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APRIL 11, 2004 EST, USA
 
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LTTE opens new flank against rebels
indianexpress.com, April 11. COLOMBO, APRIL 11: Tamil Tiger guerrillas today opened a new offensive against renegade rebels in eastern Sri Lanka, after vowing to remove the breakaway commander. The new flank of the LTTE against renegade commander V. Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, is from the eastern district of Ampara. Karuna controlled the adjoining districts of Baticaloa and Ampara, but withdrew from the northern sector of Baticaloa yesterday, as he was unable to face the Tiger onslaught launched from the north. The drive aimed at confining Karuna to his Thopigala jungle base now comes from the south. More...
Published: Sun Apr 11 18:34:12 EDT 2004

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Tamil Tigers regain control of area claimed by rival faction, refugees returning home
Associated Press, Sun April 11, 2004 10:54 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - KAJUWATTE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday took control of areas controlled by a renegade guerrilla faction and allowed thousands of civilians to return home to prepare for the Buddhist and Hindu New Year. On Saturday, Muralitharan recalled most of his 6,000 fighters to his Thoppigala base where they set up new defenses. Thoppigala is a jungle area in eastern Sri Lanka - whose main town of Batticaloa is 220 kilometers (135 miles) east of Colombo.

The Tamil Tigers have fought government troops for two decades in a bloody separatist conflict which has claimed more than 65,000 lives.
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Ranatunga quits in spat over Sports Ministry
indiatimes.com, April 11, 2004, 12:05 PM EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga today quit his position in the ruling party after he was overlooked for the post of Sports Minister in the new cabinet. More...
Published: Sun Apr 11 12:13:36 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka on the verge of war again
theage.com.au, April 11, 2004, 12:05 PM EST. The peace process has stalled with the electoral defeat of a moderate government... Back to the top

LTTE killed Rajiv as he opposed Eelam
com, April 11, 2004, 03:20 EST. “Ihave a strong belief that our nation will have peace but I am under no illusion that it will be easy”, said Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe two years ago, as his government signed a ceasefire in the civil war that had ravaged the island nation for eighteen years... Back to the top

Warring Tigers , moody Marxists stalk Sri Lanka ’ s new ...
khaleejtimes.com, April 11, 2004, 03:20 EST. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka’s new government begins its first day in office on Sunday under the threat of being dragged into renewed conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels and with cracks in the shaky minority government... Back to the top

No change in Congress policy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka
deepikaglobal.com, April 10, 2004 17:00 AM EST. New Delhi, Apr 10 (UNI) The Congress today said it did not support a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka and that there was no change in its stand that LTTE Supremo V Prabhakaran should be extradited to face trial in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president names herself defense minister as coalition partner boycotts Cabinet oath-taking ceremony
Associated Press, Sat April 10, 2004 11:30 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president on Saturday named herself minister of defense while her key coalition partner boycotted the swearing-in ceremony for 31 members of the proposed 35-member Cabinet... Back to the top

UPFA Cabinet swears in
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.15 P.M Saturday 10 April. Thirty one new ministers of the proposed 35 member cabinet took their oaths of office this afternoon before President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers vow to eliminate breakaway faction
khaleejtimes.com, April 11, 2004, 03:20 EST. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers vowed on Sunday to reclaim territory held by a breakaway rebel commander, after launching an offensive that shattered the calm brought by the island’s two-year ceasefire Back to the top

Wrong Answer in Sri Lanka
lexpress.mu, April 11, 2004, 03:20 EST. “Ihave a strong belief that our nation will have peace but I am under no illusion that it will be easy”, said Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe two years ago, as his government signed a ceasefire in the civil war that had ravaged the island nation for eighteen years... Back to the top

World News: ICRC preparing list of missing in Sri Lanka
keralanext.com, April 11, 2004, 01:50 est. Colombo, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is engaged in preparing a mammoth document that will list the names of all those who have gone missing in Sri Lanka's northeast since 1990... Back to the top

Civil war fears reignite as rival Tigers factions clash in Sri Lanka
independent.co.uk News, April 10, 2004 17:05 AM EST. Heavy fighting broke out in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday - the first serious violence since the government and the Tamil Tigers agreed a ceasefire two years ago... Back to the top

Battle rages as Lanka cabinet sworn in
gulf-daily-news.com, april 10. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kuma-ratunga yesterday inducted a cabinet for the new minority government but her main ally boycotted the ceremony, officials said... Back to the top

Breakaway Tamil rebels brace for attack by mainstream movement, 20,000 civilians caught in middle
Associated Press, Sat April 10, 2004 17:55 EDT . DILIP GANGULY- Associated Press Writer-KAJUWATTE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Renegade Tamil rebels braced for a showdown with the mainstream Tamil Tiger movement, as the Sri Lankan military went on high alert Saturday, intent on maintaining a truce that has given this island nation its best chance of peace in two decades... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army to restore law, order amid Tiger war
hinduonnet.com, April 10. Colombo, April 10. (PTI): Sri Lankan security forces have been ordered to restore law and order in the island's east amid a fighting between Tamil Tiger factions even as the new Government said it will take up with peace broker Norway, the issue of the internecine war because it was "violation" of an Oslo-arranged truce... Back to the top

11000 flee homes under LTTE offensive
indiatimes.com, april 10. TRINCOMALEE: More than 11,000 Sri Lankans have fled their homes since the Tamil Tigers launched an offensive on a breakaway rebel, officials said on Saturday, as relief workers used a lull in fighting to hand out relief supplies... Back to the top

More than 11000 civilians flee Sri Lanka fighting
khaleejtimes.com, 10 April. TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka - More than 11,000 Sri Lankans have fled their homes since the Tamil Tigers launched an offensive on a breakaway rebel, officials said on Saturday, as relief workers used a lull in fighting to hand out relief supplies... Back to the top

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