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APRIL 20, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 15

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Karuna Says he is in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.45 A.M Wednesday 21 April. LTTE's former Eastern Commander, Karuna says he is very much in Sri Lanka and will not run away like a coward from Sri Lanka. Speaking behalf of Karuna, his spokesman, Varathan had told the Bangkok based Asian Tribune "We are very much in Sri Lanka and we will never run away like cowards from this country. We never valued our lives. It is our policies that we value than anything else."

Asian Tribune says that they contacted Varathan and Karuna at their make-shift headquarters in Sri Lanka over the telephone. He had told the paper that their presence in Sri Lanka was not a secret to Velupillai Prabakaran and to his lieutenants in the North and he had not fled the country, betrayed and deserted his cadres and is on the run for his life. According to the report, Karuna has said he wanted the country and the international community and the people of the Eastern province in to know that he is very much 'alive and remains in Sri Lanka and will never run away just to save himself. but, decided to lie low for some more time before embarking on their blitzkrieg which would decide the fate of each and everyone who dared in the offensive campaign against their group.

The report says that earlier Sri Lankan Presidential office was in touch with Karunas group but subsequently when TNA points man R.Sampanthan contacted President's office and gave assurance, that if the Sri Lankan President ditched Karuna, TNA would give issue based support to the President's newly formed government and LTTE also would come forward for peace talks. Varathan had alleged that the President's office found that Sampanthan - Prabakaran combine was better than Karuna and the government failed to come forward to support when they were attacked on 10 April

Varathan had denied the allegation that they were working under the orders of the RAW (Research Analysis Wing) of India. He had argued that if they were working with the Indian Government, they would have not killed Sinnathamby alias Neelan, the right hand man of Pottu Amman - the intelligence chief of the LTTE and one of the two proclaimed offenders along with V.Prabhakaran in the killing of the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Published: Tue Apr 20 23:05:42 EDT 2004

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Security beefed up for North Western Provincial Council polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 20, 2004, 11.51 pm. All necessary security arrangements have been finalized to hold a free, fair and peaceful North-Western provincial council election scheduled for April 24, Inspector General of Police Indra Silva announced today. He also said that a special security programme is now in operation in the Wayamba Province.

A decision has been taken to deploy an additional police force of 5000 policemen to maintain law and order and security on the provincial poll day. The IGP said that 2500 additional policeman has been deployed to maintain security in the North Western province.

No serious incidents of election related violence have been reported so far accept for some minor incidents, as there is a close cordial relationship between candidates of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance and the Untied National Party. However the police apprehended several suspects who violated election laws. Only ten election related violence were reported in the province so far. The election commissioner Dayananda Dishanayake says that the election campaigning of political parties and independent groups should be concluded by 12 midnight tomorrow. The conducting of pubic meetings in the North-Western province has been banned for a week after beginning from Saturday (24).
Published: Tue Apr 20 13:52:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka Tiger leader maps strategy with Tamil lawmakers+
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 09:19 EDT . - - -held Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka - . The meeting between Prabhakaran and the TNA group, which makes up a vital block in Sri Lanka - 's hung parliament, was held 48 hours ahead of the first meeting of new parliament where the minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is desperately seeking to iron out differences with its Marxist junior partner.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), widely credited with powering the UPFA election victory, has refused to accept cabinet portfolios allotted to them, accusing Kumaratunga of failing to honor pre-poll agreements.

Embarrassed by the JVP ministers and deputies not taking their oaths of office, efforts to patch up differences ahead of Thursday's first meeting of parliament continue.

Meanwhile, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a party of Buddhist monks that won nine crucial seats in the April 2 election, accused Kumaratunga of a ''great betrayal'' by not exploiting the split between the northern and eastern factions of the LTTE to weaken the Tigers.

''It was a historic opportunity to use the split in the LTTE to crush terrorism,'' JHU lawmaker-monk Omalpe Sobhitha told reporters Tuesday.

Prabhakaran swiftly ended the rebellion led by his eastern military commander Col. Karuna, who has now gone missing, by blatantly ignoring his cease-fire agreement with the Colombo government and moving armed fighters across government-held territory and by sea.

Colombo has complained to Scandinavian cease-fire monitors of the violations, but neither government troops nor the Sri Lanka - Navy did anything to resist the movements by Prabhakaran's forces.
Published: Tue Apr 20 12:18:46 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Devananda Says ITAK Represents Thieves
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.00 P.M Tuesday 20 April. Minister of Agricultural Marketing Development, Hindu Affairs & Tamil Language Schools and Vocational Training (North) Douglas Devananda says members of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) has no right to criticize his appointment as a minister of the UPFA government since the ITAK members represent a bunch of thieves... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Buddhist monks accuse government of failing to crush Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 08:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A group of influential Buddhist monks Tuesday accused the Sri Lankan government of a ``great betrayal,'' by failing to exploit a split in the Tamil Tiger rebel movement to crush the guerillas... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers warn government not to take up arms again
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 00:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels are warning Sri Lanka - 's new hard-line government against resorting to a ``military solution'' to end the country's two-decade civil war, saying a resumption in peace talks is the only way forward... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebel chief wants peace talks to focus on self-rule proposal
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 12:57 EDT . - - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels told a pro-guerrilla political party on Tuesday that peace talks with Sri Lanka - 's new government should focus on the rebels' blueprint for self rule, rebel officials said... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger leader briefs new MPs, April 20, 2004, 14:50 EST. The Tamil Tiger leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has briefed 22 Tamil MPs elected earlier this month in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Buddhist Group Blames Sri Lanka Gov't for Missing Chance to Crush Tamil Rebels
News VOA.COM, April 20, 2004, 14:50 EST. Tamil Tigers eastern division (VOA photo - P. Nunan) A group of influential Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka has accused the island's government of betraying its people by failing to exploit a recent split in the Tamil Tiger rebel movement... Back to the top

S.Lankan govt urges Tamil rebels to abide by truce, 20/04/2004. COLOMBO, April 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Cyril Herath has expressed grave concern over numerous cease-fire violations committed by Tamil Tiger rebels when he met with the deputy head of the truce monitors, The Island newspaper reported on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats Zimbabwe by 12 runs
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 11:46 EDT . - - BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) Sri Lanka - beat Zimbabwe by 12 runs in a rain-affected first one-day cricket international at Queens Sports Club on Tuesday... Back to the top

Disciplinary Action Against Tyronne- UNP to decide Next week
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.30 A.M Tuesday 20 April. United National Party will take a decision next week at its working committee meeting if the party would take disciplinary action against former minister of Foreign Affairs Tyrone Fernando for speaking against the UNP leadership... Back to the top

Palihakkara is New Foreign Secretary
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.45 A.M Tuesday 20 April. S. Palihakkara, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Bangkok will assume duties today (20) as the new Foreign Secretary... Back to the top

President’s deadlock with JVP continues
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 19, 2004, 10.08 pm. In her bid to resolve the crisis with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), President Chandrika Kumaratunga today informed the JVP leadership, that instead of giving the Mahaweli Development Ministry to her SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena, she would take charge of it... Back to the top

UNICEF calls for Sri Lanka’s rebels to end recruitment of child ..., April 19, 2004 12:00 PM EST. 19 April 2004 – Confirming the deaths of two child soldiers last week during fighting between two factions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on the rebel group to free its remaining Back to the top

Tamil party to discuss stalled Sri Lankan peace process with top Tamil Tiger rebel
Associated Press, Mon April 19, 2004 10:23 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A group of Tamil lawmakers will meet with a top Tamil Tiger rebel leader to discuss Sri Lanka - 's troubled peace process as squabbling within the new government threatens to derail efforts to end the island's civil war, officials said Monday... Back to the top

President discusses the plight of displaced in North and East
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 P.M Monday 19 April. President Chandrika Kumaratunga discussed the plight of the displaced people in the north and the east with the heads of UNHCR, ICRC, UNICEF, the UN Resident Co-coordinator in Sri Lanka today... Back to the top

Monks may stand for election as Sri Lankan parliamentary speaker, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon April 19, 2004 14:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Members of Sri Lanka - 's Buddhist clergy are to stand for election as the new speaker in the country 's 225-member parliament which is due to be convened on April 22... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels offer amnesty to breakaway faction, 19 April. Sri Lanka rebels offer amnesty to breakaway faction COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have offered an amnesty to woo back fighters of rebel leader who broke away last month, in a major shift for the fierce group known to brook no dissent... Back to the top

Lanka recalls ambassadors, April 18, 2004 . Sri Lanka has ordered the recall of its top envoys to 10 foreign capitals as part of a shakeup following the election of a new government... Back to the top

US Naval Ship In Colombo
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.25 P.M Monday 19 April. An American naval ship, the USS Cushing (DD-985) has arrived in Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka welcomes ICC's decision on Chris Broad
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 06:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - applauded the International Cricket Council's decision to replace referee Chris Broad in the ongoing series against Zimbabwe, and urged a review of the officials' list for Sri Lanka - 's series against Australia later this year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wins first one-dayer against Zimbabwe
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 13:02 EDT . JOHN KELLEY - Associated Press Writer - BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten 73 helped Sri Lanka - beat Zimbabwe by six wickets in a rain-affected one-day cricket international at the Queens Sports Club on Tuesday... Back to the top

Dubai s import of tea from Sri Lanka reaches 230 million AED, april 19. Abdul Rahman Ghanim Al-Mutaiwee, the Director General of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that Dubai imported tea for 230 million AED from Sri Lanka in 2003, which is 28 per cent of Dubai's total tea imports... Back to the top

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