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MAY 4, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 29

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Police rummage Tamil journalists home for weapons
Associated Press, Tue May 4, 2004 02:49 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police searched the home of a prominent Sri Lankan journalist in the capital Colombo while he was out of town taking part in World Press Freedom Day celebrations, the journalist said Tuesday. ``That the police should have chosen World Press Freedom Day to raid a well-known Tamil journalist's home speaks volumes for the state of media freedom in Sri Lanka - ,'' said R. Thurairatnam, president of the Sri Lanka - Tamil Media Alliance, a watchdog group. Sivaram was attending World Press Freedom Day events in the eastern city of Batticoloa when the search took place.

``The raid on the Tamil journalist's home is an act of crude intimidation aimed at stepping up pressure on Mr. Sivaram's family and thereby prevent him from writing critically on sensitive issues affecting the Tamil people,'' Thurairatnam said in a statement.

Sivaram was threatened with death in 2000 and 2001 by unidentified armed groups believed to be working clandestinely with the Sri Lankan state and by an ethnic Sinhala extremist group, according to reports in Tamil newspapers then.

Sivaram's Web site has gained widespread notoriety for its reporting on Tamil affairs, with special emphasis on human rights violations by government security forces.

In 2001, Sivaram said he feared for his life after Sri Lankan newspapers linked him with Tamil Tiger separatists.

Sri Lanka - 's civil war was born of an ancient conflict between two ethnic groups with their own distinct languages, cultures and history. The majority Sinhalese who are 14 million of Sri Lanka - 's 19 million people are mainly Buddhist. Most of the 3.2 million Tamils are Hindus, like Sivaram.

Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, a British Broadcasting Corp. journalist based in the northern city of Jaffna, was shot to death in his home in October 2000 after being accused of working for the rebels.
Published: Tue May 4 03:41:48 EDT 2004


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SLMC reiterates need for separate Muslim delegation once peace talks resume
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 4, 2004, 11.27 p.m.. Sri Lanka’s predominant Muslim party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) today reiterated the need for a separate Muslim delegation at the peace talks. SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem conveyed this today morning when he met with the Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim and Norwegian Ambassador Hans Bratsker.

Hakeem emphasised the unanimous declaration made at the Tokyo Donor Conference by the Donor Community of the necessity of the participation of a separate Muslim delegation to take the peace process forward.

The Norwegian delegation in response to the SLMC request, assured Hakeem that they would take up the matter with the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE shortly.
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LTTE s Balasingham to visit Wanni this week to meet Prabhakaran
deepikaglobal.com, May 04, 2004, 04:40 PM EST. Colombo, May 4 (UNI) Chief negotiator and political strategist of the Tamil Tiger rebels Anton Balasingham will travel to Wanni this week to meet the movement's leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran to map out strategy for future peace talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga's newly-elected coalition government. More...
Published: Tue May 4 16:37:54 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Norwegians Brief Foreign Minister on Talks With LTTE
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.45 P.M Tuesday 4 May. The Norwegian delegation comprising Erik Solheim, Ambassador Han Brattskar and Lisa Golden briefed Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar yesterday on 3 May on their return from Killinochchi where they had conveyed to the LTTE the results of their consultation with the President... Back to the top

Sri Lanka denies Norwegian request for written undertaking over peace talks, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue May 4, 2004 13:30 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - denies Norwegian request for written undertaking over peace talks, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Norwegian peace broker says ``many difficulties'' expected in Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Tue May 4, 2004 11:45 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian peace broker said Tuesday he expects many difficulties in negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels once stalled peace talks resume... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Muslims want to join talks with Tamil rebels, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue May 4, 2004 12:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main Muslim party has called for participation as a separate entity in the peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Tamil rebels say they're ready to resume peace talks, if their self-rule plan is considered
Associated Press, Mon May 3, 2004 20:40 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels say they're ready to resume peace talks with the Sri Lankan government if the negotiations are based on their proposal for self-rule, which the president previously has rejected... Back to the top

Bodhi Lanka-Ram secures first place in Malaysia
dailynews.lk, May 04, 2004, 04:40 PM EST. The Bodhi Lanka-Ram Temple at Assam Kumbang, Taiping tells us the rich history of the Sinhala pioneers of Taiping... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rebels Set Condition for New Peace Talks
com.sg, May 4, 2004. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have said that they are ready to resume peace talks with the government but talks should be based on their proposal for power-sharing... Back to the top

“We want you,” LTTE tells Norway
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 3, 2004, 10.29 p.m. . Amidst a hardline stand by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) that Norway should be sidelined in the peace process, the LTTE has made it very clear that the Norwegians should play a major role in the process... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's 5th century rock fortress closed after wasp attack
Associated Press, Tue May 4, 2004 04:39 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Saffron-robed Buddhist monks chanted hymns and made offerings Tuesday to calm a colony of wasps who have forced the closure of a fifth-century monument... Back to the top

“We don’t want Norway”, JVP informs President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 3, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which is the second largest constituent of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government has informed President Chandrika Kumaratunga that India should be given the role as ‘mediators’ in the peace process, and Norway should be sidelined... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s estate sector comes to a standstill
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 3, 2004, 10.23 p.m.. Estate workers who observed a token strike today, warned the newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government of much more severe repercussions if they failed to arrest the police and Army officers who were responsible for the killing of the two estate workers who were shot during an ethnic riot last Wednesday in the Nuwara-Eliya district... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers say they're ready to resume peace talks, if condition met
Associated Press, Mon May 3, 2004 10:28 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels said Monday they are ready to resume peace talks if the negotiations are based on their proposal for self-rule, which was previously rejected by President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Sri Lanka releases 1,769 prisoners to mark Buddha's Birthday
Associated Press, Tue May 4, 2004 04:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday released 1,769 prisoners serving jail terms for minor offenses to mark the birthday of Buddha, the founder of this island nation majority's faith... Back to the top

India not averse to playing a role in Sri Lanka again: Sinha
webindia123.com, May 03, 2004, 08:10 AM EST. India is not averse to playing an active role in restoring peace to strife-torn Sri Lanka if that country so desires, said External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha here today... Back to the top

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