The Lanka Academic

 
JUNE 17, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 73

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European monitors blast Tamil Tiger rebels over violence at Sri Lanka poll
Associated Press, Thu June 17, 2004 09:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European election observers Thursday condemned the Tamil Tiger rebels' use of violence and intimidation to ensure a favorable outcome for their proxy political party in recent parliamentary polls. ``The LTT motivated violence denied the right of all parties to campaign freely in all parts of the country, especially the north and the east,'' Cushnahan said, about the area where most of Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million Tamils live.

``The primary source of the violence was the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam,'' said John Cushnahan, head of a panel of observers after handing over its report on the April 2 parliamentary election.

Cushnahan expressed concern that apart from the rebel-related violence there had been 2,000 other cases of election-related violence reported in other parts of the island.

Cushnahan has led EU teams to monitor three parliamentary polls since 2000 and warned that ``the EU would be unlikely to send another election observer team in the future,'' if its recommendations were not acted on.

The Tigers began fighting for a separate Tamil homeland in the north and northeast in 1983, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

About 65,000 people were killed before Norway brokered a truce that halted the conflict in 2002. Subsequent peace talks broke down a year later when the rebels withdrew over demands for more autonomy in the regions they control, but the cease-fire has held firm.
Published: Thu Jun 17 10:49:59 EDT 2004

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Police recover suicide jacket, powerful explosives in Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Thu June 17, 2004 02:29 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police found an explosives-packed suicide jacket of type used by Tamil Tiger rebels and two powerful land mines in a fertilizer bag abandoned on a street corner in Colombo early Thursday, officers said. It was unclear whether anyone had immediate plans to use the weapons or if they were left over from Sri Lanka - 's civil war, halted by a cease-fire in 2002. Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels used such jackets for suicide attacks during their 19-year conflict against the government.

``We feel this is part of some terrorist activity,'' Mahindasiri said of the discovery. Police routinely refer to the Tamil Tigers as terrorists.

The jacket contained 1.8 kilograms (about 4 pounds) of explosives, enough to kill people in a close radius. A less powerful jacket killed 27 people and blinded President Chandrika Kumaratunga in one eye in a December 1999 attack in Colombo, the capital.

Police on a pre-dawn patrol found the jacket and mines hidden in a fertilizer bag, he said.

``Due to increase in night crime we have been conducting night patrols and they found this bag,'' Mahindasiri said.

He said two people had been taken into custody for questioning, but declined to give other details.

More than 65,000 people were killed after the Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils, claiming discrimination by majority Sinhalese.

The 2002 cease-fire led to peace talks, which have been stalled for more than a year.

The rebels often used attacks by suicide bombers, called ``black tigers.'' According to rebel documents, 241 black tigers took part in attacks before the 2002 cease-fire.

The last suicide bombing by the rebels was in September 2001, when they killed 29 government soldiers on a ferry.
Published: Thu Jun 17 06:02:51 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Lanka assures to probe LTTE allegations against State media
deepikaglobal.com, June 17 . Colombo, June 17 (UNI) Responding to serious LTTE allegations against the state media of being ''engaged in a vicious propaganda aimed at discrediting the rebels and creating North-East regionalism in the minds of listeners'', newly-appointed Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera today assured a probe into the matter... Back to the top

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Minority political party calls for a National Government
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Singapore Premier to visit Sri Lanka this month
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Sri Lanka seeks prevention of exploitation of Buddha image
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World News USAID supports Sri Lanka s development projects
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Norway's ambassador vows to continue efforts to resume Sri Lankan peace talks
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Norway's ambassador flies to Tiger stronghold to meet rebel peace negotiator
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Dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka highlights deteriorating public ...
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ADB signs $35 mln in loans for Sri Lanka projects
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Aid to Sri Lanka upped
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Australia's prime minister says he's not to blame for Murali's absence
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Sri Lanka 's star bowler joins U.N. campaign against hunger
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Cricket: Williams out of Sri Lanka series with back injury
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Warne confident of playing Sri Lanka
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