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VOL. 4, NO. 301

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Sril Lankan girl to be deported as soon as flight available, 02 February. A sexually abused Sri Lankan girl will be deported as soon as the flight arrangements are finalised, despite a last-ditch battle to keep her here, the Immigration Service said today. The service said it would rely on its own report that she was mentally fit to fly and not on a report from an Auckland consultant that she could be a risk on an airplane and should not leave the country. Lawyers fighting the 16-year-old's deportation order say she will head back to an horrific life if she is returned to Sri Lanka.Lawyer Carole Curtis said she would be killed or continue to be raped by her relatives. If not she faced a life of prostitution or the prospect of suicide to end her torment. Ms Curtis said a psychiatric report she received today from Auckland Hospital consultant Dr Karl Jansen was quite clear she should not go back."She is a flight risk," she said. More...
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LTTE hands over ten youths to transit camp
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 1, 2004, 10.02 pm. The LTTE peace secretariat today claimed that their organisation had handed over ten youths to the transit centre, which is organised and managed by UNICEF and Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation, after they learnt that these youths were under aged children eager to join their organisation.

According to the LTTE, these ten youngsters enrolled themselves to the Tiger organisation as Tiger cadres submitting false particulars including their age. During a routine check by the LTTE peace secretariat it had been revealed that these youths were under age.

These ten youths are presently at the transit camp. Their rehabilitation would proceed either by way of educating to return them to their parents or by facilitating them to learn a trade to develop their skills to earn their living. In the case of the youngsters reluctant to rejoin their parents, care would be extended until such time they are of age or deemed matured enough to be independent, the LTTE secretariat said.
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Sri Lankan president seeks dialogue with Tamil rebels on truce ..., 01 February. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has proposed direct dialogue with the Tamil Tiger rebels to ensure the smooth continuation of the ongoing ceasefire agreement amid current political crisis in the country, the SundayTimes said. The paper said that the Defense Secretary Cyril Herath has senta letter to Prabagan, head of the Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in which he has assuaged the rebels fears about the future of the ceasefire agreement.The report said that the move made by the defense secretary waspart of many overtures by President Kumaratunga to pave way for the LTTE rebels to have direct talks with her.The president wrested control of three key ministries includingthe defense from her arch political rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Nov. 4 last year and the power struggle between the two feuding leaders remain unresolved despite efforts by both sides to try to reach a compromise. More...
Published: Sun Feb 1 06:15:38 EST 2004 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan president wants to direct peace process: report  - Associated Press

India News: Time India took interest in Sri Lanka: Kadirgamar (INTERVIEW), 01 February. New Delhi, Sri Lanka's fragile peace process has reached a "dead end" and it is time India took a keen interest in the island nation's affairs, says Lakshman Kadirgamar, senior advisor to President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's detained cricket board president won't run for re-election
Associated Press, Sun February 1, 2004 08:25 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's cricket board chief, accused of violating immigration laws and helping an alleged gangster, will not run for another term as the board's president next month, an official said Sunday... Back to the top

New SLMM chief arrives, assumes duties tomorrow
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 31, 2004, 11.00 pm. Major General Trond Furuhovde, the new head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), arrived in Colombo today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to experience power cuts soon?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 31, 2004, 10.15 pm. The public is keeping its fingers crossed, whether the Ministry of Power and Energy would impose power cuts this year, owing to the ongoing drought, which is expected to last at least till mid March, this year... Back to the top

Atapattu waits to breath fire _ Sri Lankan style
Associated Press, Sun February 1, 2004 05:31 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's one-day skipper Marvan Atapattu is waiting to meet the aggressive Australians ``fire with fire'' when the Aussies tour the island later this month... Back to the top

Living conditions for Muslims in the East has turned bad to worse after the ceasefire agreement Report
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 31, 2004, 8.56 pm. Muslim civilians living in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka have complained that their problems have increased significantly after the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government in February 2002... Back to the top

Prime Minister off to Thailand next month
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 31, 2004, 8.21 pm. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to leave fro Thailand early next month on a three-day official visit... Back to the top

LTTE critical of Govt. handling of peace process, 01 February. The LTTE delegation headed by Political Wing leader S.P. Thamilchelvan criticised the UNF government's handling of the now stalled peace process during his talks with a high powered Norwegian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Jan Peterson... Back to the top

Talk only to LTTE - Anandasangaree tells Sri Lanka . ., January 31. Mr. V. Anandasangaree, the President of the Tamil United Liberation Front met President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday evening and impressed upon her that the Sri Lankan government should talk only to the Liberation Tigers and not simultaneously with any other Tamil group, according to a press note issued by the controversial Jaffna MP Saturday... Back to the top

LTTE assures Buddhists of protection
Dawn, KILLINOCHCHI (Sri Lanka), Jan 30. In what was seen as a tactful move to placate the Sinhala Buddhists, the LTTE on Thursday welcomed a delegation of Buddhist monks at their headquarters in Killinochchi... Back to the top

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