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MAY 6, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 31

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Sri Lanka rebels again recruit child soldiers - UN, May 06, 2004 05:00 PM EST. COLOMBO, May 6 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited children in the past few days, UN officials said today, raising fears of a fresh recruitment drive just weeks after their biggest yet child demobilisation. More...
Published: Thu May 6 16:53:13 EDT 2004

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“No more ethnic clashes” assures President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 6, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today gave an undertaking that she will not leave room for the repetition of ethnic riots such as the recent Kandapola incident, which left two Tamil youth killed. Ms. Kumaratunga noted that she ha already devised a special security plan for this purpose.

The President made this pledge at a meeting held at her Nuwara-Eliya residence, during the presentation of compensation to the victims of the Kandapola incident. Addressing the gathering the president also said that she has received reports regarding the failure of the Kandapola and Nuwara Eliya police to act in a proper manner to bring the Kandapola clashes under control. She added that certain police officers had acted in a partial manner. President promised to take legal action against these officers.

President Kumaratunga stressed that her government treated all communities alike. Every one should be given equal rights. Therefore she said that as the Head of State she would under take the responsibility of providing security to every one. She added that the responsibility of maintaining security and the police is vested in her, the President.
Published: Thu May 6 14:09:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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President Bush writes to Sri Lankan PM assuring support for peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 6, 2004, 11.50 p.m.. United States President George W. Bush has written to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse extending his government’s fullest co-operation to the peace process, which is expected to resume shortly between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The US President’s letter was handed over to Premier Rajapakse at his residence in Visumpaya, Colombo by US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Jeffrey Lunstead. The US Ambassador later told journalists that he had assured Rajapakse that the US would extend its fullest support to settle the two decade long North East conflict within a unitary Sri Lanka
Published: Thu May 6 13:54:04 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Two Tamil rebels shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu May 6, 2004 13:59 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Gunmen shot and killed two Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday in a part of Sri Lanka - that has seen fighting between rival insurgent factions, a news report said... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka to hold six provincial council polls, May 06, 2004 12:00 PM EST. Sri Lanka is likely to hold elections to the remaining six out of seven provincial councils in the first week of July, election officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Segev tried to sell arms to Sri Lanka, May 5. Former minister Gonen Segev allegedly approached the Sri Lankan army and offered to provide it with Israeli weapon systems at a cheaper rate than they were paying, the Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday... Back to the top

Government in fresh bid to woo minority political parties
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 5, 2004, 11.26 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance has begun a fresh round of talks with the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), to obtain their support in Parliament... Back to the top

Chandrika faces major split in new alliance
Gulf News, May 4. Colombo: President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday faced the tough choice of ceding to rebel Tamil Tiger (LTTE) demands to resume peace talks and thus face a major split in her newly formed Freedom Alliance (UPFA)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov't mulls reducing stake in national carrier+
Associated Press, Thu May 6, 2004 09:29 EDT . - - ''We are also reviewing areas where we can get into the stock exchange and raise funds... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels resume child soldier recruitment+
Associated Press, Thu May 6, 2004 09:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 6 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels have stepped up recruitment of child soldiers in recent weeks following their biggest ever demobilization of children enlisted into their ranks, residents and officials said Thursday... Back to the top

HL:Sri Lanka bowler Mittiah Muralitharan equals bowling record
Associated Press, Thu May 6, 2004 14:14 EDT . John Kelley - - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Sri Lanka - off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan tied the all-time Test wickets record of 519 when he took six for 45 against Zimbabwe on the first day of the first cricket Test on Thursday... Back to the top

Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka first test scoreboard, May 06, 2004 11:50 AM EST. HARARE, May 6 (Reuters) - Scoreboard on the opening day of the first test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka on Thursday: Back to the top

Media watchdogs raise fears after Sri Lankan police raid Tamil journalist's home
Associated Press, Wed May 5, 2004 01:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two international media watchdog groups have raised concerns about the safety of a prominent Tamil journalist in Sri Lanka - after police raided his home for weapons... Back to the top

India unlikely to raise involvement in Sri Lanka, 05 May. Colombo: India is unlikely to deviate from its policy towards Sri Lanka despite mounting demands from the new government here for a higher involvement of New Delhi, diplomatic sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tamil Tigers, President, to Talk Peace (Update2), May 05, 2004, 07:35 AM EST. May 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said they are willing to talk peace with the island's new government, in a potential boost to the $18 billion economy... Back to the top

Norway offers more help to search for Sri Lankan peace+
Associated Press, Wed May 5, 2004 05:19 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 5 (Kyodo) Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen will be in Sri Lanka - next week for talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran as Oslo upgrades its efforts to assist the resumption of the stalled peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan tourist attraction re-opens after wasp attack
Associated Press, Wed May 5, 2004 02:35 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A 5th-century fortress that's one of Sri Lanka - 's top tourist attractions reopened Wednesday, days after a rampaging swarm of wasps attacked visitors and forced it to close... Back to the top

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