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Human rights groups worried over LTTE recruitment of child ...
deepikaglobal.com, April 27, 2004, 11:15 PM EST. New York, Apr 27 (DPA) International agencies in Sri Lanka have been called on to monitor hundreds of released child soldiers who are at high risk of being recruited by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch said in a statment today. The statement by the New York More...
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Sri Lanka 's breakaway rebel leader accused of killing 7 rebels, XINHUA
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COLOMBO, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's north based main faction Tamil Tiger rebels have accused the fighters loyal to the breakaway eastern leader Karuna of killing seven of its members in the eastern Batticaloa district on Sunday, the official Daily News said on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief of the Scandinavian monitoring group, the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Hagrup Haukland said that they have received the complaint from the political wing leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels S.P. Thamilselvan that Karuna's fighters have gone to the rebel controlled areas in the east and gunned down seven rebels. Haukland said that they cannot confirm the incident and will commence investigations to it.

This was the first retaliatory attack by the breakaway Karuna faction against the main rebel group based in the north following the April 9 fighting between the two rebel groups in Batticaloa in which the Karuna faction was crushed.

Karuna has been on run for his life ever since then and his whereabout is not known.

Karuna was sacked by the leadership of the LTTE rebels in early March for acting traitorous to the Tamil national cause. He had defied order of the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran for the deployment of his fighters in the north and split from the rebel rank.

Karuna had taken part in the peace talks representing the LTTE with former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's government. Fighting between the government and the LTTE stopped when the rebels signed a ceasefire agreement with the Wickremesinghe government in February 2002 which was followed by six rounds of peace talks between the two sides.

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Police say Tamil Tiger factional fighting has spread to Sri Lankan capital with attack on two men
Associated Press, Tue April 27, 2004 02:07 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen killed a Tamil man and wounded another in their home in the Sri Lankan capital in an attack that police linked to factional fighting among Tamil Tiger rebels, a police official said Tuesday. ``We have suggested a meeting between the army and the LTT,'' said Agnes Bragadottir, the spokeswoman for the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, saying that the monitors hoped for a meeting later Tuesday.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the Batticaloa slayings, but the Tigers accused loyalists of renegade commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan and suggested the army may have helped orchestrate the attack Sunday.

``It is totally false. We are not involved in any way,'' military spokesman Sumeda Perera said Tuesday.

Perera said the military was prepared to meet with the rebels ``at any time.''

Muralitharan, whose whereabouts are unknown, disbanded his 6,000-strong fighting force on April 12 after fighters from the main group launched an overwhelming attack that claimed the lives of over 30 guerrillas and several civilians.

The fighting between his breakaway faction and the main Tamil Tiger group was the first major battle between Tamil guerrillas and had risked drawing in nearby post of the Sri Lanka - military and imperiling a 2002 cease-fire agreement between the Tigers and government.

A Norwegian delegation was expected in Sri Lanka - in the coming weeks to try to revive the country's peace process, which has been on hold since the rebels withdrew from talks last April demanding greater autonomy in Tamil-dominated regions.

The Tiger rebels launched their fight in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's minority ethnic Tamils, claiming discrimination at the hands of the majority Sinhalese. The civil war killed about 65,000 people before the Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in February 2002.
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LTTE urges SLMM to probe army role in Eastern killing
deepikaglobal.com, April 27, 2004, 11:15 PM EST. Colombo, Apr 27 (UNI) Tamil Tiger rebels have claimed they have credible evidence that the Vavunativu Army camp was involved in the killing of seven of its cadres in Eastern Batticaloa in Sri Lanka on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military and Tamil rebels urged to hold talks to defuse growing tension
Associated Press, Tue April 27, 2004 01:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European monitors urged the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday to hold talks to defuse growing tensions after unidentified gunmen shot and killed seven guerrillas in a daring ambush in the country's east... Back to the top

Sri Lankan gov't dispute over posts of ministers settled, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon April 26, 2004 15:26 EDT . COLOMBO, April 26 (Xinhua) -- A row involving the two main coalition partners in Sri Lanka - 's ruling party over the allocation of the post of cabinet ministers was resolved Monday, government officials said... Back to the top

World News LTTE, Unicef squabble over child soldiers
newkerala.com, April 27, 2004 . The issue of child soldiers has sparked a row in Sri Lanka, where the future of 1,000 children released by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in recent weeks remains uncertain, reports OneWorld... Back to the top

Lankan monks seek protection from attacks
dailytimes.com.pk, Tuesday, April 27, 2004 . COLOMBO Sri Lanka’s influential Buddhist monks called on Monday for police protection from a spate of attacks against temples and monks after an all-clergy party defeated the government’s candidate for speaker... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats Zimbabwe by 72 runs in 4th ODI
Associated Press, Tue April 27, 2004 10:43 EDT . - - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Sri Lanka - beat Zimbabwe by 72 runs in the fourth one-day cricket international on Tuesday and lead the five-match series by 4-0... Back to the top

Halted major development projects to resume shortly
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 26, 2004, 11.09 pm. Major development projects reportedly halted by the previous United National Front Government, are to resume shortly... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s breakaway rebel leader accused of killing 7 rebels
xinhuanet.com, 2004-04-27 13:29:20. COLOMBO, April 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's north based main faction Tamil Tiger rebels have accused the fighters loyal to the breakaway eastern leader Karuna of killing seven of its members inthe eastern Batticaloa district on Sunday, the official Daily Newssaid on Tuesday... Back to the top

Twenty-three Asian countries sign Asian highway agreement, XINHUA
Associated Press, 27 April . After completion of the network by the year 2010, vehicles from Tokyo can travel directly to Istanbul... Back to the top

American embassy to open an Information Section in Jaffna
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 A.M 27 April. The American Embassy in Sri Lanka has requested permission from the Jaffna Town Council to open an information section of the embassy in the Jaffna Library... Back to the top

Mahaweli Dispute Resolved
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 P.M Monday 26 April. The SLFP and the JVP resolved the Mahaweli dispute at a crucial meeting held this evening... Back to the top

Sangakkara, Chandana lead Sri Lanka to victory
Associated Press, Tue April 27, 2004 12:05 EDT . JOHN KELLEY - Associated Press Writer - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Sri Lanka - overcame some complacency to bowl out Zimbabwe for 151 and win the fourth one-cricket international by 72 runs at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE invitation to Norway depends on Kumaratunga stand
navhindtimes.com, 2004/04/26. Colombo, A top leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels has categorically stated that the organisation would invite for resumption of the Norwegian facilitation only if the leadership is satisfied with the President, Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga’s stance in key areas of the peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan officials say Norwegian delegation to visit Sri Lanka to revive peace process
Associated Press, Mon April 26, 2004 02:04 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian delegation will visit Sri Lanka - in the coming weeks to try to revive the country's peace process with the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the president's office said Monday... Back to the top

Tigers renew demand as Sri Lanka seeks peace
hipakistan.com, April 26 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels demanded Sunday that talks be based on their proposal for self-rule after the president sought to restart negotiations in a move seen as aimed at securing support for her shaky government... Back to the top

Sri Lankan PM faces an uphill task of rewriting constitution
Dawn, 26 April. The new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse, would go down in history as the first prime minister to hand over his resignation letter a week after his appointment... Back to the top

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