Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sri Lanka hits Tigers again with ban, assaults

By C. Bryson Hull and Ranga Sirilal

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka hit the Tamil Tigers on Wednesday with a terrorist designation it lifted as part of ill-fated 2002 truce, as soldiers pressured the separatists' last stronghold on the Jaffna Peninsula.

Though largely symbolic since the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are already on U.S., E.U. and Indian terrorist lists and the government routinely calls them that, the cabinet vote is just one more sign Sri Lanka has no plans to negotiate. Full Text