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FEBRUARY 27, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 327

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Don't Assasinate Political Opponents - Amnesty to LTTE
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.45 P.M Friday 27 February. The Amnesty International Has called upon the LTTE to instruct their members not to assassinate political opponents or their supporters, or carry out other violent attacks on party activists and election monitors during the election period. Amnesty has pointed out that four people were also allegedly abducted by the LTTE in the east since the elections were announced. A statement issued by Amnesty said "We are particularly concerned that candidates and supporters of Tamil political parties not allied to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) - which the LTTE is backing in the elections -- may become targets for assassination. These include candidates of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) standing as independents, the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) (V), and the Democratic People's Liberation Front (DPLF)." However, Amnesty has also welcomed the assurance given by LTTE's Karuna, at a meeting with Major General (retd) Trond Furuhovde, head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), on 11 February in Batticaloa, that the LTTE would continue to respect the cease-fire and would not resort to violence or interfere in elections in the east,
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No Ban on Political Parties in North/ East- LTTE
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.25 P.M Friday 27 February 2004. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has denied reports that the organization had imposed a ban on the main political parties fielding Tamil candidates in the North/East. LTTE spokesman Daya Master says any political party was free to field candidates and the LTTE would welcome them. However, he confirmed that the LTTE had threatened that there would be serious repercussions if the Sri Lankan army tries to restrict the free movement of voters from the rebel-held areas to cast their votes in the government-held areas. Daya Master also said that the LTTE was ready to have polling booths in uncleared areas, and they would welcome election officials and foreign monitors. However, he said that the members of the police force were not welcome in the areas.
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LTTE formally enters election campaign
hinduonnet.com, February 27, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 27:The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formally entered a Sri Lankan election campaign on Thursday seeking votes for the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The LTTE made its first election presence, though not as a contestant, after decades of fighting with its support for the four-party TNA at its first election rally in the northern Government-held, Tamil majority Vavuniya town. The Federal Party (FP), the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) and a wing of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Suresh), which together constitute the TNA are contesting the April 2 Parliamentary elections on a plank that the LTTE is the sole representative of the ``Tamil-speaking people’’ More...
Published: Fri Feb 27 11:58:33 EST 2004 Back to the top

US accuses LTTE of killing rival parties
dailymirror.lk, February 27, 2004. The LTTE was yesterday accused of widespread rights abuses in a report that raises questions over whether the rebels would let opposing Tamil politicians campaign freely in the upcoming election... Back to the top

TNA Happy With LTTE's Support For Elections
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 P.M Friday 27 February. General Secretary of the TNA, R.Sambandan has welcomed the support of the LTTE in their election campaign in the North/East. However, he said that the TNA is yet to receive direct confirmation from the LTTE that they would actively campaign on behalf of the party... Back to the top

Chandrika slams Ranil over war-mongering
manoramaonline.com, February 27, 2004, 15:10 EST. Colombo: Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party on Friday accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of trying to create a "war psychosis" and vowed she will reopen peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Ceasefire Is Holding More Effectively Now- Freedom Alliance
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.55 P.M Friday 27 February. Media Minister and Advisor to the President Lakshman Kadiragamar says that there has not been a single incident of confrontation with the LTTE after the take over of some ministerial portfolios by the President, and the ceasefire is holing more effectively than the UNF period and the LTTE is aware of the situation and appreciates it... Back to the top

Lanka Government Uses Media to Fix Rivals Before Polls
oneworld.net, February 27, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 27 (OneWorld) - As nominations for the April 2 general elections ended Tuesday, there is widespread political resentment in Sri Lanka over the government's abuse of state-run media... Back to the top

Monks Contesting Elections Will Not Affect the Alliance- Weerawansa
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.20 P.M Friday 27 February. JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa said today that the Buddhist monks contesting the April elections would not affect the Alliance... Back to the top

Chandrika takes over control of state lottery
Gulf News, February 27, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has taken over control of a state-run lottery ahead of elections amidst allegations that the President's party was trying to use the lottery funds for the campaign... Back to the top

Norwegian FM Says Push The Negotiations Forward
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Friday 27 February. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen has urged all the parties involved in the Sri Lankan peace process, mainly the donors to remain engaged and push the negotiations forward... Back to the top

Talks with LTTE is Sri Lanka poll plank
navhindtimes.com, February 27, 2004. UNI Colombo Feb 27: The Norwegian-brokered “peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels” has taken the center-stage of the election campaign with both the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by Sri Lankan President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga and its rival United National Front (UNF) led by the Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe calling for a mandate to continue the presently stalled peace process... Back to the top

Chandrika to call for talks with LTTE soon after winning polls
hindustantimes.com, February 28, 2004, 11:10 EST. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which will boost economic ties between India and Sri Lanka, will be formalised by March, Arjunna Mahendran, chairman, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, has said... Back to the top

Talks with LTTE takes center-stage of Lanka poll campaign
deepikaglobal.com, February 27, 2004. Colombo, Feb 27 (UNI) The Norwegian-brokered ''peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels'' has taken the center-stage of the election campaign with both the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and its rival United National Front (UNF) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe calling for a mandate to continue the presently stalled peace process... Back to the top

Opposition accuses Sri Lanka PM of fuelling war fears
reuters.com, February 27, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Battle lines were drawn in Sri Lanka's election campaign on Friday, with the opposition accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of war-mongering and the Tamil Tiger rebels endorsing a possible kingmaker party... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president's alliance unveils peace plan with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 08:37 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's political alliance pledged Friday to quickly restart peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels if it wins upcoming parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels endorse party for April vote
reuters.com, 27 Feb 2004 05:03 . Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have publicly endorsed a minority Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance, which could play a kingmaker role after an April general election... Back to the top

Kumaratunga's UPFA rejects war remarks in lead-up to Sri Lanka vote+
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 06:07 EST . - - COLOMBO, Feb. 27 (Kyodo) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party vowed Friday to continue negotiations with Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels if her United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins the April 2 parliamentary election, and accused rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of propagating ''a fear psychosis'' that war would resume if his party is not reelected. Peace talks to end Sri Lanka - 's bloody ethnic war have been suspended since April... Back to the top

Pact with Lanka to be formalised in March
com, February 28, 2004, 11:10 EST. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which will boost economic ties between India and Sri Lanka, will be formalised by March, Arjunna Mahendran, chairman, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, has said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army donates wheelchairs to Jaffna disabled
tamilnet.com, February 27, 2004. The Sri Lanka army’s 52-4 Brigade in Pt. Pedro Friday donated eleven wheelchairs to disabled persons in Jaffna... Back to the top

India News Indian support crucial for Sri Lanka peace: US ...
newkerala.com, Feb 27 . A US expert on South Asia has commended India for its low-profile policy towards Sri Lanka but made it clear that New Delhi's support is crucial for the success of the island's stalled peace process... Back to the top

Tiger ban forces Tamils to keep off fray
gulf news, february 26. A Tamil guerrilla ban on the main political parties fielding Tamil candidates in the north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka seriously affected the political parties contesting in the region as nominations for the April 2 snap parliamentary poll closed... Back to the top

US slams Sri Lanka rebels for rights abuses
reuters.com, February 26, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Tamil Tigers were accused of widespread rights abuses in a report released on Thursday that raises questions over whether the rebels would let opposing Tamil politicians campaign freely in Sri Lanka's upcoming election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president's adviser lambastes Britain+
Associated Press, Wed February 25, 2004 23:57 EST . - - COLOMBO, Feb. 26 (Kyodo) A senior adviser to President Chandrika Kumaratunga has lashed out at Britain for handing out ''unsolicited advice'' on how Sri Lanka - should conduct its forthcoming parliamentary elections, a news report said Thursday. ''The people of Sri Lanka - , men and women, have been voting since 1931,'' he said... Back to the top

Computer hacker disrupts water utility
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 06:43 EST . - - (Fort Smith-AP) -- Federal officials are investigating a computer hacker traced to Sri Lanka - who disrupted business at the Benton-Washington Water Association... Back to the top

Chandrika seeks talks with Tigers
hinduonnet.com, February 27, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 26 (PTI): President Chandrika Kumaratunga, today called for talks with Tamil Tiger rebels and said she was seeking a mandate at the upcoming parliamentary elections to resume the stalled peace negotiations. Kumaratunga launched the election campaign of her newly formed Freedom Alliance in the north-central town of Anuradhapura, 206 km north of here, seeking to revive a peace bid with the Tigers... Back to the top

Inter-party clashes overshadow Sri Lankan election campaign
dailytimes.com.pk, February 26, 2004. * 40 people are wounded, 12 arrested * Record 6,024 candidates contesting for 225 parliamentary seats COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s national election campaign got off to a violent start, with at least 40 people, including a Buddhist monk, wounded in inter-party clashes, police said Wednesday... Back to the top

Lanka to expel Maldives activist
bbc.co.uk, February 27, 2004. The Sri Lankan government has given a well-known political activist from the Maldives, Mohammad Latheef, a week to leave the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president launches election campaign in ancient Buddhist holy city
Associated Press, Wed February 25, 2004 21:13 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - ANURADHAPURA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president launched her campaign Thursday for re-election in April polls after dissolving parliament in her rift with the prime minister, a political power struggle that could mar the nation's chances for peace with Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Rivals start election campaign in Lanka
telegraphindia.com, February 27, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 26 (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s feuding President and Prime Minister kicked off parliamentary election campaigns at the island’s most holy sites today with promises to end a two-decade separatist war with the Tamil Tigers. Elephants, saffron-robbed monks and ancient regal settings formed the backdrop for rallies by both President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the official start of campaigning for the April 2 vote Back to the top

Sri Lanka to deploy troops as poll violence soars
hindustantimes.com, February 26, 2004. Sri Lanka's police have asked the army, navy and air force to help stop rising poll-related violence as the main political parties prepared to launch their election campaigns, officials said on Thursday... Back to the top

HL:No jail time for man who kidnapped cousin in courtship ritual, lawyer argues
Associated Press, Wed February 25, 2004 20:38 EST . - - In arguing for a conditional sentence served in the community, defence lawyer Matt McGarvey said Nadarajah had engaged in a practice that, while illegal even in Sri Lanka - , was widely accepted in some quarters of their community... Back to the top

India beat Sri Lanka, reach semifinals
ndtv.com, February 27, 2004. Thursday, February 26, 2004 (Dhaka): India beat Sri Lanka by 56 runs to reach the semifinal of the Under-19 cricket World Cup in Dhaka... Back to the top

Australia beats Sri Lanka by 40 runs in fourth one-day match, wins five-match series
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 13:09 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australia overcame a brilliant century from Kumar Sangakkara on Friday, rallying to beat Sri Lanka - in their fourth limited-over match... Back to the top

Hayden in doubt for fourth one-day international
Yahoo India, February 27, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Opening batsman Matthew Hayden is in doubt for Australia's fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka on Friday with a knee injury... Back to the top

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