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MAY 8, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 33

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Tamil rebels warn Sri Lankan government of ``dire consequences'' if attacks continue
Associated Press, Sat May 8, 2004 11:32 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels claimed Saturday that the Sri Lankan military backed attacks that killed nine guerrillas in the past two weeks and warned of ``dire consequences'' for a fragile cease-fire if the assaults continue. ``It is apparent that the killers have all the assistance from the Sri Lanka - Army,'' the Tamil Tigers said in a letter to European cease-fire monitors, according to the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site.

The Sri Lankan military has denied the allegations.

The rebels also asked the monitors to warn the government that ``the entire peace process and the cease-fire agreement are being placed in heavy risk and dire consequences have to be faced.''

``Urgent steps must be taken to conduct an in-depth inquiry and bring to book the culprits,'' the rebel letter said.

The comments come amid hectic efforts by Norwegian peace-brokers to revive stalled peace talks between the government and the rebel group.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen will arrive in the island on Monday for discussions with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the rebels' reclusive leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to explore ways to resume talks, stalled for more than one year.

Norway helped the two sides reach a cease-fire agreement, signed in February 2002, which has held despite the deadlock in peace talks.

There has been sporadic violence in eastern Sri Lanka - since the main Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam group clashed last month with a breakaway rebel faction, killing at least 33 people.

The rebels began their violent campaign in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils. About 65,000 people were killed in the fighting before the cease-fire.

On the net: www.tamilnet.com
Published: Sat May 8 17:38:04 EDT 2004


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Fratricidal War – Killing Galore: LTTE in the midst of Confusion over Amparai
Asian Tribune, May 8. Those who takes the gun must die with it – a new adage which suits the present hostility campaign between the Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran and his erstwhile Commander Venayagamoorthy Muralitharan, who is popularly known by his nom de guerre Colonel Karuna Amman. Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - Prabakaran and the leader of the Batticaloa - Amparai Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are ensconce in Vanni and Amparai border region respectively and guarded by dozens of armed cadres of their respective groups whilst their men are hounding and hunting each other, and shooting and killing each other. Fratricidal war has begun to tell badly on the LTTE and they have begun to report matters to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), following the earlier leads by Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Eelam People’s Revolutionary Left Front (EPRLF -Varathar wings), who use to lodge complaints against the killing of their cadres by the Tigers. More...
Published: Sat May 8 22:49:51 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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LTTE writes strong letter to SLMM over the killing of their cadres
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 8, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. LTTE sends The LTTE’s Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam today sent a strongly worded letter to the Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) regarding the killing of its two senior LTTE members in Batticaloa early this month. Thamilselvam in his letter to SLMM Chief Gen. Trond Furuhovde said, “We are afraid that it may become impossible for us to be patient onlookers of this cavalier fashion in which killing are being carried out. Thus Urgent steps must be taken to conduct and in-depth inquiry and bring to book the culprits.”

Below are extracts from the letter:

"Two LTTE members, travelling by a motorbike from Batticaloa town to Chenkaladi around 12 noon yesterday 6th of May 2004 were shod dead at a location called Thannamunai. Situated 250 meters on both sides of the location are two SLA sentry points. The Killers have not been apprehended.

As stated by us in our communication this appears to be a continuing trend and we are highly perturbed over this. It is apparent that the killers have all the assistance from the SLA and we request of you to advise the government that if the SLA continues to act in this manner the entire peace process and the cease fire agreement are being placed in heavy risk and dire consequence have to be faced. We are afraid that it may become impossible for us to be patient onlookers of this cavalier fashion in which killing are being carried out.

We trust that the SLMM will explore all avenues of investigations and institute remedial and preventive action. Urgent steps must be taken to conduct and in-depth inquiry and bring to book the culprits."
Published: Sat May 8 14:21:50 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Government vows to resume talks with LTTE while pledging to uphold country’s integrity
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 8, 2004, 11.50 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government today pledged to resume peace talks with the LTTE while safeguarding the country’s security, independence and territorial integrity... Back to the top

Muralitharan must hold on to world record, says Sri Lanka 's first test skipper
Associated Press, Sat May 8, 2004 12:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's ace offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who on Saturday beat the world record for the highest number of test wickets, must not allow his Australian rival Shane Warne to overtake him, Sri Lanka - 's first test captain said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan airline ends strike after 26 hours+
Associated Press, Sat May 8, 2004 10:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 8 (Kyodo) A 26-hour strike that grounded SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka - 's national carrier, ended Saturday following talks between the airline's chief executive officer and the striking flight attendants' union, the airline said... Back to the top

Muralitharan breaks bowling record
Associated Press, Sat May 8, 2004 08:15 EDT . - - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Sri Lanka - offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan became the highest wicket-taker in test cricket history when he had Zimbabwe's Mpulelo Nkala caught for his 520th victim on Saturday... Back to the top

Inmates in Sri Lanka 's largest prison go on hunger strike demanding sentence reductions
Associated Press, Sat May 8, 2004 07:59 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) About 35 inmates serving life sentences in Sri Lanka - 's largest prison launched a hunger strike Saturday demanding that their sentences be reduced... Back to the top

India keen to expand economic ties with Sri Lanka : official, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri May 7, 2004 09:17 EDT . - - India keen to expand economic ties with Sri Lanka - : official, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Ranatunga finally becomes minister
indiatimes.com, FRIDAY, MAY 07, 2004 08:11:41 PM . COLOMBO : Sri Lanka 's former cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga was sworn in as a deputy minister on Friday after he mended fences with President Chandrika Kumaratunga over allocation of portfolio... Back to the top

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