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AUGUST 16, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 133

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Sri Lankan president cautions rebels
upi.com, August 16. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has cautioned the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam that she would order troops to march into the rebel-controlled areas if the internecine war between the guerrillas were to endanger the country's stability. Such action would amount to a violation of the two-year-old Norwegian brokered cease-fire. In an interview with United Press International -- the first after her party returned to power in April -- Kumaratunga said that the only way to control the situation in eastern Sri Lanka would be to send in troops. Shortly after the interview, the government issued a statement Monday when a senior Tamil party member was gunned down in the capital Colombo by suspected LTTE gunmen. "The government will assert its authority firmly and fairly in order to uphold law and order, maintain the cease-fire agreement and observe the civilized standards our people deserve and expect," the statement said. "The government of Sri Lanka is concerned that these incidents are being perpetrated with disregard to the provisions of the cease-fire agreement, and contrary to the spirit of building an environment for peace." The Tamil Tigers are accusing the government of providing shelter to the renegade leader of the east. The two groups have been engaged in a bloody guerrilla battle between themselves, completely destabilizing the eastern part of the country. Kumaratunga said in the UPI interview that her government had offered to bring law and order under control even in the LTTE-controlled areas, but the rebels refused. The offer was made soon after the split within the guerrilla organization. More...
Published: Mon Aug 16 20:41:32 EDT 2004
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EU lashes out at LTTE, demands an immediate end to killings and abductions
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 9.41 p.m.. The European Union (EU) while criticising many acts of the LTTE, declared that killings and abductions couldn’t be condoned, and murdering political opponents is a breach of fundamental human rights. The EU cited many recent incidents of killings and other violent incidents, both in the North East as well as in Colombo, and urged Tiger organisation to refrain from such acts.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands Embassy in a statement today noted that the EU has throughout the conflict emphasised the importance to respect human rights. The killing of political opponents is a breach of fundamental human rights. There is no excuse for such violence, which can never resolve the internal differences in Sri Lanka. Child recruitment by the LTTE, which is also regarded as a breach of fundamental human rights, is an issue of continued concern of the EU. The EU wishes to reiterate the points that Commissioner Patten raised in his discussion with the LTTE in November 2003 on good governance, pluralism, human rights and democracy. These are the cornerstones of a settlement for an everlasting peace in Sri Lanka. They are important too for the LTTE to obtain recognition as a political player in Sri Lanka.

The EU is concerned and alarmed about the recent increase in political killings and the inability of the LTTE to solve internal differences in a peaceful manner. Since the cease-fire agreement was signed between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE a series of murders, attempted murders and abductions of civilians took place. In July the suicide attack and the killing of political opponents in Colombo and the brutal killings in Jaffna and in the East have shocked Sri Lanka and the international community.

Despite promising signs in April, that the LTTE was taking serious its pledge to release the children in its ranks, recruitment has been accelerated both in the North and East during the last couple of months. The EU supports the efforts of UNICEF to return these children to their homes.

These killings, abductions and child recruitment are not conducive to an atmosphere in which peace negotiations can be restarted. The EU urges the LTTE to restrain itself from any action that might provoke disruption of the cease-fire and allow unimpeded continuation of the activities of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. These EU sentiments were expressed by a powerful delegation led by the head of the Union Susan Blankhart, when they met LTTE political Wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan today.
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Key anti-rebel activist shot dead in Sri Lankan capital, government blames Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Mon August 16, 2004 10:56 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A key member of a Tamil political party opposed to the Tamil Tiger rebels was shot and killed Monday on a busy street in the capital, as European Union officials met to condemn a recent surge of political assassinations. Nadarajah was a senior member and a spokesman for the Eelam People's Democratic Party, a formerly armed separatist group that renounced violence and joined Sri Lanka - 's political mainstream about a decade ago.

The government and party officials blamed the rebels for the killing.

``The nature of the killings and the persons targeted, suggests involvement of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam in these incidents,'' a government statement said.

``This is none other than the work of (Tamil Tigers),'' party secretary S. Thavarajah said.

European Union officials met Monday in the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi with the Tigers' political chief, S.P. Thamilselvan, to discuss the upsurge of violence.

``The killing of political opponents is a breach of fundamental human rights,'' an EU statement released after the meeting said. ``There is no excuse for such violence, which can never resolve the internal differences in Sri Lanka - .''

The Eelam People's Democratic Party is a member of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's governing coalition.

The party blames the Tigers for at least 115 murders, including 35 political assassinations, since the government and the rebels signed a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in February 2002, which halted nearly two decades of civil war.

The truce has held even though peace talks have been stalled since April 2003.

Norway has been trying hard to bring the parties back to the negotiating table, but efforts have been complicated since a renegade Tiger commander led an unprecedented split in mainstream rebel ranks in March. Since then violence has escalated, especially in the island's east.

``A return to the peace table, along with a strict adherence to the terms of the cease-fire agreement and full respect for human rights, are essential to sustain the peace process,'' the EU statement said.

Billions of dollars in aid money was at stake if negotiations didn't resume soon, it said.

The Tigers began fighting in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. Nearly 65,000 people were killed before the truce was signed.
Published: Mon Aug 16 11:43:21 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Law, land and security under Government control, according to its proposal
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 9.28 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance is currently formulating a counter proposal to the LTTE’s Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal, reports said... Back to the top

Youth years for peace
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 9.27 p.m.. A campaign aimed at pressurizing both the government and the LTTE to resume peace talks soon was held today in front of the Norwegian embassy in Colombo... Back to the top

EU urges LTTE to return to the negotiating table
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 8.27 p.m.. Netherlands Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms. Susan Balnkahart, who is also the Head of the European Union (EU) in Sri Lanka urged the Tamil Tigers to return to the negotiating table while strictly adhering to the terms of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA)... Back to the top

India’s aspiration is lasting peace in Sri Lanka - Nirupam Sen
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 8.25 p.m.. Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Nirupam Sen has declared that the aspiration of India is to see lasting peace in Sri Lanka, which protects the rights of all communities... Back to the top

Key anti-rebel activist shot dead in Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Mon August 16, 2004 02:03 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A key member of a Tamil political party opposed to the Tamil Tiger rebels was shot and killed Monday on a busy street in the capital, police and party officials said... Back to the top

New Sri Lanka political killing clouds peace bid
alertnet.org, AUGUST 16, 2004, 09:45 edt. COLOMBO, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A Tamil politician opposed to Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels was shot dead on Monday in the latest in a string of political killings, as European peace brokers tried to break an impasse in efforts to end two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Why ISGA is LTTE s irreducible minimum
hindustantimes.com, Monday, August 16, 2004. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have now made it abundantly clear that they will not entertain any alternative to their proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the predominantly Tamil, North Eastern Province (NEP) of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Tigers not ready to consider Colombo's fresh proposals
gulf news, August 16. Colombo: Tamil guerrillas have declared that they were not prepared to consider fresh proposals of the Sri Lankan government and instead would press for their original demand of establishing an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) as the final settlement to the ethnic issue... Back to the top

Japan urges Government and LTTE to resume peace talks without further delay
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 15, 2004, 11.31 p.m.. “Japan and the international community wish to advise the parties of the Ceasefire Agreement to begin negotiations without any further delay since delivery of the aid pledged is conditional to the progress of the peace process", said Mr... Back to the top

Meet the LTTE, UPF urges JVP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 15, 2004, 11.25 p.m.. The Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF)has called upon the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to hold discussions with the LTTE instead of being a stumbling block to restart the peace process... Back to the top

Peace talks will resume soon says Premiers from Sri Lanka and Norway
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 15, 2004, 11.11 p.m.. Optimistic Prime Ministers from both Sri Lanka and Norway has expressed their belief that the Sri Lanka’s fragile peace process could be resumed soon... Back to the top

Amid stalled peace process, Sri Lanka eyes trouble from pricey ...
channelnewsasia.com, 15 August 2004 1303 hrs. COLOMBO : With Sri Lanka's peace process stalled and foreign donors growing fed up, financial analysts are worried the left-wing government's expensive subsidies could play havoc with the economy... Back to the top

Who are the enemies of the ‘Real Peace in the country?’ – JVP to explain to the masses.
Asian Tribune, August 15, 2004, 09:45EDT. Colombo, 15 August : Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna has begun conducting series of seminars under the theme of "Who Are the Enemies of real peace? " and it has kicked-off on 10th August at Galle, where General Secretary Tilvin Silva and in Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats South Africa by 313 runs in second test, clinches series 1-0
Associated Press, Sun August 15, 2004 06:40 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas bowled a lethal spell to take six wickets Sunday as Sri Lanka - crushed South Africa by 313 runs in the second test match to clinch the series 1-0 its first ever test series win against the visitors... Back to the top

LTTE's Campaign to Eliminate Dissidents Must Be Stopped
Asian Tribune, August 15, 2004, 10:00EDT. Sri Lanka Democracy Forum, a human rights organization of expatriate Tamils based in Europe and North America, slams the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the recent sudden escalation killings spree launched by them especially in the Eastern region of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Report: Tamil Tiger rebels reject Sri Lankan government proposal for power sharing
Associated Press, Sun August 15, 2004 04:34 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels have refused to discuss a government proposal on power-sharing, demanding that peace negotiations focus only on their plan for self-rule, a pro-rebel report said Sunday... Back to the top

Vaas makes Sri Lanka history
cricket365.com, August 15, 2004, 2010:30EDT. Sri Lanka won their first ever Test series against South Africa, when they won the second Test in Colombo by 313 runs on Sunday... Back to the top

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