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September 7, 2000 University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) People from all communities and from all parts of the country have been through many horrors and ordeals from the time the flames of conflict engulfed this country in July 1983. But seldom has anything been so prolonged and full of constant terror and anxiety as what several thousands of people in Thenmaratchy, the south-eastern sector of the Jaffna peninsula with Chavakacheri as its main town, endured for three weeks and more. More...
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Sri Lanka troops take town from Tamil Tigers, Sep 17 2000 14:55 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 17 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops Sunday launched a fresh offensive in the island's northern peninsula of Jaffna and had advanced into territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels, the defence ministry said. Troops backed by artillery and mortar bombs mounted the latest drive in a bid to expand the area under their control and push back the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas, the ministry said. More...
Published: Sun Sep 17 10:22:38 EDT 2000
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Election related violence on the rise as the hustings draw near
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.20 p.m. SLT Sunday September 17. A total of 346 incidents of election related violence have been recorded by CMEV as of 16 September 2000. Of these 202 (58%) have been classified as Major Offences and 144 (42%) as Minor Offences. The number of Murders including the victims of the 15 September suicide bomb attack in front of the Eye Hospital, Colombo, has risen to 12. The highest number of Major Offences have been reported from the North Western Province - 42 or 21% of the total in this category. The PA is allegedly responsible for 56% of the incidents in the Major Offences category and the UNP for 24%.

Nineteen percent (19%) of all incidents reported involve the use of firearms Of these, the PA is allegedly responsible for 62% of the incidents and the UNP for 12%. In 23% of these incidents, the party affiliation of the alleged perpetrator has not been identified.
Published: Sun Sep 17 11:34:12 EDT 2000

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Fowzie suspicious over helicopter crash
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 p.m. SLT Sunday September 17 . Transport Minister A. H. M. Fowzie, has expressed doubts regarding the helicopter accident yesterday which killed his cabinet colleague M. H. M. Ashraff and 13 others.

Fowzie at loggerheads with Ashraff before he was killed, said today that evidence of the crash has led him to suspect whether the accident was caused by an explosion. The helicopter was burnt beyond recognition and in pieces together with the badly charred bodies which were found in parts. Fowzie has requested the President to conduct a full inquiry into the incident.

The Sri Lanka Air Force has meanwhile already commenced investigations into the MI -17 crash. A four member investigation team has already flown to the site intending to find the black box of the helicopter which contains a dialogue between the pilot and the Control Tower. Investigations into the crash however have been hindered due to bad weather conditions at the site.
Published: Sun Sep 17 11:15:31 EDT 2000

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Deadlock as Ashraff's predecessors fail to elect leader
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.30 p.m. SLT Sunday September 17. The newly formed National Unity Alliance (NUA) founded by the late controversial Minister M. H. M. Ashraff, failed today after a six hour meeting to agree on a leader for the party, weeks before it will contest the October 10 polls.

The Minister who led both the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the National Unity Alliance was killed yesterday together with 13 others when the MI - 17 helicopter he was travelling in burst into flames before it crashed at Aranayake in the Kegalle district.

The tense meeting attended today by Executive Committee members of both the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the NUA could not agree on if to appoint SLMC strongman and Ashraff's closest confidant Rauf Hakeem as the Leader or his wife Mrs. M. H. M. Ashraff who had also served as the late Ministers Private Secretary.

Hakeem was only last month removed by Ashraff as General Secretary of the SLMC and reinstated as Deputy Leader for the NUA. Hakeem at the time maintained that he had been "elevated to a much higher post."

A tentative proposal was meanwhile put forward at today's meeting of the NUA, to appoint both Rauf Hakeem and Mrs. Ashraff as joint leaders of the NUA. However, this too did not reach a majority agreement and the meeting concluded on that note.

The sudden demise of Minister Ashraff has left not only his family but the political parties he led in confusion, as only hours before his death he issued a statement which said that both the SLMC and the NUA would no longer support the ruling Peoples Alliance. Angry and disappointed at the "sorry treatment" he said he had received at the hands of the PA, Ashraff made a snap decision hours before he was killed.

Firm in his belief that he could tilt the balance in favour for the PA at the October 10 polls, if he decided to continue his alliance with the President, Ashraff severed his partnership with the PA on Saturday, wishing President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge well in all her future endeavours.
Published: Sun Sep 17 11:15:31 EDT 2000

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Sri Lanka crash probe launched
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 17 September, 2000, 14:37 GMT 15:37 U. Sri Lankan officials have launched an investigation into a helicopter crash which killed the prominent Muslim leader, MHMAshraff, and 14 others on Saturday. The investigators say they have asked for foreign help to establish the cause of the accident. Defence officials are quoted as saying they have not ruled out possible Tamil Tiger involvement in the crash, though they originally blamed the accident on engine failure. Thousands of people attended Mr Ashraff's funeral in the capital Colombo in the early hours of Sunday morning. The burial was marred by heckling and abuse of rival politicians. More...
Published: Sun Sep 17 20:34:40 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka minister buried amid tensions, Sep 17 2000 09:42 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 17 (AFP) - A senior Sri Lankan minister, killed in a helicopter crash, was buried here early Sunday amid continuing animosity between rival parties. Ports minister M. H. M. Ashraff was killed along with 14 others Saturday, when their helicopter crashed into a mountain in central Aranayake region, shortly after he announced his Muslim party would cut ties with the ruling coalition.The mood turned sour when bodyguards were forced to protect Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe from slipper-throwing critics.SLMC member and former lawmaker, Asitha Perera had apologised to Wickremesinghe but there were uglier scenes when transport minister A. H. M. Fowzie, an Ashraff rival in the cabinet, tried to pay his respects. Mourners heckled and manhandled Fowzie by ripping his jacket off and security officials were forced to fire warning shots into the air to disperse the crowd. More...
Published: Sun Sep 17 01:25:08 EDT 2000
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Ashraff, a visionary leader
The Hindu, Sunday, September 17, 2000. COLOMBO, SEPT. 16. In 1976, when the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) passed the famous Vaddukodai resolution, which called for an independent Tamil State, one of the delegates representing the Muslims of the eastern province was a young lawyer. Last month, as M.H.M. Ashraff passionately argued in Parliament in favour of the new Constitution Bill that promises devolution of power to the Tamil and Muslim minorities in a united Sri Lanka, it was difficult to believe that this was the same man who had played an active role at Vaddukodai. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 17:26:46 EDT 2000
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Bodies recovered from crash of Sri Lankan military helicopter
Virtual New York, Saturday, 16 September 2000 16:24 (ET). Sri Lanka's air force Saturday launched an investigation into the crash Saturday of a military helicopter that killed a government minister and 12 other people. Sources in the air force said Air Marshal Jayalath Weerakoddy had appointed a special team of investigators after receiving preliminary reports that bad weather and poor visibility might have caused the crash. Rescuers have recovered 12 of the 13 bodies from the crash site, including that of Sri Lanka's minister for ports, M.H.M. Ashraff, according to the government information center set up in response to the crash.The Russian-made MI-17 helicopter - which Sri Lanka uses to ferry government and military officials -- was headed to the eastern Ampara district. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 17:29:00 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka seeks foreign help to probe crash that killed minister, Sep 17 2000 13:05 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 17 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's defence officials were seeking the help of foreign experts to probe the helicopter crash in which a senior Muslim Minister and 14 others were killed, officials here said Sunday. Technical experts from the manufacturers of the Ukrainian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter were expected to help with the investigation into Saturday's crash that killed Ports Minister M.H.M. Ashraff and 14 others. More...
Published: Sun Sep 17 04:14:32 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan crime buster's house burgled, Sep 17 2000 18:50 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 17 (AFP) - Three teenage boys burgled the house of the head of Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID), police in Colombo said Sunday. The boys stole some 51,000 rupees (653 dollars) worth of ornaments from CID director Keerthi Gajanayake's home located within a police housing complex in the capital, police said. More...
Published: Sun Sep 17 10:19:53 EDT 2000

''Ruling alliance best suited to solve conflict''
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on September 17, 2000. Colombo, Sept. 17. (PTI): Sri Lanka's ruling coalition, led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, has been rated as best suited to resolve the ethnic conflict in the island nation, according to a survey conducted ahead of the October 10 general elections. Fortyone per cent of those interviewed said the People's Alliance is better equipped to come to a settlement with the LTTE as against main opposition UNP's nine per cent. More...
Published: Sun Sep 17 10:27:30 EDT 2000
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Lankan minister dies leaving political storm
India Abroad, Sept 17, 2000 03:50 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: A controversial Sri Lankan Muslim minister, who died in a helicopter crash Saturday, has caused a political whirlwind by saying shortly before he got on board that he was pulling out of a pact with President Chandrika Kumaratunga. With a little over four weeks to go before the October 10 parliamentary polls, Ports Minister M.H.M. Ashraff's statement, which was released before news of his death was confirmed, has caused consternation in government circles, political sources said. The statement sent out by his office said that the National Unity Alliance (NUA) would "as of today have nothing to do with the PA (ruling People's Alliance) in view of comments made by (ruling party general secretary) D.M. Jayaratne." More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 20:11:00 EDT 2000
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Key minister killed in Sri Lanka crash
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 16 September, 2000, 09:18 GMT 10:18. The Sri Lankan Ports Minister, AHM Ashraff, and 14 others have been killed in a helicopter crash in a rural area near the town of Aranayake. The authorities believe engine failure caused the accident. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 08:29:53 EDT 2000
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Resurgent Jayasinghe seeking medal
Olympic News Service, 15 September 2000. Susanthika JAYASINGHE, the Sri Lankan who won a shock silver medal over 200-metre at the 1997 world championships in Athens, is confident she can repeat the feat here and bring her country its first Olympic medal since Duncan WHITE won a silver at 400-metre hurdles for Ceylon in 1948. JAYASINGHE ran a new personal best of 22.32 at the Super Meet 2000 in Yokohama, Japan last Saturday, third best in the world this year, showing that she has recovered the form that took from obscurity to second place in the world in 1997. It follows three troubled years during which she was cleared of a positive drugs test, suffered lower back and hamstring injuries, and was forced to leave her native Sri Lanka because of a dispute with the government's sports ministry. More...
Published: Sun Sep 17 02:16:41 EDT 2000

Human Rights Commission summons Polls Chief
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.20 p.m. SLT Saturday September 16. Dayananda Dissanayake has now been summoned before the Human Rights Commission in lieu of a petition which has been submitted by PA candidate Ananda Goonetilleke, who alleges Dissanayake has acted in violation of his rights when he secretly attempted to print 3 million stickers which were to be attached to polling cards.

Dissanayake is scheduled to appear before the Commission on September 19. The Polls Chief meanwhile continues to insist that he acted purely in the interest of the nation and all political parties to ensure a free and fair election on October 10.
Published: Sat Sep 16 11:32:52 EDT 2000

Grenade lobbed at Ranil today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 p.m. SLT Saturday September 16. A grenade was lobbed at a motorcade in which the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramesinghe was travelling in today at Galgamuwa in the Kurunegala District.

The attack came soon after Wickramesinghe had finished addressing an election rally at Galgamuwa this afternoon. Five supporters of the UNP were reportedly injured in the attack.

Wickramesinghe who was scheduled to address another election propaganda meeting at Ariyapola also in the Kurunegala district later this evening, cancelled his address and instead was brought back to Colombo. UNP stalwarts allege the attack was carried out by members of the ruling People's Alliance.

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) allege that 307 incidents of election related violence have been reported as of September 15, 2000. Of these, 176 (57%) have been classified as Major incidents which include Murder (06), Attempted Murder (04), Hurt (45), Grievous Hurt (06), Assault (58) and Threat and Intimidation (35). 02 Incidents each involving the Misuse of State Resources have also been reported from the Badulla and Colombo districts respectively, bringing the total number of incidents in this category to 15.

The People's Alliance are the alleged perpetrators in 163 incidents (53%). Ninety Seven (97) of the complaints against the PA allege Major Offences and 66 fall under the Minor Offences category. The UNP is allegedly responsible for 69 incidents of violence of which 45 fall into the category of Major Offences. Six (06) complaints have been made against the JVP,

while 57 complaints have been made against persons of unknown political affiliation. The UNP is responsible for 125 of the complaints reported, of which 99 or 79% have been made against the PA. Ninety Nine (99) complaints have also been made by the People's Alliance, of which 20 are inter-party complaints and 53 are against the UNP.

The use of fire arms have been reported in 54 incidents, with the PA named as the alleged perpetrator in 30 incidents and persons of unidentified political affiliation in 15. The UNP has been identified as the alleged perpetrator in 07 incidents involving the use of fire arms.

The highest number of incidents (72) has been reported from the North Western Province. This constitutes 23% of the total number of incidents. The Kurunegala and Puttalam districts account for 33 and 39 incidents respectively. The People's Alliance are allegedly responsible for 41 incidents in the North Western Province, while the United National Party are allegedly responsible for 13. A total of 49 incidents have been reported from the Western Province and 35 from the Central Province. The Uva Province accounts for 32 incidents while the North Central, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces each account for 31 incidents respectively.
Published: Sat Sep 16 11:32:52 EDT 2000

Ranil's convoy attacked, 1 killed at UNP meeting
The Hindu (International), Sunday, September 17, 2000. COLOMBO, SEPT. 16. In what is turning out to be an increasingly violent campaign to Sri Lanka's October 10 general elections, a grenade was thrown at the convoy of the United National Party (UNP) leader, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, as it was leaving the venue of an election meeting while a person was shot dead at the site of his next meeting. The meeting, at a site 150 km. from the capital in Kurunegala district, was cancelled following the killing. The victim had apparently protested against the pasting of UNP election posters at the meeting venue when an unidentified person shot him. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 17:22:16 EDT 2000

83 Tiger suspects rounded up in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Saturday September 16. Deputy Inspector General of Police for Colombo, Bodhi Liyanage said today that 83 Tamil Tiger suspects were rounded up in Colombo yesterday after a suicide bomber killed 8 and injured over 25 persons in an attack at Colombo's busy Eye Hospital Junction.

Mr. Liyanage further claimed that investigations after the bomb attack has revealed that two other suicide bombers accompanied the killer who detonated explosives last morning in Colombo. The three human bombs had allegedly arrived three days ago in a train bound from Vavuniya to Colombo.

It is not yet known who the killers real target was, though it has been speculated that they may possibly have been waiting for Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva who was expected to pass the area around the time the killer was discovered.
Published: Sat Sep 16 11:32:52 EDT 2000

Film on Tamil-Sinhala unity a huge hit
India Abroad, Sept. 16, 2000 23:15 Hrs (IST) . New Delhi: A Sri Lankan medical technician's debut film on Tamil-Sinhala unity in the time of war is breaking box office records in the civil war-torn country. ‘Saroja’ by Somaratne Dissanayake, who gave up a lucrative job in Australia to enter film making, is running to packed movie halls since its release in early March this year. The subject touched a chord with the war-weary Sri Lankans so much that cinemas are arranging special early mornings shows to accommodate the rush. The packed audience at the Asian Film Festival venue Friday night gave Dissanayake a standing ovation prompting him to come up to the stage and thank them. "The history we learned in the school was distorted. Its only purpose was to make a Sinhala-only nation,” says Dissanayake, who had been influenced by the father of Lankan cinema, Lester James Perry. “I saw reality in his films and wanted to do something of my own. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 14:36:38 EDT 2000
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Vaiko defends LTTE, reaffirms support to Eelam
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on September 16, 2000. Madurai, Sept. 16. (PTI): The MDMK, a partner in the National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre, has defended the LTTE's armed struggle for a separate Tamil State in Sri Lanka and said it was committed to the cause of the Tigers. ``The LTTE was forced to take up arms as the Sinhalese had violated all accords (to end the ethnic strife) and refused to give due rights to the Tamils,'' MDMK chief Vaiko told a public meeting here past midnight yesterday. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 08:20:46 EDT 2000
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Ashraff killed in crash
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.10 p.m September 16. A Sri Lankan Airforce Mi 7 helicopter crashed this morning carrying minister of ports and Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, M.H. M. Ashraff and fourteen others including the two Airforce pilots.

The crash occurred in Debathgama in Aranayake in the Kegalle district. The Aranayake police confirmed the incident but refused to comment further.The minister had been on his way to the Eastern province to campaign in the forthcoming general elections.
Published: Sat Sep 16 03:14:04 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka braces for more suicide bombings ahead of polls
6, Saturday Sep. 16, 09:33:12. COLOMBO, Sept 16 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police stepped up already tight security here Saturday, a day after a suicide bomber killed seven and raised fears of more bombings ahead of next month's parliamentary elections. Colombo's police chief Bodi Liyanage said they had information that at least 23 suicide bombers known as Black Tigers had entered the capital together with another 15 rebels deployed for spying missions. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 09:41:42 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka FM asks Canada to clamp down on Tamil financiers, Sep 16 2000 09:30 IST. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar planned to ask the Canadian government Saturday for tighter laws against organizations seeking financing for terrorist groups. In an interview with AFP, Kadirgamar said Friday that there were some 200,000 Tamils currently living in Canada and financiers for the rebel Tamil Tigers had found a ready source of income from many of these exiles.Kadirgamar spoke of the despair of Sri Lankan regular troops who were often faced with the prospect of killing children or risking their own lives."They find it difficult to shoot because they 'see' their own children there." More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 00:26:10 EDT 2000

50 LTTE rebels killed in fresh fighting
India Abroad, Sept. 16, 2000 18:58 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lankan Army Saturday claimed to have killed 50 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in separate encounters in the country's north and east since Friday. Army launched a limited offensive from the newly acquired areas in Colombuthurai near Jaffna town Friday in which 26 rebels were killed, an official press release said here. Troops used rocket-propelled grenades (RPG), machine guns, artillery and multi- barrel rocket launchers to attack militants when they attempted to flee from their fortified bunkers, it said. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 11:30:09 EDT 2000
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NZ to host Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Pakistan
Times of India (Breaking News), 16 September 2000 . AUCKLAND: New Zealand cricket announced the schedule for visiting touring teams for its 2000/01 domestic season Saturday, with Test series planned against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The third Test against Pakistan in Christchurch from March 27-31 marks a return to Test cricket in the South Island city after a two-year absence and will be played on a portable pitch set in a removable tray. Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka will both tour New Zealand ahead of Pakistan, beginning in mid-December. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 08:22:05 EDT 2000

NUA not constituent party of PA says the General Secretary
PRIU, Saturday Sep. 16, 09:28:35. The National Unity Alliance (Jathika Samagi Peramuna) is not a constituent party of the PA, said PA General Secretary Minister D.M. Jayaratne in a press release issued yesterday. He said all candidates belonging to the PA contesting the forthcoming election are being fielded under the chair symbol of the PA only. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 09:34:51 EDT 2000

I debate only with the puppeteer - Ranil
AsiaGateway, Saturday Sep. 16, 09:42:15. Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe responding to the government’s offer of a debate with Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has told President Chandrika Kumaratunga that he will debate with only the "puppeteer" and not the "puppet". Wickremasinghe in a letter to President Kumaratunga yesterday said: "several days ago I wrote to you outlining your underhand methods for fighting elections. At the time I challenged you to debate various issues including your comments about the UNP and the LTTE. More...
Published: Sat Sep 16 09:48:57 EDT 2000

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