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VOL. 5, NO. 119

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Tiger rebels reject government's counter plan
gulf news, august 2. Colombo: Tamil guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have rejected a counter proposal put forward by the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government to renew stalled peace talks. The proposal known as the Interim Self Governing Council (ISGC) had been offered in a desperate bid to re-start the peace process but has been turned down by the guerrillas and they are insisting that they want their original proposal of Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) taken up for discussion. The ISGA proposals were submitted in November last year. The latest offer was conveyed during talks Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidar Helgesen had in Kilinochchi last Monday with LTTE Political Wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. Before Helgesen left Colombo, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat, Jayantha Dhanapala, is reported to have verbally conveyed the offer of an ISGC. More...
Published: Mon Aug 2 20:25:17 EDT 2004

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Sri Lankan main opposition says party reform in place, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon August 2, 2004 12:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition party the United National Party (UNP) said Monday a re-organization campaign of the party has got underway. S.B. Dissanayake, a member of parliament and the UNP's organization secretary said the campaign is aimed at far-reaching reforms at the grass roots level of the party. We have appointed a commission to listen to the public's views.

All views would be considered towards a total overhaul of the party machinery, Dissanayake told reporters. The reforms which is expected to infuse new blood into the party's decision making level is to be completed by October.

The UNP suffered a stunning electoral defeat at the hands of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga in the snap parliamentary election held on April 2. Since the defeat there has been a cry to reform the party. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe's detractors accused the party leadership of adopting a pronounced pro-western policy thereby alienating the party's rural vote base.

Dissanayake, a rural politician, was placed at the head of the new reorganization unit with a view to seeking consolidation of the rural base of the country's oldest political party. The UNP which annexed power in the December 2001 parliamentary elections was forced out of office four years ahead of its full term. The Norwegian-backed peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels which became the main plank of the UNP's two year rule faced stiff opposition from the then opposition parties which dubbed it as a betrayal of national security. However, Dissanayake said that the UNP's peace process policy remained the same.

The party believes in a negotiated settlement to the two decades of ethnic conflict in the country's north and east, he added. With the efforts of the Norwegian facilitators, the former UNP government signed the ceasefire agreement with the Tamil rebels in February 2002 which has been in place since then despite occasional violation of the agreement by both sides.

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'PLOTE Mohan' helped army during certain situations, admits Defence Ministry
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 2, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. The Ministry of Defence today admitted that slain ‘PLOTE informant Mohan’ had assisted the Army in the past as a civil informant when certain situations needed his assistance.

A news release from the Army Headquarters today stated, “The attention of the Army Headquarters is drawn to some print media reports which appeared on 02 August 2004 in connection with the murder of a Tamil man.

Some of those reports claimed that the Tamil person assassinated on the Duplication Road in Bambalapitiya was a member of the Armed Forces or the Army’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI).

The Operational Headquarters, Ministry of Defence denies such claims and further states that the assassinated person in the past had however assisted the Army as a civil informant when certain situations needed his assistance,” the release added.

PLOTE Mohan was killed on Saturday at around 11.25 a.m. at Bambalapitiya allegedly by an LTTE pistol gang. He was shot five times on his shoulder and neck and had died on the spot. He is reported to have had ‘strong ties’ even with LTTE renegade leader Karuna.
Published: Mon Aug 2 14:23:43 EDT 2004 Back to the top

JVP scoffs at UNP’s offer to assist President on the peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 2, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today scoffed off an offer extended by the Opposition United National Party to President where they called upon her to pursue the peace process even if she does not have the support of her 39 JVP members... Back to the top

Government will not go back to war assures deputy Defence Minister
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 2, 2004, 11.13 p.m.. Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake today assured that the government has no intention of going back to war... Back to the top

President returns from Bangkok
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 2, 2004, 11.05 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga returned to the country yesterday morning after participating at BIMST-EC leaders summit held in Bangkok... Back to the top

Foreign Office Revises Sri Lanka Travel Advice, aug 2. The Foreign Office slightly eased a blanket warning against travel to the north and east of Sri Lanka today – saying that “essential” journeys could now be made... Back to the top

Special security cordon in Western and North Western provinces with immediate effect
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 1, 2004, 12.11 p.m.. Following the spate of killings in Colombo, defence authorities have devised a special security programme for the Western and North Western province with immediate effect to maintain the country’s national security... Back to the top

ANALYSIS-Crunch time for Sri Lanka peace talks, 02 Aug 2004 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - It's been 16 months since peace talks between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels broke down, and although a ceasefire is holding, analysts are saying it's time to restart negotiations -- or it may never happen... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka s minorities oppose anti-conversion bill:, August 2, 2004. Christian groups are strongly opposing Sri Lanka's move to introduce a bill banning religious conversions, with the Supreme Court also receiving 25 petitions in its favour and 21 against it, placing the government in a tight spot, reports OneWorld... Back to the top

Killing in capital raises concerns over security
gulf news, august 1. Colombo: An informant of the Sri Lanka military and a close associate of Tamil guerrilla renegade regional military wing leader was shot dead in the heart of the capital raising further security concerns... Back to the top

Prabhakaran’s life at stake?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 1, 2004, 11.05 p.m.. LTTE Leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran’s Security has been strengthened following death threats against him by groups associated with the Karuna faction... Back to the top

LATE NEWS: BOI signs MoU with Sri Lanka , NATION
Associated Press, Mon August 2, 2004 07:57 EDT . Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) last week signed a memorandum of understanding with its Sri Lankan counterpart agency that will promote investment in both countries... Back to the top

Asia Cup: 3 Lankans fined for abusive language, August 02, . Colombo, August 2: Sri Lanka's Upul Chandana, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara have been fined for using obscene and abusive language during their team's Asia Cup final victory over India on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan players fined for insulting Indian players at Asia Cup final
Associated Press, Mon August 2, 2004 06:34 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Three Sri Lankan cricket players were fined Monday by match referee Mike Procter for insulting and abusing Indian players during the final of the Asia Cup that the hosts won by 25 runs... Back to the top

Lanka govt urged not to accept LTTE demand
Dawn, COLOMBO, Aug 1. The Sinhala Marxist Party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which is the chief political partner of President Kumaratunge's coalition government and a strong opponent of the government's policy of peace attempts with the LTTE , issued a statement accusing the opposition United National Front of trying to lure the alliance into giving the LTTE its desired separate north-eastern state... Back to the top

Plastic cash gets no credit in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, Sun, Aug 01, 2004. COLOMBO (AFP) - Credit cards may be catching on in Sri Lanka but the island's first experiment with plastic banknotes has failed to take off, dashing hopes of saving on printing costs... Back to the top

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