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Bandula Jayasekera in Colombo. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam too have commenced a recruitment drive after the army launched their Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam carry out their recruitment drive. At present both the army and the LTTE are facing a severe man power shortage to continue with the war. Sri Lankan army is trying to reach out to the youth with a mass scale publicity campaign in the national media. It is interesting to find out how the LTTE is carrying out their recruitment drive. More...
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Prabhakaran Ready for Unconditional Talks- Solheim
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 02 November 1710 GMT. LTTE Leader Prabhakaran offered "Unconditional" talks with the Sri Lankan government, Norwegian peace envoy, Eric Solheim said today. Mr. Solheim who met LTTE Leader in Malawi yesterday told correspondents "We believe that the LTTE are serious and interested in solving the problem through negotiations"

Oslo has been invited by both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to open peace talks, he said. As Amal Jayasinghe of AFP pointed out in BBC’s "Sandeshaya", although Solheim was reluctant to give details of the discussions, he was optimistic that Norway could bring about a long lasting solution to Sri Lanka’s eighteen year civil war .
Published: Thu Nov 2 12:15:05 EST 2000

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Navy destroys LTTE attack craft
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Thursday November 2. The Sri Lanka Navy yesterday destroyed four LTTE attack craft off the coast of northeast Mullaitivu at around 9.45 p.m. Naval guns had engaged the LTTE in heavy battle which lasted until the early hours of this morning, Thursday November 2.

Military spokesman, Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said that one logistic craft belonging to the Tigers was engulfed with fire and presumed to be carrying fuel and lubricants. Three more were damaged beyond repair by Naval fire.

In the ensuing debacle the Tigers reportedly had no means of escape and had forcibly boarded a passing Russian merchant ship. The Russian tug vessel 'UTYOIS' had been proceeding to Colombo from Nagapathnam in India. Brigadier Karunaratne said that the Russians dropped off the rebels close to Tiger territory at Mullaitivu.

The Navy, Brigadier Karunaratne asserted held their fire during this encounter as they did not want to indiscriminately fire at the Russian vessel which was manned by a crew of 22 civilians.

After the LTTE had disembarked, the Navy had escorted the merchant ship up to Trincomalee harbour where it is being held for further investigation.
Published: Thu Nov 2 02:02:02 EST 2000

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Tamil Tigers 'serious about peace'
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 2 November, 2000, 17:46 GMT . A Norwegian peace envoy who has held a surprise meeting in Sri Lanka with the head of the Tamil Tigers has said he believes the group is serious about making peace. These talks are one step in a positive direction, but everyone understands there is still a long, long way to go to solve the conflict Peace envoy Erik Solheim Erik Solheim held two hours of talks with Tamil Tiger chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, in what is being seen as a highly-significant development. Mr Prabhakaran has rarely if ever met outside intermediaries, and the meeting has raised hopes that efforts to try to end the long-running conflict are back on track. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 19:05:51 EST 2000
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Tamil Tigers Seize Russian Vessel, Escape Sri Lanka Navy
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, November 2 5:25 PM SGT . Tamil Tiger rebels seized a Russian tug to escape the Sri Lankan navy after their boats were damaged during a sea battle, a senior navy officer said Thursday. Wednesday, the rebels got on to the Russian tug and forced the crew to take them close to Mullaitivu coast, a major rebel base on the northern coast or Sri Lanka. The guerrillas disembarked and escaped. The rebels didn't harm the crew. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 10:36:06 EST 2000

Lanka unlikely to accept LTTE terms for talks
The Hindustan Times, Colombo November 2. SRI LANKAN government is unlikely to accept the LTTE leader V Prabhakaran's demand that the armed forces be withdrawn from the Tamil North East before peace talks start, political observers here feel. They also suspect that Prabhakaran is trying to achieve peacefully and with foreign assistance, what he could not achieve by force of arms and unilaterally, the recapture of Jaffna. But notwithstanding this gloomy prospect, Norway’s ‘shuttle diplomacy’ to get the peace process started is expected to continue because both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE depend on the West for economic sustenance and arms, one way or another. According to a LTTE Press release, Prabhakaran had laid down this and other conditions at a meeting with the Norwegian Special Envoy/Facilitator Erik Solheim at Mallavi in the LTTE-held Wanni on Wednesday. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 19:08:29 EST 2000

Solheim and Prabhakaran hold pow-wow in the Vanni
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.10 a.m. SLT Thursday November 2. Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim on Tuesday met with the elusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran at his hide-out in the Vanni region. An LTTE statement issued from its London office said that the two hour meeting had taken place in Tiger territory at Malawi. Solheim was accompanied by Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jon Westborg and Ms. Kjersti Tromsdal an executive officer in the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

The rare meeting has yet to draw a response from the Sri Lankan government. The Norwegians claim however that Prabhakaran had tentatively agreed to holding peace negotiations with the State only if military offensives in the north were de-escalated. The rebel leader had also laid down three conditions as a pre-requisite for negotiations to begin.

He had asserted that a ceasefire, withdrawal of troops from the Jaffna Peninsula and lifting of an economic embargo were all a must if the State was sincere in conducting negotiations with the LTTE. The government has previously refused all three of these conditions but insisted that the rebels must lay down arms if peace talks are to begin.

Tamilselvan head of the LTTE's political wing and Sankar a senior LTTE cadre were also present at the meeting.

The LTTE statement says that Prabhakaran explaining the politico-military situation in the Northeast had blamed the Kumaratunge government for having unleashed a genocidal war against the Tamil people and as a consequence the Tamils had suffered enormously. He had further declared that the government was not sincere in seeking a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The LTTE leader had insisted that the Sri Lankan government should take the initiative of relaxing the conditions of war if they wanted genuine peace.
Published: Wed Nov 1 21:34:22 EST 2000

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Police Blamed for Bindunuwewa Massacre
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 02 November 1710 GMT. Human Rights Commission accused police of grave dereliction of duty over last week's massacre of Tamil detainees at Bindunuwewa open prison and said the attack was well organised.The Commission said it holds the police responsible for failing to prevent a crowd of people from the Sinhalese community massacring twenty six unarmed Tamil prisoners. In a report, the HRC said the crowd had only been armed with poles, knives and other implements whereas the police had been fully armed and could easily have brought the crowd under control.

The commission also said that the camp housed both Tamil rebels who had surrendered and suspects, some as young as 11 years old.

Earlier, President Chandrika Kumaratunge said It was her understanding that " external forces" were behind the massacre.
Published: Thu Nov 2 12:15:05 EST 2000

Norwegian mediation raises Sri Lanka peace hopes, Nov 02 2000 10:19 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 2 (AFP) - Talks between elusive rebel supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and a Norwegian envoy revived Sri Lanka's peace hopes but analysts said Thursday an end to separatist bloodshed remained a distant prospect. Norway's peace envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, crossed battle lines to hold a two-hour meeting Wednesday with Prabhakaran, who leads the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a fight for an independent homeland. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 03:12:42 EST 2000
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TN: Vaiko's meeting with LTTE leader condemned
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on November 2, 2000. Chennai, Nov. 2. (PTI): Tamizhaga Rajiv Congress, a unit of the NDA, today said the MDMK general secretary Vaiko meeting LTTE leader Anton Balasingham recently in London while returning from the United Nations was `unpardonable' and `condemnable'. ``Meeting Balasingham belonging to a banned outfit at a time when Vaiko has represented India in the United Nations for which tax- payers had paid the money is unpardonable and condemnable,'' TRC president Vazhapadi K Ramamurthy told mediapersons here, adding that Vaiko was yet to deny reports about his meeting Balasingham. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 07:05:50 EST 2000
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Former Sri Lankan Cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga denies he took bribes to fix matches
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2100 SLT 01.11.00. Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga today denied that he took bribes from Indian book makers to six matches. In a statement issued soon after the Indian police report became public Ranatunga sais that he had never taken money from any book maker and that he had never been approached either. Indian Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a report submitted to the Indian Sports Minister has named a number of current and past international cricketers who they allege were involved in match fixing. Only Sri Lankans to be mentioned are Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva. De Silva was not available for comment today. Meanwhile Cricket Board President Thilanga Sumathipala said that the board at a emergency executive Committee meeting today decided to request the Indian Board for a copy of the full report. " We cannot take a decision until the full report is available. However we have three options. One is under the contract with Players. Second is under the code of Conduct and the third is to ask the CID to make a criminal investigation. Since even in India it was a criminal investigation we may decide to do that here" Sumathipala said.
Published: Wed Nov 1 10:03:56 EST 2000
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UK dumps infected cattle feed in Lanka
Island, Thursday, 2 November. Tens of thousands of tonnes of potentially BSE (mad cow) — infected cattle feed in the form of "meal and bonemeal" was dumped on Sri Lanka and several other countries, ‘The Hindu’ reported on Wednesday.The following is the full text of the report by ‘The Hindu’ correspondent in London."Not good enough for us? Give it to the Third World, they would love it". That seems to have been the line which dictated the British Government’s decision to dump vast quantities of cattle feed, suspected to be infected with mad cow (BSE) germs, on Third World countries after banning it for domestic use and export to European nations.It was found to be too dangerous to feed the cattle in the U.K. and of course Europe was the First World so it couldn’t be sent there. The only parts that could do with it were Asia, Africa and West Asia, and thus for eight years - from 1988 to 1996 - Britain continued to export the infected feed overriding expert opinion. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 04:00:41 EST 2000

S.Lanka commission slams police in massacre probe
ABC News, 11/02/2000 10:56:00 ET. The report said evidence obtained so far on the massacre by a mob of majority Sinhalese at the Bindunuwewa rehabilitation camp in central Sri Lanka on October 25th was "consistent with a premeditated and planned attack." The report was based on interviews with the police and survivors. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 11:31:49 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan police indicted for jail attack
The Hindu (International), Friday, November 03, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 2. Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission (HRC) has said that the recent attack on an open prison in which 27 Tamil detainees were killed appeared to be ``premeditated and planned'' and held the police responsible for not preventing it. The HRC, which enquired into the incident, said in its interim report, a copy of which is with The Hindu, that the police was ``guilty of a grave dereliction of duty in not taking any effective action'' to prevent the attack. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 16:06:23 EST 2000
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Tamil party wants foreign probe of S.Lanka massacre
ABC News, 11/02/2000 08:00:00 ET. COLOMBO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka"s main minority Tamil party called on Thursday for international help in probing the massacre of Tamil inmates at a rehabilitation camp that plunged the country into its worst ethnic violence in 17 years. "... a credible criminal investigative process (needs) the very early involvement of neutral independent international investigators..." the Tamil United Liberation Front said in a letter to Justice Minister Batty Weerakoon. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 08:48:58 EST 2000

BA drops Buddha advert
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 2 November, 2000, 13:54 GMT . British Airways has announced that it will no longer be using an advert that depicts the Buddha on a reclining seat. In a statement, the company said that it was sorry if the advert had caused any offence to its customers. The airline said the decision to drop the advert was made following a series of complaints. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 09:24:20 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka seeks India's help in match-fixing probe
Times of India (Breaking News), Thursday, 2 November. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has asked India to help probe allegations that World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his deputy Aravinda de Silva were involved in match fixing, officials said on Thursday. Sri Lanka's Board of Control for Cricket (BCCSL) asked its Indian counterpart for copies of a report published on Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that probed corruption in cricket. "The BCCSL requires to obtain immediately a copy of the 162-page report and relevant authenticated transcripts of evidence," said Sri Lanka's cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala in a letter to Indian cricket chief A C Muthiah. More...
Published: Thu Nov 2 05:56:57 EST 2000
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'Racism will only make LTTE stronger'
The Hindu (International), Thursday, November 02, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 1. As the central hills of Sri Lanka began to return to normality, the President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, warned that the country ran the risk of suffering international isolation once again if there was a ``relapse'' of Sinhala- Tamil communalism. In an address to the nation last night over radio and television, Mrs. Kumaratunga appealed for restraint by all ethnic groups, reminding the majority community that Sinhala racism would only make the LTTE stronger. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 16:05:52 EST 2000
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Ranatunga, De Silva summoned by board
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on November 1, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 1. (PTI): Two stalwarts of Sri Lankan cricket, former captain Arjuna Ranatunga and his team-mate Aravinda De Silva, have been summoned by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board after their names figured in the CBI match-fixing report. Board officials today said both Ranatunga, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, and De Silva had been asked to appear before the Board for an emergency meeting to discuss the issue. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 12:28:58 EST 2000

Concern in Washington over the massacre
BBC, November 1. Three US congressmen have urged Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to register her concern over the recent killing of Tamil inmates at a prison in Sri Lanka.This is not the first time members of the committee on International Relations in the House of Representatives have written to Ms Albright asking her to review policy towards Sri LankThe letter says the Sri Lankan Government failed to provide proper security for the prisoners in its charge.They suggest that a political solution to the war should include the possibility of outright independence for Tamil areas in the Jaffna peninsula. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 10:40:19 EST 2000

Lankan air raid on Tiger camp kills 40 rebels
Times of India (Breaking News), November 1. COLOMBO: Air force MiG-27 and Kfir fighter jets destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel camp south of Trincomalee port, killing at least 40 militants, said a military spokesman Wednesday. The rebel camp, knocked out on Monday, was used as a base to stage attacks in the area, said military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne. He said a guerrilla suicide assault on the Trincomalee port on October 23, which left at least 20 combatants dead, had been launched from the camp. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 06:59:19 EST 2000
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15 people die of rat fever in Matara
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 1. Health authorities said today that 15 people have died of rat fever over the last six months at Matara. A post mortem on some of the victims revealed the sickly conclusion.

These latest revelations were made in the wake of an outbreak of Dengue in the district of Matara which virus has claimed the lives of 115 persons in the last month. Amidst rising concern over the outbreak of the Dengue virus, 46 schools will close this week on Thursday and Friday in order to conduct awareness campaigns in the district and destroy possible breeding grounds of the deadly mosquito.
Published: Wed Nov 1 04:12:58 EST 2000

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EU commends Lanka for efficient, professional poll
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 1. The European Union has praised Sri Lanka for conducting last months general election in "an efficient and professional manner." The EU in its statement has commended the Elections Commissioner and his staff for their untiring efforts which the report asserts enabled a large number of Sri Lankan voters to exercise their franchise freely.

The EU special election observer mission was led by EU Member of Parliament John Cushnahan who claimed his observers visited almost all 22 electoral districts except those ruled by the LTTE. Cushnahan and his 77 member team were guests of the government during last months general election.

The EU team recently drew fire from other local election monitoring groups namely the Center for Monitoring Election Violence whose Director Dr. Arjuna Parakrama described the EU's preliminary report on the October 10, poll as "a shoddy piece of work."
Published: Wed Nov 1 04:12:57 EST 2000

Tamils and Sinhalese clash in central Sri Lanka
NDTV/MSNBC, November 1. Ethnic violence has erupted in central Sri Lanka in the wake of last week's massacre of 26 Tamils at a detention camp. The violence broke out when Tamil gangs allegedly set alight Sinhalese-owned shops and vehicles after the funeral for one of the massacre victims. The towns of Talawakelle and Kotagala have been devastated by clashes between the two communities. On Monday, the government reimposed a curfew in a bid to quell the violence. Troops and police have maintained a heavy presence on the streets, which are littered with shattered vehicles, broken glass and smouldering debris following rampages by rival gangs.

The area has the largest Tamil population in central Sri Lanka, many of whom work in the region's tea plantations. L Vishwanathan, a Tamil shopkeeper, said, "I tried my best to stop the mobs attacking the Sinhalese after the funeral of the massacre victim. But in the night, the Sinhalese mobs attacked my workshop causing more than Rs. 250,000 in damage." More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 08:33:41 EST 2000

Sri Lanka party slams arrest of Tamil MP over riots, Nov 01 2000 11:23 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 1 (AFP) - A minority Tamil party Wednesday accused the Sri Lankan government of failure to prosecute those responsible for the massacre of 26 Tamil detainees and instead arresting an opposition legislator. The Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) slammed the government for detaining opposition Tamil lawmaker Periyasamy Chandrasekaran for the riots that followed last week's open prison massacre. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 04:16:26 EST 2000

Massacre a conspiracy by LTTE: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on November 1, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 1 (PTI): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has alleged that the recent massacre of former LTTE rebels by Sinhala mobs in central Sri Lanka and the ensuing communal clashes between Sinhalese and Tamil tea workers was a conspiracy hatched by the tigers to destabilise her Government. ``Investigations had revealed that LTTE and certain ultra nationalist groups were conspiring against her Government,'' she said addressing the nation over television last night in the aftermath of three-day clashes between Sinhalese and Tamils of Indian origin in central Nuwara Eliya district. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 08:35:07 EST 2000
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