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MARCH 24, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 353

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SLMM Trying To Create a War In The East- Karuna's LTTE
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.30 A.M Thursday 25 March. Varathan, Spokesman for LTTE's Rebel Eastern Commander Col, Karuna says that the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is trying to create a war situation in the East by helping northern cadres to move to the east. Varathan said after the SLMM helped northern cadres to move towards the east they were seen in Virugal, south of Trincomalee, with weapons. Varathan said, " SLMM was brought here to maintain peace and help to maintain peace. Not to create conflicts. By doing this, the SLMM is trying to create a war in the east. But, we are ready to face any challenge." There has been a high concentration of northern cadres in the area during the last week. Eastern sources say that Prabhakaran is strengthening his forces for a possible attack on Karuna and his eastern cadres. The MOU signed between the government and the LTTE does allow the escort of cadres to LTTE controlled areas.

Varathan also said that a Dr. Thiruchelvam Dean of the Agriculture faculty of the Eastern University had been shot and killed in Batticaloa. Varathan pointed out that Dr. Thiruchelvam was loyal to Col Karuna and on several times spoken on his behalf. " The eastern university is closed now Thiruchelvam said it should be opened. Some people from the North did not like that. He was also tipped to be the Vice Chancellor of the eastern university and this is another case of how the northern cadres have prevented a easterner from getting that position, just by killing him. Without mentioning the name of Prabhakaran's LTTE Varathan said " This killing has been done clearly by the other party and we have no doubt about it."
Published: Wed Mar 24 20:28:01 EST 2004


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LTTE Pistol Group All Out to Kill Me- Devananda
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Thursday 25 March. EPDP leader Douglas Devananda says that his life is under severe threat by LTTE's pistol groups roaming in Jaffna. Devananda who is campaigning in Jaffna said " I have always been under threat and I cannot move freely to conduct my election campaign here. Most of my supporters canvass on my behalf that too under threat. Most people cannot even come and see me and they try to speak to me over the phone and some come and visit me in the nights and discuss their problems"

Devananda said EPDP and other parties are finding extremely difficult to conduct their election campaign in face of LTTE's threats. He said that LTTE has ordered the vehicle owners, loudspeaker owners and trishaw owners not to give them on hire to the EPDP and threatened people not to visit the EPDP office. He added that a trishaw driver had refused to bring even two foreign monitors to the EPDP office due to fear of the LTTE. " LTTE threatens people saying that if they refuse to vote for LTTE/TNA they will close the A9 road and then go to war. They tell the people that they are in a position to find out if they have voted or not for the LTTE/TNA. People in the Wanni will be forced to vote for the LTTE/TNA. The LTTE has already begun to collect polling cards of the dead, displaced and the supporters of the EPDP and others," added Devananda.

The EPDP leader said the LTTE is intimidating the people and other political parties contesting in Jaffna because their sole representative status has been shattered by their eastern commander Karuna. The EPDP leader called for the presence of more foreign and southern monitors in the North. He said People selected from the north to monitor elections will be intimidated by the LTTE and they will be scared to talk. We request more foreign and southern monitors to be sent here to ensure a fair and a free poll."
Published: Wed Mar 24 20:14:07 EST 2004 Back to the top


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LTTE rebel Leader Karuna extends support to UNP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 24, 2004, 8.43 pm. The United National Party (UNP) today announced that LTTE renegade Leader Karuna Amman has decided to support the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at the forthcoming General Elections. According to the UNP’s Official Website, Karuna reportedly told a group of intellectuals that he has decided to support Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's UNP, which was why he was supporting TNA.

However Karuna’s support comes with conditions, and that is if the UNP is elected to power, the party should make all efforts to develop the Eastern Province. Karuna's latest move came as a surprise to the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that countered on his support to weaken the TNA in the north and east, the UNP website claimed.

“Karuna has also told the group that he cannot afford to ‘fight' with both the LTTE in the north and the government at the same time”, it said. The Tamil National Alliance which secured 15 parliamentary seats at the last general election in 2001 has pledged to support Wickremesinghe’s UNP ‘unconditionally’ at the elections.

Karuna was reported earlier to be planning to block all TNA votes from the east owing to his anger with the LTTE hierarchy in the North, the UNP claimed.
Published: Wed Mar 24 09:46:18 EST 2004 Back to the top


Sri Lankan Poll Harms Peace Process, Wickremesinghe Tells BBC
bloomberg.com, Mar 24 20:35 EST. (Bloomberg) -- The Sri Lankan president's call for early elections in April helped undermine the peace effort with Tamil Tiger rebels, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp... Back to the top

Sri Lanka condemns assassination of Hamas spiritual leader, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed March 24, 2004 14:14 EST . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -CONDEMNS sked Sri Lanka - condemns assassination of Hamas spiritual leader, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Poll: Majority of Sri Lankans oppose monks in politics
Associated Press, Wed March 24, 2004 07:56 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Nearly 65 percent of Sri Lankans polled oppose monks in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka - contesting seats in the upcoming Parliamentary election, a survey released Wednesday found... Back to the top

Postal voting begins in Sri Lanka, but voters lack enthusiasm
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 24, 2004, 8.41 pm. Postal voting for the 12 Parliamentary Elections began today afternoon... Back to the top

Peace talks with LTTE to resume before May
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 24, 2004, 8.39 pm. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has given an undertaking that as soon as his government return to power after the April 2 elections, he will resume peace talks with the LTTE before the end of April, this year... Back to the top

Indian Tamil Vote May be Polarized in Sri Lanka Polls
oneworld.net, 24 March 2004. The vote of Sri Lanka's minority Indian Tamil community is likely to be sharply divided in the April 2 parliamentary polls because a young, pro-Tamil Tiger guerrilla political party has decided to contest alone this time, threatening the votebank of the community's main representative, the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM expects strong mandate, early peace talks
reuters.com, March 24, 2004, 11:35 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, facing a tough re-election fight, said on Wednesday he expects a huge undecided vote to shift his way, giving him a mandate to restart peace talks with Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Foreign investment on hold over war fears
Associated Press, Wed March 24, 2004 09:58 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer-COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Major foreign companies are holding off from investing in Sri Lanka - because of fears of renewed fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, a senior official said Wednesday... Back to the top

President says she would pursue her goal of peace as long as she serves the nation
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 24, 2004, 8.38 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today called upon all parties to get together and arrive at a lasting resolution to the ethnic conflict and said she would pursue her goal of achieving peace as long as she serves the country... Back to the top

World Bank Country Director meets LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 24, 2004, 8.35 pm. Country Director for World Bank in Sri Lank Peter Harrold, and the Ambassador for Norway Hans Brattskar yesterday met with LTTE political wing Leader S... Back to the top

When today s greats move on, Sri Lankan cricket is on a road to ...
smh.com.au, 24 March. Sri Lankan cricket is in trouble. At present, the national side relies inordinately on a handful of senior players... Back to the top

Tamil professor shot in his home in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed March 24, 2004 01:38 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two unidentified men entered the home of a Tamil university professor in eastern Sri Lanka - and shot him, injuring him seriously in an apparent warning from the main Tamil Tiger rebel group, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

Tamil rebels square off along Sri Lankan river _ a potential flashpoint in renewed warfare
Associated Press, Wed March 24, 2004 01:31 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - VERUGAL FERRY, Sri Lanka - (AP) A barefoot Tamil rebel fighter perches in a tree by the Verugal river, using a leafy branch to rest the barrel of his machine gun that points to the northern bank... Back to the top

Report: renegade Tamil rebel leader warns residents not to help mainstream rebel group
Associated Press, Tue March 23, 2004 02:26 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A renegade rebel leader has warned residents of areas under his control not to cooperate with the mainstream Tamil Tiger guerrilla movement, a Tamil Web site reported Tuesday... Back to the top

President Kumaratunga's alliance wins support from nationalist group
Associated Press, Tue March 23, 2004 04:53 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's political alliance on Tuesday won support from a nationalist group ahead of April 2 parliamentary elections, a move that may boost her chances at the polls... Back to the top

Muted criticism of Tigers as Lankan elections near
dailytimes.com.pk, March 24, 2004, 07:45 EST. JAFFNA: In the heartland of Sri Lanka’s war over a separate Tamil state, campaigning against the wishes of the Tamil Tiger rebels is a dangerous game... Back to the top

Muted criticism of Tigers as Sri Lanka poll nears
khaleejtimes.com, 23 March 2004. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka - In the heartland of Sri Lanka’s war over a separate Tamil state, campaigning against the wishes of the Tamil Tiger rebels is a dangerous game... Back to the top

World News Sri Lankan PM promises lasting peace in two years
newkerala.com, March 23, 2004, 13:50 EST. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is confident that a lasting peace could be established in the country through negotiations for a political solution within Back to the top

Poll group fears spurt of violence in Lanka
hinduonnet.com, March 23, 2004, 13:50 EST. Colombo, March 23. (PTI): A private poll monitoring group today expressed fears of a spurt in violence just before Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections next month, although the campaign so far had been relatively peaceful Back to the top

S.Lankan polls watch group dismisses allegations of bias in election, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue March 23, 2004 11:27 EST . - - COLOMBO, March 23 (Xinhua) -- An independent polls monitoring group in Sri Lanka - Tuesday rejected allegations that they are biased in their functions in the run up to the April 2 parliamentary poll... Back to the top

Cricket players enjoy competition in Wichita
Associated Press, Tue March 23, 2004 09:01 EST . KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH - - It's the first International Student Union Cricket Tournament... Back to the top

Chandrika ’ s party slams funding for election
dailytimes.com.pk, March 23, 2004, 8:20 Am EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s party accused foreign donors Sunday of trying to influence the outcome of April 2 elections by funding poll monitors who back her opponents... Back to the top

India's Jet Airways launches flights to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed March 24, 2004 06:17 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) India's Jet Airways launched regular flights on Wednesday between the south Indian city of Madras and Sri Lanka - 's capital, Colombo... Back to the top

Indian judge commutes Swiss couple's 7-year sentence in child sex abuse case
Associated Press, Wed March 24, 2004 10:29 EST . RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM - Associated Press Writer - Pornographic photos of the Indian girls were found on the couple's laptop computer, along with those of other children from Thailand and Sri Lanka - , police said... Back to the top

Difficult days for troubled Sri Lankan cricket
theage.com.au, March 24, 2004, 11:35 EST. Sri Lankan cricket is in trouble. At present the national side relies inordinately on a handful of senior players... Back to the top

Expats playing cricket tournament in middle of United States
Associated Press, Tue March 23, 2004 11:19 EST . - - International students from six countries India, Pakistan, Qatar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - and Nepal have banded together to play their own International Student Union Cricket Tournament... Back to the top

Samaraweera likely to return at No. 3 in top-order reshuffle
Associated Press, Tue March 23, 2004 05:37 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thilan Samaraweera could get a recall at No... Back to the top

Cricket: Ponting misses century in last Sri Lanka Test
channelnewsasia.com, March 24, 2004, 07:45 EST. COLOMBO : Skipper Ricky Ponting slammed an impressive 92 to pull Australia out of trouble in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Lehmann century lifts Australia to 314-6
Associated Press, Wed March 24, 2004 06:55 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Darren Lehmann scored his fifth test hundred and second of the series to guide Australia to 314 for six at stumps Wednesday after the opening day of the third cricket test against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

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