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APRIL 9, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 4

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22 die in LTTE onslaught on Karuna group, April 09, 2004, 17:45 EST. At least 22 cadres were killed and several injured when armed cadres of the Tamil Tiger rebels launched a pre-dawn military onslaught to retake vast stretch of areas under renegade rebel “Colonel” Karuna’s control More...
Published: Fri Apr 9 17:50:12 EDT 2004
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Tigers Clash in Batticaloa Heavy fighting as Prabhakarans cadres infiltrate Karuna's territory
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.20 P.M Friday 9 April. Heavy fighting erupted between LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakarans and Eastern leader Karuna's faction from early morning on Friday. Both groups fought using heavy mortar fire and claymore mines as over 200 of Prabhakarans men infiltrated the areas under Karunas control. Military sources say that Prabhakarans cadres tried to move forward from Vakarai north and there have been casualties on both sides including civilians. Casualty figures were not known at the time of writing. Prabhakarans faction has reportedly given instructions to launch a propaganda war against his arch rival Karuna with a view to demoralizing Karuna and to boost the moral of fundraisers.

On Wednesday, Karuna told this correspondent that he would try everything possible to avoid shedding blood in the country again. "But, despite all our attempts , if they go on the offensive, we will be forced to defend ourselves" added Karuna.
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Fighting in Sri Lanka threatens peace moves, April 09, 2004, 16:35 EST. Rival factions of Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka have exchanged heavy fire in an outbreak of fighting that could harm attempts to revive peace talks between the separatists and the country's new government. More...
Published: Fri Apr 9 16:31:37 EDT 2004 Back to the top

US President George Bush and Colin Powell congratulates UPFA’s election victory
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 4, 2004, 11.51 pm. United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell today telephoned President Kumaratunga to convey his and US President George W Bush good wishes on the success of her party at the recent elections... Back to the top

Buddhist Monks extend their conditional support to the new government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 9, 2004, 11.11 pm. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has agreed to extend their conditional support to the United Peoples Freedom Alliance government... Back to the top

Thousands flee Sri Lanka fighting
BBC News World Edition, Friday, 9 April. Thousands of Sri Lankan civilians are fleeing homes in the east amid fighting between Tamil Tiger factions, the Red Cross has said... Back to the top

SLMC to sit in the Opposition in Parliament
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 9, 2004, 11.22 pm. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress which secured five seats at last week’s polls has decided to sit in the opposition in Parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tells US early peace talks planned, April 09, 2004, 15:35 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga told U... Back to the top

US congress members to visit Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 11:00 EDT . COLOMBO, April 8 (Xinhua) -- A bipartisan delegation from the US House of Representatives will make a brief visit to Sri Lanka - next week, the US embassy here said on Thursday... Back to the top

Tigers demand talks on self-rule; Sri Lanka in army recruitment ..., April 08, 2004, 13:05 EST. COLOMBO : Tamil Tiger rebels asked Sri Lanka's incoming government to open talks based on their blueprint for self-rule which had previously been rejected by President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tamils optimistic over peace, 2004/04/08. Residents of Jaffna town in the northern heartland of Sri Lanka's minority Tamil community are cautiously optimistic that the new government will resume peace talks with the country's Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

China wishes peace, stability for Sri Lanka , FM spokesman, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 10:18 EDT . BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said here Thursday that China wishes peace and stability for Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers have reasons to smile if talks begin
Dawn, April 09, 2004, 12:25 EST. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels would find themselves in an enviable position if the country's stalled peace talks do resume in the coming weeks... Back to the top

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