killed in a naval patrol boat sunk by   “suspected Tiger suicide attack” off the east coast.

 

Jan 10:  Jaffna school girl abducted by SLA soldiers. Photos included

 

8 Tamil youths arrested at Puttalam check point.

 

Large crowds attend ‘ Pongu Thamil’ Resurgence convention in Muttur.Photos included

 

Jan 11: Puthur trader shot dead by SLA.

 

Clothing store owner shot dead in Chavakachcheri.

 

Jan. 20: SLA conducts CSO in Kokuvil.

 

Jan. 21: Man shot dead in Pt Pedro.
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Kayts businessman shot dead in Jaffna.

 

SLN bans night use of Jaffna Islet jetties.

 

Jan. 22: Mutur Tamils flee to LTTE held areas. Photos includedspace

 

More than 200 families flee Jaffna to Kilinochi. Photos included

Jan. 23: Muslims demand separate delegation at Peace Talks. 

 

Jan. 25: 2 UNP MPs cross over to ruling coalition.

 

Erik Solheim arrives in Kilinochi.

 

Jan. 26: LTTE releases SL Policeman held in custody.

 

Jan.29: EU commends Solheim, welcomes LTTE- GoSL agreement. 

 

spacespace Jan.30: 5 TRO staff reported missing in East.

 

US urges GoSL to investigate kidnapping of TRO staff.

 

Feb 01: - UN agencies call for immediate release of kidnapped TRO staff.
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Paramilitaries (Karuna Group) release 2 of the 10 abducted TRO workers.

 

Feb. 02: SLA ransacks, destroys LTTE Vadamaradchi Political Office.

 

Feb 03: Another TRO staffer released.
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spaceFeb. 04 – Mhinda’s  Independence Day address avoids any reference to Geneva talks. Photos included

 

Feb 07 - SLN arrest 4 Punguduthivu fishermen.

 

Feb 08: Tamil businessman abducted in Colombo.

 
Feb 10: Ashraff urges Muslims to “pray for Geneva talk’s success”.

 

Feb 13: Muslims demand separate delegation in peace talks.


LTTE’s Geneva Opening Statement requires

GoSL to “disarm armed groups”. 

 

Feb 18: LTTE releases second SL policeman held in custody.

 

Feb. 21: Norway appoints Swedish Brigadier as Head of SLMM.

 

HRW issues critical report on “LTTE fundraising in Canada, UK, resorting to extortions.”

 

22.02.06:  Balasingham asserts that “CFA is the most constructive achievement” of the Norwegian peace process and “the foundation upon which the process has to be built.”

 

23.02.06: Erik Solheim  releases a “statement o/b/o    the 2 parties …“GOSL is committed to taking all necessary measures in accordance with the CFA to ensure that no armed group or person …will carry arms or conduct armed operations”

 

24.02.06: LTTE leaders meet Swiss officials, and attend expat event.

Swiss Govt welcomes positive outcome of Geneva Talks and assures impartial support to resolve the ethnic conflict. 

 

25.02.06: Balasingham tells media in Geneva that “although the talks were difficult and tough, GoSL has accepted the meaning and content of the CFA and the issue of Paramilitaries”.

 

SLN attacks fishermen in Vadamarachi seas. 

26.02.06: Mahinda expresses satisfaction over the outcome of Geneva talks.

 

SLN seizes passes from Pedro fishermen.

 

27.02.06: Balasingham “rejects outright” GoSL’s claim that the joint communiqué, issued after the Geneva talks, “amounted to an amendment to the CFA”, calling the "bizarre interpretation” given by Mr. H.L. De Silva to be “ridiculous and preposterous and totally unacceptable to LTTE".

 

In the Punguduthivu Ilayathamby Tharsini (20) rape & murder case, CID claims that the Military Cap found near the well, where Tharsini's body was found, belonged to SLA soldier currently assigned for duty at a Batticaloa camp”.

 

28.02.06: Donor Co-chairs welcome Geneva outcome. 

01.03.06: SLN fires artillery in Vadamarachi deep seas. 

 

Appeal Court fixes 29 March for hearing of the JVP & JHU petition “seeking annulment of CFA, on grounds that CFA is against the Constitution and illegal.”

 

02.03.06: Japan provides US$ 185m development loan.

 

Mahinda calls  for an APC meting on March 6, “to brief  leaders of all political parties on Geneva Talks outcome,… and agenda for the “next round of talks with LTTE”, but decides to meet the JVP and JHU leaders separately, prior to March 6 APC sessions.

 

Chandrasekaran (UPF) draws IGP’s attention   to Sinhalese attempting to install a Buddha statue at the historic Ukkuwela (Avissawala) Hindu Temple premises.

 

03.03.06: JHU insists that GoSL should ignore Geneva Agreement

 

04.03.06:  Vaiko, Jayalalitha form alliance for TN State elections. 

 

SLA and paramilitaries attack the family of Jaffna MC contestant S.M.Suhaib (a Muslim).

 

05.03.06: Jaffna students burn SLA Commander's Effigy. 

 

06.03.06: JHU, JVP reject Geneva agreement, at APC needing.

 

07.03.06:  JVP demands expulsion of Norway from peace process. 

 

08.03.06: Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao, accompanied by Irrigation Minister Anwer Ismail, visits SE University in Amparai.

 

09.03.06: Prof. Hole appointed VC of Jaffna University. 

 

10.03.06: SLA orders closing of Katkovalam fish market. 

 

11.03.06:  SLA rejects rent request by owners of SLA occupied private buildings and houses in Jaffna HSZ.

 

13.03.06: SLA builds new FDL posts in Vadamarachi.

 

US State Dept’s 2006 HR report blames “anti-LTTE paramilitary groups… EPDP, Karuna Group and PLOTE, and LTTE, for numerous killings in the NE”.

 

SLA bans drying of fish in Northern shores. 

 

15.03.06:  TNA boycotts District Integration Meeting in Jaffna, chaired by Douglas Devananda attended by newly aped NE Governor Mohan Wijeyawickrema.

 

16.03.06: Australia minister Amanda Vanstone, and envoy Greg French, visit Mannar, hold discussions with civil and military authorities.

 

Thamichelvan meets Brattskar in Kilinochchi. 

 

17.03.06: Paramilitary issue raised in US Congress Hearings. 

 

18.03.06:  SLA arrest Tamil daily Thinakkural journalist for photographing the front portal of the of Jaffna Prison office.

 

19.03.06: HRW backtracks on LTTE extortion charges made in its Feb. report. 

 

20.03.06: SLA confiscates prawn catch from Vallai fishermen.

 

SLN attacks Mutur east coastal villages.

 

21.03.06: Pakistani Navy Frigate on goodwill visit to SL. 

 

22.03.06: Firefight in Vadamarachi East SLA check posts. 

 

SLA conducts CSO in area around LTTE political Office in Jaffna. 

 

23.03.06:  SL Court decides to hear Pirapaharan's “200 year rigorous imprisonment sentence for his role in the bombing of Central Bank on January 31, 1996”.

 

24.03.06: SLA soldiers attack students inside Jaffna Advanced Technology Institute.

25.03.06: Vavuniya businessman shot dead. 

 

 8 SLN sailors presumed dead when “rebels blow up their own trawler and sink an    approaching SLN patrol boat”.

 

26.03.06: Kokuvil Technical College students hoist Tamil Eelam flag, and continue Poopathy memorial celebrations.

 

27.03.06: SC rules that “Helping Hand” Hambantota inquiry violates Rajapakse’s fundamental rights. 

 

28.03.06:  Some 150 SLA soldiers and 50 Karuna Group cadres, round up 5 Valaichenai villages, summon the people to Pechiyamman temple grounds and, hold a meeting where Karuna Group warn people “against supporting LTTE”.

 

UAV comes down in Vavuniya.

 

Indian parliamentary delegation visits Colombo. 

 

29.03.06: LTTE agrees to participate at Geneva II Talks “if safe passage is guaranteed”. 

 

“Expel Norway”, demands JVP. 

 

30.03.06: Mahiinda begins 3 day visit to Pakistan, hoping to “cement better trade and defense ties”.

 

LTTE political office in Arayampathi burnt.  

 

31.03.06: Army Commander Sarath Fonseka visits Jaffna, daughters accompany for “sightseeing”. 

 

Ruling coalition wins overwhelmingly in local elections, “seen as an endorsement of the President's peace negotiations with LTTE...”

April 01: No April Fool

 

In a “massive” CSO conducted in areas close to HSZs in Point Pedro, SLA arrest 5 members of a family and a boarder, accusing them of “hiding arms”

 

Ulf Henricsson assumes position as   SLMM   Head.

 

Outgoing SLMM Chief warns SL situation to be “Fragile”  .... Emphasizing   Peace Talks   to be “Crucial.”

 

April 03: Karuna Group vows to “shoot dead LTTE supporters unless “thousands of homes and businesses appropriated from Muslims in the 1990 were returned.”

 

April 04: India calls for 'southern consensus', urging the “country's wobbling peace process to be taken forward”.

 

April 7: Prospective MP Vigneswaran assassinated in Trinco.

 

April 11: Geneva II Talks planned for April 19-21 postponed to April 23/25, as GoSL reneges on usual transport arrangements for LTTE’s East commanders to visit Vanni for consultations.

 

Canadian Conservative government formally lists LTTE as a terrorist group.

 

12 killed, 8 wounded hi a Claymore mine blast in Trinco, on a bus carrying SLN soldiers “on New Year holiday”.

 

April 12:  A mob attack in Trinco, after a bomb explosion in the market,  burning down 60 Tamils’ houses, 35 business establishments (all but one Muslim shop belonging to Tamils); displacing more than 300 Tamil families; killing 19 civilians (10 Tamils, 7 Sinhalese, 2 Muslims).

 

Sri Lanka puts time clock   back, reverting to IST (GMT plus 5.30 hrs) - after ten years.

 

April 14: GOSL and LTTE agree to meet in Geneva for Talks April 24-25.

 

Apr 15: GOSL refutes LTTE's contention that there was no provision in its agreement with SLMM for naval escort for the ship ferrying LTTE commanders between Eastern and Northern sectors”.

 

GOSL allows ‘Karuna Group’ to open its first office in a SLA controlled area in the East, “a move to project ’TMVP’ as a legitimate political group”.

 

April 17: 2000 Tamils seek refuge in Kappalthurai School, located along Trinco-Kandy road.

 

GoSL offers “private air craft to Tamil Tiger rebels to save truce talks”.

 

April 18: SLA shoots dead 5 civilians in Puthur (Jaffna).

 

April 19: Geneva Talks scheduled for April 24/25 postponed indefinitely, due to “unresolved issue of transport arrangements for LTTE’s Eastern Commanders to Vanni; and GOSL’s noncompliance with undertaking given at Geneva I Talks to disarm the Paramilitaries”.

 

April 22: SLMM head, Ulf Henricsson, and a diplomat who spent the night in Kilinochi return to Colombo without meeting LTTE leaders. (LTTE said their leaders did not meet the Scandinavians because “they had not changed their stance on the latest hurdle blocking a second round of talks”).

 

April 23: Gangsters set fire to a paddy harvester, and attack the people in Gomarankadawela (along Trinco-Anuradhapura Rd).

 

April 24: Paramilitary gunmen enter the Valaichenai Education Office and shoot dead Officer Lineswoman, and wounding Nag lingam.

 

April 25: Colombo rocked by a bomb explosion at SLA HQ, which GOSL promptly blamed on LTTE.

 

SL military allege that “a female suicide bomber…a Tamil Tiger rebel pretending to be pregnant”, exploded a bomb in front of the car taking General Sarath Fonseka.

 

Reportedly, “the suicide bomber died on the spot… and Fonseka who suffered serious abdominal injuries…. was undergoing surgery... the General's escort and driver died … and 10 others, including civilians caught in the blast, were hospitalized”.

 

Within hours of the bomb blast at Army HQ in Colombo, SLAF mounts air strikes on LTTE held areas in Trinco District.

 

SL Military begins air strikes and artillery fire, in Mutur East, claimed to be “in retaliation against an LTTE   attack on a SLN vessel”.

 

April 26: SLN, SLA and SLAF conduct coordinated attack on Tamil settlements in Mutur, for the second day.

 

SLA & Police arrest 97 Tamils from residences in Bambalapitiya, Colpetty, Daniela etc., from Wednesday night thru Thursday morning.


SLA impose an unannounced closure of A9 Highway, blocking traffic…and stranding people in NE traveling to and from LTTE held areas.

 

SLA refuse permission for ICRC to take Tamil civilians, seriously wounded in air strikes and artillery fire, to hospitals in govt. controlled areas.

  

April 27: Eravur police arrest 70 Tamils, in a roundup search of the market.

 

April 28:  Donor Co-Chairs (Richard Boucher, Herve Jouanjean, and Yasushi Akashi) meet in Oslo “discuss the deteriorating situation, reaffirm their support to Norwegian facilitators, and decide to meet again in Tokyo to further discuss steps and concerted actions to encourage the parties to pursue a durable solution.”

 

(Erik Solheim chairing the talks, focused on "getting the parties to respect the cease-fire and continue with the peace process.)".

 

UN Special Repateur (Philip Alston) warns that “GOSL and LTTE are doing too little to crack down on extrajudicial killings…and murders were fuelling a worsening conflict.”

 

RSF, IFJ and FMM voice “outrage about the lack of progress in the investigation into the murder of ‘Taraki’ Sivaram a year ago”.

 

April 29: SLA fire mortar shells towards Vavunathivu a, damaging several houses in Mankikattu, Navatkudi and Puliyadikuda.

 

30.04.06: LTTE overruns 3 Karuna Group camps, killing 15 paramilitary men.

 

GoSL calls off May Day rallies, fearing suicide bombings.

 

GoSL insists that “LTTE‘s claim of right to use sea is violation of CFA, and clear bid to escalate confrontation and avoid going for peace talks in Geneva”.

 

01.05.06:  GoSL “offers to LTTE seaplanes for internal meeting ahead of talks”.

 

TNA MP Gajen Ponnambalam writes to President Rajapakse of harassment and death threats to domestic staff at his Jaffna residence.

 

02.05.06: LTTE asserts right to the sea for transporting its cadres in its own vessels, with its own armed escort”, which the GoSL says is “in violation of the CFA”.

 

SL Police abandons Sivaram murder investigation.

 

GoSL promises to “bring to justice assailants who gunned down the 2 employees of Uthayan newspaper”, calling it a “brazen assault…an attack on freedom of expression.”

 

03.05.06: CTTU and CPJ condemn attack on Uthayan newspaper and the killing of the employees.

 

Woman shoots policeman and his companion on a motor bike, in Vavuniya.

 

50 passengers escape SLA‘s DPU Claymore attack, in Periyakulam (Vavunia). 

 

04.05.06: SL military arms Serunuwara Sinhala residents “for self-defense".

 

SLA, Police conduct CSOs in Trinco town and Batticaloa villages.

 

SLA opens fire at 2 three-wheelers, killing 7 youths inside, near the SLA Camp at Nelliyadi junction (Jaffna).

 

05.05.06: SLAF claims destroying a LTTE “boat off NW coast, and sinking a second one in the seas off Kalpitti”.

 

Jaffna Varsity VC Ratnajeevan Hoole
”flees Sri Lanka with family”.

 

06.05.06: Prabakaran declines Japanese Envoy Yasushi Akashi’s request to meet him when visiting SL. 

 

SLA ransacks LTTE's Jaffna Political offices.

 

07.05.06: SLA closes A9 highway to Vanni and Jaffna, again unannounced.

 

8 civilians, abducted from a Manthuvil temple in Thenmaradchi, feared killed.

 

08.04.06:  SL clamps curfew in Jaffna to “prevent public protest against the killing of 8 civilians abducted from Manthuvil temple”.

 

SL shuts down road entry s in Mannar. 

 

Japanese Envoy Yasushi Akashi invites India to “join the Donor Co-chairs, “in furthering the Peace Process”.

 

09.05.06: SL places orders with Pakistan for “cluster bombs, MBRLs, deep penetration bombs and rockets and UAVs”.

 

SLA destroys Nadeswara College fences.

 

SLN bars Karainagar fishermen from going out to sea. 

 

10.05.06: SLN claims  destroying 8 LTTE boats in a “combined Navy-Air Force attack, killing 50 guerrillas” while “17 SLN sailors were reported missing”.

 

SL military’s three-pronged attack on Mutur villages, kills 14 civilians, wounds 47, and damages 54 houses and 30 schools.

 

11.05.06: LTTE attacks a SLN convoy, sinking a boat, reportedly “guarding a vessel transporting Army personnel”.

 

SLAF bombs areas near LTTE’s Kilinochi HQ, “after a ship with hundreds of servicemen on board was attacked and 2 SLN Dvora boats destroyed”. SLMM

LTTE’s letter to SLMM  warns against  Monitors getting on board SSLN Vesselsri Lankan :

" We have on several occasions verbally informed you to refrain from boarding Sri Lankan Naval vessels. We have also given this request in writing to you twice so far. This is the third request from us to you to refrain from boarding Sri Lankan Naval Vessels.

"SLN is entering the sea adjoining the land in our control and disrupting the fishing activities of the people. It is also disturbing the LTTE exercises in doing so. If Sri Lankan Navy disrupts our activities we will definitely retaliat’.

"Please take this as the last warning to you to not board Sri Lankan Naval vessels."

 

12.05.06: Tamilselvan emphasizes to SLMM Head Ulf Ericsson,  in Kilinochi, LTTE’s sovereignty over  land, sea and air in that part of the North and East, which it controls de facto”, and that  "nobody has the right to pass judgment on the sovereign rights of our access to the adjacent sea and airspace of our homeland."

 

SLAF bombs LTTE airfield in Kilinochi to "deter further attacks" after the LTTE sank a SLN gunboat.

 

13.05.06:  SLN troops surround a civilian house in Allaipiddy (Mandativu), open fire, killing 8 civilians, including a 4 months old  baby, a 4 year old son and their parents.

 

8 Jaffna youths abducted by SLA. 

 

SLMM temporarily suspends sea monitoring.

 

14.05.06: SLA kills a youth in Kopay, and shoots dead another in Atchuveli (Jaffna). 

 

13 civilians killed in SLN controlled Jaffna islets-,

an area   EPDP controlled before the 2002 CFA.

 

Paramilitary men gun down 3 civilians, all from same family, in their House in Puliyankoodal.

 

Armed men set fire to several shops, blast a transformer at Puliyankoodal junction, and attack a petrol station.

 

SLN bans fishing along Vadamarachi coasts. 

 

15.05.06:  Blast injures 9 Muslims in Akkaraipattu. 

 

Sinhala expatriates demonstrate outside BBC London HQ, “protesting bias towards Tamil terrorists”.

 

16.05.06: US Secy of State Donald Camp Dy confirms US role in EU’s’ listing of LTTE as terrorists, saying “We have encouraged the EU to list the LTTE”.

 

17.05.06: Samaraweera arrives in Tokyo for “talks with his Japanese counterpart on SL’s “crumbling peace.”

 

TNA PS candidate Palasuntharam Kamalraj, companion shot dead in Batticaloa. 

 

18.05.06: EU decides to “blacklist Tamil Tiger separatists as a terrorist group.. despite warnings that this could lead to full-blown civil war.”

 

EU Parliament passes unanimous resolution to “freeze LTTE assets” in the  25 countries.

 

19.05.06: Allaipiddy families vacate village.

 

SLN bans deep sea fishing in Vadamarachi. 

 

20.05.06:  SL refugee boat arrivals in India mount, with more than 1,000 Tamils  fleeing since January.

 

India steps up “coastline surveillance, both by sea and by air.

 

21.05.06: Ramanan, LTTE’s Senior Commander (East), assassinated by SLA sniper at Vavunathivu FDL.

 

Karuna Group claims its “forces attacked LTTE camp with mortars overrunning the site,  and killing LTTE fighters.”

 

22.05.06: Gunmen storm ‘Uthalayan’  Jaffna office, killing its Editorial Manager and seriously wounding 2 others.

 

23.05.06:  SLA builds new camp in Navatkuli, Jaffna.

 

LTTE rejects “pleas from Buddhist and Catholic priests to hold direct talks with SL’s President to stop the island nation from sliding back to full-scale civil war”.

 

24.05.06: SLAF flies spy missions over LTTE held areas in the North.

 

SLA mounts mortar attacks on Vavunathivu LTTE FDLs. 

 

SLA conducts CSO in Trinco town.

 

SLA arrest son taking coffin to father's funeral. 

 

More Trinco refugees flee to Rameswaram. 

 

25.05.06:  SLN arrest 105 Tamils “trying to flee to India”.

 

LTTE confirms releasing 16 young fighters, aged  15-17, back to their families, in April and May.

26.05.06:  Solheim meets Mahinda in Colombo.

 

NEIAP Deputy Project Director assassinated in Batticaloa.

 

SLA soldiers gun down 2 youths in Nallur, Jaffna 

 

27.05.06: Ahead of Donor Co-Chairs’ meeting in Tokyo, Erik Solheim meets M.K. Narayan  and suggests “a bigger role for India in restoring peace”.

 

LTTE agrees to “visit Norway in June and discuss with GoSL the peace monitoring by Nordic countries.

 

Bomb blast of a tourist vehicle, in Wilpattu national park, kills 8 persons on board.

 

SLA conducts CSO in Jaffna Teaching Hospital building. 

 

SL military impose embargo on cement, steel, and limits fuel supply to North.

 

28.05.06: Shelling and gunfire reported across Kinnaiyadi lagoon in LTTE, SLA FDL posts.

 

LTTE protests appointment of military officer as Trincomalee GA.

 

29.05.06: South African Tamils join protest against EU ban. 

 

Expatriate Tamils in Switzerland, Nehterlands, Denmark, Sweden Norway, Canada and US protest EU ban of LTTE.

 

30.05.06: 13 Sinhalese settlers killed in Omadiyamadu, Weliknde. 

 

31.05.06:  Samaraweera claims LTTE “funnels contributions from Tamils living in North America and Europe, thru Malaysia and Singapore to buy weapons in Thailand and Cambodia”.

 

GoSL agrees to attend Oslo meeting in June to “discuss fresh security arrangements for SLMM monitoring in north and east”.

 

Fighting breaks out near Nagarkovil FDL. 

 

01.06.06:  GoSL names Palitha Kohona (Peace Secretariat Dorector) to lead its delegation to Oslo for  talks on CFA.

 

LTTE requests diplomatic travel arrangements for its Team    attending Oslo talks.

 

TNA party office in the East bombed and 2 party activists gunned down.

 

Police blocks fuel delivery to Trinco MPCS (Verugal). 

 

02.06.06: Richard Boucher affirms support for “Sri Lankan’s struggle against Tamil terrorists who bear the major responsibility for the upsurge of violence.”

 

8 LTTE members escape from a jail in East.

 

03.06.06: Mahinda calls on “more countries to “follow EU’s lead and declare the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization.”

 

GoSL gives security guarantee to LTTE team, “allowing them to attend talks in Oslo”.

 

04.06.06: STF troops shell Santhamalai Murugan temple, where devotees gathered preparing for annual festivals.

 

05.06.06: LTTE delegation led by Thamilchelvan, arrives in Oslo. 

 

Jaffna GA reports critical fuel    shortage in Jaffna. 

 

06.06.06: 

 

06.06.06:  M. Karunanidhi, after meeting Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, tells reporters that "Central Govt's policy (on Sri Lanka) will be the State Govt's policy."

 

07.06.06:  Akashi states “Though escalation of violence in SL is a serious concern, Japan has no immediate plans to reduce or stop economic and humanitarian aid to SL.”

 

08.06.06: GoSL and LTTE  start talks in  Jevnaker, Oslo “on truce monitors” -- as Erik  Solheim describes the situation in Sri Lanka as “extremely serious.”

 

GoSL-LTTE talks “on the safety of cease-fire monitors” did not begin in Oslo on Thursday, as LTTE refused to hold direct talks, demanding “senior ministerial presence in the GoSL delegation”.

 

LTTE also “objected to the presence of nationals from Sweden, Denmark and Finland as part of the SLMM, as they were EU members”.

 

 09.06.06: Norway holds “LTTE responsible for the failure of the Oslo talks, and sought “written replies from President Mahinda Rajapakse and the LTTE leader, V. Prabakaran, to five critical questions that would define the prospects of conflict resolution”

Also that “LTTE had arrived in Oslo after accepting its invitation and had subsequently raised objections to the previously communicated intentions and modalities for the meeting”.

 

10.06.06:  LTTE’s Lt. Col. Mahenthi killed in SLA’s anti-personnel mine in Mannar District.

 

SLA soldiers massacre family of 4 in Vankalai. 

 

Tamil businessman shot dead in Wellawatte.

 

 12.06.06: Erik Solheim expressed “anger and disappointment that the planned talks in Oslo, failed to even get off the ground”,   urged GoSL and LTTE “to take firm steps toward peace, without which the island risks sliding back to full-scale war.”

 

Pakistan opens a $250 M credit line to SL for supplying “military equipment, including many offensive weapons”.

 

13.06.06: Mahinda appoints a 12 member “think tank”, comprising constitutional legal experts, “to draft  a framework towards a final solution to the country's long drawn-out separatist armed conflict….to be  headed by H. L. De Silva,  “an eminent civil and constitutional lawyer”.

 

Police, STF and SLAF conduct  CSO in Puthur, Thimilaithivu and Sethukkuda (Batticaloa, from 5.30 a.m until 8.30 p.m… “No one was arrested and no weapons were found” during the house-to-house search and prolonged interrogation of the villagers”.

 

LTTE's Constitutional Affairs Committee meets in Oslo. 

LTTE delegation arrives in Switzerland.

 

14.06.06: Samaraweera, once an opponent of Norwegian facilitation… received a high-level reception, unusual for a Foreign Minister.by HM King Harald, while Tamils protested outside the Royal Palace in Oslo.

 

15,06.06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kilinochchi suburbs, and Tharavai, Pulipaynthakal in Batticaloa.

 

SLAF bombs Tsunami camp in Mullaithivu.

 

64 killed and 94, including 15 children and a Buddhist monk, wounded in Clamore blast that hit a civilian bus in Kebitigollawe.

 

SLA launches artillery fire on Mutur east village. 

 

Karuna Group abducts 125 children in East. 

 

16.06.06: 3 SLN boats sunk by LTTE, 12 troops killed.

 

18.06.06:  Karuna Group abducts Muslims, demands ransom. 

 

SLA builds new camp in Mallakam. 

 

19.06.06: SLAF Kfir bombers fly over Vanni.

 

Clash erupts at Nagarkovil FDL.  

 

20.06.06: Tamil businessman shot dead in Batticaloa. 

 

Armed men burn down the ‘Uthayan’ newspaper warehouse  in Jaffna SL military warns foreign nationals, journalists, INGO official’s et al residing in Vanni to remain inside UN and INGO offices, while foreign journalists visiting Vanni seek refuge in UNICEF and ICRC offices in Kilinochchi.

 

A woman killed, 44 wounded in Pesalai, as SLN troops lob grenades at ‘Our Lady of Victory’ ‘Church.

 

SLAF bombs Kilinochchi again on Friday evening. 

 

17.06.06:  LTTE attacks a SLN base in Mannar, while SLN claimed having “killed 30 rebels”.

 

SLN shoots dead 4 fishermen on Pesalai shores

 

TRO's main storage facility in Batticaloa robbed

 

Hundreds of SLA troops raid Jaffna University.

 

21.06.06:  SLA takes Colombo journalists on Jaffna tour. 

 

Mahinda warns editors and heads of media bodies to explain the “current situation in the country… faithfully reproduce government’s widening war against LTTE”.

 

22.06.06: Arsonists target Kopay Heroes Cemetary and ransack office and store. 

 

23.06.06: SL forces conduct CSO in Batticaloa town.

 

Tamil businessman shot dead in Negombo. 

 

25.06.06:  Tamil expatriate shot dead in Valaichenai .

 

Mahinda coveys thru Uthayan Editor, Vithyatharan, that  he “will disarm Karuna Group, if LTTE agreed starting ‘direct talks… If LTTE and GoSL agree to put an end to all violence for 2 weeks, they could make a fresh start.. don't have to do it thru Norway … can deal directly… LTTE should inform him at the earliest what they expect in exchange for an agreement to stop all attacks for 2 weeks...LTTE should not ask for disarming of Karuna Group straight away and have them thrown on the road. Then the LTTE will kill them. ..… he will ensure that, during the 2 week period, there will be no attacks by Karuna group”. (Sunday Leader)

 

26.06.06: Major General Parami Kulatunga and 2 other SLA officers killed in bomb blast at Pannipitiya, when “two LTTE suicide bombers on a motor cycle rammed into the vehicle in which the Army officers were traveling”.

 

Anton Balasingam empresses “regret” over Rajiv Gandhi assassination, calling it “a monumental historical tragedy which we deeply regret, and we call upon the Govt. and people of India to be magnanimous to put the past behind... and approach the ethnic question in a different perspective."

 

28.06.06: 5 SLN sailors, 1 LTTE cadre killed in sea clash.

 

LTTE release 46 under-age youths. 

 

29.06.06: Daughter shot dead, father seriously injured in Jaffna.

 

9 Tamil engineering undergrads arrested by Mortur Police. 

 

01.07.06: SLA, SLN launch artillery fire on Mutur east village.

 

SLN claims sinking “a Tamil rebel boat as it approached KKS harbor”.

 

02.07.06: TRO worker abducted in Valaichchenai. 

 

India offers to “share its experience of federal polity” when Foreign Secy Shyam Saran met Mahinda.

 

03.07.06:   Mahinda ends Bandaranaike family's monopoly over SLFP, by getting elected as Party  Chairman.

 

04.07.06: SLA conducts CSO in Ariyalai, Jaffna. 

 

05.07.06: Uduvil woman raped, murdered by SLA troops. 

 

Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness, meets LTTE leaders in Kilinochi, urges them to “embark on the path to peace.”

 

07.07.06: Police arrest   “at least 3 suspects connected with the suicide attack” on General Sarath Fonseka.

 

09.07.06:  SLA arrest a man “in possession of thousands of tiny steel balls, a key component in home made explosives”.

 

10.07.06: Mahinda calls an All-Party Conference (APC)  to ”work out devolution

proposals…to craft a power-sharing plan aimed to arrive at a home grown, political solution to SL's ethnic conflict.”

 

11.07.06: LTTE media coordinator Daya Master who suffers cardiac attack rushed to Colombo for heart surgery.

 

12.07.06:  Outgoing US ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead calls for  "radical changes" in the way SL is governed”, urging GoSL and LTTE to “resume talks on ending decades of bloodshed.”

 

13.07.06: Artillery, mortar fire reported at Nagarkovil FDL.

 

14.07.06: JHU protesters demand  of LTTE’s Daya Master at Colombo hospital, condemning Govt for “allowing a LTTE official safe passage to Colombo, and  providing security at a hospital where he is being treated for heart ailment.”

 

12 SL troops, 4 Tigers killed in Vakaneri battle.

 

15.07.06:  Grenade lobbed at Jaffna TRO office.

 

16.07.06: Gothabaya visits Jaffna, confers with SLA commanders.

 

2 auto-rickshaw drivers shot dead in  Pedro. 

 

19.07.06:  Claymore mine hits SLA convoy, 3 killed, 11 wounded. 

 

20.07.06: Ranil met Manmohan Singh and Indian leaders and discussed “peace prospects”.

 

TRO officer assaulted by SLA troops in Jaffna. 

 

21.07.06: TNA MP Jeyananthamoorthy's house attacked. 

 

Young woman shot dead in Jaffna town. 

 

SLA guns down MPCS branch manager in Mannar. 

 

22.07.06:  Man shot dead near Jaffna town.

 

Young man shot dead in Kopay, Jaffna.

 

68-year old man shot dead in Puttur, Jaffna. 

 

Men in ‘white van’ abduct fisherman in .Pedro.

 

 

2 Tamil youths shot dead in Kalmunai.

 

23.07.06: LTTE turns away Irrigation Engineers attempting to open the Mavil Aru gates.

 

24.07.06:  Man shot dead in Karainagar.

 

Two youths shot dead in Nallur, Jaffna. 

 

26.07.06: SLAF bombs LTTE areas in East, claiming they “needed to clear the region before moving engineers in to repair water tank at Mavil Aru”.

 

27.07.06: SLN attacks fishermen in seas off Mullaithivu. 

 

SLAF Kfirs bomb a Mullaithivu village. 

 

28.07.06: SLAF bombs “Tamil rebels' airstrip deep inside LTTE territory”.

 

4th UNP MP joins Rajapakse govt., becomes Deputy Minister. 

 

Trader and 2 youths shot dead in Jaffna town and  

Urumpirai. 

 

29.07.06: SLAF bombing of LTTE held areas continues for a 4th day, killing 8 and wounding 4 civilians.

 

S. Elilan, LTTE Trinco Political Head, informs SLMM Head Ulf Henricsson that “SLA artillery attacks and SLAF air strikes on LTTE held NE areas are “tantamount to GOSL declaration of War.. It is now appropriate for SLMM to declare publicly that CFA is not holding anymore on the ground."

 

GoSL accuses Finland and Denmark of “giving in to LTTE by pulling their cease-fire monitors”.

 

30.07.06: SLA troops capture Mavil Aru, after intense aerial bombing and artillery raids, “killing up to 40 LTTE cadres”.

 

SLA troops move towards Maavilaru irrigation tank... getting “close to opening the sluice gates”.

 

31.07.06: SL military reports “9 soldiers killed and 15 wounded, while 35 Tamil Tiogers were killed in major battle” for control of Mavil Aru.

 

A blast reported at SLA armory in Kalutara.

 

19 SLA soldiers killed in a blast at Serunuwara (Trinco).

 

Shells hit Trinco SLN base, killing 14 and destroying a  Dvora boat.

 

Tamil Americans protest in front of US Capitol. 

 

 01.08.06: LTTE artillery shells hit ship carrying 854 SLA troops, killing 6, wounding 5 SLN personnel.

 

5 LTTE vessels attack a Dvora boat, killing 8 SLN troops and damaging the Trinco naval HQ.

 

SLAF Kfir jets take off from Colombo towards Pulmoddai in support of the SLN ship under siege.

 

SLAF bombing continues in Eachchilampathu. 

 

02.08.06: LTTE overrun 4 SLA camps around Trinco.

 

US Embassy in Colombo says “Raising Tiger flag not illegal.”

 

03.08.06: SLA artillery fire hit 3 Mutur schools, where residents had taken shelter, killing 18 people.

 

SLA artillery fire kills 10,  wounds 40 Muslim IDPs in Mutur Arabic College.

 

A medical doctor, his wife, two nurses and driver killed when a hospital ambulance was hit by SLA DPU Claymore mine attack ambushed in Nedunkerni.

 

75 passengers in a private bus narrowly escape another SLA Claymore attack, just 10 km away from the Nedunkerni ambush site.

 

04.08.06: Thousands of civilians, mostly Muslims, flee their homes in Mutur, as SLA-LTTE fighting spreads, “walking miles thru minefields and jungle”.

 

SLAF bombs Verukal ferry. 

 

Sinhala villagers block ICRC food convoy to Mutur.

 

05.08.06:  SLA massacre 15 ACF workers (14 Tamils and a Muslim) trapped inside their Mutur branch office/residence (Total now known to be17). 

 

JVP campaigns to "Expel Norway from SL."

 

15,000 fleeing Tamils stranded in Killiveddy.

 

SLAF bombings, SLA artillery target road infrastructure in LTTE held areas.

 

06.08.06: SLA artillery shellings in Pesalai, cause 4000 civilians to flee. 

 

SLA fires MBRL rockets from Trinco to Mutur. 

 

SLAF bombs Mavilaru, SLMM Head narrowly escapes, taking shelter in bunker. 

 

SLA shelling Valaichenai and Komanthurai camps kills 15 civilians, (including a 10-yr old and 11-yr-old), injures 20, and damages 10 houses.

 

 07.08.06: JVP calls for abrogation of CFA.

 

08.08.06: Maavilaru sluice gates opened by LTTE and  civil society  representatives. 

 

09.08.06: SLA blocks food convoy to Vaharai.

 

Fleeing IDPs bombed in Verugal, 5 killed. 

 

10.08.06: 41 SLA soldiers killed, 120 wounded in heavy fighting around Maavil Aru.. while 10 Tigers died and 20 wounded.

 

At least 50 civilians killed, 200 wounded, in renewed SLA offensive… with SLAF bomb around Kathiraveli, as thousands flee the area.

 

11.08.06: LTTE shells and rockets hit Palaly air base.

 

Civilians flee SLA offensive in Jaffna. 

 

SLAF bombs Tharavai in Batticaloa.

 

SLA closes Uyilankulam and Madhu checks.

 

UAV spotted over Kilinochchi. 

 

Tamil shops in Colombo attacked.

 

12.08.06: LTTE forces repel SLA offensive towards Elephant Pass.

 

SLAF jets bomb Mandativu island, “as a launch pad for another offensive into Vanni”. 

 

Co-chairs call for immediate cessation of hostilities. 

 

Kethesh Loganathan, Dy Secy SCOPP, shot dead in his Dehiwela home.

 

7 Jaffna civilians returning from Kathirgamam killed in SLA artillery fire at Muhamalai check post.

 

37 killed, 93 wounded in Jaffna fighting.

 

13.08.06: 40 civilians feared killed, 100 wounded as SLA shells fired from Palaly hit St. Phililp Mary Church in Allaipiddy.

 

SLN arrest 95 Pesalai civilians fleeing to TLTTE areas. 

 

14.08.06: 61 schoolgirls killed, 129 wounded in air strike as SLAF Kfir jets bombed a children's home compound in Mullaithivu district.

 

SLMM confirms that the bombed site is “not military installation”, as alleged by GoSL.

 

GoSL orders all schools in the island to be closed till August 27. 

 

15.08.06:  LTTE artillery hits Palaly control tower. 

 

Newspaper delivery agent and 2 students shot dead in Jaffna.

 

UNICEF says: “bombing of  Sencholai compound that killed dozens of girls and wounded many more is a "shocking result of the rising violence". 

 

SLN arrest 116 Mannar Tamil civilians fleeing to India.

 

16.08.06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Vanni.  Heavy fighting breaks out in Jaffna. 

 

17.08.06: M. Karunanidhi condemns SLAF  bombing of Sencholai school.

 

SLA denies medical treatment to Jaffna injured civilians. 

 

18.08.06:  SLAF bombers destroy tsunami-boat yard

at Nellian (Vadamaradchi).

 

Cash flow low in Jaffna due to closure of banks. 

 

SLA arrest 16 Tamils in Chavakachcheri. 

 

SLN denies civilian movement to Jaffna Islets. 

 

19.08.06: Uthayan newspaper warehouse burnt down in Jaffna. 

 

Two men shot dead by SLA in Karaveddy, as 4 men get killed in Jaffna. 

 

SLA Jaffna University students, including Sivaraj Paheerathan, kept in remand for 9 months before release by the Colombo Chief Magistrate, since the “AG had  no charge again him under A”

 

20.08.06: Hanssen-Bauer says “EU ban on LTTE hurt peace efforts”.

 

Ten Tamil girls, residents of Mannar district, working in a Negombo garment factory arrested by Peliyagoda Police.

 

LTTE Commander Sornam's brother assassinated in Trinco.

 

22.08.06:  Two men killed in Jaffna. 

 

Catholic priest reported missing in Allaipiddy.

 

Mahinda declares that  “Sampur threatens Trinco Harbour.”

 

8 arrested in US, on LTTE-related charges. 

 

SLA bans Colombo bound heavy vehicles from East. 

 

SLRC worker shot dead in Vavuniya. 

 

Sivamaharajah, Namathu Eelanadu Managing director, assassinated in Tellippalai.

 

24.08.06:  UN worker shot dead in Thambiluvil.

 

Another Christian priest Rev. Fr. Vincent Vinodharaja, 35, father of one reported missing in Jaffna. 

 

SLAF Kfir jets bomb Vadamaradchi East. 

 

Armed men destroy TRO Office in Jaffna. 

 

2 women shot dead in Jaffna town and Vadamaradchchi. 

 

25.08.06: Thondaman, Chandrasekaran join UPFA government. 

 

STF kills 5 Tamil youths in Batticaloa.

 

3 Tamil youths abducted in Colombo. 

 

Fish trader shot dead in Manipay, Jaffna.

 

26.08.06: INGOs leave Jaffna, while ICRC and UN Agencies stay on. 

 

29.08.06: Priests, public demand release of Allaippiddy Parish priest.

 

76 Tamils arrested in Colombo. 

 

Armed men set fire abandoned LTTE office in Jaffna.

 

30.08.06: Mahinda seeks UK's help to secure India's support.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

31.08.06: SLAF bombs Kilinochchi. 

 

SLN arrest fleeing Tamils in Mannar.

 

British Tamils protest against Mahinda’s London visit. 

 

: Heavy fighting erupts off Pt Pedro coast.

 

Many flee following LTTE SLN clashes in seas off Vadamaradchi. 

 

LTTE strongly condemns SLA's 'scorched earth policy' - “deliberately razing Tamil villages as part of its military offensive in Mutur East, occupying Tamil civilian centers and rendering them uninhabitable”.

 

Maharaja TV employee abducted in Colombo. 

 

02.09.06                                : Sewalanka NGO Planning official and his 55 yr-old 55 yr-old mother gunned down in shot dead in Karaveddy (Jaffna).

Private airline employees abducted in Colombo.

 

Vatican appeals over missing Jaffna priest.

 

03.09.06: GOSL freezes w.i.e TRO funds in all of its “bank accounts with immediate effect, under a directive given by Central Bank on the basis of combating the financing of terrorism”.

 

TRO protests the freezing of its bank accounts (without intimation), and warns of ‘desperate humanitarian crisis.

 

Armed ENDLF gunmen occupy TELO (TNA Party) district office in Trinco. 

 

04.09.06: Mahinda hails Sampur ‘capture’.

 

7 mutilated bodies buried in Allaipiddy.

 

06.09.06: 2 Tamils shot dead in Valaichchenai. 

 

NGO consortium reports food situation in Jaffnato be critical.

 

Ranil says"UNP will be in power in 90 days".

 

Women protestors in Jaffna urge re-opening of A9 highway. 

 

07.09.06: Civilians flee Jaffna islet of Velanai.

 

"White van" squad kills 2 civilians, wounds 2 in Jaffna. 

 

08.09.06:  SLN Commander Wasantha Karannagoda visits Northern Naval Areas, inspects installations - Elara at Karainagar, Uttara in KKS, and Allaipiddy, where some 40 civilians were killed or reported missing in SL artillery fire 3 weeks earlier.

 

09.09.06: Ratnasiri Wickremanayake vows “SLA will capture more and more ground”.

 

Kandy Police arrest 12 Tamil youths. 

 

11.09.06:  SLA fills fishing jetties with stones in Vadamaradcji. 

 

'White Van' squad abducts 8 civilians in Jaffna. 

 

SLA MI attemts assassination of Uthayan editors in Jaffna. 

 

12.09.06: Following their Brussels  meeting, Co-chairs suggest  GOSL/LTTE talks be held in early October, stating that they had received “signals” from LTTE and GOSL that they were ready for talks “without preconditions,”  want  both parties to meet “urgently in Oslo in early October, and that would review progress of the talks later that month.”

Erik Solheim tells NRK radio that “Norway had IC’s resolute backing and the mandate of the parties to the conflict for resuming the talks”.

 

13.09.06:  Manmohan Singh (vesting Brazil and Cuba) says India's efforts would be to ensure that the CFA “is a pre-requisite for a durable solution to the island's crisis…”

 

15.09.06: GoSL denies agreeing to ‘unconditional’ talks” with LTTE. 

 

GOSL spells out its conditions for talks, “demanding a written assurance Velupillai Pirapaharan that LTTE would end its violence before GoSL will agree to hold talks”.

 

LTTE stresses to SLMM Head Lars Johan Sølvberg that transport of “humanitarian supplies thru land (A9 & A15) routes is crucial”. 

 

Church burnt down in Mannar mysteriously.

 

SLN arrest 70 Trinco Tamils in Talaimannar coast. 

 

16.09.06: Mahinda (in Havana) declares: LTTE to be a “dictatorial terrorist group”.

 

Two youths on a motorbike shoot dead another on a motorbike in Urumparai.

 

Execution style killings continue; fear grips Jaffna as 8 civilians killed in 24-hours. 

 

SL Courts decide that UN Rights rulings are “not binding on Sri Lanka”.  

 

SLA accused of stealing belongings of fleeing Thenmarachi residents.

 

17.09.06:  SLN closes land route to Jaffna islets.

 

18.09.06:  10 Muslims, who went to repair Rattal Kulam water tank in Pottuvil, near Yala National Park,

found butchered, one wounded and another missing.

 

Muslim protestors stone STF over Pottuvil massacre 

 

20.09.06: STF shoot Muslims in Ullai, protesting the Pottuvi massacre, wounding 14.

 

Police deny SLMM access to sole survivor of the Pottuvil massacre.

 

21.09.06: Clashes erupt at Nagarkovil, as SLAF bomb Palai. 

 

Norway grants Rs. 27 m to Muslim Peace Secretariat. 

 

22.09.06: LTTE “responds positively to Co-Chairs” call for talks in Oslo. (Hans Brattskar and Thamilchelvan also discuss the Co-Chairs’s statement on re-opening A9 Road, rampant abductions, killings etc in SLA controlled areas).

 

5 civilians killed, 12 youths arrested, and 3 reported missing in Jaffna.  

 

23.09.06: US Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ), speaking to the House, supported Norway and Donor Co-chairs' call for unconditional talks, advocating autonomy for Tamils, and endorsing Richard Boucher's statement that "though we reject the methods that Tamil Tigers have used, there are legitimate issues raised by Tamil community and they have a legitimate desire to control their own lives, to rule their own destinies, and to govern themselves in their homeland''.

 

24.09.06: White van squad kills TNA MP's bodyguard in Batticaloa. 

 

25.09.06:  37 Trinco Tamils arrested along Mannar coast. 

 

SLN, Sea Tigers clash off Pulmoddai.

 

26.09.06:  SLAF Kifir jets bomb LTTE held village in Mannar. 

 

27.09.06: GoSL claims “SLAF MI-24 Helicoer gun ships pounding LTTE bases in Mullaitivu and Tricomalee, killing a large number of LTTE cadres”.

Chandra Nehru’s son Chandrakanthan, sworn in as TNA national list MP to replace Joseph

Pararajasingham.

TNA MPs sit-in-protest in Parliament, demanding the re-opening of A9 land route and lifting the economic embargo imposed on Jaffna.

         

Raj Mani Shankar Aiyar offers India's Panchayati Raj model as solution to SL.

 

28.09.06:  Colombo said to be “considering alternate land route to Jaffna, in place of A9”. 

 

White Van Squad abducts two Tamils in Chilaw near Udappu Tamil School

 

STF shells Tsunami transit centres in Thandiyady, Amparai.

 

29.09.06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kandalady in Vaharai, where IDPs from Trinco had taken refuge.

 

SLN imposes fishing ban in Pungudutivu. 

 

12 LTTE cadres killed in STF ambush inside Pullumalai in Batticaloa.

 

Bodies of 11 cadres killed handed over to LTTE by ICRC.

 

GOSL sets new conditions for talks (Keheliya Rambukwella tells Sunday Times) that LTTE should:

 

- provide a specific time frame to resume and conclude peace    talks;

- give an assurance to IC and Donor Co-chairs of the peace process that it will not use sea routes to smuggle into Sri Lanka any military hardware; and

- make a commitment that it would not resort to any violence during the period of the talks.”

 

30.09.06: SLA balks at returning commandeered vehicles to Jaffna owners. 

 

SLA ban on building materials to Vaharai stays.

 

Ratnasri Wickremanayake says “Norway cannot define talk’s venue”.

 

01.10.06: In 48 shellings and aerial bombings since April, 257 civilians killed - 29 aerial bombings on civilian settlements and 21 shelling directed at civilian settlements.

 

131 individuals slain in Jaffna in 2 months. 

 

02.10.06: GOSL expels 3 medical specialists of (MSF - France) in. Pedro Manthikai Govt hospital, (declared HSZ since Aug. 11)

 

03.10.06: Tamilselvan tells Jon Hanssen Bauer (and Hans Brattskar) in Kilinochchi that “while LTTE leadership has agreed to the Co-Chairs call to halt all offensive military activities, GOSL was adamant in continuing with its military offensives … the ball is squarely in GOSL courts to halt its military offensives”.

 

04.10.06:  Mhinda agrees to Oct. 28-30 talks “as proposed by LTTE” …after he had “careful deliberations” with senior officials … that GOSL “reserved the right to attack rebel positions which could pose a threat to national security”.

 

SLAF “pound rebel positions in North”, claiming “… 3 air strikes, this morning, to destroy LTTE mortar positions”.

 

SLAF Kfir jets drop”at least 9 bombs in Kudarappu" (Vadamaradchi); also destroying 4 Tsunami reconstructed houses.

 

05.10.06: SLA launch new three-pronged offensive towards Vaharai, wounding 7 civilians...resulting in 30 SLA solders killed and one wounded soldier captured alive by LTTE.

 

GOSL plans doubling defence spending to Rs.139.6b, from Rs.69.5b for 2006…Overall spends up 40% to Rs 804.6 b ($7.7 billion) in 2007.

 

06.10.06: After a LTTE defence council meeting, Thamilchelvan sends letter to Jon Hanssen-Bauer, stating that “LTTE decision to abide by the Co-Chairs call was a goodwill gesture, extended to GoSL”, that the LTTE leadership's message was “a reminder of moral obligations bound with the call to cease violence to create a conducive environment for talks”.

 

7.10.06: LTTE, in an urgent communiqué to the Head of SLMM warns of "SLA’s preparation for Jaffna offensive…Heavy deployment of SL armed forces in Thenmaradhi and Vadamarachi.”

 

08.10.06: SLA offensive repulsed in Muhamalai, 5 killed.

 

Sunday Observer reports: “…At least 84 LTTE cadres killed in abortive attack on SLA FDL in Kajuwatta, Batticaloa…when the army retaliated.”

 

09.10.06: 10 disappearances, 4 extrajudicial killings, 8 rapes, and several arrests and assaults by SLA and paramilitary forces reported in Jaffna, during Oct first week.

 

SLA moves “truck loads of military hardware from its Palaly main base to FDL in Jaffna… consignments of artillery ammunition, mortar shells, and rockets... to the A9 Muhamalai FDL.

 

MOD bans importation of remote control toys, requiring “MOD approval to import’ such toys (cars and jeeps).

 

SLA orders Union College to relocate. 

 

Ambassadors of Co-Chair countries in Colombo meet Mahinda and express concern over continuous hostilities, even after both parties agreed to resume peace talks...”

 

10.10.06: Thamilchelvan tells Hans Brattskar that “IC should ensure SLMM access to FDLs”.

 

11.10.06: SLA launch major offensive in Jaffna, with ground troop-movement into LTTE held areas, with heavy artillery and MBRL rocket fire.

 

Curfew imposed in Thenmaradchi.

 

12.10.06: Mahinda & Ranil meet, and “agree to “pursue national consensus”.

 

SLA “suffers major loss in pre-talks fighting... 118 soldiers killed and over 500 wounded”.

 

LTTE hands over to ICRC 74 bodies of SLAtroops.

 

STF troops launch pre-dawn offensive inside Kanchikudicharu (Amparai).

 

34 youths, aged 16 to 25, reported abducted by Karuna Group in Thirukovil (Amparai) on 11 & 12.

 

13.10.06: SLAF Kfir jets drop 48 bombs, in six sorties, on Muttayankattu (Mullaitivu).

 

GoSL appoints “Parliament select committee to investigate NGO activities “on suspicion of working against the national interests”.

 

Civil Monitoring Committee reports “29 persons still missing in Colombo… 6 killed, 8 persons released…” 

 

17-10-06: SLAF Kfir bombers  destroy the main broadcast tower and transmitter that broadcasts Thamil Eelam Radio and  Voice of Tigers (Vote),ThamilEelam Vanoli- a commercial Tamil service and a Sinhala language broadcast.

 

 18-10-06: A 15-member LTTE team in 5 vessels enter Dashing naval base, attack 4 SLN vessels and installations… damaging a ship, a Fast Attack Craft, and 2 water jet inshore patrol vessels.”

 

Sinhala mob loot 20 Tamil shops in Gale city.

 

19.10.06: SLAF Kfir jet bombings in Thrive and Iralakulam (Batticaloa) badly damage, the Pillayar Temple, 13 houses and MPCS building.

 

Sinhala gangs attack Vehicles on Trinco-Batticaloa Rd, injuring passengers, following the Monday Habarana bomb attack which killed 133 and wounded several SLN personnel.

 

TNA MPs boycott parliament, protesting NE de-merger ruling by SC.

SLAF jets “pound identified rebel targets “LTTE military base” at Illuppadichena in Batticalaoa.

 

20-10-06: Richard Boucher, visits Trinco, holds discussions separately with SL military, GA, UC and NGOs civil authority.

 

Sea Tiger- SLN clashes erupt in the seas off Pt Pedro, after SLN flotilla launched an attack in Nagarkovil area.

 

SLAF helicopters and SLN vessels resume attack on Sea Tiger flotilla returning to Mullaithvu. 2 SLN Dvora vessels damaged in sea clash.

 

SLA in Varany (Thenmaradchi) fire artillery shells towards LTTE controlled area.

 

21-10-06: 7 civilians shot dead by armed men and the body of a youth with cut injuries found in a well in Neeraviady.

 

SLN impose fishing restrictions in coastal areas around Colombo (Modara, Mattakkuliya, Elakanda, Palliyawaththa, Uswetakeyiyawa, Dikowita and Pamunugama) - to go fishing before 6 PM and return after 6 AM, not to engage in fishing in big clusters of boats and to be vigilant for suspicious movements”.

 

Richard Boucher, says “the timing of the SC decision on the issue of NorthEast de-merger is unfortunate... raises lot of questions… right before the next round of Talks…”

 

 22-10-06: 3 Tamil residents in Colombo, abducted by persons in a white van, found shot dead in Pilyandala and Ragama.

 

In Colombo, 9 Tamils killed and 33 disappeared in recent weeks, 9 of whom released after paying ransom.

 

"Pass" system re-introduced for all vehicles leaving Mannar and Vavuniya Districts… requiring passes obtained from police stations in Vavuniya, Chettikulam and Mannar before leaving for outstations.”

 

23.10.-6: Armed men shoot dead lorry driver, injuring another, after being stopped at Poonthodamin (Vavuniya).

 

Karuna Group burn Tamil newspapers (Virakesari and Metro News) in Batticaloa

 

SLFP and UNP sign 10-clause, 2 years MOU, to implement a 4 point common national agenda.

 

24.20.06: LTTE delegation lead by Thamilchelvan leaves Kilinochchi with Hans Brattskar, for talks in Geneva, saying they “will focus on the urgent humanitarian crisis caused by SL state terrorism...”

25-10-06: GoSL delegation (Nimal Siripala de Silva, Ferial Ashraff and Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Gomin Dayasiri, H.L. de Silva, Ex- IGP Chandra Fernando, Rohitha Bogollagamand Dr. Palitha Kohona) leave for talks in Geneva.

 

26-10-06: LTTE makes child recruitment illegal under the “Child Protection Act Oct. 15, The Act, which also makes education compulsory for children until 16, and bans all forms of child labor”.

 

28-10-06: Swiss Ambassador Heidi Tailgating opens Geneva Talks II... and Erik Solheim, appeals for “progress toward an end to the 23-year conflict”.

 

Head of SL delegation, Sripala de Silva shakes hands with Thamilchelvan as the talks begin.

 

Thamilchelvan in his opening statement, calls for “full implementation of the February 2002 CFA,… and taking such actions that will bring normalcy in the lives of our people, and help in taking forward the peace process towards a satisfactory conclusion...the best we can hope for from the current talks is therefore, the strengthening of the CFA agreement that has the potential to lead to a permanent, just peace in this island."

 

29-10-06:  Geneva II talks end without any agreement on humanitarian issues or the re-opening of A9 gateway.

30-10-06: TNA PS Member

Gopala Krishnan Padmanathan assassinated in Serunuwara.

 

SLA mortar fire towards 46 Gurunagar fishermen returning ashore in 15 boats to Pooneryn and Kanjikuda.

 

LTTE charge GoSL of “blocking the A-9 highway to strangle the main supply route to the North”, while GoSL maintained that a “sea delivery route would be cheaper and safer”.

 

31-10-06: LTTE rejects GoSL offer to set up a sea route, pointing out that it would not be suitable for aid agencies.

 

01-11-06: Envoys of  Donor Co-Chairs  meet  LTTE Delegation returning from Geneva talks, at the Kaatunayake Airport, and GoSL Delegation that attended the at the Govt Peace Secretariat.

 

SLAF Kfir jets bomb civilian settlements, 9 times in Kattumurivu (Batticaloa), badly damaging 12 houses.

 

02-11-06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kilinochchi hospital, Mannar and Pooneri... 4 bombs dropped in Kilinochi damage the newly built

Hospital, killing 5 members of a family in a nearby settlement. More than 300 patients, some seriously ill, mothers with new born babies… flee the hospital premises in panic.” 

 

SL Military however claims that SLAF bombed only”LTTE’s military training facility in Kilinochchi…and Sea Tiger positions in Mannar.”

 

03-11-06: SLAF bombs “3 LTTE naval bases in northwest and east”

 

SLA mortar attack kills father, son in Vaharai, Batticaloa.

 

Donor Co-Chairs, in a press release, express “deep regret over bombing of a house in Kilinochchi.. the death of 5 civilian,”the explosion comes at a delicate time when both sides should seek to build confidence and compromise to ensure further rounds of talks...”

 

PM Ratnasiri Wickremanayake announces GoSL plans to “launch offensives by land, sea and air … after having been patient for long, can no longer remain patient… We have therefore decided to launch offensives on the north and east by land, sea and air…Ours is a government elected by the people and it is our duty to protect them….Mr. Pirabakaran thinks only he is right…Tigers are threatening a democratic government with weapons, and we cannot allow this situation to continue".

 

Jaffna Bishop urges Mahinda to “avert humanitarian disaster by opening a land route to Jaffna to allow flow of desperately needed food and essentials”.

 

04-11-06: LTTE release 22 underage recruits “who lied about their age to join” the movement.

 

Anti- Tamil ‘NY Society of United Sri Lankan and Citizens for Safer America’ launch active campaign in Illinois for Charles Hutchinson challenging Danny Davis, who visited LTTE Kilinochchi HQ and met LTTE leaders in April 2005.

 

Kuldip Nayar, Indian journalist and head of the Indian Peace Mission to SL calls on India to “lift the LTTE ban and engage it politically…to bring lasting peace”.

 

05-11-06: Helen Olafsdottir urges A9 to be opened immediately, stating that “closing of A9 highway at Muhamalai is a CFA violation by GOSL, which has trapped more than half a million civilians within the Jaffna Peninsula”.

 

Dr S Ramadoss (PMK) calls for boycott of Mahinda’s Nov 17 visit to India.

 

06-11-06: SLA artillery shelling in Vaiharai continues, injuring 5 civilians including a six-month-old baby girl... in a transit camp of IDPs at Palchenai School.

 

 07-11-06:  SLA summons Uthayn, Yarl Thinakural and Valampuri editors and threaten them “not to publish any LTTE news, Pirabakaran's photo or his November Heroes' Day message”.

 

TNA MPs, wearing black bands, continue sit-in-protest in parliament, demanding the re-opening of A9 Highway and protesting against the SC ruling on de-merger of NorthEast province.

 

Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, tells parliament, that the controversial “issue of merger of Northern and Eastern Provinces… will have to be decided by the people" thru a referendum” referring to aspects following the SC judgment that the merger effected in 1987-88 had been illegal":

 

• implement the judgment and separate the two provinces.

 

• suitably amend the law under which the provinces were merged in the first place, and then go in for a referendum in the multi-ethnic Eastern Province..”

 

Helen Olafsdottir, SLMM spokeswoman reports 1,076 civilians have been killed since April 2006.

 

SLAF bombs Paalchenai and Vammivedduvan in Maharani 

 

LTTE reiterates the imperative of SLMM’s access to Northern FDL...urging GoSL to provide SLMM access to FDL areas in Vaharai for independent verification of the ground situation, instead of “baseless allegations of LTTE attacks.".

 

08.11-06: 40 refugees, including 6 babies, killed and 60 severely wounded in SLA
fired MBR and artillery shells targeting Kathiraveli, hit a school housing 5000 IDPs.”

 

60 civilians killed and 600 injured in Vakarai shell attack, which the Army claimed “Tigers are using people as human shields”.

 

SLA fire artillery shells that crossed over SLMM Head Lars Johan Sølvberg and his delegation visiting the LTTE controlled Pooneryn jetty’ to  undertake a feasibility study of GoSL’s latest suggestion to open  Pooneryin Sangupitty Road as an alternative to A9.

 

Allan Rock, special UN Rep arrives, on the invitation of GOSL, to “study the plight of children affected by war”.

 

09.11.06: A “Sea Tiger flotilla clashes with SLN in  fierce sea battle in the seas off Nagarkovil in LTTE territorial waters…killing 26 SLN troops, capturing 4 alive, recovering the body of another, destroying 2 Dvora Fast Attack Crafts, dismantle a seized craft and  taking all the armament including a 23 mm cannon and a HK AGL gun”

 

Erik Solheim slams SLA for unprovoked shelling at Pooneryn, when SLMM Head Lars Johan Sølvberg, narrowly escaped while inspecting the Pooneryn jetty….calling GoSL to “explain why troops fired grenades just meters away from the CFA monitor as he visited the site.”

 

Thousands of Tamil refugees flee from Vaiharai camp in the LTTE held area, a day after SLA bombed the location killing dozens of civilians.

 

AI condemns the “SL military attack” on a camp for IDPs in Vakarai and called for a full probe.

 

10.11.06: Nadarajah Raviraj, Jaffna district TNA MP shot dead in Colombo, near his Manningtown residence inNarahenpitiya, and his bodyguard seriously wounded.

 

11.11.06: Pirapaharan, bestows ‘Maamanithar’ (Great Human being) title on the slain Nadarajah Raviraj

 

13.11.06: Allan Rock states that GOSL “security forces of recruiting child soldiers on behalf of an allied paramilitary group, which is also fighting Tamil Tigers”… he had “evidence of direct involvement of troops in forcibly enlisting children for the paramilitary group”.

 

SLA intensifies MBR and artillery attacks from 4 different bases towards Vakarai, causing thousands of IDP Tamil families from Panichankerni and Alamkulam to flee on foot.

 

Armed men in white van abduct 3 youths in Chunnakam, Jaffna...

 

EX N. Ireland Minister Murphy, special envoy of Tony Blair sent “to discuss ways in which Britain could support the Norwegian peace process”...meets with Colombo envoys of Donor Co-Chairs, Mahinda, govt leaders and Ranil Wickremasinghe.

 

14-11-06: SLA soldiers at check post near  Vavuniya Thandikulam Agriculture Farm School, storm the premises, line up the uniformed hostel students engaged in practical and shoot at them, killing 4 (3 Tamil and a Muslim), wounding 9.

 

Civilians flee Maruthankulam and Kirimichchai where SLA troops have set up camps.

 

15-11-06: Vaharai made to starve by SLA, at Mankerny check post, refusing to allow food being taken to IDPs camps.

 

Jaffna bids farewell to slain TNA MP Nadarajah Raviraj.

 

16-11-06: 5 Tamil youths abducted, and bodies of 4 other Tamils found in Batticaloa.

 

Mahinda unveils GoSL’s 2007 budget, showing a 28 % increase in defence spending … that will raise to Rs. 139.56 b ($1.29 b) from the revised RS. 108.67 b for 2006 - up 45%.

 

17-11-06: Mahinda celebrates completion of one year as President, under the State of Emergency declared during the 2005 presidential elections.

 

18-11.06: Manmohan Singh writes to MDMK Vaiko, expressing “his concerns about the closure of A-9 highway and the loss of many innocent lives, mainly Tamils…. India would reiterate to Colombo that it must find a political solution thru negotiations and meet the genuine and legitimate rights of the Tamils...”

19-11-06:image  Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam, in  an letter, urges Donor Co-Chairs, scheduled to meet in Washhington on Nov. 20th, to “prevail upon GoSL to open A9 Highway, implement the CFA, and ensure hat the people don't feel they are living and suffering in an open prison any more".
spaceSLMM confirms that “SLA opened fire on the Thandikulam Agriculture Farm School, on 14-11-06, killing the 5 students”.

 

Mahinda lays the foundation stone for the new Weerawila international airport estimated to cost US$125M for the first stage.

 

Mahinda orders “authorities to make arrangements for the transport of essential goods to Jaffna by road using the A9, as a one time measure, on the eve of the Donor Co-Chairs Washington meeting…to enable one convoy of essential supplies of food, medicine and other essentials to Jaffna…Lorries transporting goods to Jaffna will be sealed and once the lorries reach Jaffna seals will he opened in the presence of representatives of civilian and religious organizations and government authorities. All relevant parties will be requested to ensure safe passage of these Lorries carrying humanitarian goods”.

 

space20-11-06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Pooneryn and Muhamalai...after flying over Kilinochchi…and bombing a medical facility built under an ADB project

 

Anton Balasingham rreported to be afflicted by rare cancer. 

 

21-11-06: Donor Co-chairs meet in Washington.

 

4 youths from Kondavil surrender to HRC Jaffna offices, fearing danger to their lives from SLA and paramilitaries.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins, rules provisions in the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) to be as “constitutionally vague”.

 

22-11-06: SLAF jets bomb LTTE territory for a second day, as GOSL accused SLMM and UN envoy Allan Rock of “misleading Donors Co- Chairs about CFA violations….”

 

SLAF Jets hit “two rebel naval bases in Mannar, while SLA was shelling a planned humanitarian aid route to thousands of IDPs in the East”.

 

SLAF warplanes bomb Kilinochchi and suburbs, near the LTTE HQ, and jungle area.

 

Kaaruna Group, issues death threats to the 8 TNA MPs from Trinco, Batticaloa and Amparai …that “if they did not resign before Nov 27, they would be assassinated”.

 

22-11-06: Co-Chairs issue non-committal Joint Statement, after the Nov 21 Washington meeting, codenaming both LTTE and GOSL and calling for continued Negotiations... assuring “continued military, financial support” to GOSL.

 

Yasushi Akashi said that “the bulk’ of the $4.5 b (Eu 3.5 b) pledges made at a June 2003 Tokyo meeting has been paid… Nicholas Burns..” US are not a neutral observer: it believes the Tigers are a terrorist organization responsible for innocent deaths and the government has a right to maintain its territorial integrity… 

 

We ask GoSL to redouble its efforts'' at working for peace…US views the Tigers as greatly responsible for recent bloodshed, ..it takes both sides to agree to peace. It has been both sides that have caused the violence over the last several months…its incumbent upon us to use the influence that we have to try to move both of them, influence both of them to move toward peace.

 

23-11-06: GOSL dismiss Co-Chairs’ condemnation of HR abuses and CFA violations by SLA.

 

Heavy fighting breaks out in Vaharai, backed by heavy mortar, artillery and Multi-Barrel Rocket fire.

 

SLA demands cutting down trees lining Jaffna roads. 

 

24-11-06: SLA shoot dead 5 youths in Vavuniya, claiming “the youths to be LTTE cadres waiting to penetrate SLA area”.

 

SLA soldiers desecrate Heroes cemeteries in Kopay, Udupiddy and Kodikamam…. “razing several memorial stones in the 3 cemeteries…to sabotage the Heroes day celebrations in the Jaffna peninsula”.

 

(In 1995, SLA desecrated and destroyed these 3 Cemeteries, which were re-built following the sighing of February 2002 CFA.).

 

25-11-06: Mahinda and entourage leave for India on a 3 day official visit. 

 

STF launch mortar fire towards Kanchchikudicha Aru Heroes Cemetery.

 

SLA bulldozes and once again desecrates Alankulam (Mutur) Heroes' Cemetery.

 

26-11-06: India again calls SL President “to honour the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement and give legal force to the Northeast merger”

 

2 SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kilinochi southeast area … continuing intensified bombardment  for the fifth day, as the town began remembrance events prior to November 27 Heroes Day.

 

27-11-06: Pirapaharan, in his  annual Heroes’ Day speech, refers to the  “Sinhala leaders' duplicity of war and peace has left Tamils with no choice but political independence … unchanging attitude of successive Sinhala regimes..”.”

 

Court hears TRO's case against Central Bank 

 

28-11-06:  Mahinda, visiting India, dismissed Pirapaharan’s declaration that GoSL’s “transience has compelled Tamils no option but an independent state”,  saying that he “had not heard the speech... but had not taken it seriously, because he has always been saying these things”,  following from Ratnasiri Wickramanayake’s comments that he was “not so far aware of what the Tamil leader said.

 

A food convoy for Vaharai region stopped at the Usanettam SLA camp.

 

Armed men in a 'white van Shoot dead 2 Allaipiddy refugee brothers, seriously injuring the sister in Navanthurai (Jaffna),

 

29-11-06:  US Judge strikes down provisions of Terror Act.

 

With ICRC and SLMM help, 81 lorries of humanitarian supplies from UN aid agency, INGOs and local NGOs, held under siege by SLA, finally reach Vaiharai, while some  44 L-lorries continue to be blocked by SLA… alleging “a LTTE military build up on FDLS..”

 

Iceland FM official Anna Johannsdottir and SLMM officials meet Thamilchelvan at the LTTE Peace Secretariat.

 

SLA relocates Jaffna Central Bus Terminal. 

 

India rejects Mahinda’s call for joint naval pat.. 

 

30-11-06: Mahindae returns after his 3 days in  India where he met Sonia Ghandhi, Man Mohan Singh, Advani and others.

 

Jon Hanssen-Bauer, begins talks with GOSL officials in Colombo “on ways to save the island's moribund peace process” with LTTE.

 

US (McCormack), reacting to Pirabakaran’s Heroes’ day message seeking an independent state, said ...“We're pressing both sides, to honour the CFA and return to a dialogue that will move the nation toward peace... .. Condemn LTTE for fuelling violence and hostility… The Tigers can choose to return to the peace process and should do so for the benefit of the Sri Lankan people,"

 

British Tamils' Forum (coalition of 88 Tamil organizations) appeal to Blair over humanitarian crisis… by placing full page advert in the Times newspaper.

 

01.12.06: Gotabaya Rajapakse escapes a bomb blast in Colombo, while a security guard is killed and 14 others, including 7 security commandos wounded.

 

US Embassy condemns “the suicide attack” on Gotabaya  convoy saying ”The attack bears all the hallmarks of an operation by the LTTE”.‘

 

02.12.06: 2 Israeli built SLAF Kfir jets drop 8 bombs over civilian settlements in Mullaithvu, followed by a second sortie over Thevipuram dropping 8 more bombs.

 

An UAV spotted over Mullaithvu before these bombings, while a SLAF spy plane continued flying over  Vanni throughout the morning.

 

03.12.06:  Mahinda, Cabinet and advisors discuss banning LTTE and reintroducing A, claiming that Govt. is “under pressure” from JKU and JVP.

 

GoSL warn Ambassador Hans Brattskar and Peace Envoy Jon Hansen Bauer, not to meet LTTE leaders in Kiilinochi,  on Tuesday as scheduled, “as the govt. reviews its relationship  with the insurgentsE and all contacts are under review by the govt, and the Cabinet will decide on these issues by Wednesday”.

 

Jon Hansen Bauer meets SLMC  leader Hakeem  at the latter’s residence.

 

04.12.06:  Heavy fighting breaks out at Kattumurivu, in Batticaloa.

 

SLA launches two-pronged troop movement from Thirukkonamadu and Karadikkulam.

 

SLA and LTTE clash in Vavuniya when “SLA attempted to move beyond the no-go zone, towards Puliyankulam at Omanthai FDL”. 

 

Artillery and mortar fire reported in Muhamalai FDL.

 

 05.12.06:  Cabinet decides not to ban LTTE, but to implement in full force the A (introduced in 1979 as a temporary measure, and permanently enacted in 1982).

 

06.12.06: Mahinda announces GoSL’s “decision to reactivate the A …also   defining ‘terrorism’ in the new ‘Prevention and Prohibition of Terrorism and Specified Terrorist Activities Regulations’ (PT-STAR).

 

07.12.06:image After meeting Jon Hanssen-Bauer in Kilinochchi, Thamilchelvan tells media that “re-opening A9 and A15 land routes constitutes basic humanitarian priorities for  survival of the civilian population”.

 

Pope's envoy Rev. Mario Zanari, US Ambassador  Robert O. Blake visit Jaffna “to observe the prevailing situation in the Peninsula and hardships faced by people in the aftermath of A-9 road closure.

 

Bishop Soundaranayagam who met Robert O. Blake at the Bishop's House stressed the “urgent need for Donor  Co-chair countries to exert pressure on GoSL to restore peace”.

 

08.12.06: SLA denies transport to critical Vaharai patients. 

 

09.12.06: LTTE “foils attempts by a paramilitary group of 25 and SLA to penetrate into

Pendukalchenai, killing 2 attackers  and injuring 10.

 

Hundreds of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim families flee villages around Eachilampattu.

 

As thousands of refugees from Palchenai and Verugal  flee towards Vaharai, SLAF Kfir jets bomb, in an” attempt to block civilians from reaching Vaharai”.

 

 10.12.06: 19 IDPs, who fled artillery bombing in Palchenai and Vammivedduvan in Vahrai killed and 25 or more wounded in SLA artillery shelling.

 

15 Tamil civilians feared killed, 41 wounded in 11 hour SLA artillery barrage in Vaiharai.

 

line11.12.06: National Patriotic Movement (NPM) holds a protest meeting demanding GoSL to “ban LTTE and to abrogate the CFA”.

 

12.12.06: SLAF planes “pound LTTE held areas” in East, as SLMM and UN express “deep concern over the escalating violence..  Endangering the 2002 cease-fire..”

 

 AG seeks additional time on Freezing of TRO Funds case. 

 

13.12.06: SLAF kfirs drop 8 bombs on civilian settlements in Batticaloa.

 

Gen. Sarath Fonseka, claiming  SLA had captured 2 LTTE defence lines in  Vakarai,   vows "the people will be liberated from the Tigers very soon and the Tigers will be driven out of the eastern province.”

 

Jaffna HRC receives several complaints of SLA confiscating National ID cards of young men and women during cordon and search operations, and refusing to return them.

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JVP quits APC deliberations. 

 

14.12.06: Anton Stanislaaus Balasingham passes away in London. (He has been associated with the Tamil liberation struggle for more than 30 years and participated as LTTE’s chief negotiator on almost all occasions, from Thimpu talks in 1985).

 

Prabakaran confers 'Voice of the Nation'  title and salutes Anton Balasingham. 

 

Police restricts vehicle  parking in Jaffna town. 

 

15.12.06: Robert Blake meets JVP in the latter’s Office “in an effort to establish cordial relationship with US, who it earlier denounced as an imperialist force conspiring to divide Sri Lanka.”

 

LTTE declares 3 days of mourning in honor of Anton Balasingham.

 

Ranil meets US State Dept officials and “briefs them of political events, especially the stalled peace process”.

 

16.12.06:: Eastern University VC S. Raveendranath, threatened by Karuna Group to resign his post, reported missing.

 

LTTE Child Protection Authority empowerment publicized in Sri Lanka. 

 

Indian PM receives TNA leaders in New Delhi. 

 

17.12.06: SLA artillery fire kills 7 IDPs traveling from Kathiraveli to Vaharai in a tractor.

 

4 armed men in 2 vehicles shoot a trader in Vavuniya dead.

 

18.12.06: 14,000 Tamil refugees displaced from Vaharai flee towards SLA controlled area.

 

21.12.06: Basil Rajapakse visits Jaffna, with Douglas Devamamda and a 61  member delegation representing over 25 Ministries, conducts a special conference, at the Public Library, to “identify and address urgent public needs in the peninsula.”

 

20.12.06: Thousands throng Balasingham’s funeral in London, paying respects, filing past his  body lying in state at Alexandra Palace Hall, while funeral services were also held in Vanni, Jaffna and overseas.

 

At the London funeral, Erik Solheimextols Balasingham's integrity. 

 

21.12.06: Governor Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama orders “splitting the NEPC administration into 2 separate units” - one unit to be set up in Vavuniya, for NP, and the other unit to be in Kalmunani, “for EP excluding Trinco district to be under direct rule of the Governor and the GA”.

 

22.12.06: SLAF bomb LTTE areas, claiming to “step up an offensive destroying a LTTE artillery gun position.. and …another strike successfully carried out on a Sea Tiger base in Pudukudiyirippu”.

 

23.12.06: SLA launch three pronged artillery attacks on Vaharai villages - from the north, south and west.

 

24.12.06:  Cellular phone service cut-off since August 11th returns to Jaffna, connecting more than 40,000.

 

Prabakaran confers 'Patriot' title on (ex-MP) V. Navaratnam from Kayts. 

 

4 Tamil youths arrested  in Dehiwala CSO.

 

25.12.06: 25 sailors including the Captain of the Jordanian ship, rescued by LTTE in its territorial waters off Mullaithvu, handed over to ICRC.

 

7 Tamil youths, arrested during CSO in Habaraduwa and Kandy. 

 

26.12.06: SLAF Kfir jets do 4 bombing sorties over Puliyankandalady in Vaharai, creating panic and forcing civilians to flee.

 

6 Tamils killed and 9 SLA soldiers injured, in clashes in  Jaffna suburb.

 

27.12.06: Mahinda pays surprise visit to Trinco naval base, participating in a passing out parade.

 

28.12.06: MOD instructs CID to  arrest ‘Sunday Leader’ editor Lasantha Wikramatunga, on charges of “exposing the move to build a Rs. 500 M bunker at President’s  official residence”.

 

29.12.06: India and Sri Lanka sign agreement on Trinco coal power plant.

 

30.12.06: SLAF bombing in Vaharai destroys a water refinery constructed by UN agencies to provide drinking water in Verugal Murugan temple area.

 

3.12.06: Curfew hours extended  in Thenmaradchi.

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2007

 

01.01.07: National Registry of Persons in LTTE administered regions in NE  launched, with  Commissioner S Jeyenthiran issuing the first national identity card to Larder Pirapaharan.

 

SLAF Kfir jets bomb Panichchenkerny (Vahara), and Padahuthurai in Iluppaikadavai destroying 25 houses, killing 14 civilians, including 6 children, and seriously wounding 35.

 

02.01.07: 27 civilians, mostly Tamils, including 3 women, arrested in Colombo in a search of 1500 vehicles plying between Kandy and Colombo.

 

Govt. tightens security of Colombo “as a prelude to the 59th Independence Anniversary celebrations”.

 

03.01.07: 4 Kfir jets bomb  Padahuthurai (Iluppaikadavai), killing 5, including 3 children under  7 yrs, a pregnant woman and husband.

 

04.01.07: SLAF jets bomb LTTE areas in Mullaittivu - third consecutive day, despite UN calls for end to fighting.

 

05.01.07: 6 passengers killed, 30 injured in bomb blast in a bus at Kalapittiya.

 

2 killed, 2 wounded in SLA DPU claymore mine that  hit an Agri. De. vehicle transporting fruit plants in Nedunkerni.

 

06.01.07: Police raided TRO Colombo office, w/o producing any warrant, and remove all documents and computers. 4 TRO officials and workers taken to the Police station interrogated (from 3:30pm until 9:30 PM)

 

SLA clamps a curfew: “Sunday 6:00 pm until further notice” on Kodikamam, close to SLA FDL in Thenmarachi.

 

14 Killed, dozens injured in bomb explosion in a private bus, at Senigama (Galle). 

08.01.07: 70 civilians arrested in Savukkady, by Eravur Police and STF (CSO).

 

08.01,07: SLN ship comes under Sea Tiger siege off Pulmoddai coast.

 

Shells hit Trinco navy base, 14 killed, Dvora destroyed.

 

Tamil Americans protest in front of US Capitol. 

 

Mahinda tells BBC News that:

 

"Today we realise we made a mistake. Thru the peace pact, we demarcated areas called LTTE-controlled areas0”.

 

09.01.07: 40 Tamils arrested in Minuwangoda, Negombo, Wattala and Gampaha, “following the explosion in Wattala electricity transformer”.

 

Armed mob, led by Dy. Minister of Labour, Mervin Silva, attack journalists at Nugegoda UPI rally campaigning for a ‘Federal Solution’.

 

10.01.07:  SLA confiscates hundreds of motorcycles, bans use of all light weight motor cycles in Jaffna peninsula, requiring motorcycle owners who wish to use them to register owners’ particulars at the nearest SLA camp.

 

11.01.07: SLA extends 9:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew in Jaffna peninsula by 2 hours - from 7:00 pm to 4:00 am.

 

12.01.07: 8 Tamils abducted in Colombo, 2 in Puttalam within last 5 days - one released after being kept blind folded for a full day, 9 still reported missing.

 

Palitha Kohona, appointed as Secretary of Foreign Affairs w/o Samaraweera’s concurrence.

 

13.01.07: SLAF bombs LTTE held area in Batticaloa, causing “huge' damage.

 

SLA shoot dead Pastor Nallathamby Gnanaseelan, head of Tamil Mission Church in Jaffna, and remove his identification documents and Bible, alleging chat he vas an ‘un-identified attaquer’. 

 

SLA and Police  arrest 250 Tamils - 209 youths in Gampaha, 36 in Nittambuwa, 22 in Minuwangoda.

 

15.01.07: Colombo High Court Judge  .D.Ratnayake rules that the Taraki Sivaram Dharmeratnam murder case be heard before a Sinhalese speaking Jury, allowing the application by the sole suspect (ex-EPDP).

 

SLA and LTTE exchange artillery and rocket fire along Muhamalai  FDL

 

16.01.07: Heavy casualties reported as SL Forces launch a three pronged offensive towards Panichchankerni, Eachilampattu and Uppooral.

 

17.01.07:  GoSL stops mobile phone services for nearly 500,000 in East, “by ordering telecom operators to switch off their networks to prevent guerrillas making use of  the services for military operations”.

 

SLAF jets bomb “LTTE base” near Verugal,

at Trinco and Batticaloa boarder.

 

18.01.07: SLA shelling on Vaharai hospital forces 15,000 civilians to flee towards Kajuwatte, and 9000 Tamils being denied basic needs.

 

19.01.07: LTTE kills 11 SLA commandos, wounding 11 in Bakmitiyawa, Amparai.

 

20.01.07: 34-year-old mother killed and her two children wounded in SLA artillery shelling towards Vadamaradchi.

 

21.01.07:  Sea Tigers attack SLN Cargo ship near KKS port.

 

23.01.07:  12 Tamil youths arrested in 4 Colombo police stations suddenly transferred to Boosa Detention Camp.

 

SLAF jets bomb LTTE held areas, “killing large number of Tamils in east Batticaloa”.

 

24.01.07:  HRW’s 100-page report slams SL for conscripting hundreds of child soldiers to join Karana Group.

 

SLA bans entry of bicycles and motor cycles in Jaffna Central Business Area, ordering vehicles to be parked 400 m away.

 

25.01.07:  Police arrest a Tamil woman, out of 2000 passengers, during a search operation at Rarmalana “on a tip off that explosives were hidden in a compartment", although no explosive was found in the train.

 

11 Tamils, aged 25 to 40, living with relatives and friends in Dehiwela, arrested in a midnight till dawn CSO.

 

5 Up-Country Tamil, traveling in a SLTB bus, beaten by “Sinhalese hoodlums” in Matale, when the funeral of a SLA soldier killed was in process.

 

 

25.01.07:   116 Tamils, including 8 women, arrested in Colombo and elsewhere, held under A, sent to Boosa Detention Camp.

 

26.01.07:   38 Tamils, mostly front NE, arrested in Hambantota in a CSO conducted by  SLA, SLN STF and Police.

 

27.01.07:  5 attack boats said to have “entered the outer waters of Colombo Harbour to launch attacks on SLN vessels and repulsed”. (5 Sinhalese fishermen arrestee but released later).

 

28.01.07:  UPFA Govt gets majority (113) in Parliament with UNP dissidents and SLMC joining.

 

Major Cabinet reshuffle, ending with 53 cabinet rank ministers, 38 non-cabinet ministers and 16 deputy ministers, totaling 104.

 

Rohitha Bogollagama, appointed Foreign Minister, replacing Samaraweera.

 

Anura Bandaranayake replaced by Moragoda as Tourism Minister.

 

18 persons, mostly Tamils, arrested in Mount Lavinia (CSO).

29.01.07:  SLA shillings at civilian settlements in Batticaloa, cause 7500 Tamil (1400 families) to flee into GoSL held areas.

 

9 Tamils arrested in several lodges in Fort area in Colombo (CSO).

 

18 Tamils, including 11 women and 6 undergrads, arrested from houses and lodges in Moratuwa, after interrogating more than 700 Tamils.

 

30.01.07:  27 civilians, mostly Tamils, including 3 women, arrested in Colombo, after searching vehicles between Kandy and Colombo.

 

Colombo Chief Magistrate issues summons on 3 key Colombo TRO officials to appear on Feb 07 – on  case filed by the Central Bank.

 

 31.01.07:  Telephone lines to Vanni and most of Jaffna  cut for 4days and more, paralyzing bank branches, hospital ambulances, medial, civil services etc.

 

01.02.07:  JHU nominates its political advisor NMAT Patali Champika Ranawaka as its National List MP in place of Ven Omalpe Sobhita Thero, enabling the Ranawaka to accept  a cabinet post.

 

UPFA-govt now has 121 members in the 225 seat parliament.

 

02.02.07: Champika Ranawake takes oaths as Minister for Environment.

 

Eravur police arrest 55, including 25 undergrads and employees, after a claymore blast outside Eastern University.

 

 56 Tamils, including 2 women arrested in Uppuveli  by SLA (CSO).

 

266 Tamils, including 53 women, arrested in a “house-to-house search, by hundreds of Police and Military, in Colombo Fort and suburbs.

 

A day before Independence anniversary, Mahinda visits Vaharai, together with Military Commanders and Gotabhaya.

 

All mobile phone links in Batticaloa district disconnected before SLAF helicopters carrying Mahinda’s entourage reach Vaharai.

 

O4.02.07: More than 300, mostly Tamils, arrested in Colombo  Fort and Pettah, as” the suspects failed to prove their identities and satisfactory reasons for their presence in the locations”

 

59th Independence anniversary celebrated at Galle Face Green, with “National Flags fluttering, President Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest, accompanied by his wife Shiranthi,… blowing of trumpet and conch shells….  ‘March Past’ by Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, STF and Civil Security Forces, portraying their strength and dexterity”. Naval offshore patrolling and surveillance crafts, Sayura, Sagara, Nandimithra, Samudura, Shakthi and Udara, “displayed their maneuverability skills , while 16 SLAF Kfir and MiG fast-attack aircraft displayed their air power.”

 

Mahinda calls TNA too to join in the “fight against Terrorists and Terrorism” and” threatening to Tame the Tigers” without naming the LTTE in his address.

 

05.02.07: 500 plus SLA troops conduct CSO in Jaffna University environs “for the missing SL Lion flag hoisted by the Acting VC on SLA officials’ instructions on Independence Day .… removed by a group that entered the premises”.

 

06.02.07:  SLAF helicopters fire rockets in LTTE held Trinco north.

 

13 Upcountry Tamil youths arrested in Dankotuwa, for “failing to produce their identity cards and satisfactory reasons for their stay in the area”

despite their producing legal documents to prove their identity. their relatives vouching the youths were employed in Dankotuwa.”

 

3 Sinhala “leftist journalists, activists abducted” in Colombo.

 

08.02.07: 11 Tamils arrested in Chilaw (CSO).

 

Hindu priest who garlanded President Rajapakse, during his Vaharai visit, murdered by armed men.

 

09.02.07: Anura Bandaranaike, Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Suriyarachchi stripped of ministry portfolios w.i.e.

 

SLAF jets bomb fishing settlements in   Mullaitivu district.

 

10.02,97: UNP decides to boycott APRC.

 

11.02.06: SLA launch CSO in fishing hamlets of Kallaruwa, Pudavaikattu, Pulmoddai and Kuchchaveli.

 

3 Upcountry Tamil youths waiting at Kandy rail station for travel to Colombo arrested.

 

Mahinda starts  3-day tour to Maldives, to “hold talks with his Maldivian President”.

 

12.02,97: Six SLAF Kfir bombers drop 18 bombs in Visvamadu  (Mullaitivu).

 

Food shortage looms in Jaffna peninsula

 

National Bhikku Front starts an “indefinite sit-in protest” in front of Viharamadevi Park, demanding immediate abolition of  CFA.

 

14.02.07: HRC reports “12 civilians disappeared and 35 arrested in Vavuniya in two weeks.

 

15.02.07: SLN impose ban on night time fishing in Delft.

 

16.02.07: SLA intensifies shelling from Muhamalai, Manalaru.

 

SLAF kfirs bomb Muhamalai, Kilali and Vadamarachi, as SLA launched heavy artillery barrage with MBR fire.

 

SLA while intensifies attack in Jaffna, and also  begins heavy shelling from its Manalaru camp.

 

17.02.07: 2 SLA soldiers from 51-2 brigade killed, 12 wounded in a road  side  Claymore mine attack in Jaffna.

 

18.02.07: 14 persons, mostly Tamils, arrested in CSO “following a tip off that a bomb had been placed in the Kandy bus stand”.

 

19.02.07: SLAF Kfirs bomb Parasankulam, killing 2 civilians, wounding one, and later dropping 12 bombs in Paddamurippu.

 

30 Tamils (most from NE and Colombo) arrested in Kandy and Teldeniya (CSO)

 

20.02.07: Jaffna University  undergrads  boycott lectures, protesting  against SLA killing of Krishnan Kamalathas, a final year student.

 

9 Tamils, including 7 from Vaharai, arrested in a CSO at Norwood (Hatton).

 

 

21.02.07: LTTE releases it’s official situation report at the 5th Anniversary of the CFA Signing.

 

Norway calls on SLA and LTTE to “respect the truce” saying “the burden was on GoSL and LTTE to halt renewed fighting”.

 

22 .02.07: 15 Tamils released from Boosa camp after one month detention, as there was “no evidence to implicate them with terrorist activities.” Some 105 Tamils, including women are being detained in the camp and are being “investigated to ascertain if they are involved in terrorist activities”.

 

SLA claims “overrunning 3 LTTE bases in Trinco district, in an offensive coinciding with the fifth anniversary of CFA.”

 

23.02.07: SLA intensifies artillery attacks from Muhamalai FDL and adjoining areas.

 

SLA conducts CSO in Kondavil, Kondavil, Mallakam, and Tellipallai areas after the overnight curfew.

 

Several plantation Tamils arrested in Talawakelle, Pundoloya and Lindula (CSO).

 

24.02.07: SLA fires artillery and MBRLs, from Monkey Bridge, Morawewa camps towards Kumburupiddy..

 

SLA in Jaffna impose restrictions  on day time travel and civilian movement, on top of the 11 hour night time curfew.

 

26.02.07:  Mahinda arrives in China with 266-strong delegation, including Buddhist monks, 15 Ministers, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Rauff Hakeem, A.H.M.Fowzie, and P.Chandrasekaram, several business leaders and officials.

 

27.02.07: US and Italian ambassadors (Robert Blake & Pio Mariani) “slightly injured” when t in LTTE  mortar fire that targeted  the helicoers carrying  15 diplomats and senior officials, just after landing in Weber Stadium (Batticatoa).

 

SLA cordon off Jaffna Hindu College and surrounding areas, get the students and staff to assemble at the School playground, before conducting search of the school premises.

 

01.03..07: SLAF MIG jets bomb “suspected LTTE positions in northeast”, killing 18  - claiming it to a be in a” raid  on a rebel training camp in Vavuniya”.

 

SLAF flying instructor and a trainee pilot   killed when a 6 aircraft crashed into Anuradhapura air base.

 

04.03..07: SLA arrest 7 youths in Jaffna, following  claymore attacks in Uduvil.

 

SLA motor-bike squad abducts 3 farm-workers in Vadamarachi.

 

05.03.07: SL and US enter into a 10-year

“Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) - signed by Gotabhaya and Robert Blake -   “to provide reciprocal logistical support for their respective military forces”. 

 

06.03.07:  SLAF Kfir jets bomb Vallipunam (Mullaitivu).

 

Court of Appeal rejects petitions filed by JVP, JHU  challenging legal validity of CFA.

 

Gunmen called a trader out of his house for interrogation and shoot him dead in Chundukuli.

 

Villagers in Anuradhapura find 5 bodies bundled together, with upper parts of the bodies burnt in the pyre of tires.

 

07.03.07: Thandikkulam Church (Vavuniya) Pastor, Victor Paul Yogarajah (51), his two sons and two of his aides abducted in Colombo.

 

Parents visit Kilinochi and meet Sinhala soldiers in LTTE custody.

 

SLA arrest 7 Tamils at Teldeniya and 38 in Dambulla (CSO) “as they failed to establish their identity with valid documents.”

 

08.03.07: SLA’s heavy artillery barrage and mortar shells make civilians to flee Kokkaddicholai, 40th village, Palukamam, Kurukkalmadam, Poratheevu, Paddipalai and Tharavai.

 

09.03.07:  Commander Saliyapura Gajaba Colonel Jayantha Shurawera, 3 of his men including a Major, and 4 park employees killed in a gunfire ambush inside Wilpattu wildlife sanctuary.

 

10.03.07:  SLA and Police conduct CSO in Mannar Sinnakadai, ordering some 700 to leave their houses and workplaces, and assemble in a playground and subject them to intense interrogation.

 

12.03.07:  SLAF Kfir and MiG-27 bomb “a strategic LTTE jungle base in Thoppigala - killing at least 8 rebels.”

 

14.03.07: Allaipiddy murder case, where 5 members of a family massacred, allegedly by SLA soldiers, again stalled in Kayts DC “due to lack of co-operation from AG's De. Hearings that were to take place on 30th of August 30, 2006, finally taken up on 14th March”.

 

10 LTTE members reported “killed in SLAF air raids at Thoppigala jungles”.

 

15.03.07: SLA launch heavy artillery and mortar fire towards Mannar Vavuniya border villages of Mullikulam, Keerisuddan and Periya Pandivirichchan causing hundreds of families to flee.

 

Heavy SLA artillery fire from Poovarasankulam SLA camp towards Puliyankulam.

 

UN appeals for immediate funding, as refugees fleeing fighting in East has jumped to 130,000, and…hardly any money to help them.

 

17.03.07:  Citing “security“ reasons, SLA blocks foot pilgrimage by hundreds of Mannar Christians, to Calvary (Komarasankulam in Vavuniya)..

 

Final rites performed for the 7 TRO staff, abducted by SLA-backed Karuna group in January 2006, and reported murdered.

 

18.03.07:  38 civilians, including 20 women arrested in Mt.Lavinia and Moratuwa (CSO) “as some of them failed to prove their identity and others could not justify their presence in the locations”.

 

19.03.07:  175 students, 9 staff narrowly escape  SLAF Kfir bombing of Chundikulam  school  (Vadamaradchi), just a female teacher and two boys wounded.

 

20.03.07:  SL military claim “4 Tamil Tiger boats destroyed, in northern sea battle.”

 

Kaduwela Magistrate orders further remand for Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, till March 27, but allowed him to attend parliament.

 

21.03.07:  LTTE raid SLA camp, in Morakodanchenai and Mavadivembu, and check posts along Trinco-Batticaloa  A-15 road.

 

SLAF jets bomb “LTTE positions in the East”, where SLA was “engaged in a heavy battle”.

 

22.03.07: SLA in Jaffna “require all persons, wishing to leave Jaffna district, to provide a surety to stand guarantee for the return of the applicant, as an additional requirement to obtain a pass to travel out of the district.”

 

Parameshwari held in custody for 4 months since her arrest  on Nov. 21, 2006, by TID, alleging links with LTTE, released after AG informed courts that “they do not have any charges against her.”

 

SLA arrest 72 civilians, mostly Tamils, in Uddapu- a Tamil village in Chilaw (CSO).

 

SL Forces reintroduce fishing ban in Vadamarachi “until further notice”.

 

 23.03.07: An unmanned aircraft circled over, followed by “SLAF Kfir jets bombing of Vavunathivu to support SLA troops”.

 

Fighting erupts in Mannar district. …. 300 SLA soldiers enter LTTE held areas, advance into  Vavuniya-Mannar border… but “repulsed after 15 hrs of heavy fighting”.

 

SLA conducts CSO in  Chullipuram, after a SLA mini-camp was set on fire,….getting residents to gather at public place for interrogation, stopping all traffic and forcing  passers by to rebuild the burnt mini-camp.

 

24.03.07: Claymore mine attack by SLA DPU kills a humanitarian worker and wounding 3 TRO staff, at Mannar Vavuniya border.

 

25.03.07: Two LTTE attack aircraft carry out bombing raids at the SLAF airbase at Katunayake at 12:45 a.m. early morning Monday and return safely to Vanni.

 

26.03.07: Four SLAF Russian MIG jets  bomb Vellankulam, and Pokkanai in Puthukudyirupu.

 

27.03.07: Bogollagama, tells Co-Chair country Ambassadors of “threat to SL's security by demonstrated capability of Air-Tigers to penetrate SLAF air-defences to strike at SL's military nerve centers”.

[Robert O' Blake (US), Jurgen Weerth  (German Ambassador) and  Julian Wilson (EU), Hans Brattskar (Norway), and Japanese Charge d' Affairs N. Ito attended] Palitha Kohona and Ministry officials joined Bogollagama .

 

SLAF jets bomb LTTE held areas in Thoppigala.

 

SLAF Kfirs bomb area near  Vallipunam High school (Vadamarachi).

 

28.03.07: LTTE “thwarts a pre-dawn attend by SLA and Karuna group, from Chenkalady Black Bridge SLA camp, to advance into Koduvamadu (Batticaloa).

 

SLN claims “intercepting 10 Tamil Tiger rebel boats  advancing towards Trinco, destroying 3 boats with 16 rebels aboard”.

 

29.03.07: SLA and LTTE exchange heavy mortar, artillery and MBRL fire in FDLs from Muhamalai to Kilali and Nagarkovil.

 

SLA launch MBRL fire from 233rd Brigade in Batticaloa, Sathurukondan, Mylambaveli, Kommanthurai, Murakottanchenai, Kumburumoolai and Valaichenai brigade camps.

 

30.03.07: Thamilchelvan cites LTTE’s "precision air strike" on “SLAF nerve centre in Katunayake…..100% successful mission… a clear message" to SL to “end the sustained SLAF bombardment of the Tamil homeland… at least 2 sorties every other day for more than 90 days”.

 

9 civilians, including 4 children, killed in SLA mortar attack in Batticaloa.

 

31.03.07: 11 Tamils, including 2 women,  arrested in Dehiwala and interrogated – for “not providing justification   reason for their stay in Kohuwela….” - just another of several  arrests in Colombo and suburbs, following LTTE air strike at Katunayake SLAF base.

 

Pirapaharan confers Maamaniathar honour on  Thillainadarajah Jeyakumar (54) who died suddenly in Melbourne on 29 March.

 

Aril 01: NO APRIL FOOL STUNTS

 

GoSL (Public Admin. and Home Affairs Ministry Circular No 04/2007) orders “all public sector institutions to play the national anthem at commencement of work … give priority to indigenous food’ at all functions hosted by public institutions” … to protect native culture in the face of “predatory global invasion”… also that “all reception officers and in telephone exchanges every public institution, corporations and statutory boards, “should receive guests, as appropriate to the situation, with clasped hands and address them with the words Ayubowan/ Vanakkam/Assalam Alaikkum”.

 

SLAF jets bomb “rebel Sea Tiger base in Mannar district” .

 

SLAF helicopter gunships attack lorries at LTTE entry  near Omanthai.

 

Mahinda plans a referendum on whether GoSL should “continue to abide by the 2002 CFA” – as he was “keen to obtain a fresh mandate from the people on CFA.”.

 

Mahinda and his delegation to the 14th SAARC summit, arrive in heavily guarded New Delbi on board a chartered Mihin Lanka flight.

 

April 02: 15 civilians killed, 20 wounded in bomb explosion inside a bus at Kondaivedduvaan SLA  checkpost in Amaparai.

 

6 Sinhala workers killed and 3 others seriously wounded when “Karuna Group enter a children’s home under construction and take them 200 meters away and shoot them dead.”

 

10 Tamils arrested in Thankalai – Hambantota (CSO).

 

Curfew in Jaffna extended by 3 hours, from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am, and residents “warned that curfew  violators will be arrested and punished”.

 

April 03: SLAF MIG planes bomb civilian settlements in Alampil, Mullaitivu.

 

GoSL accuse 'AI' of “trying to tarnish the island nation's image” during World Cup tournament in Caribbean, and that “SL govt and people express disapproval of  AI’s ‘Play by the Rule’  campaign.”

 

Jaffna 3 month tally: 67 shot dead, 29 abducted, 68 missing.

 

April 04: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kaivaeli - Puthukudiyrupu Road (Mullaittivu) d, killing  2 , wounding 4, and damaging the White Pigeon Prosthesis Institute  NGO office and a number of houses, while SLAF claimed “it pounded the HQ of the LTTE Sea Tigers' base near Mullaitivu, destroying fuel reserves and sparking a large blaze.”

 

April 05: SLAF Kfir bomb Iyakkachchi and Kaddaikkaadu in  Vanni.

 

SLA re-impose fishing restriction in Vadamarachy, affecting 4,000 plus fishing families.

 

SLA claims “killing 23 Tamil rebels in a fierce clash as its attempt to regain control” of LTTE held Unnichchai (Batticaloa).

 

15 Tamils arrested in  Siththandy, Morakodachenai and Santhively (CSO).

 

 Robert O’ Blake met JVP leader Somawanse Amerasinghe, and discussed the “current security and political situation..”.

 

April 06: LTTE reports having sunk “a SLN gunboat, and 7 SLN sailors killed  in a clash in Mannar seas  when 3 SLN  boats blocked a Sea Tiger patrol”, while SLN claims to have “sunk a LTTE boat..”.

 

6 Tamils arrested in Kandy 3 in Wellawatte, and 16 in Kataragama (Gowthamigama colonisation scheme) as “they failed to prove their identity and provide justifcation for their stay in the locality (CSO).

 

April 07: Seven killed, 25 wounded in a Claymore mine that hit a CTB bus carrying Tamils and Muslims, on Vavuniya Mannar Road.

 

SLA and Police arrest 12 Tamils in 7 areas of Uddapu and Munthal (a Tamil ara in Chilaw).

 

April 08: 29 men and 2 women arrested in Palacholai and Kaluvankerny, and 38 in Tangalle (CSO).

 

 

Britain suspends aid US$5.9 m (euro4.3 m) for SL pay down of WB debts, after making only half… to “resume if a series of conditions are met, including no unjustified increases in military spending and no instigations of hostility”.

 

British Dy HC Lesley Craig’s planned Kilinochi visit to urge LTTE to return to peace talks, postponed indefinitely.

 

SLA conducts CSO in Jaffna Yarl Thinakural offices,  third time since August, with a large number of soldiers occupying the Editor’s office, Computer, printing, administration and advertisement sections, also removing hundreds of photographs meant for publication..saying this was “part of a larger search in areas between KKS road and Kasturiar road”.

 

April 09: More than 50 SLA forces cordon off area adjoining the LTTE political office in Potpathy road, Jaffna and search houses in the area ... subjecting young men and women to body search, and requiring  all pedestrians to provide their identification.

 

A 10  year old girl raped by 2  SLN soldiers  in Mankumaban islet , off coast of Jaffna peninsula, when she had just gone outside her home to play.

 

A-9 Highway closed, at Omanthai SLA checkpoint, “due to LTTE mortar attacks”.

 

Over 2,000 Tamil expatriates gather in front of Eiffel Tower, protesting the French police arrest of Tamil activists on charge of “raising funds for LTTE.”

 

April 10: Gotabhaya tells AP "There is no CFA. There is no meaning in that". He vowed to attack the LTTE’s northern strongholds, saying “it’s not good for the military to have relaxed periods….The CFA was only being “left in place to satisfy the international community”.

 

US, Japan, Norway and EU Envoys who met in Colombo  “discuss  several crucial issues  and express their displeasure over GoSL and LTTE ignoring their repeated requests to resume peace talks and stop HR violations” and  decide to “inform their decisions to the international community”.

 

6 Tamils arrested in SLA and police CSO conducted in Pavatkulam (Vavuniya).

 

4 Tamil youths in Udappu (Chilaw) detained under PT-STAR.

 

April 11: LTTE claim repulsing a fresh SLA ground operation to move towards Paalamoddai (Vavuniya).

 

SLN orders 33 Tsunami resettler families to vacate homes in Pt   Pedro, to set up a large guard post at Munai Light House.

 

Paramilitary group, working with SLA, shoot dead  a boy (20), man (48), woman (68), and injuring 2 at Kumankulam (Vavuniya).


April 12: LTTE hands over to ICRC 7 bodies of SLA troops killed in counter attack against SLA's attempt to penetrate into LTTE territory thru Mullikulam, Mannar.

 

7 Sinhala villagers, 6 women and a boy , killed by gunmen

at Awaranthalawa (SW of Vavuniya).

 

Tyronne Fernando warns “interference by foreign diplomats in the local affairs of a sovereign country can make them liable for deportation and

‘persona non grata’ status”...the Presendent and Bogollagama were concerned over "unnecessary interference" in local affairs by a number of Western diplomats, particularly European ones”…Funding humanitarian aid did not allow them to interfere in the country's internal affairs”

 

April 13: 9 Tamils arrested   in Iruthayapuram (Mutur) CSO.

 

TRO resolves to assist IDPs in the East thru International and local NGOs.

 

April 14:  SLA troops shoot dead 5 in Chenkaladi, including a 3 yr-old baby boy, a 15 yr-old girl and another civilian, alleging that 2 persons were “suspected to be carrying weapons”.

 

23 civilians, mostly Tamils, arrested in Trinco town and suburbs (CSO).

 

April 15:  Bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam tells Jaffna SLA Commander Chandrasiri that "of the 55,000 plus residents who fled Jaffna peninsula, in ships and planes seeking safety and refugee elsewhere, 65% have not returned due to “escalation of killings, abductions, forced disappearances, threat to lives, intimidation, harassment and restrictions…..and SLA‘s closure of A9 land route in August 2006.”

 

April 16: An unidentified aircraft flies over SLA controlled Jaffna, just after dusk, flying low over Jaffna city centre, Vadaramadchi  and Valikamam.

 

April 17:  SLAF “jets pound Tamil rebel training base, targeting Tiger camp in Vatapalai (Mullaitivu).

 

GoSL claims “60-70 rebels may have been killed, and several wounded”
 in air strike continued for a second day... “striking the Tiger camp and Iranamadu air facility.. and a rebel communication facility in Mullaitivu district.”
 

April 18:  Mahinda leaves on a three-day official visit to Italy, with ministers Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Milroy Perera and Felix Perera, to be joined by Rohitha Bogollagama, already in Rome, to meet Pope Benedict on April 19 at Vatican.

 

Gothabaya threatens Ms. Champika Liyanarachchi (Daily Mirror Editor) for coverage of Karuna Group’s Army-backed activities, saying that “she should not be surprised if the Karuna Group turned its violence against her and if so, she shouldn’t expect government protection”.

 

April 19:  SLN impose fishing ban again, in Pashaiyoor, Gurunagar, and Navanthurai  “following fire fight between SLN and Sea Tigers in the seas south of Jaffna”.

 

SLAF jets “engaged in night sorties destroyed LTTE training camp at Periya Pachchilai Pallai, just south of SLA controlled Jaffna town”.

 

April 20: Mahinda who met Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone …, explained that “the problem in SL was not an ethnic or religious conflict but a terrorist problem… GoSL was fully committed to a negotiated settlement to give the rights of minorities and....did not believe in any military solution whatever … military action being taken …was meant to contain the threat posed by terrorism”.

 

Benedict Tarcisio Bertone in a Statement said “in the light of the current situation in Sri Lanka - the need was reiterated to respect human rights and resume the path of dialogue and negotiation as the only way to put an end to the violence that is bloodying the island.”

 

 April 21: SLAF   bombs “LTTE mortar positions in Kilinochchi and an air-defense facility in Mullaitivu”.

 

SLAF reports one of its UAV on reconnaissance mission went missing, after making a “forced landing between Pulmoaddai and Kokkilai.”

 

SLAF steps up bombing of Mullaitivu and Kilinochi districts, hitting  Puthukudyirupu twice.

 

April 22: SLA launch artillery barrage on Palamodai, Kunchukulam, Puliankulam and Semamadu.

 

SLA moves 2000 plus  heavily armed Special Forces towards Thenmarachi FDL… also engage in intensive night training in Thondamanaaru and Valalaai HSZ.

 

Civil societies in Jaffna report that GoSL “directs Aid Funds (WB, WFP et al) meant for projects in Jaffna peninsula to the South”.

 

April 23: GoSL declines security assurance to Norwegian delegation to make a scheduled visit to Kilinochchi to meet LTTE leadership.

 

President Rajapaksa delegates Police civil powers to SLA, SLN and SLAF - by Extra-Ordinary Gazette Notification 1491/18 under Chapter 40 of  Public Security Ordinance of April 06, 2007.

 

SLAF jets “pound 2 identified LTTE targets, causing heavy damages in Jaffna and Thoppigala, destroying a Sea Tiger base South of Nagarkovil, causing heavy damages to Sea Tiger camp”.

 

April 24: 4 passengers killed, 37 injured (Tamils and Muslims) when a bus hit a claymore mine set by SLA on the Mannar-Madawachiya road in Vavuniya.

 

In a pre-dawn swoop,  deploying 8000 10000 forces, SLA conducts CSO from Ariyalai to Naavaanthurai, Chavakachcheri, Nunavil, Sangathanai, Meesalai Udupiddy, Valvettithurai and Thondamanaaru, and Chulipuram.

 

April 25:  Two LTTE aircraft attack the Palaly air base complex, “inflicting heavy damage.. and explosions inside the HSZ”.

 

4 SLAF jets drop bombs near civilian settlements in Puthukudiyiruppu (Mullaitivu)

 

12 SLA soldiers killed, 33 wounded in fresh offensive at Mullikkulam (near Madhu).

 

Police order suspension of all night bus services along Mannar-Madawachchi and Mannar-Vavuniya roads, “due to security situation, following the April 23 Claymore mine attack on a passenger bus”.

 

LTTE claims “repulsing SLA ground offensive at Parisankulam (Madu)…with more than 10 SL soldiers killed and around 50 wounded”.

 

April 26: 3 SLAF jets drop 12 bombs, close to Thiruvayaru school in Kilinochchi.

 

SLAF at Katunayake airbase fire precautionary shots into the air, following reports of 2 unidentified aircrafts observed over Puttalam around 11:00 p.m, when all flights were cancelled and power supply cut off in Colombo city.

 

April 27: SLAF helicopter gunship MI 24 crashes in Anuradhapura, a few minutes after the Katunayake SLAF personnel activated the alarm system, following reports of unidentified aircraft over Puttalam.

 

April 28: Selvarajah Rajivarman (25), journalist at Uthayan newspaper shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike, at Navalar Road (Jaffna).

 

16 civilians, mostly Tamils, arrested in Colombo for “alleged involvement in terrorist activities”.

 

SL capital “sealed off amid fears of Tiger attack” …10,000 vehicles searched and identity papers of 16,500 people checked.

 

April 29: LTTE claims “Tamileelam Air Force, bombed two oil and fuel storages, in Kolonnawa and Muturajawela, after SLAF SLAF bombers attacked a Suburb in Kilinochchi”.

 

SL claims SLAF jets having “pounded … areas…in Kilinochchi, …. targeting rebel aircraft “on ground”.

 

April 30: SLN claims  killing 5 LTTE cadres in Suruvil Vealani in Kayts Islands… also recovering armourments.

 

May 01: SLFP’s power devolution proposals, based on Districts and abolition of executive presidency, released by Mahinda at the May Day rally.

 

2 Australian Tamils (Aruran Vinayagamoorthy, 32, and Sivarajah Yathavan, 36) arrested in Melbourne “accused of fundraising for LTTE on pretext of tsunami aid.”

 

May 02: France based ‘Globe Cast’ suspends relaying Tamil TV Network TTN broadcast.

 

SLN arrest chief priest, and Trustee Board Chairman of Perunkulam Muththumaari Amman temple in Velanai (Kayts).

 

May 03: British Parliament debates SL ethnic issue.

 

May 04: SLN claims “attacking rebel boats off east coast  Pulmoddai, killing 12 and destroying 2 boats”.

 

Karuna Group infighting surfaces, with reported killings and Pillayan fleeing to Trinco Disrict with hundreds of followers.

 

May 05:  GoSL decides to shut down Katunayake Intl Airport civilian air traffic during nights between 10.30 p.m. till 4:30 w.e.f. May 10...as a “precautionary measure.. following recent LTTE aerial attacks.

 

35 civilians, mostly Tamils, arrested on Thursday and Friday, in Wellawatte, and Valaithodam…as they “failed to prove their identity and provide satisfactory reason for their stay in the location”.

 

May 06: SLAF bombs fuel storage at Vaddakkachchi, belonging to the Kilinochchi Disatrict Chamber of Commerce, also damaging some houses in the vicinity.

 

    SLAF jets “pounded rebel positions” .... Keheliya  Rambukwella insisting that  “the country's national security was more important than truce…wherever national security is threatened we will take appropriate action”.

 

    SLA conducts house-to-house search in Kokuvil - in Potpathy, Medical Faculty, Kalnkarai, Railway Station Rd and Temple Rd areas.

 

May 07:  A mother of 7 children wounded when two SLAF Jet bombed Puthukudyirupu.

 

LTTE, SLA clash in Vavuniya Mannar border

 

SLA and Police evacuate all  CMC employees  and conduct extensive search , on a tip off that a bomb was about to detonate in the offices.

 

May 08: Richard Boucher,  and Robert o' Blake, arrive in Palaly by a special flight, hold discussions with SLA officials, Jaffna GA and  Jaffna University VC and Staff.

 

2 Tamil youths abducted in Colombo.

 

May 09:  Bishop Thomas Savundranayagam, after meeting Richard Boucher and  Robert O' Blake, urged the “IC to help find a solution to the ethnic crisis”.

 

Speaker expels TNA Jaffna MP Gajendran from Parliament session,

following JVP protest, citing the  6th Amendment - supporting LTTE stands.

 

May 10:  HRC report confirms 80 abducted in 4 months in Jaffna - 20 in Jan, 8 in Feb, 33 in March and 19 in April.   72 persons sought protective custody in Jaffna prison- thru HRC  for fear of death, abduction by SLA and armed groups.”

 

May 11:  Richard Boucher concluding his SL visit expressed concern over HR abuses, and backed SL military campaign, reiterating US assistance to help SL “to face the threat of terrorism” - No change in US policy towards Sri Lanka.

 

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams tells BBC ‘Sandeshaya’ that Sri Lanka launching “surgical military action against terrorism (LTTE) was inevitable…he hoped this action would lead to an opening of communication
between GoSL and LTTE”.

 

May 12: 3 SLAF MiG-27 aircrafts drop 12 bombs in 2 sorties in Puthukudirupu, and damaging civilian residences in Kaively.

 

Jaffna University’s Undergrad Sivaraj Paheerathan, arrested by SLA on August 18, 2006 and kept in remand for 9 months, released by the Colombo Chief Magistrate, since the “AG could not produce any evidence to charge him

May 13: Ven Nandaratena Thera (Chief Priest of Mahadiulwewa Buddhist Rajamaha Vihare), who worked for peaceful coexistence, shot dead by unidentified attackers in Trinco.

SLA troops distribute death notices, signed by 'Tamil Alliance’ to “save Sri Lanka” warning Principals, University students  and listed parents that they (branded as LTTE members) “will be killed if they fail to give upterrorist activities".

 

May 14: SLFP Exec. Committee unanimously endorsed Party’s “power devolution proposals … within a unitary state,” Mhinda saying “the proposals were drafted in keeping with the SLFP identity and policies.

 

May 15:  A SLTB bus, plying the Navvaly-Chavakachcheri route, burnt by unidentified attackers, after forcing out  all passengers before setting it on fire.

         

May 16: SLA fired artillery shells hit a house in Pooneryn, killing a 17-year old boy and wounding his father.

 

May 17: SLA closes Uyilankulam check point

(Mannar), “following artillery attack from Adamban in LTTE held territory.”

 

May 18: SLN shoots dead 2 fishermen from Thampaaddi Kayts.

 

May 19: SLA hands over 6 bodies of LTTE men killed during firefight at the Vavuniya FDL”.

 

11 Indian fishermen allegedly abducted by LTTE return to TN, and presented to the media by DIG  Mukherjee who allowed only the team leader Clements to speak …. Who said they were “fishing in high seas in their mechanized boat 'Sri Krishna' when “Sea Tigers…suddenly came in 2 fiber boats and abducted them at gun ” Telling  that “Simon had already been sent back to India. Only now, we came to know that he had been taken to Maldives…”

 

Two SLAF Kfir jets drop 4 bombs on Kanchikudichch Aru area (Ampaarai).

 

Colombo Chief Magistrate Kusala Sarojini Weerawardene discharged 8  Tamils from Jaffna, including 3 from same family, who had come to Colombo to go abroad, arrested arbitrarily on 6th May, in a CSO, while staying in a Dam St lodge.

 

May 20: LTTE and SLA exchange intense artillery fire across Thenmaradchy  into Kovilaakandy, Maravanpulao, and Thanankillappu Pooneryn.

 

GoSL claims “killing more than 500 rebels in the past months and losing 44 SL soldiers in fierce fighting..”

 

May 21: 11 Tamils arrested  in Matugama and Maharagama,  and 2 more in Kaluthawalai (Matale), and held in prison for  interrogation by TID.

 

May 22: SLAF jets “pounded a LTTE    base” - jungle near Mankulam and Iranamadu.

 

Australia FM Alexander Downer accused GoSL of violating international humanitarian law on a daily basis,…saying that GoSL  and LTTE are equally culpable…of the growing environment of impunity surrounding HR violations”.

 

Australia offers A$5 M (US$4.1 M) to help 400,000 Sri Lankans displaced by the conflict.

 

May 23: SLA DPU trigger a Claymore mine, targeting a motorbike near Kugnchukku (Vavuniya- Mannar border, killing 2 IDPs.

 

May 24: Sea Tigers, launch a pre-dawn attack on Delft islet SLN camp killing several SLN sailors  damaging a Dvora Fast Attack and two other SLN vessels.

 

May 25: SLA conduct CSO and arrests 25 Tamils (aged 18 to 26) at Uddapu, a traditional Tamil village in Chilaw, and other 14 Tamils  in Wennapuwa (Puttalam).

 

Kandy Police arrest 4 Tamil youths, from Vavuniya, in Walapane, Ginigathena and Mahiywa.

 

11 Tamils arrested in Poonagala estate in Bandarawela (CSO).

 

May 27: 8 killed, 27 wounded in  bomb blast that targeted a military vehicle transporting STF troops from Kattukurunte training base to Kadawatte STF camp, that also damaged 4 shops on Galle Rd.

 

May 28: 3 civilians killed in a bomb explosion near the  well in a Poonthoddam house (Vavunia).

         

May 29: Two SLAF fast attack crafts bomb Venavil (Mullaiaitivu) twice, Killing a 56-year-old woman and wounding 2 civilians.

 

May 30: 3 SLAF MiG-27 and Kfir jets bomb Venavil (Mullaitivu), for the second consecutive day.

 

May 31: SL Police order Tamil owners of 68 lodges in Pettah (Colombo) to immediately expel  all (around 5000) Tamil tenants from Northeast and Upcountry to their ‘native places’ within 24 hours before the military is deployed to forcefully transport the inmates”.

 

DNA testing completed at Maharagama General Hospital confirmed that the mutilated torso found at Punkuduthivu sea on 14 March 2007 packed in a military sand bag, was that  of disappeared Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Jim Brown.

 

01.06.07: SLAF jets “pounded a guerrilla stronghold” in the East.

 

12 Tamils arrested in Wattala. 

 

02.06.07: More than 60 Tamils arrested in   Mt Lavinia, Ratmalana, Wellawatte, Bambalapitiya, Mattakuliya, Kirilapone and Kohuwela.

 

03.06.07:  Two Tamil Red Cross workers abducted in Fort Rail Station, by men claiming to be SL Police, killed and their bodies dumped in Kiriella, Ratnapura.

 

82 combatants dead in SLA - LTTE clashes in Vavuniya and Manner districts.

 

04.06.07: SLA bars 2000 plus destitute families, in Sarasalai and Madduvil areas, from stone-breaking that helps them to earn a daily wage.

 

India agrees to develop KKS harbour, and coordinate naval patrols in Palk Straits. 

 

SL military reports signing several defence agreements with China.

 

SL Security forces arrest   5 women in Kalutara, for  “forcibly entering a ‘Development Activities‘

conference” presided by Ratnasiri Wickremanayake.

 

12 shops robbed in Kaluvanchikudi. 

 

05.06.07:  Court remands 25 Tamils arrested from Colombo lodges. 

 

SLA evicts the last remaining Tamil family living inside Valigamam North HSZ.

 

06.06.07:  SLAF “pounded rebel positions in Mankulam  north” Monday and Tuesday. 

 

28 Tamils arrested in Matale and Moratuwa. 

 

07.06.07: 500 plus Tamils expelled in 8 buses from Colombo.

 

8 Tamils arrested in Munhall, Udappu (Tamil area in Chilaw District).

 

08.06.07: SLAF bombs Ki'linochchi suburbs, disturbing normalcy.

 

SC issues ‘stay order’ on “Eviction of Tamils” from Colombo lodges. 

 

US & Norway condemn forced removal of Tamils from Colombo lodges.

 

09.06.07: 9 decomposed bodies recovered in Putalam. 

 

10.06.07: SL Military to recruit 50,000 more troops 

 

SLN slaps ban on travel to Jaffna islets. 

 

11.06.07: Some 10,000 Tamils join a protest rally/march towards UN office in Geneva. 

 

Thousands attend Toronto Tamil rally. 

 

SLA and Police launch CSO in Mannampittiya (NCP),   taking 122 Tamils in trucks to Polonnaruwa Police, detaining 12 “for further interrogations”.

 

12.06.07: 5 Tamils arrested after an electricity pylon blast  at Urugodawatte.

 

 

Gothabaya says “Anything is fair’ when fighting LTTE”, justifying forced eviction of Tamils fro Colombo lodges. 

 

13.06.07: Tiran Alles released on bail.

 

Colombo Chief Magistrate releases 42 Tamils arrested in Colombo on May 24, following a Claymore mine explosion at Reclamation Road.

 

5 Tamils arrested in Kandy. 

 

14.06.07:  AI calls for UN HR monitors.

 

Mawbima journalist Mounasamy Parameswary way laid by unidentified men who forcibly removed her passport and national identity card.

 

15.06.07:  14 Tamils arrested in Marawila. 

 

Colombo Chief Magistrate Sarojini Kusala Weerawardene release 15 Tamils arrested by SLA in Mutur, after six months in detention when Police informed court that “there was no evidence against them to charge in court”.

 

16.06.07:    23 Tamil youths, including 3 women, arrested in Chilaw and Putalam (CSO).

 

17.06.07: Major Gen. Chandrasiri condemns Somini Sengua for

her report in NY Times, alleging "shameful falsification of facts...depraving the true spirit of professional journalism”.

 

18.06.07: GoSL blocks TamilNet website access in Sri Lanka. 

 

SLA, Police search offices of Jaffna Tamil Daily, Thinakkural. 

 

2 Jaffna youths arrested in Matale. 

 

19.06.07: Samaraweera and  Sooriarachi join the Opposition in Parliament, and announce launching of new SLFP(M) Party. 

 

Samaraweera invites CBK to join SLFP(M).

 

SLN, Sea Tigers battle at  Pt Pedro seas.

 

20.06.07: SLN claim “killing at least 87 LTTE cadres,  destroying 5 LTTE boats and disabling 9 others”.

 

SL ranked 25th, out of 176, as ‘failed state’ in global index. 

 

Ex SLAF Squadron Leader Nishantha Gajanayake arrested on charges of abducting Tamil and Muslim businessmen for multimillion Rupee ransoms.

 

21.06.07:  British police arrest Shanthan BTA President and Goldan Lambert of TYO  ed in London-UK  on “suspected links to LTTE”, citing  a demonstration held at Hyde Park in July 2006, at which “cutouts of Prabhakaran and LTTE flags were displayed”.

 

GoSL extends fishing ban in Vadamarachi. 

 

Information Minister Yapa denies blocking access to TamilNet in Lanka, but  Keheliya Rambukwella said "he would love to hire hackers to disable TamilNet."

 

22.06.07:   20 civilians, mostly Tamils, arrested  during a late night-till-dawn combined CSO conducted in 11 police divisions of Gampaha district.. as they “failed to prove their identity and provide valid reason for their stay in the location”.

 

Mahinda threatens to dissolve parliament, faced with the prospect of more MPs defecting to (SLFP-M Wing), as Samaraweera claimed that 15 to 20 SLFP  MPs will  cross over… and “if threats from the combined opposition mounted”.

Anandasangaree issues a 14 page ‘open letter’ to Prabakaran, holding him responsible for deaths of over 70,000 people and a litany of other charges.

23.06.07:  162 civilians, mostly Tamils, arrested in Gampaha  Wellawatte Galle, Matara, Wellampitya, and Kandy– all arrests made in joint SLA and Police CSO   “as they failed to prove their identity and show valid reason for their stay in the location”.

 

GoSL launch “scathing attack on ex-Chief Justice P.N.Bhagwat”, accusing him of "exceeding his mandate…indirectly proposing to GoSL that an international HR monitoring mechanism be established or invited to Sri Lanka."

 

 

ICJ calls on SL President to launch a new impartial and thorough investigation into the execution-style killings

of the 17 Aid workers in Mutur.. and to ensure those responsible are prosecuted”.

 

25.06.07: SLA and Police conduct CSO, with house-to house search in Pallimunai, Uppukulam (Mannar); and  the third such CSO in Kurunakar (Jaffna). 

 

26.06.07:  SLAF jets “pounded LTTE position in  Thoppigala, to  back up ground troops pushing to capture the mountainous area”.

 

SLAF planes also bomb “2 Sea Tiger bases with radar systems South of Silawathurai in Mannar.”

 

Donor Co-Chair meeting  in Oslo, attended by Erik Solheim, Richard Boucher, Yasushi Akashi and European Union officials, decide not to  issue a formal Staement of findings  or recommendations, but to exert pressure on GoSL:

 - to permit the Norwegian peace envoy to visit Kilinochchi

- not accept a military solution;

- call upon GoSL and LTTE to respect HR

- urge the parties to allow humanitarian access to UN relief agencies.

Japan unveils 500 M yen aid package to GoSL, said to be for refugees “as part of Tokyo's efforts to aid the country's peace process”

 

27.06.07: 300 civilians, mostly Tamils from North and East and Upcountry, arrested in Welikada (CSO).

 

LTTE destroys a SLA FDL post in Mannar border, killing 4 soldiers and  seizing a light machine gun, PK-LMG, two T-56 type-2 automatic rifles  and  communication equipment.

 

SLA shoot dead a youth during a CSO   conducted in  Peasalai (Mannar)

 

SLA impose restrictions on petrol, diesel and kerosene transported from Anuradhapura to Mannarum corporation terminal.

 

28.06.07: TNA councilor (Chairman of Amaparai PS) Thillainathan Uthayakumar assassinated. 

 

SLAF bombs Nedunkerni (in Vanni) twice.

 

3 Tamils arrested in Wellawatte CSO and held for TID interrogation.

 

29.06.07: 4 bodies recovered in Maavilaru jungle area in Trinco.

 

A fuel station manager and employee gunned down in Jaffna Main St. as they were returning from work with the day's collection.

 

4 Mutur farmers and Dr. Pakkiyasothy Saravanamuthu, CPA Director file FR petitions against GoSL declaration of traditional paddy lands in Mutur and Sampur as HSZ.

 

Justice Mahanama Tilakeratne reports that between Se 2006 and Feb 2007, more than 430 persons, mostly Tamils were killed, and 886, our of 2,020  cases of abduction or disappearance remain unresolved”.

 

30.06.07: SLA launch artillery, MBRL and motor fire at Puliyankulam-Omanthai check Point, disrupting passenger traffic to and from LTTE  held areas.

 

2 gunmen on motor cycles shoot dead 2 men riding motor cycles, in front of TRO office close to UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, ICRC offices in Jaffna HSZ.

 

Gunmen shoot dead 2 civilians, at Mudakkaadu junction in Nelliyadi and  Thirunelveali Kalladdi junction (Jaffna).

 

01.07.07:  Kilinochchi faces critical shortage of essentials.

 

02.07.07:  4 Tamils arrested in Kandy and Gampaha.

 

100 civilians investigated and 25 arrested

in plantation districts (CSO).  

 

03.07.07: SLAF jets “pound 2 suspected LTTE camps in Thoppigala, supporting SLA trying to wrest it from rebels”.

 

Congressmen write to Bush urging increased US efforts in resolving SL ethnic conflict.

 

SLA impose restrictions on cellular telephone service in the North. 

 

04.07.07:  EPDP and TMVP clash in Chengkaladi, at Kommaathurai SLA base, while campaigning for anticipated local elections.

 

SLA orders termination of 17 Halo Trust employees in Jaffna, calling for “military clearance for all  new recruitments”.

 

SLAF jets “pound 4 LTTE positions in the east”.

 

05.07.07: SLAF planes bomb “targeting 2 rebel locations in Thoppigala”.

 

SLA blocks key roads to “reinforce security” in Jaffna. 

 

06.07.07: SLAF jets

“pound Tamil Tiger rebel positions in north and east”

 

3 Tamils arrested in Gampaha as they “failed to provide valid reasons for staying there ”and detained for TID interrogation”.

 

07.07.07:  Fuel ration system introduced in Mannar

District, following SLA’s  restrictions on  fuel transport to LTTE held territory.

 

08.07.07:  4 airmen injured  in bomb explosion as  a SLAF jet fighter was loading weapons at Katunayake air base.

 

SLN crafts stage war exercise in Mathakal sea, while Sea Tigers clash with SLN in seas off Pulmoaddai. 

 

09.07.07:  39 civilians, many Sinhalese, arrested  in Mt Lavinia CSO, covering more than 250 houses.

 

SLAF jets “pound rebel mortar positions in Thoppigala”.

 

Fierce sea battle erupts as SLN vessels patrol off Kallarawa (E.Trinco).

 

SLA claims “seizing ‘Torah Bora’ in Thoppigala.

 

10.07.07:  SLA fire mortars and rockets deep into Thoppigala region.

 

SLA DPU roadside Claymore mine attack in Mankulam kills 4 civilians and a Health Service official.

 

9 civilians arrested , in Polgolla (Kandy) and Mirihana (Nugegoda) “for not having valid documents to prove their identity and for failing to provide valid reasons for their stay in the areas.”

 

11.07.07:  Two Tamils (15-year-old boy and 51-year-old woman) killed, 9 (including a one-year-old) wounded, as SLAF Kfir jets bombed fishermen on shore in Alampil (Mullaitivu).

 

SLA conducts CSO in Inuvil and Maruthanamadam (Jaffna), also subjecting Universeity students to interrogation and body search.

 

12.07.07:  LTTE admit losing key stronghold Thoppigala in East to SL forces, but that they would “revert to guerrilla tactics”.

 

13.07.07:  19-year-old, once in JHRC’s protective custody, and   later received death threats from SLA, shot dead inside Jaffna HSZ.

 

14.07.07:   SLAF jets bomb “a Tamil Tiger camp in Mannar district”. 

 

16 SLA soldiers killed, 45 wounded when LTTE forces fired across Thenmaraadchi FDLs.

 

15.07.07:  SL rocket fire hits Puliyankulam hospital, causing severe damage to buildings, destroying the electricity generator and transformer, while patients and staff fled for safety.

 

Police recover bodies of 4   blindfolded persons shot dead in Thavarasikulam (Vavuniya).

 

16.07.07: Herat Abeyeweera, Chief Secretary of East Provincial Council** shot dead outside his Office.

(**appointed following SC  order for NE de-merger)

 

4 SLA soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Palamoadai at Mannaar-Vavuniya border.

 

17.07.07:  3 Tamils traveling in a van from Wattala arrested in Ponduloya (Nuwara Eliya), as hey” failed to provide a satisfactory explanation regarding the purpose of their visit to upcountry area”.

 

SLA resumes rocket fire targeting Puliyankulam, Palamoddai, Kunchukulam in Vavuniya). 

 

18.07.07: SLA artillery barrage destroys the main entry Point to Vanni, at Pulyankulam on A9.

 

23 Tamils arrested in Trinco, related to killing of EP Chief Secy Herat Abeyeweera - 12  of them, including 3 women, were EP Secretariat employees.

 

New bus pass system introduced for passengers (from specified Eastern Province districts) traveling by SLT buses to Kataragama. 

 

19.07.07: At 'Dawn of the East’ ceremony held at Independence Square, Mahinda praised “military's capture of Thoppigala and defeat of LTTE in the East” to be a “victory over the demonic forces of terror'', and slammed IC and Opposition .… warning "not to obstruct this New Dawn of the East…”

 

Ranil and Samaraweera sign MOU: “to form a unified front against Rajapakse govt…

arrive at a political solution acceptable to all ethnic communities with the final draft put to the people at a referendum.

-Extensive devolution of power within an undivided Sri Lanka.”

• If any party continues to wage war against the legitimate government ….

 militarily defeat any such action in keeping with international human rights norms.

 

20.07.07: 10 SLA troops killed in LTTE raid of Ulyankulam entry/exit Point in Mannar.

 

SLAF arrest 12 Tamils (from Ratnapura, Kahawatta and Eheliyagoda) for “straying into  Katunayake Airport compound w/o permission”

 

2 Tamils traveling by van arrested in Hatton, and handed to TID for interrogation “as they failed to provide valid reason” for their Hatton visit.

 

21.07.07: SLA kills 5 Tamils in Eluthumadduval, alleging that they tried to plant mines near the FDL.

 

SLA closes Uylankulam check Point entry to Vanni.

 

Japan to grant $3.2 m for mine-clearing in NE, increasing its total $12 m.

 

22.07.07: SLA’s  two-pronged offensive at Mannar FDL kills  5 LTTE fighters.

 

23.07.07: SLN impose fishing ban from Ponnaalai, Mathakal  to Chenthankulam w.i.e.

 

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)) officer (Tamil) shot dead in Jaffna.

 

SLA kills 4 Tamils at Muhamalai border post.

 

24.07.07: SLAF air strike in Mullaitivu, said to “hit rebel artillery positions”.

 

10 soldiers killed, 11 others and 7 civilian bystanders wounded when a  Claymore mine hit a military convoy at Cheddikulam.

 

4 Home-Guards (Civil Defense Force volunteers) killed at a security post in Aluthgama(!!!) in Vavunya.

 

25.07.07: EU offers Euro15 m (US$ 21 m) aid to war victims in SL and who fled India.

 

SLAF bomb Pooneryn twice, while SLA fire artillery from Mandaitivu and other FDLs.

 

“Tens of thousands” attend UNP & SLFP(M) anti-govt rally in Colombo, while the manly SLFP rallies elsewhere attract only small crowds.

 

26.07.07: 80 students narrowly escape SLAF bombs  in Alampil while a 12 year old girl suffered  head injuries.

 

SLAF Kfir jets launch 2 air strikes, dropping 8 bombs in  Puthukudiyrupu, Mullaitivu and Mankulam, and  8 more bombs in Muthaiyankadu and Oddisuddan.

 

28.07.07: SLN Dvora gunboats, as in past days, fired at a fishing boat, seriously wounding 2 young (22 &28) fisherman in Chemalai coast (Mullaitivu), while  SLN claims “sinking 2 rebel boats and killing 6 on board.”

 

Thousands of Tamils join Peace Rallies, during the week, in several world capitals (Washington, Brussels, Geneva, Toronto, London, Durban, Melbourne) remembering the  24th anniversary of ‘Black July 1983’  and echoing Tamils’ right to ‘Self Determination’ and  self-rule in the ‘Tamil Homeland’.

 

29.07.07:. Heavy artillery firing from SLA positions in Jaffna into LTTE FDLs continues..

 

Body of a Tamil Engineer (27),  abducted on July 15 by gang that demanded Rs.5 million ransom, found in Awissawella.

Kadugannawa Police arrest 4 Tamil youths from Killinochchi, travelling by train from Colombo to Badulla.

Police arrest 21 Tamils, 6 Muslims  in Rajagiriya (CSO).

 

30.07.07: 24-year youth from Vadamarachy, reported missing, after reporting  at Thondamaru SLA camp to get back his National Identity card confiscated by SLA on Saturday.           

SC rejects a FR petition against Govt’s. move setting  up a high HSZ in East, and  directs its Registrar not to entertain any FR application against the gazette notification declaring Champur & Mutur East division as HSZ, stating that "The court had already rejected the FR petition filed by Dr.Paikiyasothy Saravanamuttu Executive Director Policy Alternatives (CPA) against the gazette notification…Those displaced should be resettled in their own lands ..… The government has already taken steps in this regard The petitioners and others displaced from the area could make their applications with deeds deeds for resettlement … to authorized officers concerned Who would scrutinize all applications to find out whether the applicants are genuine residents or terrorists. Terrorists would not be allowed for resettlement. Applications should be sent to Major General Parakrama Pannipitya, SLA Commander for eastern region through Deputy Solicitor General Yasantha Kottegoda of the Attorney General Department."

 

 

31.07.07: Gothabaya Rajapakse visits Kudumpimalai (Thoppigala in Sinhala) ceremonially declares open the new name board “Rajapathirana Mawatte” replacing the current Tamil name ‘Vepavedduan Road’ –  the renaming said to be done in memory of a Corporal Rajapathirana, the first  SLA soldier to die in the battle for ‘Thoppigala’.

 

In preparation for this hyped up ceremony, the SLA soldiers raze to the ground the statue of LTTE's Lt. Col. Jeevan, which stood there for years at the Iluppaichenai junction.

 

Aug 01: Media student and part-time journalist shot dead in Jaffna. 

 

Soldiers ambush LTTE in Thambalagamuwa town.

 

Aug 02: Police arrest 2 “suspects, after finding 700 detonators, concealed in a bag of corn, inside a bus traveling from Vavuniya to Colombo”.

 

TNA MP complains of “GoSL’s plans to install statues of Buddha in Mutur areas.

 

Aug 03:  Basil Rajapakse insults a CWC MP, callin  him  a ‘Paraiah’, leading and CWC to the quit govt, with its Minister and 4 Deputy Ministers sending in their resignation letters.

 

Aug 04: New Police Division set up up in Mannar district.

 

Jaffna Technical College (JTC) students boycott lectures, protesting the murder of Deluxshan (22) and Sasiroopan (25).

 

Aug 05:  SLN fire targeting fishermen again in Mullaitivu seas, and impose restrictions on Mutur Muslim, Tamil fishermen. 

 

John Holmes (UN Under Secretary General) holds conference in Jaffna with GA K. Gnash & govt officials, NGO representatives, Douglas Devananda, and top SLA officers.

 

Aug 06: SLAF kfirs bomb civilian settlements in Pooneryn. 

 

India sends more radars to help SL “ward off the threat of airborne attacks by LTTE”.

 

N.H.Kudahetty appointed as SSP for the newly created Mannar Police Division.

 

Aug 07:  SCOPP press release criticized HRW Report, stating  that the charge of  ‘dramatic increase in HR abuses during the past 18 months is “designed to imply that the Rajapakse govt has misbehaved from the time it was elected" and that some of the damaging evidence was obtained from "an interview with a single humanitarian worker".

 

Unidentified persons abduct Zavahir Mohamed Rizvi UMCOR staff, from his Trincomalee office.

 

SLA and police conduct CSO in Mutuwal, Himbula Ela and Aluthmawatte “on a tip off that suspicious persons were hiding in the area” and several residents taken in for TID interrogation.

 

Aug 08: SLAF fighter jets “destroyed a Tiger sea camp in the north” – MOD.

 

Two civilians shot dead in Kaithadi, Jaffna, and  2 others in Vavuniya. 

 

Complaints made about food unsuitable for cooking sent to Jaffna. 

 

Aug 09: SLAF fighter jets “destroyed a Tiger sea camp in the North”

 

Aug 10: Rathnasiri

Wickremanayake criticized John Holmes for negative comments on the safety of aid workers, accusing Holmes of ”contributing ”to those who seek to discredit the govt and tarnish its international image”.

 

Aug 11:   Islamic religious leader, Mawlawi Rafeek, shot dead in Amparai by gunmen, believed to be members of a Muslim armed group.

 

Hyath Mohammed Lateef shot dead, on his way to mosque for early morning prayers, by unidentified armed men, in Baduriya (Valaichenai).

 

Aug 12:  Sea Tigers claim damaging  3 SLN Fast Attack Crafts, chasing away 20 Dora gunboats, towards Trinco port... after a fierce sea battle off Pulmoaddai” .

 

Aug 12:  Heavy fighting in the seas off Pulmodai – LTTE. 

 

LTTE fires mortars towards Weli Oya, says SLA.

 

Family man shot dead in Navanthurai, Jaffna. 

 

Arafa Nagar declared HSZ, and all Muslim families expelled from the area. 

 

Aug 13: Governor Mohan Wijewickrema issues instructions   “not to provide food and other relief assistance to displaced Tamil families from Moothoor east and Eachchilampathu divisions ( recently declared as new HSZ) who  refuse to be relocated in new lands allocated to them in other parts of Trinco district.

 

Police arrest 5 Tamil youths near the Parliament “for staying overnight in an open ground located in Madiwela within the Sri Jeyawardanapura Municipal limits”.

 

Aug 14: APRC meeting (on Constitutional Reforms) abruptly halted and adjourned indefinitely, as demanded by SLFP & MEP.

 

On the 2nd death anniversary of Lakshman Kadirgamar, AG C.R.de Silva tells media that “indictments against 3, now in remand, will be filed soon after statements from three persons are obtained”.

 

1st death anniversary of the  53  school girls killed SLAF bombing at the Semcholai Orphanage observed throughout Kilinochi Districts.

 

Aug 15: Minister Fernandopulle calls UN official John Holmes a ‘terrorist’   for stating that SL was “one of the worst records in the world for humanitarian aid worker safety” charging that Holmes had ”been bribed by the Tamil Tigers to tarnish the country’s reputation”.

 

SLAF again bombs civilian settlements in Vavuniya 

 

Aug 16:  SLA intensifies construction of a security fence, using concertina wires, and additional security posts and bunkers along a 5 km coastal stretch from Jaffna Fort  to Kakaitivu, Navanthurai, Kurunakar and Pommai Veli..

 

SCOPP  accused Action Contre la Faim (ACF) for the massacre of 17 of their staff, due to  "negligence" and "irresponsibility".

 

SL military claims having killed “LTTE’s naval wing” Chandrasekaran Pillai alias Thiyagan, along with 5 senior cadres in an intense sea battle in Pulmodai”.

 

Aug 17: SLA officials in Mutur inform Muslim IDPs  from Arafat Nakar (located close to Kaddaparichan SLA camp) that “no displaced family would be allowed to resettle in areas declared as HSZ Trinco district”.

 

SL govt reported “pressuring Tamils  evicted from Colombo Lodges to withdraw court cases against the authorities for forcibly evicting them from the capital”.

 

Aug 18: SLAF again bombs civilian settlements in Vavuniya.

 

Aug 19:  Gunmen working with SL Security Forces shoot  dead 7  civilians in Kaithadi, Meesalai and n Varani.

 

14 Tamil civilians arrested in Gampaha CSO conducted by SLA and police from Sunday night till Monday early morning.

 

Aug 19:  Fernandopulle defiant at UN Secy Ki-moon’s rebuke. 

 

Aug 20:  Jeyananthamorthy MP's brother shot dead 

 

Aug 21:  SLA launches sudden and intensive artillery and MBR fire towards LTTE controlled territory, from Koaddai and Palali.

 

Aug 22: SLAF warplanes “bombed a Tamil Tiger base in Mullaitivu.. being used as a training facility and a key supply route .. … Causing heavy damage” - MOD

 

SLA renames  (Tamil) Thandiyadi to Suniththapura (Sinhalese). 

 

Danish Demining NGO  worker seeks safety at Jaffna HRC.

 

Aug 23: SLAF fast attack aircrafts bombed Mullivaikal  (Mullaitivu) twice, causing panic among students waiting to sit the G.C.E (AL) exam.

 

Aug 24:  SLA orders “all bicycles in Jaffna to be registered at the closely SLA camps”.

 

Aug 25:  SLA restarts issuing special Identity Cards to residents within the Jaffna MC limits, and those close to the SLA 51-2 Brigade HQ.

 

Aug 26:   SL military bulldoze and desecrate LTTE ‘War Heroes, cemeteries in Tharavai in Vadamunai and the Thandiyadi (Baticaloa). 

 

Aug 27:  SLA, LTTE clash in Vavuniya-Mannar border .

 

Aug 28: Tamil boy and  girl arrested in Anuradhapura 

 

Aug 30:  LTTE areas in Mannar come under  heavy SLA artillery fire. 

 

SLA fires into Jaffna University campus.

 

Aug 31: Armed group sets fire to shops in Valaichenai. 

 

Sept 01: SLA denies access to  hundreds of  farmers, majority Muslims, in Kinniya (Trincomalee) , blocking them  from cultivating nearly 400 ha paddy fields in Theeneri and Kandalkadu, after these areas came under SLA control.

 

Sept 02:  4 Tamil civilians arrested in Maligawatte.

 

13 Tamil youths arrested in Gampola. 

 

Family of 5 seeks protection with Jaffna HRC .

 

Sept 03: 14 civilians seek protection with Jaffna HRC "due to death threats, allegedly by paramilitary  men operating with SLA.

 

Sept 04: A “gang of ten Sinhala thugs set fire to 12 Muslim homes” in Ashraff town in Akaraippattu (Amparai)

 

As urged by JHU, GoSL aims to carve out Sinhala district between..Trincomalee (EP) and Mullaitivu (NP)  Districts.

 

India, Sri Lanka reputedly agreed, at Sept 03 & 04 high level meetings in New Delhi between top officials of the two countries,  to form a joint defence panel.

 

Sept 07: SLA forcibly loaded 74 families from Verukal, Eachilampattu District, into buses on Sept 6th, for transport to a jungle area in CHinnakulam, Udappukerni.

 

Sept 08:  STF trooper killed, 5 injured in a Thoppigala explosion. 

 

Sept 09:  UNP ‘Kandy Declaration’ calls for immediate general elections. 

 

Sept 10: 7 civilians seek protection with HRC in Jaffna. 

 

5 Tamil houses in Nelliyadi, inside a high security area (Vadamarachi), “fully protected by SLA sentries” burgled during curfew hours, when 2 house owners were injured, and cash and valuables  of more than Rs 5 m stolen.

 

Sept 11:  4 SLAF Kfir fighter jets bomb  Vaddakachi (Kilinochchi) twice, “causing panic among students and teachers in schools and out-patients in Kilinochi hospital”.

 

Sept  12: Tamil Nadu police arrests Pazha Nedumaran, TNM leader, and 500 others attempting to take food items to Jaffna residents by sea from Nagapatnam.

 

MOD orders “transfer of nearly 20,000 cattle belonging to Paduvankarai IDPs (Batticaloa) to Polanaruwa National Cattle Development Centre, citing “danger to SLA camps on Chenkaladi-Badulla A5 road.

 

7  Youths seek protection at Chaavakachcheari court. 

 

Sept 13: SLAF bombs Puthukudiyrupu 

when Central College students had assembled in the grounds, for morning prayers.

 

Sept 15: HRW reports  ”50 killings in August; 38 more unaccounted, and the bodies of at least 50 people were found - last month alone, some of them allegedly killed by security forces, and calls for the U.N. to safeguard civilians..”

 

46 civilians, majority Tamils, arrested in combined  SLA and police CSOs  in Dehiwala, Gampaha.

 

Sept 18: Basil Rajapakse appointed National List MP, filling the vacancy created by Anwer Ismail sudden death.

 

Sept 20:  SLAF, in two bombing raids, targets TRO Mullaitivu office in Puthukudiyruppu, damaging the buildings, destroying a civilian house and injuring several civilians.

 

Sept 21: SLAF bombs Visuvamadu in Vanni.

 

Sept 22: President Rajapakse, arrives in New York, to address the UN General Assembly on Sept 25.

 

SLAF Kfir jets bomb Punnai Neeraavi village in Visuvamadu for the 2nd day, killing a 85-year-old man, and wounding 12 civilians.

 

Tamil GS officer shot dead in Mutur East. 

 

TNA urges IC to rein in SL state, and to “take a principled stand on the Tamil people’s right to self determination”.

 

Sept 23: 2 civilians shot dead inside Point-Pedro HSZ 

 

Death threats to Jaffna University student leaders.

 

Sept 24:  LTTE, in a statement issued Monday, urged the UN General Assembly to “recognize the concept of the sovereignty of the Tamil people” and support the peace process in accordance with this principle,

Characterizing IC’s  reliance  on SL’s APRC  to be misplaced confidence, as it has not brought any constructive outcome to date”.

 

 Sept 25: Police orders Homagama residents not to allow outsiders to stay in their houses, even temporarily, without registering with the closest police station”

 

Two SLAF Kfir jets  carries out two bombing strikes on Pooneryn.

 

UNP protest rally in Hatton draws thousands. 

 

7 seek protection with HRC, 2 youths missing in Jaffna. 

 

SLA collects details of mobile phones in Jaffna. 

 

Sepr 26:  Rev. Fr. Nicholaspillai Packiyaranjith, Mannar district coordinator of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) killed in SLA DPU Claymore attack on his Hiace vehicle, at Kalvi'laan on Mankulam Vellankulam road.

 

New Sinhala colony in Ralkuli, villagers complain. 

 

3 civilians killed, 30 wounded in bomb blast in Chunnakam(Jaffna). 

 

12 Tamils arrested in Gampaha .

 

Sept 28: SLN, assisted by SLAF warplanes and helicopters, launch a massive attack against a flotilla of 20 LTTE boats off the eastern coast, killing one of their top naval commanders, While LTTE  reports “destroying 3 SLN Dvora gunboats when 17 Dvora boats engaged in a heavy sea fight in the seas off Pulmoaddai,. 3 Sea Tigers were killed”.

 

9 civilians in Thenmarachi, aged 18 to 67,  seek protection with HRC in Jaffna following death threats from SLA and SLA-backed paramilitaries.

 

Sept. 29: SLAF fighter jets drpped 28 bombs in 2 sorties. Over Vallipunam, in Puthukudyirupu While SLAF  reports that “Kfir and MiG jets pounding LTTE training camp, in Mullaitivu district after receiving intelligence about its existence”.

 

Air Force pound key LTTE base in Mullaitivu.

 

SLA launch artillery fire from their Mukamaalai FDL positions towards LTTE held territories.

 

Sept 30: SLA troops open fire into Jaffna University campus rushing in, assaulting students gathered for a meeting.

 

sLA conduct CSO in Kotte and Gampaha, arresting 70 civilians, mostly Tamils, staying with relatives and working in businesses in the area.

 

Manfred Nowak, UN Special Raporteur on Torture and Human Rights Abuse, arrives in Colombo for a one-week assignment.

 

LTTE claims thwarting SLA ground offensive, in Nagarkovil FDL, inflicted heavy casualties

 and seizing RPG & LMG weapons.

 

Oct, O1: US Ambassador Robert O' Blake held talks with Wimal Weerawanse (JVP parliamentary group leader) at the JVP HQ.

 

UN special Raporteur Mr. Manfred Nowak Monday hold talks with Minister of Human Rights  Samarasinghe... on the condition of detainees held in detention camps and prisons under PTA and Emergency Regulations.

 

JVP (Wimal Weerawansa), opposing   UN envoy Manfred Nowak’s visit,   tells “You have no business here, accusing UN and IC of “trying to divide Sri Lanka.. Allan Rock came and he went around the world saying government forces were recruiting child soldiers… John Holmes came  and  went around saying SL is the most dangerous place for aid workers”.

 

UNP issues a special statement calling for amendments to CFA, demanding an “innovative and new constitutional model ... the CFA, reflecting  the changed ground realities following the ouster of LTTE in the East… drawing on SL’s own experiences for resolution of the ethnic question, taking  into account the present situation in the north-east and the experiences of the last few years”.

 

72 seek humanitarian protection, and 24 missing in Jaffna during  September.

 

Oct. 02: SLAF claims its “fighter jets bombed.. completely destroyed a top rebel leader's hideout near Iranamadu, just south of Kilinochchi..” while TamilNet reports that “SLAF bombers attacked Visuvamadu East, dropping bombs on a civilian settlement completely destroying one house and  damaging 6.

 

Oct 03: Youth shot dead in Tinneveli, Jaffna 

 

Oct 04:   SLMM officials scheduled to meet LTTE officials in Ki'linochi blocked from crossing the Oamanthai entry point by SLA, due to new instructions from Colombo.

 

Food shop owner shot dead in Vadamarachi 

 

Oct 07:  48 Tamils arrested in Wellampitya.

 

Oct 06:  India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has recalled the Head of its Colombo operations after he ran foul of his landlord Rohitha Bogollagama.

 

British documentary film  team forced by SLA to leave Jaffna. 

 

6 Tamils arrested in Gampaha. 

 

3 disappear,  and 3 surrender at HRC in Jaffna. 

Civilian shot dead in Jaffna 

 

Oct 09:   Louise Arbour (U.N. high commissioner for human rights, arrived for a five-day visit to investigate alleged HR abuses.

 

Karuna, Head of pro-govt TNVP Group, reportedly “sacked from the TMVP's Working Committee, by a rival faction led by Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyaan, for “financial irregularities …,However, efforts (by GoSL !) were still on to effect a patch up between Pillaiyaan and Karuna”.

 

Oct 10: SLAF spokesman claims that SLAF  “warplanes killed 69 Tamil Tiger rebels at a training camp on Sept. 25 in .. Kilinochchi district … the death toll confirmed by military intelligence..”.

 

2008 Defence expenditure to increase by nearly 20% to Rs 166.4bn ($1.48bn) from 139.6bn in 2007 - BBC.

 

Basil Rajapaksa confirms “recruiting 34,900 CDF to be … to provide security to villages…vulnerable to terrorist threats….10,548 to the police and over 1000 to STF, while procuring modern arms and ammunition…..31,588 joined the army, 10,891 joined the navy and 4621 joined the air force after President Mahinda Rajapaksa ascended to power”-Totalling  93648.

 

9 Tamil civilians arrested in Trinco suburbs 

 

32 civilians arrested in Badulla, Ratmalana 

 

Oct 11:  Thondaman’ CWC group rejoins Rajapaksa cabinet. 

 

TN Police ‘Q’ Branch arrest Dalit Panthers Vanniarasu for “associating with the LTTE” and aiding the banned organization.

 

Missing Tamil academic found dead in Colombo. 

 

Welikade Tamil prisoners agitate to meet UN official Louise Arbour.

 

Fasting Tamil prisoners attacked in Colombo 

 

Hair-dresser father, son shot dead in Vavuniyaa 

 

Point Pedro lawyers protest against death threats, 

 

Oct 12.  SLA shoots dead youth in Jaffna.

 

SLA arrests 44 Tamil fishermen in Kalpity.

 

Tamil telecom engineer arrested in Colombo 

 

2 Tamil civilians abducted in Colombo 

 

Youth shot dead in Mutuwal 

 

Oct 13:  SLN arrests 32 Jaffna fishermen 

 

SLA imposes 24-hour curfew in Vadamaraadchi 

 

Oct 14:  TNA opposes Mew police station set up in Silaavathurai 

 

Oct 15: LTTE kils 7 soldiers in an attack at military post in Yala sanctuary.

 

4 members of SL’s Human Rights panel resign in protest. 

 

Oct 16.10.07:  3 children wounded in SLAF airstrike in Vanni.

 

India quietly steps up arms aid to Lanka.

 

SLA blocks media coverage of Arbour's Jaffna visit 

 

Oct 17:  SLAF kfirs bomb civilian settlements in Vanni 

 

SLA troops disrupt Jaffna campus annual event 

 

Oct 18: Family man shot dead in Punkudutivu 

 

SLA cordons off, searches areas west of Jaffna.

 

Oct 21:  Tigers launch air, ground attack on A’pura air force base, resulting in heavy damage.

 

20th anniversary of hospital massacre remembered in Jaffna. 

 

SLA shoots dead Jaffna youth 

 

Convicts used as cover for Sinhala colonization in East. 

 

Oct 22: SLA parades fallen Tigers’ naked bodies in A’pura. 

 

Computer lecturer shot dead near Nallur Temple, and   8 civilians seek HRC protection in Jaffna.

 

Jaffna Co-operative Official hacked to death. 

 

SLAF supersonic fighter jets “pounded on LTTE airstrip in Iranamadu”.

 

Oct 23: Hillary Clinton urges nuanced approach to terrorism -‘to armed non-state actors, arguing “the bottom line is, you can't lump all terrorists together. … What the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka...”

 

GoSL rejects US call for UN HR monitoring team to check on alleged abuses.

 

Oct 24:  New Judicial complex opened in Jaffna, by Chief Justice, given heavy military protection. 

 

CID arrests Sunday Leader journalist Ramanan in Colombo. 

 

Oct 25:  SLAF fighter jets “pound LTTE position in Vavuniya”.

 

SLAF bombs Vanni, claiming the target to be “Rebel `Black Tiger' Suicide Unit”,

 

Sri Lanka rejects US call for international rights monitors

 

Oct 26: Journalist's brother shot dead in, and   Body of youth found in Jaffna

 

GoSL knocks ABC's radio services off the air. 

 

 Oct 27:  Ten civilians arrested in Ragama 

 

Oct 28:  Houses robbed during curfew hours in Jaffna 

 

Oct 29:  2 civilians wounded in SLAF attacks on Puthukudiyirupu

 

Oct 30: SLAF bombs Tsunami settlement in Mullaitivu.

 

Manfred Nowak, (UN) reports “widespread brutal practice of torture in SL, and “prone to become routine in the context of counter-terrorism operations... calls on GoSL to crack down widespread use of torture by security forces”.

 

Oct 31. Sri Lanka denies UN expert' Manfred Nowak s report on “widespread torture''

 

01.11:  Pirapaharan decorates LTTE heroes of A’pura. 

 

British police arrest ‘Karuna Amman’ who entered UK on forged diplomatic passport issued by GoSL.

 

Jaffna fishermen complain against SLA restriction 

 

02.11:  Thamilchelvan killed in SLAF air attack 

Air force jets kill Tamil Tigers' top political leader

 

56 girls arrested at Galkissa (Mt Lavinia). 

 

LTTE Police Chief Nadesan appointed new Political Head of the LTTE. 

 

Jubilant Sri Lanka threatens to wipe out Tigers 

 

03.11:  UNP hails Thamilchelvan killing, slams LTTE. 

 

Karunanidhi laments the death of Thamilchelvan. 

 

27 civilians arrested in Pussellawa.

 

Erik Solheim concerned for consequences, saying “Top Tamil guerrilla leader an “unparalleled loss”

 

27 civilians arrested in Pussellawa.

 

Pirabakaran calls Thmilselvan’s s death in an “unparalleled loss'' and accusing GoSL of being bent on war while ignoring international calls for peace”.

 

04.11:  Bauer pays tributes to Thamilchelvan 

 

SLAF jets bomb Mullaitivu and claim having “destroyed an armory of LTTE”

 

05.11:  Kanimozhi Karunaniathic condemns Slaying of Thamilchelvan

 

Vaiko condemns India for providing military assistance to SL. 

 

Thamilchelvan laid to rest, 25 000 attend funeral 

 

Swiss Tamils pay tribute to Thamilchelvan 

 

American Tamils condemn killing of Thamilchelvan

06.11:  Canadian MPs pay tribute to Thamilchelvan 

 

 07.11:  TN police arrest protesters picketing SL Consulate Office.

 

SL restricts North-East Tamils from visiting other parts of the Island.

 

08.11: US radars and dinghies handed to SLN atocounter LTTE Sea Tiger force.

 

HRW endorses US restrictions on arms sales to Sri Lanka. 

 

10.11:   British MPs slam Thamilchelvan‘assassination’   

 

Austria Doctor pays tribute to Thamilchelvan. 

 

13.11:  Two civilians shot dead in Jaffna

 

ICRC reports “At least 22,000 people in northern region forced to leave their homes since September due to SL-LTTE fighting”

 

14.11:  UPFA MP- SLFP Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa joins the Opposition. 

 

15.11: U.S. Treasury Department freezes TRO bank accounts and financial assets. 

 

After the US Treasury froze TRO bank accounts and financial assets, Blake urged LTTE “to renounce terrorism and negotiate a permanent peace with GoSL”.

 

17.11:  Court releases Kadirgamar suspects on bail 

 

Two Tamil young women detained in A’pura.

 

22 Tamil youths SLA arrested during SLA CSO in Chinnakulam IDP Center in Trincomalee district

 

18.11: SLA backed Paramilitary threaten Batticaloa Tamil MPs not to attend parliament for Budget voting.

 

19.11: UPFA 2008 budget passed with 16 majority, at the 2nd reading in parliament with JVP too voting against...

 

17 Tamil civilians arrested in Puthalam 

 

20.11:   Thileepan statue destroyed by SLA in Nallur, Jaffna. 

 

21.11: 12 masked men ransack, burn and destroy Sunday Leader printing press in Ratmalana HSZ.

 

22.11: SL Cabinet bans TRO “accused of raising funds for the Tamil Tiger rebel group” - a step seen as a move towards outlawing LTTE.

 

23.11: SL breaks ranks with Commonwealth member states, by attacking the decision to suspend Pakistan.

 

24.11: Jaffna University Security officer, 2 family men shot dead. 

 

UNP welcomes ban on TRO by Cabinet. 

 

25.11: SLAF fighter jets bomb and destroy LTTE’s satellite VOT r broadcasting station in Kilinochi, killing 4 civilians, and wounding

 

2 SLA DPU Claymore attacks in Vanni kill 2 civilians.

 

26.11:  Rajapakse visits Iran, which  pledged $ 1.5 billion aid.

 

GoSL “marked the birthday of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran with a vow to kill him” …. Gotabaya Rajapakse declaring, “Colombo now had the upper hand in the long-running conflict, with the elusive guerrilla chief limited in both his movements and ability to score strategic victories”.

 

Ahead of Pirabakaran’s annual Heroes Day policy speech, SLAF bombs civilian settlements in Vanni, claiming them to be “2 Tamil Tiger rebel positions and LTTE command posts.

 

2 teachers and 4 students wounded in SLA artillery shelling on RC Tamil Mixed School in Mannaar District.

 

27.11:  SLAF bombings, stepped up, SL DPU attacks. And blocking of Heroes cemeteries in SLA controlled areas in NE.

 

SLAF Kfir bombers attack the VoT broadcast station in Ki'linochchi, killing 3 station staff and 8 others, and wounding 11 civilians and 4 staff, destroying a WFP hostel and damaging the FORUT Vanni office and a PS library.

 

SLA DPU Claymore attack kills 7 school girls in first aid service van, the driver and 3 others, on Kokkavil - Thunukay Rd in Vanni.

 

In his Annual Heroes Day 2007 speech Pirabakaran addressed the IC, that had failed to understand Tamils’ legitimate grievances because of  bias in favour of GoSL, appealed “to Tamils throughout the world to show solidarity with the LTTE in the days,  months, or years to come”.

 

28.11:  Bomb explosion in   EPDP’s’ Colombo office kills Devananda’s Personal Secretary and a disabled woman, seriously wounding 2 others. 

 

Bomb explodes in Nugegoda department store killing 18 and wounding 40, Including school children.

 

Police arrests 6 Tamil speaking persons in Tangalle 

 

29.11: 3 SLAF Kfir fast attack aircrafts bombs Jeyanthinagar civilian settlements in Ki’linochchi,

 

US, Canada EU condemn attacks in Colombo, Ki'linochi, and “urge GoSL & LTTE to pursue a political solution”.

 

32 Tamil civilians arrested in Uddappu, Moneragala.

 

RSF, FMM deplore SLAF bombing of VoT radio station, calling it a” war crime".

 

30.11: SLAF Kfir jets s bomb Pooneri. 

 

India-EU joint statement issued in Delhi on Nov 30 states “no military solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka. A negotiated, political settlement, acceptable to all communities within the framework of a united Sri Lanka, is the goal that all international efforts should encourage."

 

01.12:   SL forces arrest more than 2,500 Tamils in wide scale cordon and search operations within the last 48 hours in Colombo and other districts in South. 351 of those arrested (51 females) in Colombo are detained at Boosa detention camp.. … not been provided proper food and drink for the last 48 hours.

 

02.12: Central Bank instructs all banks in SL to 

 “Maintain strict monitoring on persons withdrawing large sums of money or receiving large deposits from overseas” - The directive issued under the Suppression of Terrorism Financing, Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Transaction Reporting Acts.

 

SLA, SLN conduct joint war rehearsals in Jaffna seas. 

 

03.12:  NPC condemns mass arrests in Colombo saying "Hundreds of Tamils residing in Colombo arrested in a crackdown reminiscent of the attempt to evict temporary Tamil residents from Colombo in June”.

 

UNESCO condemns Sri Lankan air strike on VoT broadcasting station.

 

Jaffna Bishop, Rt. Rev. Thomas Saundranayagam, laments SL’s lack of sincerity in investigating the disappearance of Rev. Fr. Jim Brown, saying it “seemed like an eyewash exercise. Conducted to hoodwink the IC”

 

6 Tamils arrested in Mannar. 

 

04.12:  A5 route in Batticaloa district reopened. 

 

05.12:  UNEsCO gets flak from GoSL and Sinhala media for condemning SLAF Bombing of LTTE’s VOT broadcasting  station. 

 

06.12:  CWC files FR violation petition in SC against mass arrests, detention of Tamils...seeking to prevent further “arrest and detention without any valid reason and reasonable suspicion”.

 

14 civilians, 2 SLA killed in Kebitigolawe Claymoare mine blast. 

 

07.12:  3 returning expatriates reported missing after landing in Katumayake. 

 

2 civilians shot dead in Valikaamam, and a youth shot dead and another injured in Jaffna.

 

08.12: Mahinda Rajapaksa leaves for Japan.

 

09.12:  122 Tamils arrested in Kaduruvwela 

 

10.12: US Tamils observe Tamils Memorial Day 

 

SSLA backed paramilitary Group force hundreds of civilians from areas in East recently captured by SLA, into government buses in Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa and Vaazhaichchenai, to forcibly participate in a march held at Batticaloa city under the protection of SLA, STF and Police.

 

11.12: SLA backed Paramilitary Pillayan Group abduct MP Ariyanethran’s brother, MP Thangeswari’s secretary, and MP Jeyanandamoorthy’s sister, and warn  the families of the abducted victims that the TNA MPs should refrain from voting against the Budget  on Friday, if they wished to see the abductees live on Saturday.

 

LOUISE ARBOUR (UN HC for HR) in the  report on her September SL visit  sates “she paid special attention to the issue of abductions and disappearances, which had been reported in alarming numbers over the past two years. Regrettably, the various national institutions and mechanisms that could be expected to safeguard human rights had failed to deliver adequate protection. In particular, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka had had its independence compromised, and the credibility of its work had suffered...  that the Government would benefit from the support of a presence of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the country, with a full mandate incorporating technical assistance and public reporting...”

 

Mano Ganesan MP, leader of WPF, and Convener of the Civil Monitoring Commission on Extra-Judicial killings and Disappearances (CMC), named as the runner-up for U.S. Human Rights Award, the first Freedom Defender's Award.

 

12.12: SLAF bombers attack civilian settlements at Alampil and Chemmalai in Mullaitivu District,  Wounding a 19-year-old youth and a 33-year-old man

 

World Religious Conference held in the Jaffna Public Library. 

 

SLMC resigns from Rajapaksa government. 

 

While cellular phone services to Jaffna remain suspended, SLA slaps restrictions on use of telephones in Jaffna, Issuing directives to all communication centers to record the identity and personal details of telephone customers before allowing calls to other districts or to foreign countries”. 

 

13.12:  3 Tamil civilians arrested in Uddapu, Gampaha. 

 

Residents of Katunayake, Colombo and suburbs panicked on Wednesday night, fearing LTTE air attack, which it was not. It was really a SLAF drill (a SLAF aircraft “posing off to be a Tiger guerrilla one”) and conducting elaborate exercises to prevent such raids taking place.

 

14.12: UPFA’s 2008 budget passed by 47-vote majority, at the 3rd Reading, with the JVP abstaining.

 

Anura Bandaranaike who crossed over to opposition was not present at voting tine.

 

Pirapaharan pays homage to Anton Balasingham on 1st death anniversary.

 

FM Secretary Palitha Kohona summoned envoys of US, France, Korea and Sweden (countries that called for UN HR monitoring) “For a dressing down”.  Canada and Netherlands envoys are also to be summoned.

 

15.12: SLA operated Pillayan Group Saturday night released all relatives of the 3 Batticaloa District TNA MPs threatened not to vote against the   Budget on Friday.

 

Supreme Court, responding to FR Violation petition filed byCWC against the mass arrests of Tamil civilians. soon after the Nugegoda bomb blast,    issued a directive to the IGP to “take immediate steps to release all Tamil civilians detained in police stations and Boosa detention centre found not involved in any crime after inquiry, and to produce others in courts”.

 

An Indian defence delegation, comprising air defence experts, scheduled to arrive in Colombo Dec 17, to “review matters relating to ongoing bi-lateral defence co-operation, with a special focus on air-defence”.

 

16.12: More than 1500 SLN conducted war-exercises in northern seas Friday Saturday & Sunday
along northern seas.

 

Meanwhile, SLA had constructed new watch towers & sentry points along northern shores, stretching from Thondamanaru to Manatkaadu, to conduct long-range reconnaisance.

 

17.12: Indian & Russian Defence Officials scheduled to hold separate discussions with SL this week  on  arms purchases, including “air defence weaponry for “improving systems used against LTTE’s low-flying Czech-built Zlin Z-143” 

 

UNICEF Country Representative Philippe Duamelle summoned by  FM Secretary Palitha Kohona and conveyed SoSLto express concerns over his recent visit to Kilinochchi and meetings with the LTTE, without prior approval from the Ministry, as per  FM guidelines regarding visits of officials to unlearned areas in the North…“to ensure the safety and security of visiting officials” and told told Mr. Duamelle’s “non-compliance of these guidelines was unacceptable given the propensity of the LTTE to exploit such visits for propaganda purposes.”

 

18.12: "Four fighter jets of the Sri Lanka Air Force on the receipt of reliable intelligence reports carried out a successful air raid at 5.25 p.m. on November 26 targeting Velupillai Prabhakaran", the press release from the MCNS added. The SLAF fighter jets carried out yet another air raid targeting the same location on November 28 too, the press release added.

 

 EU condemns the abduction and murder of Red Cross volunteer Thavarajah in Jaffna, on 14 December 2007, and Called GoSL to   “SAFEGUARD UMANITARIAN WORKERS  SRI LANKA”

 

 “More than 1000 Sinhala youths to be recruited as Home Guards to protect key highways in NCP in border villages (Habarana- Minneriya, Polonnaruwa-Punaani, Polonnaruwa- Alangahavilla)

 

Claymore attack targets train engine in Trincomalee.

 

19.12: US put Millennium funding for Sri Lanka on hold.

 

Police instruct all  Tamil residents above age ten, in Muppanavalli, Maragala, Kumarathola and Ulaanthawa states (in Moneragala district) to register with their photographs at police stations.

 

EU condemns abduction, murder of Red Cross volunteer Thvarajah in Jaffna.

 

20.12: India offers joint air-defence exercise to Sri Lanka.

 

IIEGP  said thatCommission of Inquiries (CoI's) investigation into the killing of the 17 ACF aid workers in Muttur and killing of 5 youths in Trinco, the CoI's work "lacks transparency," and the process "falls short of international norms and standards."

 

Douglas Devananda (EPDP) says “Prabhakaran is an obstacle to the peace process... As long as Prabhakaran is alive, he won't allow anyone to solve the (Tamil) problem".

 

21.12: ‘Karuna Amman’, who entered Britain on a diplomatic passport, is to be “investigated for possible war crimes, torture and hostage-taking...”

 

22.12: Steps reportedly underway to send the APRC

To Northern Ireland and Spain to 'study' the system of governance adopted in the two countries.

 

UNP candidate in Jaffna shot dead  GoSL reduces security of Tamil MPs Maheswararan and Mano Gaaneshan.

 

23.12: Grenade attack on World Vision Batticaloa office.

 

SLA, Police smash pavement shops in Mannar.

 

24.12.07: GoSL decides to hold election to 9 local bodies in Batticaloa District.

 

25.12: Sri Lankan military detains French TV crew in Jaffna.

 

Court releases 17 Tamil civilians arrested in Puttalam for want of edidence on any charge.

 

26.12: Transparency International SL reports that “no precise evidence to explain nearly $535 million in missing tsunami relief funds”.

 

3 bodies bearing torture marks washed ashore in Vadamarachi.

 

Black Sea Tigers sink SLN Dvora attack craft and damaging 2 other off Delft Island.

 

27.12: SLAF bombs Tsunami settlements in Mullaitivu, while SLAF  claimed tits“Fighter jets bombarded the training camp in Oddusuddan village and destroyed a Tamil Tiger training camp” in Mullaithivu district”.

 

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa urged banninng LTTE, and  said “the CFA has become a joke in the eyes of the people… the President would give an opportunity to LTTE to mend its ways prior to imposing any ban”.

 

Sarath Fonseka tells Sunday Observer that  “the military aims to kill 3000 Tamil Tiger rebels over the next six months...had set itself the target of killing at least ten rebels a day”  while Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran might have been killed in an air raid on his bunker late last month.. There is no assurance that the will survive for more than the next six months ….

 SLAF has plans to attack all the LTTE bases in north Sri Lanka,”

 

28.12: Paramilitary inmates attack detainees in Batticaloa IDP Camp.

 

Woman gang raped in Vadamaraadchi.

 

29.12: Elangko appointed new Head of Tamileelam Police.

 

French FM Bernard Kouchner postpones Sri Lanka visit.

 

30.12: Gottabaya claims “Mahinda Rajapaksa has won the confidence of Indian PM Man Mohan Singh”

 

31.12: TN leaders urge Indian PM Man Mohan Singh not to visit Sri Lanka’s Feb 2008 Indpendence Day Celebration.

 

300 plus Tamil civilians including

 “198 Tamil youths” as admitted  by police, arrested in Colombo and suburbs during a large scale CSO by

SL  Forces.

 

2008

 

Jan 01: Colombo District UNP MP T. Maheswaran assassinated -  shot inside Ponnambala Vanesvarar temple during New Year Day Pooja.

 

Jan 02: SLAF bombs Alampil and 2 other locations in  Mullaitivu, wounding 2 civilians, while

SLAF claimed its  "fighter jet pounded on a LTTE supply centre at Alampil, struck twice on LTTE bases, completely  destroying LTTE’s  supply centre and killing 2 of its leaders”.

 

Claymore attack at Slave Island junction (in Colombo) targeting a  SLA bus, killed 2 SLA soldiers and 3 civilians, wound 10 SLA soldiers and 14 civilians.

 

EU, UN condemn Maheswaran’s assassination

 

U.S. condemns Maheswaran assassination and Slave Island Claymore attack targeting SLA bus.

 

Jan 03: Following the earlier Cab9ne decision, GoSL officially withdraws from the Feb. 2002 CFA, with

FM Bogallabama conveying, in writing, to the Norwegian Ambassador that GoSL was withdrawing from the CFA, thus formally ending it on Jan 16.

 

Erik Solheim expressed concern over GoSL’s decision to annul the CFA, adding that "[This comes on top of the increasingly frequent and brutal acts of violence perpetrated by both parties, and the violence and hostilities will now escalate even further".

 

Aust4alia, Canada, France,, Japan express concer over  GoSL terminating CFA, Expressing “concern about the "escalating violence on civilians, humanitarian workers and HR defenders … will make "search for a more durable solution more difficult".

 

US announced  “suspension  of defense export licences to Sri ,Lanka”, effective December 26, 2007 following  Bush’s signing of  H.R.2764 bill - Appropriations Act, 2008 ..“ the only exception this licenses may be issued for technical data or equipment made available for the limited purposes of maritime and air surveillance and communications”

 

Jan o4: Four SLAF fighter jets in 4 sorties drop 16 bombs and fire rockets Udupukulam in (Alampil) Mullaitivu, wounding 13 civilians, including 7 children. (All Tsunami survivors) and causing heavy damages to 11 houses.

 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need for a political solution to end the bloodshed in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Government’s decision to terminate the 2002 CFA.

 

US is 'troubled' by GoSL withdrawal from CFA.

 

Jan 04: Nordic countries issue statement regretting GoSL’s unilateral decision to abrogate the CFA, and “withdrawal of SMM from Sri Lanka would mean the end of an important mechanism that protected civilians and a voice to the victims    ... make it more difficult to find a way back to the negotiating table".

 

Jan 05: President Rajapakse's top peace advisor Jayantha Dhanapala quits, following GoSL’s abrogation of the CFA, but stating “for personal reasons”.

 

Jan 08: SLFP MP and Minister  of Nation Building D. M. Dassanayaka killed in Claymore blast in Colombo - near Ja-Ela junction.

 

A parcel bomb explosion  reported in Colombo High Security area, 50 meters away from SLAF HQ near Lake House building.

 

Jan 09: APRC  power devolution farce to end With its “final draft for a political solution agreed upon by the APRC” to President on Jan. 23.

 

The APRC,  formed early  in 2006,  “to evolve a political solution under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa” had met 57 times to agree upon a final draft, rto proceed with   full implentaion  based on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution as a solution to the national crisis” after enlightening the Cabinet and other political parties”, uUrged to be “determined to decide on a set of proposals which can be implemented practically. … and the prompt setting up of the North and East Provincial Councils.

More powers to overcome any existing deficiencies in the 13th Amendment( or it Remains !!), after approval by Parliament with a two-thirds majority…and  holding of the Provincial Council elections in the North and East provinces prior to that.

Jan 10: As SLNN Head Lars Johan Solvberg meets  LTTE Political Head Nadesan, in Ki'linochchi, following the GoSL unilateral withdrawal from CFA, LTTE requested Norway to continue negotiaton facilitation,aand urged IC's support for Tamil rights.

 

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I tried hard as I could keeping the count,

Without guessing what more is in store?

After 2 years and more, I Stopped counting,

Let alone recording the mounting scores

of SL Leaders’ ploys & plays and cheerings.

 

So,that  is the Finishline on CFA Saga.

 

 

 

Tamil Freedom Struggle- CFA SAGA

2000

 

Chandrika kumaraatunge Banadaranaike (CBK) re-elected as president for a 2nd term.

Norwegians try to facilitate peace talks.

In his Nov 27th  Heroes Day speech, LTTE Leader Pirapaharan declared  preparedness  for unconditional peace talks with the GoSL but insisting on a process of de-escalation of war and the creation of a conducive climate of goodwill and normalcy in the Tamil homeland to facilitate such talks.

LTTE declares unilateral ceasefire in December.

 

2001

 

4 months Negotiations with CBK’s PA government (lasting 4 months) end in fiasco.

 April –   SLA launch “Agni Keela” military   operation in North.

 May – Elephant Pass - biggest military base in the Island - over-run by LTTE, who then enter the outskirts of Jaffna city, coming close to destroying/the defeating the SLA in the Peninsula. 

Indian response to GOSL's appeal for military assistance was lukewarm, offering only help to “evacuate SL troops entrapped in the North”.

Pakistan’s military equipment and support saves the day for SLA, preventing defeat in LTTE’s hands.

LTTE attack on Katunayake International Airport shook SL Military and economy.

November: LTTE leader Pirapaharan, in Heroes Day speech appeals to the “Sinhala people faced with crucial parliamentary election … to reject racist forces committed to militarism and war and to offer justice to the Tamil people to bring about peace, ethnic reconciliation and economic prosperity to the island” …. Reiterating the “possibility of peace only when LTTE is de-proscribed, and that “proscribing the LTTE by Western governments …will not pave the way for the peaceful negotiated settlement of the conflict”.

 

December - LTTE declares unilateral ceasefire a send time.

2002

 

UNP coalition (UNF) wins general elections, defeating CBK‘s SLFP coalition (UPFA), and Ranil Wickremasinghe takes over as Prime Minister.

February 22 – Cease fire agreement (MOU) signed by Ranil Wickremasinghe and LTTE Leader Pirabakaran.

September 16 - Peace Talks between UNF government and LTTE commence in Thailand.

November” LTTE leader Pirapaharan declares that he would “favorably consider a political framework that offers substantial regional autonomy and self-government to the Tamil people on the basis of their right to internal self-determination. ..But if our people’s right to self-determination is denied and our demand for regional self-rule is rejected we have no alternative other than to secede and form an independent state

December 05 - Oslo Declaration (Statement), where LTTE offers to “explore alternatives” to separation.

Norway Statement of 5th December, 2002.

“Responding to a proposal by the leadership of the LTTE, the parties agreed to explore a solution founded on the principle of internal self-determination in areas of historical habitation of the Tamil-speaking peoples based on a federal structure within a United Sri Lanka. The parties acknowledged that the solution has to be acceptable to all communities”.

IC pledge $ 70 m for reconstruction in North-East

 

          December 2002 - Oslo Donor Pledges

 

$ 70 M pledged by Donors, and  $ 40 M already placed in NERF (North East Reconstruction Fund), a Trust Fund  earmarked for the war-affected North East (Tamil) areas, and the World Bank appointed as Trustees/ Managers.

Reconstruction programs were to be proposed and supervised by a newly formed SIHRN (Sub-committee on Immediate Humanitarian & Rehabilitation Needs) - a Committee comprised OF GOSL and LTTE REPRESENTATIVES.

2003

LTTE in a Press Release (April 04) express disappointment of its exclusion from the international conference, in   support of reconstruction and rehabilitation in the north and east, hosted by US in Washington on April 14,  saying “this would undermine confidence in the ongoing peace process”.

    Ass prelude to the June Tokyo Donor conference, a seminar hosted by the US   State Dept., held in Washington D.C on April 14, was attended by representatives from 26 countries and 16 international organizations but not LTTE. Richard Armitage, who chaired the meeting explained.. “there is one partner to peace that is today conspicuous in its absence, and that is the LTTE…. United States placed the LTTE on our list of foreign terrorist’s organizations back in 1997. That designation carries with it legal restrictions including a prohibition on issuing visas to members… And while it is safe to say that the United States is encouraged by the recent behavior of the LTTE, we do not yet see a rationale for lifting the designation as a foreign terrorist organization. Our position is crystal clear. The LTTE must unequivocally renounce terrorism, in word and in deed, if we are to consider withdrawing the designation”.

April - LTTE withdraws from peace negotiations, since GoSL had not   fulfilled its obligations under the CFA in regard to bringing “normalcy” in the North-East, and dismantling of High Security Zones (HSZ) to enable resettlements of displaced families

 April-July:

 

   Needs Assessment Study

April-July: the“Needs Assessment Study” carried out by Multilateral Financial Institutions - IBRD, ADB and UN - COVERING ALL 8 Districts in the war-torn North-East Province. This Study brought OUT AN estimated immediate and medium term funding needs OF ABOUT $ 2 Billion, and an additional $ 1 Billion in long term needs.

June 2003 - June 9th & 10th  - Tokyo Donor Conference, boycotted by LTTE.

The Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka was held on June 9th and 10th in Tokyo with the participation of 51 countries and 22 International Organisations

International    Donors pledge $ 4.5 billion pledge for reconstruction and development, subject to satisfactory progress being made in peace talks.

“Tokyo Donor Conference which reviewed the  Needs Assessment Report and GOSL’s (Sri Lankan Government) own “Regaining Sri Lanka” report pledged  Aid amounting  to $ 4.5  Billion, subject to the condition of satisfactory progress in peace Negotiations between the GOSL and LTTE (Liberation Tamil Tigers”

October-December:

Since the NERF/SHRN arrangement did not take effect, due to GOSL’s bureaucratic hurdles and Sinhalese political machinations, LTTE was obliged to propose the establishment of an Interim Self Governing Agency (ISGA) to handle the urgent “Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction” in the war-torn North-East.    

October 31 - LTTE submits its Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals.

CBK uses ISGA proposal as evidence of UNF government weakness, and takes over the Defence, Media and Interior Ministries in November, with the intent to dissolve Parliament and call a general election.

Nov. 27 - Pirabakaran declares on Heroes' Day that "If the Sinhala chauvinistic ruling elites continue to deny the rights of our people and oppose reconciliation and if the conditions of oppression continue, we have no alternative other than to secede and form an independent state invoking the right to self-determination of our people."

 

2004

 

Feb. 2004: Using LTTE’s ISGA proposals as justification against the ruling UNF political party, CBK (as President), dissolves Parliament and calls for General Elections to be held in April.

April 2004: UPFA (SLFP/JVP) coalition wins General Elections, securing larger number of seats than the UNF coalition, and forms a minority govt., whereupon CBK appoints Mahinda Rajapakse (Mahinda) as Prime Minister.

 

Dec 26 - Tsunami hits Sri Lanka, with 2/3 of total casualties in Northeast.

 

The heart rending Tsunami disaster “becomes a bonanza for CBK and her Party, with abundant humanitarian emergency aid pouring in - relief supplies, services etc., and $3.5 Billion plus international Aid”.

 

2005

 

07.02.05: Batticaloa LTTE Political Leader

 Kousalyan killed in a ‘Karuna Group’ ambush.

 

08.02.05:  Ex-TNA MP Chandra Nehru, injured in the ‘Karuna Group’ ambush, succumbs to his injuries

 

29.04.05: Journalist Sivaram ‘Taraki’ assassinated in Colombo.

05.05.05:  Peter Harrold, World Bank Country Director says that World Bank “extends its full support to the implementation of Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) proposed by GOSL and LTTE”.

24.06.05: GoSL and LTTE sign Agreement on” Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure” (P-TOMS).

04.07.05: National Patriotic Movement protests against SLMM. 

 

05.07.05: Witnesses fail to identify Sivaram murder suspect. 

 

10.07.05: STF conducts cordon and search operations (CSO) in Thiraikerni. 

 

200,000 plus protesters join the last lap of the UNP march, calling for Presidential polls be held in 2005 itself.

 

July 15: SC issues stay order against P-TOMS, citing “4 Issues – ‘Fund Management’; ‘Location of Regional Committee’ in Kilinochchi; ‘Project Approval; and ‘Implementation in Regional Committees.”

 

(Cases were filed by JVP & JHU, seeking P-TOMS to be made null and void).

 

17.07.05: SLA bans transport of batteries, wires in Batticaloa. 

 

18.07.05: SLFP's Central Committee “unanimously nominates” Mahinda Rajapakse as its presidential candidate, and Anura Bandaranaike to be the next PM if Mahinda gets elected President.

 

19.07.05: CBK decides to have P-TOMS debated in parliament.

 

22.07.05: GoSL decides to file objections against SC’s P-TOMS Stay Order. 

 

28.07.05: JHU holds convention protesting against P-TOMS. 

 

Mahinda kicks off Presidential election campaign, after prayer and blessings at a Buddhist temple in Colombo.

 

01-08-05: Mahinda releases his election manifesto -“Mahinda Chintanaya” - emphasizing: “ Unitary State, No Federal State, No Tamil Homeland, No P-Toms, No CFA, No Norway, No Solheim, No Helicopters and NO Peace Talks overseas etc., and calling for  “Direct talks with Pirabakaran” and “going the Extra Mile” for negotiated settlement, offering   “maximum power devolution   within a unitary state.”

 

3.08.05: CBK seeks SC's ruling on poll date for presidential elections.

 

04.08.05: Curfew imposed in Jaffna District w.i.e.

 

05.08.05: IGP Chandra Fernando visits Jaffna and appoints a 12 member team to “conduct inquiry into the killing of SP Charles Wijewardene”.

 

Kaluwanchikudy LTTE political office attacked.

 

05.08.05: Body of a young woman, raped before murder, found at Batticaloa Methodist College.

 

07.08.05: SLMM and TDTPF discuss with SLA the building of new mini-camps and sentry points, following the erection of Buddha statue near Trinco bus stand.

 

SLA in Jaffna cut down trees to reinforce FDLs and Police stations. 

 

09.08.05: Parliament decides to debate P-TOMS.

 

SLFP seeks SC ruling on date for presidential election. 

 

12.08.05: Lakshman Kadirgamar assassinated at his residence by “snipers”.

 

14.08.05: State of Emergency declared, following Kadirgamar’s assassination.

 

STF storm LTTE’s Karaithivu political office, and arrest a LTTE political cadre and 3 civilians “for investigation related to attacks on Amparai police and security posts.”

 

LTTE political office in Batticaloa bombed. 

 

16.08.05: SLA conducts CSO in Mannar. 

 

18.08.05:  Tamil youth kidnapped and killed in Colombo. 

 

SLA forcibly occupies Thenmaradchchi TRO office. 

 

22.08.05: Anura Bandaranaike sworn in as new Foreign Minister, replacing Luxman KadIrgamar. 

 

23.08.05: Mannar CSU rape case slated to be heard away in Anuradhapura High Court. 

 

26.08.05: SC rules that Presidential election should be held in 2005 itself.

 

29.08.05: JHU holds talks with Mahinda, threatening to contest presidential poll if talks with SLFP failed. 

 

31.08.05:  Police seize fuel meant for Mannar fishermen.

 

02.09.05: GoSL donates US $25,000 to ICRC for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in USA.

 

04.09.05: Kaluwanchikudy LTTE Political Office attacked, one cadre killed.

 

06.09.05: STF raids LTTE Political offices in Amparai. 

 

13.09.05: Mahinda and JHU sign MOU in support of his Presidential campaign, specifying conditions including “termination of talks on P-OMS, No Tami Homeland, No self determination, and solution to ethnic conflict to be under a unitary state”.

 

18.09.05:  Buddha statue erected in Chunnakam SLA camp.

 

19.09.05:  Mannar rape victim disappears before court hearing. 

 

20.09.05: Mahinda and JVP kick off joint election

 

22.09.05:  SLA blocks cement lorry entering Jaffna. 

 

27.09.05: Ranil’s UNP manifesto promises to end ‘Separatism’. 

 

29.09.05: SC Chief Justice issues interim order preventing CID from conducting investigation into the "Helping Hambantota" Bank Account until January 2006 - after Nov. presidential elections.

 

30.09.05: Thousands attend Pongu Thamil celebrations at Jaffna University grounds, calling “SLA to vacate the Tamil Homeland”, and declaring “Tamils right to self-determination to be non-negotiable”.

 

07.10.05: Mahinda Rajapakse, Ranil Wickremasionghe and 11 others hand in nominations for the Nov. 17 presidential election.

 

Mahinda and Ranil “hand in their nomination papers to the Commissioner of Elections at auspicious times they selected.”

 

08.10.06: CWC, SLMC, UPF leaders decide to address UNP election rallies, supporting Ranil’s candidature. 

 

11.10.05: CWC ministers resign from UPFA cabinet. 

 

14.10.05: SL police arrest 48 Tamil workers in Polannaruwa.

 

Ranil begins election campaign in North-East. 

 

16.10.05: Mahinda rejects self-determination, slams foreign intervention…calls for direct talks with LTTE on “ending separatism, disarming and [their] entering democratic process….under undivided country, consensus of the majority and peace with dignity.”

 

17.10.05: Erik Solheim appointed as Development Minister.

 

20.10.05: Ranil challenges rival Mahinda to “cancel the CFA “giving 15 days' notice to Norwegian Govt”, instead of accusing him for signing the CFA.

 

28.10.05: GoSL and USA sign a MoU to “enhance SL’s abilities to fight terrorism and strengthen co-operation between the two countries in tackling international terrorism”.

 

Puthur East villagers (Jaffna) protest at SLA's 511 Division camp, after foiling “a rape attempt by SLA Soldiers, chased away by neighbours, who rushed to the house upon hearing the women shout. 

 

SLA troops fire at protesters, who burnt a check at the Camp, killing a youth and injuring 7 others. Puthur area turns tense, after the youth shot by SLA dies.

 

03.11.05: Ranil arrived in SLAF aircraft at Palaly, met Commander Sunil Tennekoon and other military officials, and discussed “security situation in Jaffna and forthcoming elections”.

 

04.11.05: Mahinda   makes campaign trip to Jaffna (accompanied by Douglas Devananda, and Sripathy Suriryaarachchi), visits HSZ areas around Palaly Military Base, and attends a meeting at Nadeswara College (in KKS HSZ), where he proclaimed "No one can wage a war and divide this country, and I don't intend to start a war."

 

06.11.05: Clerical Union calls for Jaffna Postal vote boycott. 

 

07.11.05: UNP’s Naveen Dissanayake blurts out in Nuwara Eliya that “Karuna defection was, Wickremasinghe's ploy,…creating a situation during Karuna’s European trips for Peace Talks, to make the   renegade dissatisfied with LTTE leadership”… and that it would “not be necessary for SL Military to fight the Tigers…American and Indian forces will fight the LTTE if …Pirapaharan opts to wage a war.”

 

08.11.05: Jaffna postal voting concludes, with less than 1300 voting.

 

09.11.05: 2006 Defence Budget shows 30% increase, above 2005 levels, to Rs 61 B.

 

10.11.05: SLA tightens restriction on transport of food, fuel and goods including eggs, meat etc., on top of barring fishing in Mutur East coast.

 

TNA dissuades Tamils from voting at Nov 17 elections, saying “Tamils do not care about the coming election….Tamils will gain nothing by taking an interest in the election...… Tamils had no confidence in either of the 2 main presidential candidates”.

 

11-11-05: Malinda Moragoda echoes Naveen Dissanayake’s statement that UNP helped to “create the situation to make the renegade Karuna to break away from the LTTE.”

 

13.11.05: "Peoples Force" in Jaffna calls Tamil public servants to “ignore election duty on Nov. 17, and to observe it as a day of mourning”.

 

13.11.05: Trinco, Amparai Tamil students call for boycott of Nov. 17 presidential election.

 

15.11.05: Unidentified aircraft comes down in Puttalam.

 

16.11.05:  TRO office in Batticaloa attacked:

 

17.11.05: Presidential elections in progress.

 

Voting at election near fizzle-out in North-East. Less than 1% cast votes in Jaffna; low voter turnout in Omanthai; Mutur east, while voters ignore poll in

Eachchilampathu.

 

Ranil comes up ahead in Jaffna postal votes.

 

18.11.05: Mahinda wins presidential election by a very narrow margin, while most Tamils in the North-East boycott.

(Mahinda’s 50.3% against 48.4% for Ranil).

 

21.11.05: Mahinda apppoints Ratnasri Wickremanayaake as PM, ignoring Anura Bandaranaike, and his brother Basil Rapakse as Presidential Advisor.

 

Mahinda names himself as Defense Minister, “according to the constitution,” also retains the   Finance portfolio.

 

Nov 23: Mahinda as:-

25 Ministers and 52 Deputy Ministers:

 

Mangala Samaraweera as Foreign Minister, replacing Anura Bandaranaike;

 

Gothabaya Rajapaksa as Defence Secretary; and  

 

“Hardliner” H.M.B.G. Kotakadeniya as Advisor in the Ministry of Defence.

 

Nov. 25:  Mahinda calls for a ''new peace process'' with the LTTE, stating that the Cease Fire Accord (CFA) will be revised ''to ensure human rights''… emphasizing that “our method is discussion instead of war”.

 

Nov 27: Prabhakaran in his annual Heroes Day speech urges GOSL to “propose a framework that satisfies the political aspirations of the Tamils … If the new govt. rejects our urgent appeal, we will, next year, in solidarity with our people, intensify our struggle for self-determination, and national liberation to establish self-government in our homeland.....Tamils would intensify the struggle for independence by next year.”

 

Nov28: Mahinda calls an emergency meeting of his aides, the day after Prabhakaran “threatened to intensify the struggle for an independent homeland by next year...”

 

Nov. 28: Bill Clinton visits tsunami-battered Northeast “praising reconstruction efforts…urging GoSL to “seek peace with Tamil Tiger rebels”.

 

Nov. 29: Mahinda“welcomes” Prabhakaran’s reference in his Heroes Day speech to “Rajapakse’s pragmatic” approach”, reiterating his “invitation to Prabhakaran for talks”, and that “we can resume work immediately on reviewing the operation of the ceasefire, while preparing for eventual substantive talks leading to a lasting solution”.

Dec. 01: Indian Commander Lt. Gen. B.S. Thakker visited

 SLA FDLs in Vavuniya and “discussed with SLA Commanders matters related to security”.

 

2 Tamil youths shot dead in Neervely (Jaffna) by assassins, who came in a three-wheeler taxi.

 

Samaraweera visits India, meets Manmohan Singh, informs him that GOSL “would review the CFA to make it more effective ….. also extending a firm invitation to the LTTE to negotiations to discuss a political solution''.

 

Dec. 02: Mahinda appoints “battle-hardened” Sarath Fonseka as Army Commander to lead SL's military.

 

Dec. 04: Firefight near Neervely SLA camp, one SLA soldier killed.

 

10 soldiers attached to 51-1 Brigade at Atchuveli killed  when their tractor hit  a claymore mine near Kondavil.

 

Dec. 05: SLA fires tear gas at student protest in Point Pedro.

 

Dec. 06: 7 SLA soldiers killed and 9 badly injured in Claymore mine attack on a military truck in Irupalai (Jaffna).

 

Colombo High Court release Charles Gnanakone, detained for 2 months on alleged charges of “involvement in Lakshman Kadirgamar assassination.” 

 

Dec. 07: Mahinda invites Norway to continue as facilitator to the Peace Process.

 

Dec. 09: SLA blocks Mannar traders from entering LTTE held area. 

 

Dec.10: Japan Envoy Akashi visits Amparai

Dec.11: GoSL blocks Akashi from visiting Kilinochchi .

 

SLA troops conduct CSO in Mandaitivu.

 

Dec.13: SLA troops conduct CSO in Potpathi Road area (Jaffna), where LTTE Northern Political office HQ is located. 

 

Dec.14: SLAF Helicoer comes under LTTE fire in Arugambay. 

 

Dec.15:  One CWC MP crosses over to SL Government. 

 

Dec.16:  Indian Naval Commander Vice Admiral Sureesh Mehta occludes his 5 day visit.

 

SLA conducts CSO in Ariyalai (Jaffna).

 

Dec.17:  Arumugam Thondaman (CWC) meets Thamilchelvan, in Kilinochi, with his “plan to form a united effort among Upcountry and WP Tamil political parties…a strategic need to form a broad Tamil front to meet the challenges from Southern polity and to further the common aspirations of both Tamil communities in NE and Upcountry”.

 

 

Dec. 18: SLA attacks Irupalai auto-rickshaw drivers 

 

Dec. 20: Hundreds of SLA troops enter Jaffna University, open fire in the air, charge teargas.

 

Dec. 22: 3 sailors killed in an attack on 2 SL Naval craft off Mannar coast.

 

Dec. 23: 13 sailors killed when their convoy was ambushed in Mannar.

 

SLN soldiers enter the ‘Victoria Hundred Houses’ IDP settlement scheme in Pesalai (Mannar), and “attack the civilians with batons, bike-chains and shoes, after tying their hands and legs, wounding 28 inmates.

 

Mannar LTTE office burnt down. 

 

Dec 25: TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham assassinated at a Christmas service in Batticaloa church.

 

SLA guns down 2 civilians in Jaffna. 

 

 

Dec 26: Two 3-wheeler drivers (Tamils) shot dead in Trinco.

 

Dec. 27: 7 persons reported missing in Jaffna.

 

12 soldiers killed in Claynore mine attack near Pt Pedro.

 

US Tamils call for sanctions against SL Govt. 

 

 

Dec. 28: SLA bars INGOs from entering NorthEast w/o MoD permission.  

 

Dec. 29: 16-years-old boy shot dead in Thenmaradchi. 

 

SLN takes away passes from fishermen in Punguduthivu.

 

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha Jayaram cancels scheduled Rajapaksa meeting. 

 

Dec.30: During Mahinda’s 4 day Indian visit, Manmohan Singh repeats “India’s support” emphasizing that an “enduring solution to the country's ethnic problem could emerge only thru internal political processes, based on consensus and reconciliation”.

 

While skirting SL’s request to “provide intellectual and academic resources.., India announced a “slew of programs to support reconstruction and developmental works n NE”.

 

 

Dec. 31: SLA & Police arrest 920 Tamils, including 105 women, in an operation, code named "Strangers Night III” in Colombo (Wellawatte, Bambalapitya, Maradana, Kotahena, Grandpass and Mutuwal), take them to 8 police stations, and have all photographed, finger-printed and video taped by SL Intelligence agencies.

 

SLA conducts house-to-house search in Ilavalai (Jaffna).

 

Civilian shot dead at Urelu in Jaffna.

 

 

2006

 

Jan. 02: Bomb blast in Trinco kills 5 Tamil youths, wounding 2 others.

 

Jan. 04: Samaraweera calls USA to “get tough with LTTE, and take measures against Tamil exile groups financing them….US must realize they are not dealing with a liberation movement but a ruthless killing machine more dangerous than al-Qaeda”.

 

Jan. 07: 13 sailors killed in a naval patrol boat sunk by   “suspected Tiger suicide attack” off the east coast.

 

Jan 10:  Jaffna school girl abducted by SLA soldiers. Photos included

 

8 Tamil youths arrested at Puttalam check point.

 

Large crowds attend ‘ Pongu Thamil’ Resurgence convention in Muttur.Photos included

 

Jan 11: Puthur trader shot dead by SLA.

 

Clothing store owner shot dead in Chavakachcheri.

 

Jan. 20: SLA conducts CSO in Kokuvil.

 

Jan. 21: Man shot dead in Pt Pedro.
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Kayts businessman shot dead in Jaffna.

 

SLN bans night use of Jaffna Islet jetties.

 

Jan. 22: Mutur Tamils flee to LTTE held areas. Photos includedspace

 

More than 200 families flee Jaffna to Kilinochi. Photos included

Jan. 23: Muslims demand separate delegation at Peace Talks. 

 

Jan. 25: 2 UNP MPs cross over to ruling coalition.

 

Erik Solheim arrives in Kilinochi.

 

Jan. 26: LTTE releases SL Policeman held in custody.

 

Jan.29: EU commends Solheim, welcomes LTTE- GoSL agreement. 

 

spacespace Jan.30: 5 TRO staff reported missing in East.

 

US urges GoSL to investigate kidnapping of TRO staff.

 

Feb 01: - UN agencies call for immediate release of kidnapped TRO staff.
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Paramilitaries (Karuna Group) release 2 of the 10 abducted TRO workers.

 

Feb. 02: SLA ransacks, destroys LTTE Vadamaradchi Political Office.

 

Feb 03: Another TRO staffer released.
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spaceFeb. 04 – Mhinda’s  Independence Day address avoids any reference to Geneva talks. Photos included

 

Feb 07 - SLN arrest 4 Punguduthivu fishermen.

 

Feb 08: Tamil businessman abducted in Colombo.

 
Feb 10: Ashraff urges Muslims to “pray for Geneva talk’s success”.

 

Feb 13: Muslims demand separate delegation in peace talks.


LTTE’s Geneva Opening Statement requires

GoSL to “disarm armed groups”. 

 

Feb 18: LTTE releases second SL policeman held in custody.

 

Feb. 21: Norway appoints Swedish Brigadier as Head of SLMM.

 

HRW issues critical report on “LTTE fundraising in Canada, UK, resorting to extortions.”

 

22.02.06:  Balasingham asserts that “CFA is the most constructive achievement” of the Norwegian peace process and “the foundation upon which the process has to be built.”

 

23.02.06: Erik Solheim  releases a “statement o/b/o    the 2 parties …“GOSL is committed to taking all necessary measures in accordance with the CFA to ensure that no armed group or person …will carry arms or conduct armed operations”

 

24.02.06: LTTE leaders meet Swiss officials, and attend expat event.

Swiss Govt welcomes positive outcome of Geneva Talks and assures impartial support to resolve the ethnic conflict. 

 

25.02.06: Balasingham tells media in Geneva that “although the talks were difficult and tough, GoSL has accepted the meaning and content of the CFA and the issue of Paramilitaries”.

 

SLN attacks fishermen in Vadamarachi seas. 

26.02.06: Mahinda expresses satisfaction over the outcome of Geneva talks.

 

SLN seizes passes from Pedro fishermen.

 

27.02.06: Balasingham “rejects outright” GoSL’s claim that the joint communiqué, issued after the Geneva talks, “amounted to an amendment to the CFA”, calling the "bizarre interpretation” given by Mr. H.L. De Silva to be “ridiculous and preposterous and totally unacceptable to LTTE".

 

In the Punguduthivu Ilayathamby Tharsini (20) rape & murder case, CID claims that the Military Cap found near the well, where Tharsini's body was found, belonged to SLA soldier currently assigned for duty at a Batticaloa camp”.

 

28.02.06: Donor Co-chairs welcome Geneva outcome. 

01.03.06: SLN fires artillery in Vadamarachi deep seas. 

 

Appeal Court fixes 29 March for hearing of the JVP & JHU petition “seeking annulment of CFA, on grounds that CFA is against the Constitution and illegal.”

 

02.03.06: Japan provides US$ 185m development loan.

 

Mahinda calls  for an APC meting on March 6, “to brief  leaders of all political parties on Geneva Talks outcome,… and agenda for the “next round of talks with LTTE”, but decides to meet the JVP and JHU leaders separately, prior to March 6 APC sessions.

 

Chandrasekaran (UPF) draws IGP’s attention   to Sinhalese attempting to install a Buddha statue at the historic Ukkuwela (Avissawala) Hindu Temple premises.

 

03.03.06: JHU insists that GoSL should ignore Geneva Agreement

 

04.03.06:  Vaiko, Jayalalitha form alliance for TN State elections. 

 

SLA and paramilitaries attack the family of Jaffna MC contestant S.M.Suhaib (a Muslim).

 

05.03.06: Jaffna students burn SLA Commander's Effigy. 

 

06.03.06: JHU, JVP reject Geneva agreement, at APC needing.

 

07.03.06:  JVP demands expulsion of Norway from peace process. 

 

08.03.06: Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao, accompanied by Irrigation Minister Anwer Ismail, visits SE University in Amparai.

 

09.03.06: Prof. Hole appointed VC of Jaffna University. 

 

10.03.06: SLA orders closing of Katkovalam fish market. 

 

11.03.06:  SLA rejects rent request by owners of SLA occupied private buildings and houses in Jaffna HSZ.

 

13.03.06: SLA builds new FDL posts in Vadamarachi.

 

US State Dept’s 2006 HR report blames “anti-LTTE paramilitary groups… EPDP, Karuna Group and PLOTE, and LTTE, for numerous killings in the NE”.

 

SLA bans drying of fish in Northern shores. 

 

15.03.06:  TNA boycotts District Integration Meeting in Jaffna, chaired by Douglas Devananda attended by newly aped NE Governor Mohan Wijeyawickrema.

 

16.03.06: Australia minister Amanda Vanstone, and envoy Greg French, visit Mannar, hold discussions with civil and military authorities.

 

Thamichelvan meets Brattskar in Kilinochchi. 

 

17.03.06: Paramilitary issue raised in US Congress Hearings. 

 

18.03.06:  SLA arrest Tamil daily Thinakkural journalist for photographing the front portal of the of Jaffna Prison office.

 

19.03.06: HRW backtracks on LTTE extortion charges made in its Feb. report. 

 

20.03.06: SLA confiscates prawn catch from Vallai fishermen.

 

SLN attacks Mutur east coastal villages.

 

21.03.06: Pakistani Navy Frigate on goodwill visit to SL. 

 

22.03.06: Firefight in Vadamarachi East SLA check posts. 

 

SLA conducts CSO in area around LTTE political Office in Jaffna. 

 

23.03.06:  SL Court decides to hear Pirapaharan's “200 year rigorous imprisonment sentence for his role in the bombing of Central Bank on January 31, 1996”.

 

24.03.06: SLA soldiers attack students inside Jaffna Advanced Technology Institute.

25.03.06: Vavuniya businessman shot dead. 

 

 8 SLN sailors presumed dead when “rebels blow up their own trawler and sink an    approaching SLN patrol boat”.

 

26.03.06: Kokuvil Technical College students hoist Tamil Eelam flag, and continue Poopathy memorial celebrations.

 

27.03.06: SC rules that “Helping Hand” Hambantota inquiry violates Rajapakse’s fundamental rights. 

 

28.03.06:  Some 150 SLA soldiers and 50 Karuna Group cadres, round up 5 Valaichenai villages, summon the people to Pechiyamman temple grounds and, hold a meeting where Karuna Group warn people “against supporting LTTE”.

 

UAV comes down in Vavuniya.

 

Indian parliamentary delegation visits Colombo. 

 

29.03.06: LTTE agrees to participate at Geneva II Talks “if safe passage is guaranteed”. 

 

“Expel Norway”, demands JVP. 

 

30.03.06: Mahiinda begins 3 day visit to Pakistan, hoping to “cement better trade and defense ties”.

 

LTTE political office in Arayampathi burnt.  

 

31.03.06: Army Commander Sarath Fonseka visits Jaffna, daughters accompany for “sightseeing”. 

 

Ruling coalition wins overwhelmingly in local elections, “seen as an endorsement of the President's peace negotiations with LTTE...”

April 01: No April Fool

 

In a “massive” CSO conducted in areas close to HSZs in Point Pedro, SLA arrest 5 members of a family and a boarder, accusing them of “hiding arms”

 

Ulf Henricsson assumes position as   SLMM   Head.

 

Outgoing SLMM Chief warns SL situation to be “Fragile”  .... Emphasizing   Peace Talks   to be “Crucial.”

 

April 03: Karuna Group vows to “shoot dead LTTE supporters unless “thousands of homes and businesses appropriated from Muslims in the 1990 were returned.”

 

April 04: India calls for 'southern consensus', urging the “country's wobbling peace process to be taken forward”.

 

April 7: Prospective MP Vigneswaran assassinated in Trinco.

 

April 11: Geneva II Talks planned for April 19-21 postponed to April 23/25, as GoSL reneges on usual transport arrangements for LTTE’s East commanders to visit Vanni for consultations.

 

Canadian Conservative government formally lists LTTE as a terrorist group.

 

12 killed, 8 wounded hi a Claymore mine blast in Trinco, on a bus carrying SLN soldiers “on New Year holiday”.

 

April 12:  A mob attack in Trinco, after a bomb explosion in the market,  burning down 60 Tamils’ houses, 35 business establishments (all but one Muslim shop belonging to Tamils); displacing more than 300 Tamil families; killing 19 civilians (10 Tamils, 7 Sinhalese, 2 Muslims).

 

Sri Lanka puts time clock   back, reverting to IST (GMT plus 5.30 hrs) - after ten years.

 

April 14: GOSL and LTTE agree to meet in Geneva for Talks April 24-25.

 

Apr 15: GOSL refutes LTTE's contention that there was no provision in its agreement with SLMM for naval escort for the ship ferrying LTTE commanders between Eastern and Northern sectors”.

 

GOSL allows ‘Karuna Group’ to open its first office in a SLA controlled area in the East, “a move to project ’TMVP’ as a legitimate political group”.

 

April 17: 2000 Tamils seek refuge in Kappalthurai School, located along Trinco-Kandy road.

 

GoSL offers “private air craft to Tamil Tiger rebels to save truce talks”.

 

April 18: SLA shoots dead 5 civilians in Puthur (Jaffna).

 

April 19: Geneva Talks scheduled for April 24/25 postponed indefinitely, due to “unresolved issue of transport arrangements for LTTE’s Eastern Commanders to Vanni; and GOSL’s noncompliance with undertaking given at Geneva I Talks to disarm the Paramilitaries”.

 

April 22: SLMM head, Ulf Henricsson, and a diplomat who spent the night in Kilinochi return to Colombo without meeting LTTE leaders. (LTTE said their leaders did not meet the Scandinavians because “they had not changed their stance on the latest hurdle blocking a second round of talks”).

 

April 23: Gangsters set fire to a paddy harvester, and attack the people in Gomarankadawela (along Trinco-Anuradhapura Rd).

 

April 24: Paramilitary gunmen enter the Valaichenai Education Office and shoot dead Officer Lineswoman, and wounding Nag lingam.

 

April 25: Colombo rocked by a bomb explosion at SLA HQ, which GOSL promptly blamed on LTTE.

 

SL military allege that “a female suicide bomber…a Tamil Tiger rebel pretending to be pregnant”, exploded a bomb in front of the car taking General Sarath Fonseka.

 

Reportedly, “the suicide bomber died on the spot… and Fonseka who suffered serious abdominal injuries…. was undergoing surgery... the General's escort and driver died … and 10 others, including civilians caught in the blast, were hospitalized”.

 

Within hours of the bomb blast at Army HQ in Colombo, SLAF mounts air strikes on LTTE held areas in Trinco District.

 

SL Military begins air strikes and artillery fire, in Mutur East, claimed to be “in retaliation against an LTTE   attack on a SLN vessel”.

 

April 26: SLN, SLA and SLAF conduct coordinated attack on Tamil settlements in Mutur, for the second day.

 

SLA & Police arrest 97 Tamils from residences in Bambalapitiya, Colpetty, Daniela etc., from Wednesday night thru Thursday morning.


SLA impose an unannounced closure of A9 Highway, blocking traffic…and stranding people in NE traveling to and from LTTE held areas.

 

SLA refuse permission for ICRC to take Tamil civilians, seriously wounded in air strikes and artillery fire, to hospitals in govt. controlled areas.

  

April 27: Eravur police arrest 70 Tamils, in a roundup search of the market.

 

April 28:  Donor Co-Chairs (Richard Boucher, Herve Jouanjean, and Yasushi Akashi) meet in Oslo “discuss the deteriorating situation, reaffirm their support to Norwegian facilitators, and decide to meet again in Tokyo to further discuss steps and concerted actions to encourage the parties to pursue a durable solution.”

 

(Erik Solheim chairing the talks, focused on "getting the parties to respect the cease-fire and continue with the peace process.)".

 

UN Special Repateur (Philip Alston) warns that “GOSL and LTTE are doing too little to crack down on extrajudicial killings…and murders were fuelling a worsening conflict.”

 

RSF, IFJ and FMM voice “outrage about the lack of progress in the investigation into the murder of ‘Taraki’ Sivaram a year ago”.

 

April 29: SLA fire mortar shells towards Vavunathivu a, damaging several houses in Mankikattu, Navatkudi and Puliyadikuda.

 

30.04.06: LTTE overruns 3 Karuna Group camps, killing 15 paramilitary men.

 

GoSL calls off May Day rallies, fearing suicide bombings.

 

GoSL insists that “LTTE‘s claim of right to use sea is violation of CFA, and clear bid to escalate confrontation and avoid going for peace talks in Geneva”.

 

01.05.06:  GoSL “offers to LTTE seaplanes for internal meeting ahead of talks”.

 

TNA MP Gajen Ponnambalam writes to President Rajapakse of harassment and death threats to domestic staff at his Jaffna residence.

 

02.05.06: LTTE asserts right to the sea for transporting its cadres in its own vessels, with its own armed escort”, which the GoSL says is “in violation of the CFA”.

 

SL Police abandons Sivaram murder investigation.

 

GoSL promises to “bring to justice assailants who gunned down the 2 employees of Uthayan newspaper”, calling it a “brazen assault…an attack on freedom of expression.”

 

03.05.06: CTTU and CPJ condemn attack on Uthayan newspaper and the killing of the employees.

 

Woman shoots policeman and his companion on a motor bike, in Vavuniya.

 

50 passengers escape SLA‘s DPU Claymore attack, in Periyakulam (Vavunia). 

 

04.05.06: SL military arms Serunuwara Sinhala residents “for self-defense".

 

SLA, Police conduct CSOs in Trinco town and Batticaloa villages.

 

SLA opens fire at 2 three-wheelers, killing 7 youths inside, near the SLA Camp at Nelliyadi junction (Jaffna).

 

05.05.06: SLAF claims destroying a LTTE “boat off NW coast, and sinking a second one in the seas off Kalpitti”.

 

Jaffna Varsity VC Ratnajeevan Hoole
”flees Sri Lanka with family”.

 

06.05.06: Prabakaran declines Japanese Envoy Yasushi Akashi’s request to meet him when visiting SL. 

 

SLA ransacks LTTE's Jaffna Political offices.

 

07.05.06: SLA closes A9 highway to Vanni and Jaffna, again unannounced.

 

8 civilians, abducted from a Manthuvil temple in Thenmaradchi, feared killed.

 

08.04.06:  SL clamps curfew in Jaffna to “prevent public protest against the killing of 8 civilians abducted from Manthuvil temple”.

 

SL shuts down road entry s in Mannar. 

 

Japanese Envoy Yasushi Akashi invites India to “join the Donor Co-chairs, “in furthering the Peace Process”.

 

09.05.06: SL places orders with Pakistan for “cluster bombs, MBRLs, deep penetration bombs and rockets and UAVs”.

 

SLA destroys Nadeswara College fences.

 

SLN bars Karainagar fishermen from going out to sea. 

 

10.05.06: SLN claims  destroying 8 LTTE boats in a “combined Navy-Air Force attack, killing 50 guerrillas” while “17 SLN sailors were reported missing”.

 

SL military’s three-pronged attack on Mutur villages, kills 14 civilians, wounds 47, and damages 54 houses and 30 schools.

 

11.05.06: LTTE attacks a SLN convoy, sinking a boat, reportedly “guarding a vessel transporting Army personnel”.

 

SLAF bombs areas near LTTE’s Kilinochi HQ, “after a ship with hundreds of servicemen on board was attacked and 2 SLN Dvora boats destroyed”. SLMM

LTTE’s letter to SLMM  warns against  Monitors getting on board SSLN Vesselsri Lankan :

" We have on several occasions verbally informed you to refrain from boarding Sri Lankan Naval vessels. We have also given this request in writing to you twice so far. This is the third request from us to you to refrain from boarding Sri Lankan Naval Vessels.

"SLN is entering the sea adjoining the land in our control and disrupting the fishing activities of the people. It is also disturbing the LTTE exercises in doing so. If Sri Lankan Navy disrupts our activities we will definitely retaliat’.

"Please take this as the last warning to you to not board Sri Lankan Naval vessels."

 

12.05.06: Tamilselvan emphasizes to SLMM Head Ulf Ericsson,  in Kilinochi, LTTE’s sovereignty over  land, sea and air in that part of the North and East, which it controls de facto”, and that  "nobody has the right to pass judgment on the sovereign rights of our access to the adjacent sea and airspace of our homeland."

 

SLAF bombs LTTE airfield in Kilinochi to "deter further attacks" after the LTTE sank a SLN gunboat.

 

13.05.06:  SLN troops surround a civilian house in Allaipiddy (Mandativu), open fire, killing 8 civilians, including a 4 months old  baby, a 4 year old son and their parents.

 

8 Jaffna youths abducted by SLA. 

 

SLMM temporarily suspends sea monitoring.

 

14.05.06: SLA kills a youth in Kopay, and shoots dead another in Atchuveli (Jaffna). 

 

13 civilians killed in SLN controlled Jaffna islets-,

an area   EPDP controlled before the 2002 CFA.

 

Paramilitary men gun down 3 civilians, all from same family, in their House in Puliyankoodal.

 

Armed men set fire to several shops, blast a transformer at Puliyankoodal junction, and attack a petrol station.

 

SLN bans fishing along Vadamarachi coasts. 

 

15.05.06:  Blast injures 9 Muslims in Akkaraipattu. 

 

Sinhala expatriates demonstrate outside BBC London HQ, “protesting bias towards Tamil terrorists”.

 

16.05.06: US Secy of State Donald Camp Dy confirms US role in EU’s’ listing of LTTE as terrorists, saying “We have encouraged the EU to list the LTTE”.

 

17.05.06: Samaraweera arrives in Tokyo for “talks with his Japanese counterpart on SL’s “crumbling peace.”

 

TNA PS candidate Palasuntharam Kamalraj, companion shot dead in Batticaloa. 

 

18.05.06: EU decides to “blacklist Tamil Tiger separatists as a terrorist group.. despite warnings that this could lead to full-blown civil war.”

 

EU Parliament passes unanimous resolution to “freeze LTTE assets” in the  25 countries.

 

19.05.06: Allaipiddy families vacate village.

 

SLN bans deep sea fishing in Vadamarachi. 

 

20.05.06:  SL refugee boat arrivals in India mount, with more than 1,000 Tamils  fleeing since January.

 

India steps up “coastline surveillance, both by sea and by air.

 

21.05.06: Ramanan, LTTE’s Senior Commander (East), assassinated by SLA sniper at Vavunathivu FDL.

 

Karuna Group claims its “forces attacked LTTE camp with mortars overrunning the site,  and killing LTTE fighters.”

 

22.05.06: Gunmen storm ‘Uthalayan’  Jaffna office, killing its Editorial Manager and seriously wounding 2 others.

 

23.05.06:  SLA builds new camp in Navatkuli, Jaffna.

 

LTTE rejects “pleas from Buddhist and Catholic priests to hold direct talks with SL’s President to stop the island nation from sliding back to full-scale civil war”.

 

24.05.06: SLAF flies spy missions over LTTE held areas in the North.

 

SLA mounts mortar attacks on Vavunathivu LTTE FDLs. 

 

SLA conducts CSO in Trinco town.

 

SLA arrest son taking coffin to father's funeral. 

 

More Trinco refugees flee to Rameswaram. 

 

25.05.06:  SLN arrest 105 Tamils “trying to flee to India”.

 

LTTE confirms releasing 16 young fighters, aged  15-17, back to their families, in April and May.

26.05.06:  Solheim meets Mahinda in Colombo.

 

NEIAP Deputy Project Director assassinated in Batticaloa.

 

SLA soldiers gun down 2 youths in Nallur, Jaffna 

 

27.05.06: Ahead of Donor Co-Chairs’ meeting in Tokyo, Erik Solheim meets M.K. Narayan  and suggests “a bigger role for India in restoring peace”.

 

LTTE agrees to “visit Norway in June and discuss with GoSL the peace monitoring by Nordic countries.

 

Bomb blast of a tourist vehicle, in Wilpattu national park, kills 8 persons on board.

 

SLA conducts CSO in Jaffna Teaching Hospital building. 

 

SL military impose embargo on cement, steel, and limits fuel supply to North.

 

28.05.06: Shelling and gunfire reported across Kinnaiyadi lagoon in LTTE, SLA FDL posts.

 

LTTE protests appointment of military officer as Trincomalee GA.

 

29.05.06: South African Tamils join protest against EU ban. 

 

Expatriate Tamils in Switzerland, Nehterlands, Denmark, Sweden Norway, Canada and US protest EU ban of LTTE.

 

30.05.06: 13 Sinhalese settlers killed in Omadiyamadu, Weliknde. 

 

31.05.06:  Samaraweera claims LTTE “funnels contributions from Tamils living in North America and Europe, thru Malaysia and Singapore to buy weapons in Thailand and Cambodia”.

 

GoSL agrees to attend Oslo meeting in June to “discuss fresh security arrangements for SLMM monitoring in north and east”.

 

Fighting breaks out near Nagarkovil FDL. 

 

01.06.06:  GoSL names Palitha Kohona (Peace Secretariat Dorector) to lead its delegation to Oslo for  talks on CFA.

 

LTTE requests diplomatic travel arrangements for its Team    attending Oslo talks.

 

TNA party office in the East bombed and 2 party activists gunned down.

 

Police blocks fuel delivery to Trinco MPCS (Verugal). 

 

02.06.06: Richard Boucher affirms support for “Sri Lankan’s struggle against Tamil terrorists who bear the major responsibility for the upsurge of violence.”

 

8 LTTE members escape from a jail in East.

 

03.06.06: Mahinda calls on “more countries to “follow EU’s lead and declare the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization.”

 

GoSL gives security guarantee to LTTE team, “allowing them to attend talks in Oslo”.

 

04.06.06: STF troops shell Santhamalai Murugan temple, where devotees gathered preparing for annual festivals.

 

05.06.06: LTTE delegation led by Thamilchelvan, arrives in Oslo. 

 

Jaffna GA reports critical fuel    shortage in Jaffna. 

 

06.06.06: 

 

06.06.06:  M. Karunanidhi, after meeting Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, tells reporters that "Central Govt's policy (on Sri Lanka) will be the State Govt's policy."

 

07.06.06:  Akashi states “Though escalation of violence in SL is a serious concern, Japan has no immediate plans to reduce or stop economic and humanitarian aid to SL.”

 

08.06.06: GoSL and LTTE  start talks in  Jevnaker, Oslo “on truce monitors” -- as Erik  Solheim describes the situation in Sri Lanka as “extremely serious.”

 

GoSL-LTTE talks “on the safety of cease-fire monitors” did not begin in Oslo on Thursday, as LTTE refused to hold direct talks, demanding “senior ministerial presence in the GoSL delegation”.

 

LTTE also “objected to the presence of nationals from Sweden, Denmark and Finland as part of the SLMM, as they were EU members”.

 

 09.06.06: Norway holds “LTTE responsible for the failure of the Oslo talks, and sought “written replies from President Mahinda Rajapakse and the LTTE leader, V. Prabakaran, to five critical questions that would define the prospects of conflict resolution”

Also that “LTTE had arrived in Oslo after accepting its invitation and had subsequently raised objections to the previously communicated intentions and modalities for the meeting”.

 

10.06.06:  LTTE’s Lt. Col. Mahenthi killed in SLA’s anti-personnel mine in Mannar District.

 

SLA soldiers massacre family of 4 in Vankalai. 

 

Tamil businessman shot dead in Wellawatte.

 

 12.06.06: Erik Solheim expressed “anger and disappointment that the planned talks in Oslo, failed to even get off the ground”,   urged GoSL and LTTE “to take firm steps toward peace, without which the island risks sliding back to full-scale war.”

 

Pakistan opens a $250 M credit line to SL for supplying “military equipment, including many offensive weapons”.

 

13.06.06: Mahinda appoints a 12 member “think tank”, comprising constitutional legal experts, “to draft  a framework towards a final solution to the country's long drawn-out separatist armed conflict….to be  headed by H. L. De Silva,  “an eminent civil and constitutional lawyer”.

 

Police, STF and SLAF conduct  CSO in Puthur, Thimilaithivu and Sethukkuda (Batticaloa, from 5.30 a.m until 8.30 p.m… “No one was arrested and no weapons were found” during the house-to-house search and prolonged interrogation of the villagers”.

 

LTTE's Constitutional Affairs Committee meets in Oslo. 

LTTE delegation arrives in Switzerland.

 

14.06.06: Samaraweera, once an opponent of Norwegian facilitation… received a high-level reception, unusual for a Foreign Minister.by HM King Harald, while Tamils protested outside the Royal Palace in Oslo.

 

15,06.06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kilinochchi suburbs, and Tharavai, Pulipaynthakal in Batticaloa.

 

SLAF bombs Tsunami camp in Mullaithivu.

 

64 killed and 94, including 15 children and a Buddhist monk, wounded in Clamore blast that hit a civilian bus in Kebitigollawe.

 

SLA launches artillery fire on Mutur east village. 

 

Karuna Group abducts 125 children in East. 

 

16.06.06: 3 SLN boats sunk by LTTE, 12 troops killed.

 

18.06.06:  Karuna Group abducts Muslims, demands ransom. 

 

SLA builds new camp in Mallakam. 

 

19.06.06: SLAF Kfir bombers fly over Vanni.

 

Clash erupts at Nagarkovil FDL.  

 

20.06.06: Tamil businessman shot dead in Batticaloa. 

 

Armed men burn down the ‘Uthayan’ newspaper warehouse  in Jaffna SL military warns foreign nationals, journalists, INGO official’s et al residing in Vanni to remain inside UN and INGO offices, while foreign journalists visiting Vanni seek refuge in UNICEF and ICRC offices in Kilinochchi.

 

A woman killed, 44 wounded in Pesalai, as SLN troops lob grenades at ‘Our Lady of Victory’ ‘Church.

 

SLAF bombs Kilinochchi again on Friday evening. 

 

17.06.06:  LTTE attacks a SLN base in Mannar, while SLN claimed having “killed 30 rebels”.

 

SLN shoots dead 4 fishermen on Pesalai shores

 

TRO's main storage facility in Batticaloa robbed

 

Hundreds of SLA troops raid Jaffna University.

 

21.06.06:  SLA takes Colombo journalists on Jaffna tour. 

 

Mahinda warns editors and heads of media bodies to explain the “current situation in the country… faithfully reproduce government’s widening war against LTTE”.

 

22.06.06: Arsonists target Kopay Heroes Cemetary and ransack office and store. 

 

23.06.06: SL forces conduct CSO in Batticaloa town.

 

Tamil businessman shot dead in Negombo. 

 

25.06.06:  Tamil expatriate shot dead in Valaichenai .

 

Mahinda coveys thru Uthayan Editor, Vithyatharan, that  he “will disarm Karuna Group, if LTTE agreed starting ‘direct talks… If LTTE and GoSL agree to put an end to all violence for 2 weeks, they could make a fresh start.. don't have to do it thru Norway … can deal directly… LTTE should inform him at the earliest what they expect in exchange for an agreement to stop all attacks for 2 weeks...LTTE should not ask for disarming of Karuna Group straight away and have them thrown on the road. Then the LTTE will kill them. ..… he will ensure that, during the 2 week period, there will be no attacks by Karuna group”. (Sunday Leader)

 

26.06.06: Major General Parami Kulatunga and 2 other SLA officers killed in bomb blast at Pannipitiya, when “two LTTE suicide bombers on a motor cycle rammed into the vehicle in which the Army officers were traveling”.

 

Anton Balasingam empresses “regret” over Rajiv Gandhi assassination, calling it “a monumental historical tragedy which we deeply regret, and we call upon the Govt. and people of India to be magnanimous to put the past behind... and approach the ethnic question in a different perspective."

 

28.06.06: 5 SLN sailors, 1 LTTE cadre killed in sea clash.

 

LTTE release 46 under-age youths. 

 

29.06.06: Daughter shot dead, father seriously injured in Jaffna.

 

9 Tamil engineering undergrads arrested by Mortur Police. 

 

01.07.06: SLA, SLN launch artillery fire on Mutur east village.

 

SLN claims sinking “a Tamil rebel boat as it approached KKS harbor”.

 

02.07.06: TRO worker abducted in Valaichchenai. 

 

India offers to “share its experience of federal polity” when Foreign Secy Shyam Saran met Mahinda.

 

03.07.06:   Mahinda ends Bandaranaike family's monopoly over SLFP, by getting elected as Party  Chairman.

 

04.07.06: SLA conducts CSO in Ariyalai, Jaffna. 

 

05.07.06: Uduvil woman raped, murdered by SLA troops. 

 

Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness, meets LTTE leaders in Kilinochi, urges them to “embark on the path to peace.”

 

07.07.06: Police arrest   “at least 3 suspects connected with the suicide attack” on General Sarath Fonseka.

 

09.07.06:  SLA arrest a man “in possession of thousands of tiny steel balls, a key component in home made explosives”.

 

10.07.06: Mahinda calls an All-Party Conference (APC)  to ”work out devolution

proposals…to craft a power-sharing plan aimed to arrive at a home grown, political solution to SL's ethnic conflict.”

 

11.07.06: LTTE media coordinator Daya Master who suffers cardiac attack rushed to Colombo for heart surgery.

 

12.07.06:  Outgoing US ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead calls for  "radical changes" in the way SL is governed”, urging GoSL and LTTE to “resume talks on ending decades of bloodshed.”

 

13.07.06: Artillery, mortar fire reported at Nagarkovil FDL.

 

14.07.06: JHU protesters demand  of LTTE’s Daya Master at Colombo hospital, condemning Govt for “allowing a LTTE official safe passage to Colombo, and  providing security at a hospital where he is being treated for heart ailment.”

 

12 SL troops, 4 Tigers killed in Vakaneri battle.

 

15.07.06:  Grenade lobbed at Jaffna TRO office.

 

16.07.06: Gothabaya visits Jaffna, confers with SLA commanders.

 

2 auto-rickshaw drivers shot dead in  Pedro. 

 

19.07.06:  Claymore mine hits SLA convoy, 3 killed, 11 wounded. 

 

20.07.06: Ranil met Manmohan Singh and Indian leaders and discussed “peace prospects”.

 

TRO officer assaulted by SLA troops in Jaffna. 

 

21.07.06: TNA MP Jeyananthamoorthy's house attacked. 

 

Young woman shot dead in Jaffna town. 

 

SLA guns down MPCS branch manager in Mannar. 

 

22.07.06:  Man shot dead near Jaffna town.

 

Young man shot dead in Kopay, Jaffna.

 

68-year old man shot dead in Puttur, Jaffna. 

 

Men in ‘white van’ abduct fisherman in .Pedro.

 

 

2 Tamil youths shot dead in Kalmunai.

 

23.07.06: LTTE turns away Irrigation Engineers attempting to open the Mavil Aru gates.

 

24.07.06:  Man shot dead in Karainagar.

 

Two youths shot dead in Nallur, Jaffna. 

 

26.07.06: SLAF bombs LTTE areas in East, claiming they “needed to clear the region before moving engineers in to repair water tank at Mavil Aru”.

 

27.07.06: SLN attacks fishermen in seas off Mullaithivu. 

 

SLAF Kfirs bomb a Mullaithivu village. 

 

28.07.06: SLAF bombs “Tamil rebels' airstrip deep inside LTTE territory”.

 

4th UNP MP joins Rajapakse govt., becomes Deputy Minister. 

 

Trader and 2 youths shot dead in Jaffna town and  

Urumpirai. 

 

29.07.06: SLAF bombing of LTTE held areas continues for a 4th day, killing 8 and wounding 4 civilians.

 

S. Elilan, LTTE Trinco Political Head, informs SLMM Head Ulf Henricsson that “SLA artillery attacks and SLAF air strikes on LTTE held NE areas are “tantamount to GOSL declaration of War.. It is now appropriate for SLMM to declare publicly that CFA is not holding anymore on the ground."

 

GoSL accuses Finland and Denmark of “giving in to LTTE by pulling their cease-fire monitors”.

 

30.07.06: SLA troops capture Mavil Aru, after intense aerial bombing and artillery raids, “killing up to 40 LTTE cadres”.

 

SLA troops move towards Maavilaru irrigation tank... getting “close to opening the sluice gates”.

 

31.07.06: SL military reports “9 soldiers killed and 15 wounded, while 35 Tamil Tiogers were killed in major battle” for control of Mavil Aru.

 

A blast reported at SLA armory in Kalutara.

 

19 SLA soldiers killed in a blast at Serunuwara (Trinco).

 

Shells hit Trinco SLN base, killing 14 and destroying a  Dvora boat.

 

Tamil Americans protest in front of US Capitol. 

 

 01.08.06: LTTE artillery shells hit ship carrying 854 SLA troops, killing 6, wounding 5 SLN personnel.

 

5 LTTE vessels attack a Dvora boat, killing 8 SLN troops and damaging the Trinco naval HQ.

 

SLAF Kfir jets take off from Colombo towards Pulmoddai in support of the SLN ship under siege.

 

SLAF bombing continues in Eachchilampathu. 

 

02.08.06: LTTE overrun 4 SLA camps around Trinco.

 

US Embassy in Colombo says “Raising Tiger flag not illegal.”

 

03.08.06: SLA artillery fire hit 3 Mutur schools, where residents had taken shelter, killing 18 people.

 

SLA artillery fire kills 10,  wounds 40 Muslim IDPs in Mutur Arabic College.

 

A medical doctor, his wife, two nurses and driver killed when a hospital ambulance was hit by SLA DPU Claymore mine attack ambushed in Nedunkerni.

 

75 passengers in a private bus narrowly escape another SLA Claymore attack, just 10 km away from the Nedunkerni ambush site.

 

04.08.06: Thousands of civilians, mostly Muslims, flee their homes in Mutur, as SLA-LTTE fighting spreads, “walking miles thru minefields and jungle”.

 

SLAF bombs Verukal ferry. 

 

Sinhala villagers block ICRC food convoy to Mutur.

 

05.08.06:  SLA massacre 15 ACF workers (14 Tamils and a Muslim) trapped inside their Mutur branch office/residence (Total now known to be17). 

 

JVP campaigns to "Expel Norway from SL."

 

15,000 fleeing Tamils stranded in Killiveddy.

 

SLAF bombings, SLA artillery target road infrastructure in LTTE held areas.

 

06.08.06: SLA artillery shellings in Pesalai, cause 4000 civilians to flee. 

 

SLA fires MBRL rockets from Trinco to Mutur. 

 

SLAF bombs Mavilaru, SLMM Head narrowly escapes, taking shelter in bunker. 

 

SLA shelling Valaichenai and Komanthurai camps kills 15 civilians, (including a 10-yr old and 11-yr-old), injures 20, and damages 10 houses.

 

 07.08.06: JVP calls for abrogation of CFA.

 

08.08.06: Maavilaru sluice gates opened by LTTE and  civil society  representatives. 

 

09.08.06: SLA blocks food convoy to Vaharai.

 

Fleeing IDPs bombed in Verugal, 5 killed. 

 

10.08.06: 41 SLA soldiers killed, 120 wounded in heavy fighting around Maavil Aru.. while 10 Tigers died and 20 wounded.

 

At least 50 civilians killed, 200 wounded, in renewed SLA offensive… with SLAF bomb around Kathiraveli, as thousands flee the area.

 

11.08.06: LTTE shells and rockets hit Palaly air base.

 

Civilians flee SLA offensive in Jaffna. 

 

SLAF bombs Tharavai in Batticaloa.

 

SLA closes Uyilankulam and Madhu checks.

 

UAV spotted over Kilinochchi. 

 

Tamil shops in Colombo attacked.

 

12.08.06: LTTE forces repel SLA offensive towards Elephant Pass.

 

SLAF jets bomb Mandativu island, “as a launch pad for another offensive into Vanni”. 

 

Co-chairs call for immediate cessation of hostilities. 

 

Kethesh Loganathan, Dy Secy SCOPP, shot dead in his Dehiwela home.

 

7 Jaffna civilians returning from Kathirgamam killed in SLA artillery fire at Muhamalai check post.

 

37 killed, 93 wounded in Jaffna fighting.

 

13.08.06: 40 civilians feared killed, 100 wounded as SLA shells fired from Palaly hit St. Phililp Mary Church in Allaipiddy.

 

SLN arrest 95 Pesalai civilians fleeing to TLTTE areas. 

 

14.08.06: 61 schoolgirls killed, 129 wounded in air strike as SLAF Kfir jets bombed a children's home compound in Mullaithivu district.

 

SLMM confirms that the bombed site is “not military installation”, as alleged by GoSL.

 

GoSL orders all schools in the island to be closed till August 27. 

 

15.08.06:  LTTE artillery hits Palaly control tower. 

 

Newspaper delivery agent and 2 students shot dead in Jaffna.

 

UNICEF says: “bombing of  Sencholai compound that killed dozens of girls and wounded many more is a "shocking result of the rising violence". 

 

SLN arrest 116 Mannar Tamil civilians fleeing to India.

 

16.08.06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Vanni.  Heavy fighting breaks out in Jaffna. 

 

17.08.06: M. Karunanidhi condemns SLAF  bombing of Sencholai school.

 

SLA denies medical treatment to Jaffna injured civilians. 

 

18.08.06:  SLAF bombers destroy tsunami-boat yard

at Nellian (Vadamaradchi).

 

Cash flow low in Jaffna due to closure of banks. 

 

SLA arrest 16 Tamils in Chavakachcheri. 

 

SLN denies civilian movement to Jaffna Islets. 

 

19.08.06: Uthayan newspaper warehouse burnt down in Jaffna. 

 

Two men shot dead by SLA in Karaveddy, as 4 men get killed in Jaffna. 

 

SLA Jaffna University students, including Sivaraj Paheerathan, kept in remand for 9 months before release by the Colombo Chief Magistrate, since the “AG had  no charge again him under A”

 

20.08.06: Hanssen-Bauer says “EU ban on LTTE hurt peace efforts”.

 

Ten Tamil girls, residents of Mannar district, working in a Negombo garment factory arrested by Peliyagoda Police.

 

LTTE Commander Sornam's brother assassinated in Trinco.

 

22.08.06:  Two men killed in Jaffna. 

 

Catholic priest reported missing in Allaipiddy.

 

Mahinda declares that  “Sampur threatens Trinco Harbour.”

 

8 arrested in US, on LTTE-related charges. 

 

SLA bans Colombo bound heavy vehicles from East. 

 

SLRC worker shot dead in Vavuniya. 

 

Sivamaharajah, Namathu Eelanadu Managing director, assassinated in Tellippalai.

 

24.08.06:  UN worker shot dead in Thambiluvil.

 

Another Christian priest Rev. Fr. Vincent Vinodharaja, 35, father of one reported missing in Jaffna. 

 

SLAF Kfir jets bomb Vadamaradchi East. 

 

Armed men destroy TRO Office in Jaffna. 

 

2 women shot dead in Jaffna town and Vadamaradchchi. 

 

25.08.06: Thondaman, Chandrasekaran join UPFA government. 

 

STF kills 5 Tamil youths in Batticaloa.

 

3 Tamil youths abducted in Colombo. 

 

Fish trader shot dead in Manipay, Jaffna.

 

26.08.06: INGOs leave Jaffna, while ICRC and UN Agencies stay on. 

 

29.08.06: Priests, public demand release of Allaippiddy Parish priest.

 

76 Tamils arrested in Colombo. 

 

Armed men set fire abandoned LTTE office in Jaffna.

 

30.08.06: Mahinda seeks UK's help to secure India's support.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

31.08.06: SLAF bombs Kilinochchi. 

 

SLN arrest fleeing Tamils in Mannar.

 

British Tamils protest against Mahinda’s London visit. 

 

: Heavy fighting erupts off Pt Pedro coast.

 

Many flee following LTTE SLN clashes in seas off Vadamaradchi. 

 

LTTE strongly condemns SLA's 'scorched earth policy' - “deliberately razing Tamil villages as part of its military offensive in Mutur East, occupying Tamil civilian centers and rendering them uninhabitable”.

 

Maharaja TV employee abducted in Colombo. 

 

02.09.06                                : Sewalanka NGO Planning official and his 55 yr-old 55 yr-old mother gunned down in shot dead in Karaveddy (Jaffna).

Private airline employees abducted in Colombo.

 

Vatican appeals over missing Jaffna priest.

 

03.09.06: GOSL freezes w.i.e TRO funds in all of its “bank accounts with immediate effect, under a directive given by Central Bank on the basis of combating the financing of terrorism”.

 

TRO protests the freezing of its bank accounts (without intimation), and warns of ‘desperate humanitarian crisis.

 

Armed ENDLF gunmen occupy TELO (TNA Party) district office in Trinco. 

 

04.09.06: Mahinda hails Sampur ‘capture’.

 

7 mutilated bodies buried in Allaipiddy.

 

06.09.06: 2 Tamils shot dead in Valaichchenai. 

 

NGO consortium reports food situation in Jaffnato be critical.

 

Ranil says"UNP will be in power in 90 days".

 

Women protestors in Jaffna urge re-opening of A9 highway. 

 

07.09.06: Civilians flee Jaffna islet of Velanai.

 

"White van" squad kills 2 civilians, wounds 2 in Jaffna. 

 

08.09.06:  SLN Commander Wasantha Karannagoda visits Northern Naval Areas, inspects installations - Elara at Karainagar, Uttara in KKS, and Allaipiddy, where some 40 civilians were killed or reported missing in SL artillery fire 3 weeks earlier.

 

09.09.06: Ratnasiri Wickremanayake vows “SLA will capture more and more ground”.

 

Kandy Police arrest 12 Tamil youths. 

 

11.09.06:  SLA fills fishing jetties with stones in Vadamaradcji. 

 

'White Van' squad abducts 8 civilians in Jaffna. 

 

SLA MI attemts assassination of Uthayan editors in Jaffna. 

 

12.09.06: Following their Brussels  meeting, Co-chairs suggest  GOSL/LTTE talks be held in early October, stating that they had received “signals” from LTTE and GOSL that they were ready for talks “without preconditions,”  want  both parties to meet “urgently in Oslo in early October, and that would review progress of the talks later that month.”

Erik Solheim tells NRK radio that “Norway had IC’s resolute backing and the mandate of the parties to the conflict for resuming the talks”.

 

13.09.06:  Manmohan Singh (vesting Brazil and Cuba) says India's efforts would be to ensure that the CFA “is a pre-requisite for a durable solution to the island's crisis…”

 

15.09.06: GoSL denies agreeing to ‘unconditional’ talks” with LTTE. 

 

GOSL spells out its conditions for talks, “demanding a written assurance Velupillai Pirapaharan that LTTE would end its violence before GoSL will agree to hold talks”.

 

LTTE stresses to SLMM Head Lars Johan Sølvberg that transport of “humanitarian supplies thru land (A9 & A15) routes is crucial”. 

 

Church burnt down in Mannar mysteriously.

 

SLN arrest 70 Trinco Tamils in Talaimannar coast. 

 

16.09.06: Mahinda (in Havana) declares: LTTE to be a “dictatorial terrorist group”.

 

Two youths on a motorbike shoot dead another on a motorbike in Urumparai.

 

Execution style killings continue; fear grips Jaffna as 8 civilians killed in 24-hours. 

 

SL Courts decide that UN Rights rulings are “not binding on Sri Lanka”.  

 

SLA accused of stealing belongings of fleeing Thenmarachi residents.

 

17.09.06:  SLN closes land route to Jaffna islets.

 

18.09.06:  10 Muslims, who went to repair Rattal Kulam water tank in Pottuvil, near Yala National Park,

found butchered, one wounded and another missing.

 

Muslim protestors stone STF over Pottuvil massacre 

 

20.09.06: STF shoot Muslims in Ullai, protesting the Pottuvi massacre, wounding 14.

 

Police deny SLMM access to sole survivor of the Pottuvil massacre.

 

21.09.06: Clashes erupt at Nagarkovil, as SLAF bomb Palai. 

 

Norway grants Rs. 27 m to Muslim Peace Secretariat. 

 

22.09.06: LTTE “responds positively to Co-Chairs” call for talks in Oslo. (Hans Brattskar and Thamilchelvan also discuss the Co-Chairs’s statement on re-opening A9 Road, rampant abductions, killings etc in SLA controlled areas).

 

5 civilians killed, 12 youths arrested, and 3 reported missing in Jaffna.  

 

23.09.06: US Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ), speaking to the House, supported Norway and Donor Co-chairs' call for unconditional talks, advocating autonomy for Tamils, and endorsing Richard Boucher's statement that "though we reject the methods that Tamil Tigers have used, there are legitimate issues raised by Tamil community and they have a legitimate desire to control their own lives, to rule their own destinies, and to govern themselves in their homeland''.

 

24.09.06: White van squad kills TNA MP's bodyguard in Batticaloa. 

 

25.09.06:  37 Trinco Tamils arrested along Mannar coast. 

 

SLN, Sea Tigers clash off Pulmoddai.

 

26.09.06:  SLAF Kifir jets bomb LTTE held village in Mannar. 

 

27.09.06: GoSL claims “SLAF MI-24 Helicoer gun ships pounding LTTE bases in Mullaitivu and Tricomalee, killing a large number of LTTE cadres”.

Chandra Nehru’s son Chandrakanthan, sworn in as TNA national list MP to replace Joseph

Pararajasingham.

TNA MPs sit-in-protest in Parliament, demanding the re-opening of A9 land route and lifting the economic embargo imposed on Jaffna.

         

Raj Mani Shankar Aiyar offers India's Panchayati Raj model as solution to SL.

 

28.09.06:  Colombo said to be “considering alternate land route to Jaffna, in place of A9”. 

 

White Van Squad abducts two Tamils in Chilaw near Udappu Tamil School

 

STF shells Tsunami transit centres in Thandiyady, Amparai.

 

29.09.06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kandalady in Vaharai, where IDPs from Trinco had taken refuge.

 

SLN imposes fishing ban in Pungudutivu. 

 

12 LTTE cadres killed in STF ambush inside Pullumalai in Batticaloa.

 

Bodies of 11 cadres killed handed over to LTTE by ICRC.

 

GOSL sets new conditions for talks (Keheliya Rambukwella tells Sunday Times) that LTTE should:

 

- provide a specific time frame to resume and conclude peace    talks;

- give an assurance to IC and Donor Co-chairs of the peace process that it will not use sea routes to smuggle into Sri Lanka any military hardware; and

- make a commitment that it would not resort to any violence during the period of the talks.”

 

30.09.06: SLA balks at returning commandeered vehicles to Jaffna owners. 

 

SLA ban on building materials to Vaharai stays.

 

Ratnasri Wickremanayake says “Norway cannot define talk’s venue”.

 

01.10.06: In 48 shellings and aerial bombings since April, 257 civilians killed - 29 aerial bombings on civilian settlements and 21 shelling directed at civilian settlements.

 

131 individuals slain in Jaffna in 2 months. 

 

02.10.06: GOSL expels 3 medical specialists of (MSF - France) in. Pedro Manthikai Govt hospital, (declared HSZ since Aug. 11)

 

03.10.06: Tamilselvan tells Jon Hanssen Bauer (and Hans Brattskar) in Kilinochchi that “while LTTE leadership has agreed to the Co-Chairs call to halt all offensive military activities, GOSL was adamant in continuing with its military offensives … the ball is squarely in GOSL courts to halt its military offensives”.

 

04.10.06:  Mhinda agrees to Oct. 28-30 talks “as proposed by LTTE” …after he had “careful deliberations” with senior officials … that GOSL “reserved the right to attack rebel positions which could pose a threat to national security”.

 

SLAF “pound rebel positions in North”, claiming “… 3 air strikes, this morning, to destroy LTTE mortar positions”.

 

SLAF Kfir jets drop”at least 9 bombs in Kudarappu" (Vadamaradchi); also destroying 4 Tsunami reconstructed houses.

 

05.10.06: SLA launch new three-pronged offensive towards Vaharai, wounding 7 civilians...resulting in 30 SLA solders killed and one wounded soldier captured alive by LTTE.

 

GOSL plans doubling defence spending to Rs.139.6b, from Rs.69.5b for 2006…Overall spends up 40% to Rs 804.6 b ($7.7 billion) in 2007.

 

06.10.06: After a LTTE defence council meeting, Thamilchelvan sends letter to Jon Hanssen-Bauer, stating that “LTTE decision to abide by the Co-Chairs call was a goodwill gesture, extended to GoSL”, that the LTTE leadership's message was “a reminder of moral obligations bound with the call to cease violence to create a conducive environment for talks”.

 

7.10.06: LTTE, in an urgent communiqué to the Head of SLMM warns of "SLA’s preparation for Jaffna offensive…Heavy deployment of SL armed forces in Thenmaradhi and Vadamarachi.”

 

08.10.06: SLA offensive repulsed in Muhamalai, 5 killed.

 

Sunday Observer reports: “…At least 84 LTTE cadres killed in abortive attack on SLA FDL in Kajuwatta, Batticaloa…when the army retaliated.”

 

09.10.06: 10 disappearances, 4 extrajudicial killings, 8 rapes, and several arrests and assaults by SLA and paramilitary forces reported in Jaffna, during Oct first week.

 

SLA moves “truck loads of military hardware from its Palaly main base to FDL in Jaffna… consignments of artillery ammunition, mortar shells, and rockets... to the A9 Muhamalai FDL.

 

MOD bans importation of remote control toys, requiring “MOD approval to import’ such toys (cars and jeeps).

 

SLA orders Union College to relocate. 

 

Ambassadors of Co-Chair countries in Colombo meet Mahinda and express concern over continuous hostilities, even after both parties agreed to resume peace talks...”

 

10.10.06: Thamilchelvan tells Hans Brattskar that “IC should ensure SLMM access to FDLs”.

 

11.10.06: SLA launch major offensive in Jaffna, with ground troop-movement into LTTE held areas, with heavy artillery and MBRL rocket fire.

 

Curfew imposed in Thenmaradchi.

 

12.10.06: Mahinda & Ranil meet, and “agree to “pursue national consensus”.

 

SLA “suffers major loss in pre-talks fighting... 118 soldiers killed and over 500 wounded”.

 

LTTE hands over to ICRC 74 bodies of SLAtroops.

 

STF troops launch pre-dawn offensive inside Kanchikudicharu (Amparai).

 

34 youths, aged 16 to 25, reported abducted by Karuna Group in Thirukovil (Amparai) on 11 & 12.

 

13.10.06: SLAF Kfir jets drop 48 bombs, in six sorties, on Muttayankattu (Mullaitivu).

 

GoSL appoints “Parliament select committee to investigate NGO activities “on suspicion of working against the national interests”.

 

Civil Monitoring Committee reports “29 persons still missing in Colombo… 6 killed, 8 persons released…” 

 

17-10-06: SLAF Kfir bombers  destroy the main broadcast tower and transmitter that broadcasts Thamil Eelam Radio and  Voice of Tigers (Vote),ThamilEelam Vanoli- a commercial Tamil service and a Sinhala language broadcast.

 

 18-10-06: A 15-member LTTE team in 5 vessels enter Dashing naval base, attack 4 SLN vessels and installations… damaging a ship, a Fast Attack Craft, and 2 water jet inshore patrol vessels.”

 

Sinhala mob loot 20 Tamil shops in Gale city.

 

19.10.06: SLAF Kfir jet bombings in Thrive and Iralakulam (Batticaloa) badly damage, the Pillayar Temple, 13 houses and MPCS building.

 

Sinhala gangs attack Vehicles on Trinco-Batticaloa Rd, injuring passengers, following the Monday Habarana bomb attack which killed 133 and wounded several SLN personnel.

 

TNA MPs boycott parliament, protesting NE de-merger ruling by SC.

SLAF jets “pound identified rebel targets “LTTE military base” at Illuppadichena in Batticalaoa.

 

20-10-06: Richard Boucher, visits Trinco, holds discussions separately with SL military, GA, UC and NGOs civil authority.

 

Sea Tiger- SLN clashes erupt in the seas off Pt Pedro, after SLN flotilla launched an attack in Nagarkovil area.

 

SLAF helicopters and SLN vessels resume attack on Sea Tiger flotilla returning to Mullaithvu. 2 SLN Dvora vessels damaged in sea clash.

 

SLA in Varany (Thenmaradchi) fire artillery shells towards LTTE controlled area.

 

21-10-06: 7 civilians shot dead by armed men and the body of a youth with cut injuries found in a well in Neeraviady.

 

SLN impose fishing restrictions in coastal areas around Colombo (Modara, Mattakkuliya, Elakanda, Palliyawaththa, Uswetakeyiyawa, Dikowita and Pamunugama) - to go fishing before 6 PM and return after 6 AM, not to engage in fishing in big clusters of boats and to be vigilant for suspicious movements”.

 

Richard Boucher, says “the timing of the SC decision on the issue of NorthEast de-merger is unfortunate... raises lot of questions… right before the next round of Talks…”

 

 22-10-06: 3 Tamil residents in Colombo, abducted by persons in a white van, found shot dead in Pilyandala and Ragama.

 

In Colombo, 9 Tamils killed and 33 disappeared in recent weeks, 9 of whom released after paying ransom.

 

"Pass" system re-introduced for all vehicles leaving Mannar and Vavuniya Districts… requiring passes obtained from police stations in Vavuniya, Chettikulam and Mannar before leaving for outstations.”

 

23.10.-6: Armed men shoot dead lorry driver, injuring another, after being stopped at Poonthodamin (Vavuniya).

 

Karuna Group burn Tamil newspapers (Virakesari and Metro News) in Batticaloa

 

SLFP and UNP sign 10-clause, 2 years MOU, to implement a 4 point common national agenda.

 

24.20.06: LTTE delegation lead by Thamilchelvan leaves Kilinochchi with Hans Brattskar, for talks in Geneva, saying they “will focus on the urgent humanitarian crisis caused by SL state terrorism...”

25-10-06: GoSL delegation (Nimal Siripala de Silva, Ferial Ashraff and Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Gomin Dayasiri, H.L. de Silva, Ex- IGP Chandra Fernando, Rohitha Bogollagamand Dr. Palitha Kohona) leave for talks in Geneva.

 

26-10-06: LTTE makes child recruitment illegal under the “Child Protection Act Oct. 15, The Act, which also makes education compulsory for children until 16, and bans all forms of child labor”.

 

28-10-06: Swiss Ambassador Heidi Tailgating opens Geneva Talks II... and Erik Solheim, appeals for “progress toward an end to the 23-year conflict”.

 

Head of SL delegation, Sripala de Silva shakes hands with Thamilchelvan as the talks begin.

 

Thamilchelvan in his opening statement, calls for “full implementation of the February 2002 CFA,… and taking such actions that will bring normalcy in the lives of our people, and help in taking forward the peace process towards a satisfactory conclusion...the best we can hope for from the current talks is therefore, the strengthening of the CFA agreement that has the potential to lead to a permanent, just peace in this island."

 

29-10-06:  Geneva II talks end without any agreement on humanitarian issues or the re-opening of A9 gateway.

30-10-06: TNA PS Member

Gopala Krishnan Padmanathan assassinated in Serunuwara.

 

SLA mortar fire towards 46 Gurunagar fishermen returning ashore in 15 boats to Pooneryn and Kanjikuda.

 

LTTE charge GoSL of “blocking the A-9 highway to strangle the main supply route to the North”, while GoSL maintained that a “sea delivery route would be cheaper and safer”.

 

31-10-06: LTTE rejects GoSL offer to set up a sea route, pointing out that it would not be suitable for aid agencies.

 

01-11-06: Envoys of  Donor Co-Chairs  meet  LTTE Delegation returning from Geneva talks, at the Kaatunayake Airport, and GoSL Delegation that attended the at the Govt Peace Secretariat.

 

SLAF Kfir jets bomb civilian settlements, 9 times in Kattumurivu (Batticaloa), badly damaging 12 houses.

 

02-11-06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kilinochchi hospital, Mannar and Pooneri... 4 bombs dropped in Kilinochi damage the newly built

Hospital, killing 5 members of a family in a nearby settlement. More than 300 patients, some seriously ill, mothers with new born babies… flee the hospital premises in panic.” 

 

SL Military however claims that SLAF bombed only”LTTE’s military training facility in Kilinochchi…and Sea Tiger positions in Mannar.”

 

03-11-06: SLAF bombs “3 LTTE naval bases in northwest and east”

 

SLA mortar attack kills father, son in Vaharai, Batticaloa.

 

Donor Co-Chairs, in a press release, express “deep regret over bombing of a house in Kilinochchi.. the death of 5 civilian,”the explosion comes at a delicate time when both sides should seek to build confidence and compromise to ensure further rounds of talks...”

 

PM Ratnasiri Wickremanayake announces GoSL plans to “launch offensives by land, sea and air … after having been patient for long, can no longer remain patient… We have therefore decided to launch offensives on the north and east by land, sea and air…Ours is a government elected by the people and it is our duty to protect them….Mr. Pirabakaran thinks only he is right…Tigers are threatening a democratic government with weapons, and we cannot allow this situation to continue".

 

Jaffna Bishop urges Mahinda to “avert humanitarian disaster by opening a land route to Jaffna to allow flow of desperately needed food and essentials”.

 

04-11-06: LTTE release 22 underage recruits “who lied about their age to join” the movement.

 

Anti- Tamil ‘NY Society of United Sri Lankan and Citizens for Safer America’ launch active campaign in Illinois for Charles Hutchinson challenging Danny Davis, who visited LTTE Kilinochchi HQ and met LTTE leaders in April 2005.

 

Kuldip Nayar, Indian journalist and head of the Indian Peace Mission to SL calls on India to “lift the LTTE ban and engage it politically…to bring lasting peace”.

 

05-11-06: Helen Olafsdottir urges A9 to be opened immediately, stating that “closing of A9 highway at Muhamalai is a CFA violation by GOSL, which has trapped more than half a million civilians within the Jaffna Peninsula”.

 

Dr S Ramadoss (PMK) calls for boycott of Mahinda’s Nov 17 visit to India.

 

06-11-06: SLA artillery shelling in Vaiharai continues, injuring 5 civilians including a six-month-old baby girl... in a transit camp of IDPs at Palchenai School.

 

 07-11-06:  SLA summons Uthayn, Yarl Thinakural and Valampuri editors and threaten them “not to publish any LTTE news, Pirabakaran's photo or his November Heroes' Day message”.

 

TNA MPs, wearing black bands, continue sit-in-protest in parliament, demanding the re-opening of A9 Highway and protesting against the SC ruling on de-merger of NorthEast province.

 

Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, tells parliament, that the controversial “issue of merger of Northern and Eastern Provinces… will have to be decided by the people" thru a referendum” referring to aspects following the SC judgment that the merger effected in 1987-88 had been illegal":

 

• implement the judgment and separate the two provinces.

 

• suitably amend the law under which the provinces were merged in the first place, and then go in for a referendum in the multi-ethnic Eastern Province..”

 

Helen Olafsdottir, SLMM spokeswoman reports 1,076 civilians have been killed since April 2006.

 

SLAF bombs Paalchenai and Vammivedduvan in Maharani 

 

LTTE reiterates the imperative of SLMM’s access to Northern FDL...urging GoSL to provide SLMM access to FDL areas in Vaharai for independent verification of the ground situation, instead of “baseless allegations of LTTE attacks.".

 

08.11-06: 40 refugees, including 6 babies, killed and 60 severely wounded in SLA
fired MBR and artillery shells targeting Kathiraveli, hit a school housing 5000 IDPs.”

 

60 civilians killed and 600 injured in Vakarai shell attack, which the Army claimed “Tigers are using people as human shields”.

 

SLA fire artillery shells that crossed over SLMM Head Lars Johan Sølvberg and his delegation visiting the LTTE controlled Pooneryn jetty’ to  undertake a feasibility study of GoSL’s latest suggestion to open  Pooneryin Sangupitty Road as an alternative to A9.

 

Allan Rock, special UN Rep arrives, on the invitation of GOSL, to “study the plight of children affected by war”.

 

09.11.06: A “Sea Tiger flotilla clashes with SLN in  fierce sea battle in the seas off Nagarkovil in LTTE territorial waters…killing 26 SLN troops, capturing 4 alive, recovering the body of another, destroying 2 Dvora Fast Attack Crafts, dismantle a seized craft and  taking all the armament including a 23 mm cannon and a HK AGL gun”

 

Erik Solheim slams SLA for unprovoked shelling at Pooneryn, when SLMM Head Lars Johan Sølvberg, narrowly escaped while inspecting the Pooneryn jetty….calling GoSL to “explain why troops fired grenades just meters away from the CFA monitor as he visited the site.”

 

Thousands of Tamil refugees flee from Vaiharai camp in the LTTE held area, a day after SLA bombed the location killing dozens of civilians.

 

AI condemns the “SL military attack” on a camp for IDPs in Vakarai and called for a full probe.

 

10.11.06: Nadarajah Raviraj, Jaffna district TNA MP shot dead in Colombo, near his Manningtown residence inNarahenpitiya, and his bodyguard seriously wounded.

 

11.11.06: Pirapaharan, bestows ‘Maamanithar’ (Great Human being) title on the slain Nadarajah Raviraj

 

13.11.06: Allan Rock states that GOSL “security forces of recruiting child soldiers on behalf of an allied paramilitary group, which is also fighting Tamil Tigers”… he had “evidence of direct involvement of troops in forcibly enlisting children for the paramilitary group”.

 

SLA intensifies MBR and artillery attacks from 4 different bases towards Vakarai, causing thousands of IDP Tamil families from Panichankerni and Alamkulam to flee on foot.

 

Armed men in white van abduct 3 youths in Chunnakam, Jaffna...

 

EX N. Ireland Minister Murphy, special envoy of Tony Blair sent “to discuss ways in which Britain could support the Norwegian peace process”...meets with Colombo envoys of Donor Co-Chairs, Mahinda, govt leaders and Ranil Wickremasinghe.

 

14-11-06: SLA soldiers at check post near  Vavuniya Thandikulam Agriculture Farm School, storm the premises, line up the uniformed hostel students engaged in practical and shoot at them, killing 4 (3 Tamil and a Muslim), wounding 9.

 

Civilians flee Maruthankulam and Kirimichchai where SLA troops have set up camps.

 

15-11-06: Vaharai made to starve by SLA, at Mankerny check post, refusing to allow food being taken to IDPs camps.

 

Jaffna bids farewell to slain TNA MP Nadarajah Raviraj.

 

16-11-06: 5 Tamil youths abducted, and bodies of 4 other Tamils found in Batticaloa.

 

Mahinda unveils GoSL’s 2007 budget, showing a 28 % increase in defence spending … that will raise to Rs. 139.56 b ($1.29 b) from the revised RS. 108.67 b for 2006 - up 45%.

 

17-11-06: Mahinda celebrates completion of one year as President, under the State of Emergency declared during the 2005 presidential elections.

 

18-11.06: Manmohan Singh writes to MDMK Vaiko, expressing “his concerns about the closure of A-9 highway and the loss of many innocent lives, mainly Tamils…. India would reiterate to Colombo that it must find a political solution thru negotiations and meet the genuine and legitimate rights of the Tamils...”

19-11-06:image  Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam, in  an letter, urges Donor Co-Chairs, scheduled to meet in Washhington on Nov. 20th, to “prevail upon GoSL to open A9 Highway, implement the CFA, and ensure hat the people don't feel they are living and suffering in an open prison any more".
spaceSLMM confirms that “SLA opened fire on the Thandikulam Agriculture Farm School, on 14-11-06, killing the 5 students”.

 

Mahinda lays the foundation stone for the new Weerawila international airport estimated to cost US$125M for the first stage.

 

Mahinda orders “authorities to make arrangements for the transport of essential goods to Jaffna by road using the A9, as a one time measure, on the eve of the Donor Co-Chairs Washington meeting…to enable one convoy of essential supplies of food, medicine and other essentials to Jaffna…Lorries transporting goods to Jaffna will be sealed and once the lorries reach Jaffna seals will he opened in the presence of representatives of civilian and religious organizations and government authorities. All relevant parties will be requested to ensure safe passage of these Lorries carrying humanitarian goods”.

 

space20-11-06: SLAF Kfir jets bomb Pooneryn and Muhamalai...after flying over Kilinochchi…and bombing a medical facility built under an ADB project

 

Anton Balasingham rreported to be afflicted by rare cancer. 

 

21-11-06: Donor Co-chairs meet in Washington.

 

4 youths from Kondavil surrender to HRC Jaffna offices, fearing danger to their lives from SLA and paramilitaries.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins, rules provisions in the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) to be as “constitutionally vague”.

 

22-11-06: SLAF jets bomb LTTE territory for a second day, as GOSL accused SLMM and UN envoy Allan Rock of “misleading Donors Co- Chairs about CFA violations….”

 

SLAF Jets hit “two rebel naval bases in Mannar, while SLA was shelling a planned humanitarian aid route to thousands of IDPs in the East”.

 

SLAF warplanes bomb Kilinochchi and suburbs, near the LTTE HQ, and jungle area.

 

Kaaruna Group, issues death threats to the 8 TNA MPs from Trinco, Batticaloa and Amparai …that “if they did not resign before Nov 27, they would be assassinated”.

 

22-11-06: Co-Chairs issue non-committal Joint Statement, after the Nov 21 Washington meeting, codenaming both LTTE and GOSL and calling for continued Negotiations... assuring “continued military, financial support” to GOSL.

 

Yasushi Akashi said that “the bulk’ of the $4.5 b (Eu 3.5 b) pledges made at a June 2003 Tokyo meeting has been paid… Nicholas Burns..” US are not a neutral observer: it believes the Tigers are a terrorist organization responsible for innocent deaths and the government has a right to maintain its territorial integrity… 

 

We ask GoSL to redouble its efforts'' at working for peace…US views the Tigers as greatly responsible for recent bloodshed, ..it takes both sides to agree to peace. It has been both sides that have caused the violence over the last several months…its incumbent upon us to use the influence that we have to try to move both of them, influence both of them to move toward peace.

 

23-11-06: GOSL dismiss Co-Chairs’ condemnation of HR abuses and CFA violations by SLA.

 

Heavy fighting breaks out in Vaharai, backed by heavy mortar, artillery and Multi-Barrel Rocket fire.

 

SLA demands cutting down trees lining Jaffna roads. 

 

24-11-06: SLA shoot dead 5 youths in Vavuniya, claiming “the youths to be LTTE cadres waiting to penetrate SLA area”.

 

SLA soldiers desecrate Heroes cemeteries in Kopay, Udupiddy and Kodikamam…. “razing several memorial stones in the 3 cemeteries…to sabotage the Heroes day celebrations in the Jaffna peninsula”.

 

(In 1995, SLA desecrated and destroyed these 3 Cemeteries, which were re-built following the sighing of February 2002 CFA.).

 

25-11-06: Mahinda and entourage leave for India on a 3 day official visit. 

 

STF launch mortar fire towards Kanchchikudicha Aru Heroes Cemetery.

 

SLA bulldozes and once again desecrates Alankulam (Mutur) Heroes' Cemetery.

 

26-11-06: India again calls SL President “to honour the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement and give legal force to the Northeast merger”

 

2 SLAF Kfir jets bomb Kilinochi southeast area … continuing intensified bombardment  for the fifth day, as the town began remembrance events prior to November 27 Heroes Day.

 

27-11-06: Pirapaharan, in his  annual Heroes’ Day speech, refers to the  “Sinhala leaders' duplicity of war and peace has left Tamils with no choice but political independence … unchanging attitude of successive Sinhala regimes..”.”

 

Court hears TRO's case against Central Bank 

 

28-11-06:  Mahinda, visiting India, dismissed Pirapaharan’s declaration that GoSL’s “transience has compelled Tamils no option but an independent state”,  saying that he “had not heard the speech... but had not taken it seriously, because he has always been saying these things”,  following from Ratnasiri Wickramanayake’s comments that he was “not so far aware of what the Tamil leader said.

 

A food convoy for Vaharai region stopped at the Usanettam SLA camp.

 

Armed men in a 'white van Shoot dead 2 Allaipiddy refugee brothers, seriously injuring the sister in Navanthurai (Jaffna),

 

29-11-06:  US Judge strikes down provisions of Terror Act.

 

With ICRC and SLMM help, 81 lorries of humanitarian supplies from UN aid agency, INGOs and local NGOs, held under siege by SLA, finally reach Vaiharai, while some  44 L-lorries continue to be blocked by SLA… alleging “a LTTE military build up on FDLS..”

 

Iceland FM official Anna Johannsdottir and SLMM officials meet Thamilchelvan at the LTTE Peace Secretariat.

 

SLA relocates Jaffna Central Bus Terminal. 

 

India rejects Mahinda’s call for joint naval pat.. 

 

30-11-06: Mahindae returns after his 3 days in  India where he met Sonia Ghandhi, Man Mohan Singh, Advani and others.

 

Jon Hanssen-Bauer, begins talks with GOSL officials in Colombo “on ways to save the island's moribund peace process” with LTTE.

 

US (McCormack), reacting to Pirabakaran’s Heroes’ day message seeking an independent state, said ...“We're pressing both sides, to honour the CFA and return to a dialogue that will move the nation toward peace... .. Condemn LTTE for fuelling violence and hostility… The Tigers can choose to return to the peace process and should do so for the benefit of the Sri Lankan people,"

 

British Tamils' Forum (coalition of 88 Tamil organizations) appeal to Blair over humanitarian crisis… by placing full page advert in the Times newspaper.

 

01.12.06: Gotabaya Rajapakse escapes a bomb blast in Colombo, while a security guard is killed and 14 others, including 7 security commandos wounded.

 

US Embassy condemns “the suicide attack” on Gotabaya  convoy saying ”The attack bears all the hallmarks of an operation by the LTTE”.‘

 

02.12.06: 2 Israeli built SLAF Kfir jets drop 8 bombs over civilian settlements in Mullaithvu, followed by a second sortie over Thevipuram dropping 8 more bombs.

 

An UAV spotted over Mullaithvu before these bombings, while a SLAF spy plane continued flying over  Vanni throughout the morning.

 

03.12.06:  Mahinda, Cabinet and advisors discuss banning LTTE and reintroducing A, claiming that Govt. is “under pressure” from JKU and JVP.

 

GoSL warn Ambassador Hans Brattskar and Peace Envoy Jon Hansen Bauer, not to meet LTTE leaders in Kiilinochi,  on Tuesday as scheduled, “as the govt. reviews its relationship  with the insurgentsE and all contacts are under review by the govt, and the Cabinet will decide on these issues by Wednesday”.

 

Jon Hansen Bauer meets SLMC  leader Hakeem  at the latter’s residence.

 

04.12.06:  Heavy fighting breaks out at Kattumurivu, in Batticaloa.

 

SLA launches two-pronged troop movement from Thirukkonamadu and Karadikkulam.

 

SLA and LTTE clash in Vavuniya when “SLA attempted to move beyond the no-go zone, towards Puliyankulam at Omanthai FDL”. 

 

Artillery and mortar fire reported in Muhamalai FDL.

 

 05.12.06:  Cabinet decides not to ban LTTE, but to implement in full force the A (introduced in 1979 as a temporary measure, and permanently enacted in 1982).

 

06.12.06: Mahinda announces GoSL’s “decision to reactivate the A …also   defining ‘terrorism’ in the new ‘Prevention and Prohibition of Terrorism and Specified Terrorist Activities Regulations’ (PT-STAR).

 

07.12.06:image After meeting Jon Hanssen-Bauer in Kilinochchi, Thamilchelvan tells media that “re-opening A9 and A15 land routes constitutes basic humanitarian priorities for  survival of the civilian population”.

 

Pope's envoy Rev. Mario Zanari, US Ambassador  Robert O. Blake visit Jaffna “to observe the prevailing situation in the Peninsula and hardships faced by people in the aftermath of A-9 road closure.

 

Bishop Soundaranayagam who met Robert O. Blake at the Bishop's House stressed the “urgent need for Donor  Co-chair countries to exert pressure on GoSL to restore peace”.

 

08.12.06: SLA denies transport to critical Vaharai patients. 

 

09.12.06: LTTE “foils attempts by a paramilitary group of 25 and SLA to penetrate into

Pendukalchenai, killing 2 attackers  and injuring 10.

 

Hundreds of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim families flee villages around Eachilampattu.

 

As thousands of refugees from Palchenai and Verugal  flee towards Vaharai, SLAF Kfir jets bomb, in an” attempt to block civilians from reaching Vaharai”.

 

 10.12.06: 19 IDPs, who fled artillery bombing in Palchenai and Vammivedduvan in Vahrai killed and 25 or more wounded in SLA artillery shelling.

 

15 Tamil civilians feared killed, 41 wounded in 11 hour SLA artillery barrage in Vaiharai.

 

line11.12.06: National Patriotic Movement (NPM) holds a protest meeting demanding GoSL to “ban LTTE and to abrogate the CFA”.

 

12.12.06: SLAF planes “pound LTTE held areas” in East, as SLMM and UN express “deep concern over the escalating violence..  Endangering the 2002 cease-fire..”

 

 AG seeks additional time on Freezing of TRO Funds case. 

 

13.12.06: SLAF kfirs drop 8 bombs on civilian settlements in Batticaloa.

 

Gen. Sarath Fonseka, claiming  SLA had captured 2 LTTE defence lines in  Vakarai,   vows "the people will be liberated from the Tigers very soon and the Tigers will be driven out of the eastern province.”

 

Jaffna HRC receives several complaints of SLA confiscating National ID cards of young men and women during cordon and search operations, and refusing to return them.

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JVP quits APC deliberations. 

 

14.12.06: Anton Stanislaaus Balasingham passes away in London. (He has been associated with the Tamil liberation struggle for more than 30 years and participated as LTTE’s chief negotiator on almost all occasions, from Thimpu talks in 1985).

 

Prabakaran confers 'Voice of the Nation'  title and salutes Anton Balasingham. 

 

Police restricts vehicle  parking in Jaffna town. 

 

15.12.06: Robert Blake meets JVP in the latter’s Office “in an effort to establish cordial relationship with US, who it earlier denounced as an imperialist force conspiring to divide Sri Lanka.”

 

LTTE declares 3 days of mourning in honor of Anton Balasingham.

 

Ranil meets US State Dept officials and “briefs them of political events, especially the stalled peace process”.

 

16.12.06:: Eastern University VC S. Raveendranath, threatened by Karuna Group to resign his post, reported missing.

 

LTTE Child Protection Authority empowerment publicized in Sri Lanka. 

 

Indian PM receives TNA leaders in New Delhi. 

 

17.12.06: SLA artillery fire kills 7 IDPs traveling from Kathiraveli to Vaharai in a tractor.

 

4 armed men in 2 vehicles shoot a trader in Vavuniya dead.

 

18.12.06: 14,000 Tamil refugees displaced from Vaharai flee towards SLA controlled area.

 

21.12.06: Basil Rajapakse visits Jaffna, with Douglas Devamamda and a 61  member delegation representing over 25 Ministries, conducts a special conference, at the Public Library, to “identify and address urgent public needs in the peninsula.”

 

20.12.06: Thousands throng Balasingham’s funeral in London, paying respects, filing past his  body lying in state at Alexandra Palace Hall, while funeral services were also held in Vanni, Jaffna and overseas.

 

At the London funeral, Erik Solheimextols Balasingham's integrity. 

 

21.12.06: Governor Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama orders “splitting the NEPC administration into 2 separate units” - one unit to be set up in Vavuniya, for NP, and the other unit to be in Kalmunani, “for EP excluding Trinco district to be under direct rule of the Governor and the GA”.

 

22.12.06: SLAF bomb LTTE areas, claiming to “step up an offensive destroying a LTTE artillery gun position.. and …another strike successfully carried out on a Sea Tiger base in Pudukudiyirippu”.

 

23.12.06: SLA launch three pronged artillery attacks on Vaharai villages - from the north, south and west.

 

24.12.06:  Cellular phone service cut-off since August 11th returns to Jaffna, connecting more than 40,000.

 

Prabakaran confers 'Patriot' title on (ex-MP) V. Navaratnam from Kayts. 

 

4 Tamil youths arrested  in Dehiwala CSO.

 

25.12.06: 25 sailors including the Captain of the Jordanian ship, rescued by LTTE in its territorial waters off Mullaithvu, handed over to ICRC.

 

7 Tamil youths, arrested during CSO in Habaraduwa and Kandy. 

 

26.12.06: SLAF Kfir jets do 4 bombing sorties over Puliyankandalady in Vaharai, creating panic and forcing civilians to flee.

 

6 Tamils killed and 9 SLA soldiers injured, in clashes in  Jaffna suburb.

 

27.12.06: Mahinda pays surprise visit to Trinco naval base, participating in a passing out parade.

 

28.12.06: MOD instructs CID to  arrest ‘Sunday Leader’ editor Lasantha Wikramatunga, on charges of “exposing the move to build a Rs. 500 M bunker at President’s  official residence”.

 

29.12.06: India and Sri Lanka sign agreement on Trinco coal power plant.

 

30.12.06: SLAF bombing in Vaharai destroys a water refinery constructed by UN agencies to provide drinking water in Verugal Murugan temple area.

 

3.12.06: Curfew hours extended  in Thenmaradchi.

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2007

 

01.01.07: National Registry of Persons in LTTE administered regions in NE  launched, with  Commissioner S Jeyenthiran issuing the first national identity card to Larder Pirapaharan.

 

SLAF Kfir jets bomb Panichchenkerny (Vahara), and Padahuthurai in Iluppaikadavai destroying 25 houses, killing 14 civilians, including 6 children, and seriously wounding 35.

 

02.01.07: 27 civilians, mostly Tamils, including 3 women, arrested in Colombo in a search of 1500 vehicles plying between Kandy and Colombo.

 

Govt. tightens security of Colombo “as a prelude to the 59th Independence Anniversary celebrations”.

 

03.01.07: 4 Kfir jets bomb  Padahuthurai (Iluppaikadavai), killing 5, including 3 children under  7 yrs, a pregnant woman and husband.

 

04.01.07: SLAF jets bomb LTTE areas in Mullaittivu - third consecutive day, despite UN calls for end to fighting.

 

05.01.07: 6 passengers killed, 30 injured in bomb blast in a bus at Kalapittiya.

 

2 killed, 2 wounded in SLA DPU claymore mine that  hit an Agri. De. vehicle transporting fruit plants in Nedunkerni.

 

06.01.07: Police raided TRO Colombo office, w/o producing any warrant, and remove all documents and computers. 4 TRO officials and workers taken to the Police station interrogated (from 3:30pm until 9:30 PM)

 

SLA clamps a curfew: “Sunday 6:00 pm until further notice” on Kodikamam, close to SLA FDL in Thenmarachi.

 

14 Killed, dozens injured in bomb explosion in a private bus, at Senigama (Galle). 

08.01.07: 70 civilians arrested in Savukkady, by Eravur Police and STF (CSO).

 

08.01,07: SLN ship comes under Sea Tiger siege off Pulmoddai coast.

 

Shells hit Trinco navy base, 14 killed, Dvora destroyed.

 

Tamil Americans protest in front of US Capitol. 

 

Mahinda tells BBC News that:

 

"Today we realise we made a mistake. Thru the peace pact, we demarcated areas called LTTE-controlled areas0”.

 

09.01.07: 40 Tamils arrested in Minuwangoda, Negombo, Wattala and Gampaha, “following the explosion in Wattala electricity transformer”.

 

Armed mob, led by Dy. Minister of Labour, Mervin Silva, attack journalists at Nugegoda UPI rally campaigning for a ‘Federal Solution’.

 

10.01.07:  SLA confiscates hundreds of motorcycles, bans use of all light weight motor cycles in Jaffna peninsula, requiring motorcycle owners who wish to use them to register owners’ particulars at the nearest SLA camp.

 

11.01.07: SLA extends 9:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew in Jaffna peninsula by 2 hours - from 7:00 pm to 4:00 am.

 

12.01.07: 8 Tamils abducted in Colombo, 2 in Puttalam within last 5 days - one released after being kept blind folded for a full day, 9 still reported missing.

 

Palitha Kohona, appointed as Secretary of Foreign Affairs w/o Samaraweera’s concurrence.

 

13.01.07: SLAF bombs LTTE held area in Batticaloa, causing “huge' damage.

 

SLA shoot dead Pastor Nallathamby Gnanaseelan, head of Tamil Mission Church in Jaffna, and remove his identification documents and Bible, alleging chat he vas an ‘un-identified attaquer’. 

 

SLA and Police  arrest 250 Tamils - 209 youths in Gampaha, 36 in Nittambuwa, 22 in Minuwangoda.

 

15.01.07: Colombo High Court Judge  .D.Ratnayake rules that the Taraki Sivaram Dharmeratnam murder case be heard before a Sinhalese speaking Jury, allowing the application by the sole suspect (ex-EPDP).

 

SLA and LTTE exchange artillery and rocket fire along Muhamalai  FDL

 

16.01.07: Heavy casualties reported as SL Forces launch a three pronged offensive towards Panichchankerni, Eachilampattu and Uppooral.

 

17.01.07:  GoSL stops mobile phone services for nearly 500,000 in East, “by ordering telecom operators to switch off their networks to prevent guerrillas making use of  the services for military operations”.

 

SLAF jets bomb “LTTE base” near Verugal,

at Trinco and Batticaloa boarder.

 

18.01.07: SLA shelling on Vaharai hospital forces 15,000 civilians to flee towards Kajuwatte, and 9000 Tamils being denied basic needs.

 

19.01.07: LTTE kills 11 SLA commandos, wounding 11 in Bakmitiyawa, Amparai.

 

20.01.07: 34-year-old mother killed and her two children wounded in SLA artillery shelling towards Vadamaradchi.

 

21.01.07:  Sea Tigers attack SLN Cargo ship near KKS port.

 

23.01.07:  12 Tamil youths arrested in 4 Colombo police stations suddenly transferred to Boosa Detention Camp.

 

SLAF jets bomb LTTE held areas, “killing large number of Tamils in east Batticaloa”.

 

24.01.07:  HRW’s 100-page report slams SL for conscripting hundreds of child soldiers to join Karana Group.

 

SLA bans entry of bicycles and motor cycles in Jaffna Central Business Area, ordering vehicles to be parked 400 m away.

 

25.01.07:  Police arrest a Tamil woman, out of 2000 passengers, during a search operation at Rarmalana “on a tip off that explosives were hidden in a compartment", although no explosive was found in the train.

 

11 Tamils, aged 25 to 40, living with relatives and friends in Dehiwela, arrested in a midnight till dawn CSO.

 

5 Up-Country Tamil, traveling in a SLTB bus, beaten by “Sinhalese hoodlums” in Matale, when the funeral of a SLA soldier killed was in process.

 

 

25.01.07:   116 Tamils, including 8 women, arrested in Colombo and elsewhere, held under A, sent to Boosa Detention Camp.

 

26.01.07:   38 Tamils, mostly front NE, arrested in Hambantota in a CSO conducted by  SLA, SLN STF and Police.

 

27.01.07:  5 attack boats said to have “entered the outer waters of Colombo Harbour to launch attacks on SLN vessels and repulsed”. (5 Sinhalese fishermen arrestee but released later).

 

28.01.07:  UPFA Govt gets majority (113) in Parliament with UNP dissidents and SLMC joining.

 

Major Cabinet reshuffle, ending with 53 cabinet rank ministers, 38 non-cabinet ministers and 16 deputy ministers, totaling 104.

 

Rohitha Bogollagama, appointed Foreign Minister, replacing Samaraweera.

 

Anura Bandaranayake replaced by Moragoda as Tourism Minister.

 

18 persons, mostly Tamils, arrested in Mount Lavinia (CSO).

29.01.07:  SLA shillings at civilian settlements in Batticaloa, cause 7500 Tamil (1400 families) to flee into GoSL held areas.

 

9 Tamils arrested in several lodges in Fort area in Colombo (CSO).

 

18 Tamils, including 11 women and 6 undergrads, arrested from houses and lodges in Moratuwa, after interrogating more than 700 Tamils.

 

30.01.07:  27 civilians, mostly Tamils, including 3 women, arrested in Colombo, after searching vehicles between Kandy and Colombo.

 

Colombo Chief Magistrate issues summons on 3 key Colombo TRO officials to appear on Feb 07 – on  case filed by the Central Bank.

 

 31.01.07:  Telephone lines to Vanni and most of Jaffna  cut for 4days and more, paralyzing bank branches, hospital ambulances, medial, civil services etc.

 

01.02.07:  JHU nominates its political advisor NMAT Patali Champika Ranawaka as its National List MP in place of Ven Omalpe Sobhita Thero, enabling the Ranawaka to accept  a cabinet post.

 

UPFA-govt now has 121 members in the 225 seat parliament.

 

02.02.07: Champika Ranawake takes oaths as Minister for Environment.

 

Eravur police arrest 55, including 25 undergrads and employees, after a claymore blast outside Eastern University.

 

 56 Tamils, including 2 women arrested in Uppuveli  by SLA (CSO).

 

266 Tamils, including 53 women, arrested in a “house-to-house search, by hundreds of Police and Military, in Colombo Fort and suburbs.

 

A day before Independence anniversary, Mahinda visits Vaharai, together with Military Commanders and Gotabhaya.

 

All mobile phone links in Batticaloa district disconnected before SLAF helicopters carrying Mahinda’s entourage reach Vaharai.

 

O4.02.07: More than 300, mostly Tamils, arrested in Colombo  Fort and Pettah, as” the suspects failed to prove their identities and satisfactory reasons for their presence in the locations”

 

59th Independence anniversary celebrated at Galle Face Green, with “National Flags fluttering, President Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest, accompanied by his wife Shiranthi,… blowing of trumpet and conch shells….  ‘March Past’ by Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, STF and Civil Security Forces, portraying their strength and dexterity”. Naval offshore patrolling and surveillance crafts, Sayura, Sagara, Nandimithra, Samudura, Shakthi and Udara, “displayed their maneuverability skills , while 16 SLAF Kfir and MiG fast-attack aircraft displayed their air power.”

 

Mahinda calls TNA too to join in the “fight against Terrorists and Terrorism” and” threatening to Tame the Tigers” without naming the LTTE in his address.

 

05.02.07: 500 plus SLA troops conduct CSO in Jaffna University environs “for the missing SL Lion flag hoisted by the Acting VC on SLA officials’ instructions on Independence Day .… removed by a group that entered the premises”.

 

06.02.07:  SLAF helicopters fire rockets in LTTE held Trinco north.

 

13 Upcountry Tamil youths arrested in Dankotuwa, for “failing to produce their identity cards and satisfactory reasons for their stay in the area”

despite their producing legal documents to prove their identity. their relatives vouching the youths were employed in Dankotuwa.”

 

3 Sinhala “leftist journalists, activists abducted” in Colombo.

 

08.02.07: 11 Tamils arrested in Chilaw (CSO).

 

Hindu priest who garlanded President Rajapakse, during his Vaharai visit, murdered by armed men.

 

09.02.07: Anura Bandaranaike, Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Suriyarachchi stripped of ministry portfolios w.i.e.

 

SLAF jets bomb fishing settlements in   Mullaitivu district.

 

10.02,97: UNP decides to boycott APRC.

 

11.02.06: SLA launch CSO in fishing hamlets of Kallaruwa, Pudavaikattu, Pulmoddai and Kuchchaveli.

 

3 Upcountry Tamil youths waiting at Kandy rail station for travel to Colombo arrested.

 

Mahinda starts  3-day tour to Maldives, to “hold talks with his Maldivian President”.

 

12.02,97: Six SLAF Kfir bombers drop 18 bombs in Visvamadu  (Mullaitivu).

 

Food shortage looms in Jaffna peninsula

 

National Bhikku Front starts an “indefinite sit-in protest” in front of Viharamadevi Park, demanding immediate abolition of  CFA.

 

14.02.07: HRC reports “12 civilians disappeared and 35 arrested in Vavuniya in two weeks.

 

15.02.07: SLN impose ban on night time fishing in Delft.

 

16.02.07: SLA intensifies shelling from Muhamalai, Manalaru.

 

SLAF kfirs bomb Muhamalai, Kilali and Vadamarachi, as SLA launched heavy artillery barrage with MBR fire.

 

SLA while intensifies attack in Jaffna, and also  begins heavy shelling from its Manalaru camp.

 

17.02.07: 2 SLA soldiers from 51-2 brigade killed, 12 wounded in a road  side  Claymore mine attack in Jaffna.

 

18.02.07: 14 persons, mostly Tamils, arrested in CSO “following a tip off that a bomb had been placed in the Kandy bus stand”.

 

19.02.07: SLAF Kfirs bomb Parasankulam, killing 2 civilians, wounding one, and later dropping 12 bombs in Paddamurippu.

 

30 Tamils (most from NE and Colombo) arrested in Kandy and Teldeniya (CSO)

 

20.02.07: Jaffna University  undergrads  boycott lectures, protesting  against SLA killing of Krishnan Kamalathas, a final year student.

 

9 Tamils, including 7 from Vaharai, arrested in a CSO at Norwood (Hatton).

 

 

21.02.07: LTTE releases it’s official situation report at the 5th Anniversary of the CFA Signing.

 

Norway calls on SLA and LTTE to “respect the truce” saying “the burden was on GoSL and LTTE to halt renewed fighting”.

 

22 .02.07: 15 Tamils released from Boosa camp after one month detention, as there was “no evidence to implicate them with terrorist activities.” Some 105 Tamils, including women are being detained in the camp and are being “investigated to ascertain if they are involved in terrorist activities”.

 

SLA claims “overrunning 3 LTTE bases in Trinco district, in an offensive coinciding with the fifth anniversary of CFA.”

 

23.02.07: SLA intensifies artillery attacks from Muhamalai FDL and adjoining areas.

 

SLA conducts CSO in Kondavil, Kondavil, Mallakam, and Tellipallai areas after the overnight curfew.

 

Several plantation Tamils arrested in Talawakelle, Pundoloya and Lindula (CSO).

 

24.02.07: SLA fires artillery and MBRLs, from Monkey Bridge, Morawewa camps towards Kumburupiddy..

 

SLA in Jaffna impose restrictions  on day time travel and civilian movement, on top of the 11 hour night time curfew.

 

26.02.07:  Mahinda arrives in China with 266-strong delegation, including Buddhist monks, 15 Ministers, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Rauff Hakeem, A.H.M.Fowzie, and P.Chandrasekaram, several business leaders and officials.

 

27.02.07: US and Italian ambassadors (Robert Blake & Pio Mariani) “slightly injured” when t in LTTE  mortar fire that targeted  the helicoers carrying  15 diplomats and senior officials, just after landing in Weber Stadium (Batticatoa).

 

SLA cordon off Jaffna Hindu College and surrounding areas, get the students and staff to assemble at the School playground, before conducting search of the school premises.

 

01.03..07: SLAF MIG jets bomb “suspected LTTE positions in northeast”, killing 18  - claiming it to a be in a” raid  on a rebel training camp in Vavuniya”.

 

SLAF flying instructor and a trainee pilot   killed when a 6 aircraft crashed into Anuradhapura air base.

 

04.03..07: SLA arrest 7 youths in Jaffna, following  claymore attacks in Uduvil.

 

SLA motor-bike squad abducts 3 farm-workers in Vadamarachi.

 

05.03.07: SL and US enter into a 10-year

“Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) - signed by Gotabhaya and Robert Blake -   “to provide reciprocal logistical support for their respective military forces”. 

 

06.03.07:  SLAF Kfir jets bomb Vallipunam (Mullaitivu).

 

Court of Appeal rejects petitions filed by JVP, JHU  challenging legal validity of CFA.

 

Gunmen called a trader out of his house for interrogation and shoot him dead in Chundukuli.

 

Villagers in Anuradhapura find 5 bodies bundled together, with upper parts of the bodies burnt in the pyre of tires.

 

07.03.07: Thandikkulam Church (Vavuniya) Pastor, Victor Paul Yogarajah (51), his two sons and two of his aides abducted in Colombo.

 

Parents visit Kilinochi and meet Sinhala soldiers in LTTE custody.

 

SLA arrest 7 Tamils at Teldeniya and 38 in Dambulla (CSO) “as they failed to establish their identity with valid documents.”

 

08.03.07: SLA’s heavy artillery barrage and mortar shells make civilians to flee Kokkaddicholai, 40th village, Palukamam, Kurukkalmadam, Poratheevu, Paddipalai and Tharavai.

 

09.03.07:  Commander Saliyapura Gajaba Colonel Jayantha Shurawera, 3 of his men including a Major, and 4 park employees killed in a gunfire ambush inside Wilpattu wildlife sanctuary.

 

10.03.07:  SLA and Police conduct CSO in Mannar Sinnakadai, ordering some 700 to leave their houses and workplaces, and assemble in a playground and subject them to intense interrogation.

 

12.03.07:  SLAF Kfir and MiG-27 bomb “a strategic LTTE jungle base in Thoppigala - killing at least 8 rebels.”

 

14.03.07: Allaipiddy murder case, where 5 members of a family massacred, allegedly by SLA soldiers, again stalled in Kayts DC “due to lack of co-operation from AG's De. Hearings that were to take place on 30th of August 30, 2006, finally taken up on 14th March”.

 

10 LTTE members reported “killed in SLAF air raids at Thoppigala jungles”.

 

15.03.07: SLA launch heavy artillery and mortar fire towards Mannar Vavuniya border villages of Mullikulam, Keerisuddan and Periya Pandivirichchan causing hundreds of families to flee.

 

Heavy SLA artillery fire from Poovarasankulam SLA camp towards Puliyankulam.

 

UN appeals for immediate funding, as refugees fleeing fighting in East has jumped to 130,000, and…hardly any money to help them.

 

17.03.07:  Citing “security“ reasons, SLA blocks foot pilgrimage by hundreds of Mannar Christians, to Calvary (Komarasankulam in Vavuniya)..

 

Final rites performed for the 7 TRO staff, abducted by SLA-backed Karuna group in January 2006, and reported murdered.

 

18.03.07:  38 civilians, including 20 women arrested in Mt.Lavinia and Moratuwa (CSO) “as some of them failed to prove their identity and others could not justify their presence in the locations”.

 

19.03.07:  175 students, 9 staff narrowly escape  SLAF Kfir bombing of Chundikulam  school  (Vadamaradchi), just a female teacher and two boys wounded.

 

20.03.07:  SL military claim “4 Tamil Tiger boats destroyed, in northern sea battle.”

 

Kaduwela Magistrate orders further remand for Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, till March 27, but allowed him to attend parliament.

 

21.03.07:  LTTE raid SLA camp, in Morakodanchenai and Mavadivembu, and check posts along Trinco-Batticaloa  A-15 road.

 

SLAF jets bomb “LTTE positions in the East”, where SLA was “engaged in a heavy battle”.

 

22.03.07: SLA in Jaffna “require all persons, wishing to leave Jaffna district, to provide a surety to stand guarantee for the return of the applicant, as an additional requirement to obtain a pass to travel out of the district.”

 

Parameshwari held in custody for 4 months since her arrest  on Nov. 21, 2006, by TID, alleging links with LTTE, released after AG informed courts that “they do not have any charges against her.”

 

SLA arrest 72 civilians, mostly Tamils, in Uddapu- a Tamil village in Chilaw (CSO).

 

SL Forces reintroduce fishing ban in Vadamarachi “until further notice”.

 

 23.03.07: An unmanned aircraft circled over, followed by “SLAF Kfir jets bombing of Vavunathivu to support SLA troops”.

 

Fighting erupts in Mannar district. …. 300 SLA soldiers enter LTTE held areas, advance into  Vavuniya-Mannar border… but “repulsed after 15 hrs of heavy fighting”.

 

SLA conducts CSO in  Chullipuram, after a SLA mini-camp was set on fire,….getting residents to gather at public place for interrogation, stopping all traffic and forcing  passers by to rebuild the burnt mini-camp.

 

24.03.07: Claymore mine attack by SLA DPU kills a humanitarian worker and wounding 3 TRO staff, at Mannar Vavuniya border.

 

25.03.07: Two LTTE attack aircraft carry out bombing raids at the SLAF airbase at Katunayake at 12:45 a.m. early morning Monday and return safely to Vanni.

 

26.03.07: Four SLAF Russian MIG jets  bomb Vellankulam, and Pokkanai in Puthukudyirupu.

 

27.03.07: Bogollagama, tells Co-Chair country Ambassadors of “threat to SL's security by demonstrated capability of Air-Tigers to penetrate SLAF air-defences to strike at SL's military nerve centers”.

[Robert O' Blake (US), Jurgen Weerth  (German Ambassador) and  Julian Wilson (EU), Hans Brattskar (Norway), and Japanese Charge d' Affairs N. Ito attended] Palitha Kohona and Ministry officials joined Bogollagama .

 

SLAF jets bomb LTTE held areas in Thoppigala.

 

SLAF Kfirs bomb area near  Vallipunam High school (Vadamarachi).

 

28.03.07: LTTE “thwarts a pre-dawn attend by SLA and Karuna group, from Chenkalady Black Bridge SLA camp, to advance into Koduvamadu (Batticaloa).

 

SLN claims “intercepting 10 Tamil Tiger rebel boats  advancing towards Trinco, destroying 3 boats with 16 rebels aboard”.

 

29.03.07: SLA and LTTE exchange heavy mortar, artillery and MBRL fire in FDLs from Muhamalai to Kilali and Nagarkovil.

 

SLA launch MBRL fire from 233rd Brigade in Batticaloa, Sathurukondan, Mylambaveli, Kommanthurai, Murakottanchenai, Kumburumoolai and Valaichenai brigade camps.

 

30.03.07: Thamilchelvan cites LTTE’s "precision air strike" on “SLAF nerve centre in Katunayake…..100% successful mission… a clear message" to SL to “end the sustained SLAF bombardment of the Tamil homeland… at least 2 sorties every other day for more than 90 days”.

 

9 civilians, including 4 children, killed in SLA mortar attack in Batticaloa.

 

31.03.07: 11 Tamils, including 2 women,  arrested in Dehiwala and interrogated – for “not providing justification   reason for their stay in Kohuwela….” - just another of several  arrests in Colombo and suburbs, following LTTE air strike at Katunayake SLAF base.

 

Pirapaharan confers Maamaniathar honour on  Thillainadarajah Jeyakumar (54) who died suddenly in Melbourne on 29 March.

 

Aril 01: NO APRIL FOOL STUNTS

 

GoSL (Public Admin. and Home Affairs Ministry Circular No 04/2007) orders “all public sector institutions to play the national anthem at commencement of work … give priority to indigenous food’ at all functions hosted by public institutions” … to protect native culture in the face of “predatory global invasion”… also that “all reception officers and in telephone exchanges every public institution, corporations and statutory boards, “should receive guests, as appropriate to the situation, with clasped hands and address them with the words Ayubowan/ Vanakkam/Assalam Alaikkum”.

 

SLAF jets bomb “rebel Sea Tiger base in Mannar district” .

 

SLAF helicopter gunships attack lorries at LTTE entry  near Omanthai.

 

Mahinda plans a referendum on whether GoSL should “continue to abide by the 2002 CFA” – as he was “keen to obtain a fresh mandate from the people on CFA.”.

 

Mahinda and his delegation to the 14th SAARC summit, arrive in heavily guarded New Delbi on board a chartered Mihin Lanka flight.

 

April 02: 15 civilians killed, 20 wounded in bomb explosion inside a bus at Kondaivedduvaan SLA  checkpost in Amaparai.

 

6 Sinhala workers killed and 3 others seriously wounded when “Karuna Group enter a children’s home under construction and take them 200 meters away and shoot them dead.”

 

10 Tamils arrested in Thankalai – Hambantota (CSO).

 

Curfew in Jaffna extended by 3 hours, from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am, and residents “warned that curfew  violators will be arrested and punished”.

 

April 03: SLAF MIG planes bomb civilian settlements in Alampil, Mullaitivu.

 

GoSL accuse 'AI' of “trying to tarnish the island nation