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VOL. 5, NO. 158

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A new Minister and Deputy sworn in today another Deputy Minister to be sworn in next week
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 10, 2004, 10.43 p.m.. Two Parliamentarians of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) were sworn in as Minister Estate Housing, Infrastructure and Community Development and Deputy Minister to this ministerial post this morning.

Congress MPs Muthu Sivalingam and Muttu Sellasami were sworn-in before President Chandrika Kumaratunga as Minister and Deputy Minister at the President’s house amidst a large gathering which included CWC Leader Arumugam Thondaman several other Minister and senior members of the Alliance Government including Maithripala Sirisena and Susil Premajayantha. Meanwhile, another Parliamentarian of the CWC is expected to take oaths next week.

The CWC pledged its unconditional support for the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government exactly one week back. Before the CWC’s support the Alliance Government had only 106 seats in Parliament, seven seats short of a majority. The CWC secured eight parliamentary seats at the April 2 General Election.
Published: Fri Sep 10 12:50:13 EDT 2004

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Army trying to provocate LTTE and disrupt the entire peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 10, 2004, 11.09 p.m.. LTTE political Wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan in a letter to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) today claimed that the LTTE and the Tamil people are in a state of fear and suspicion wondering whether the Sri Lanka Army was engaged in ceasefire violations with a view to provocate the LTTE thus leading to the disruption of the entire peace process.

The LTTE Political Wing Leader also cited the recent incident in Batticaloa, which left some eight of their cadres killed as one such incident, an allegation denied by the Army totally. “You are aware that this is not the first such incident and the pattern of events does not augur well for the upholding of the Ceasefire Agreement. You are also aware that the patience of the Tamil people and their leadership is also running out and there is a general fear and suspicion that the Sri Lanka Army is in fact engaged in ceasefire violations with a view to provocate the LTTE and thereby leading to disruption of the entire peace process. Deterrent measures need to be taken to prevent recurrence in the larger interest of peace,” the letter added.
Published: Fri Sep 10 13:15:43 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Army says forces were not involved in any attack, which left eight LTTE cadres dead
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 10, 2004, 10.38 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Army today denied charges levelled against them by the LTTE that they had some involvement in an attack, which killed at least eight LTTE cadres in Batticaloa early this week. The Army Head quarters in a release said, “An LTTE camp in the general un-cleared area of Pullumalai, Batticaloa had allegedly come under attack believed to be from a breakaway group of the LTTE on September, 7 2004 around 10.30 p.m. At least eight LTTE cadres, believed to be from LTTE Wanni faction had been killed and one LTTE cadre had reportedly received injuries in the attack, according to some pro-LTTE media and website reports. Some of those reports claimed that Sri Lanka Army commandos were responsible for the attack. Troops of the Special Task Force and the Police personnel on duty in the closest proximity to the place of the incident (about 2 km west of Pullumalai) in cleared areas deny any involvement whatsoever in this attack and further confirm that no service personnel have had any involvement as alleged by the above media reports. This is totally an internal matter of the LTTE,” the Army headquarters added.
Published: Fri Sep 10 12:48:23 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Tigers kill another army informant in Jaffna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 10, 2004, 8.23 p.m.. The LTTE has gunned down another military informant at Ariyalai in Jaffna... Back to the top

Lankan Minister terms boat burning incident, LTTE ploy, Sep 10. Colombo, Sep 10 (UNI) Sri Lanka's Fisheries Minister today blamed the LTTE for trying to create a diplomatic row between the Sri Lankan and Indian governments by attacking Indian fishing trawlers... Back to the top

Protestors burn Norwegian flag in front of the embassy
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 10, 2004, 8.09 p.m.. Several hundreds of people including Buddhist monks yesterday burnt the Norwegian national flag in front of the Norwegian embassy in Colombo demanding the Norwegian to immediately withdraw from the facilitating role between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE... Back to the top

No peace under Sri Lanka rebel chief, September 10 2004 at 07:50AM. Colombo - A former Tamil Tiger rebel, who renounced the armed struggle and now backs Sri Lanka's government, said on Thursday there would be no peace while Tamil leader Velupillai Prabhakaran remained at the helm... Back to the top

Tamil rebels warn Sri Lanka 's peace process is in the balance
Associated Press, Fri September 10, 2004 10:59 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday warned that an attack that they blamed on the Sri Lankan army in which three guerillas died amounted to a violation of a two-year cease-fire and could disrupt the peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan leaders meeting delaying tactic: Tamil, 2004-09-10 18:51:49. COLOMBO, Sept. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- A summit meeting between Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was a delaying tactic employed by the government, a Tamil legislator said on Friday. "This is a delaying tactic and we want the government to start the peace negotiations as soon as possible... Back to the top

Party of Indian origin gets cabinet berth in Lanka, Sept 10. Colombo, Sept 10. (PTI): A political party of Indian origin today received a berth in the Sri Lankan cabinet after pledging crucial support to the minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

“Peace talks will start very soon,” President assures Opposition Leader
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 9, 2004, 11.04p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today gave an undertaking to Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that her Government will resume peace talks with the LTTE ‘very soon’... Back to the top

Deadlocked peace talks in Lanka affecting children: UNICEF, Sept 10, 2004 09:46:00 AM. New York, Sept 10 (PTI) Observing that delayed peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tigers are a "significant obstacle" to assisting children affected by the country's two-decade long war, UNICEF has asked the LTTE to immediately stop recruitment of children... Back to the top

Peace delayed is peace denied says LTTE Peace Secretariat
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 9, 2004, 11.00 p.m.. The LTTE Peace Secretariat today said ‘peace delayed is peace denied’... Back to the top

Truce monitors ask Sri Lankan govt, Tamil rebels to pull back defense lines, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 12:32 EDT . - - Solness, the spokesman for the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said We have made a proposal to both parties and are awaiting their response ... Back to the top

Subramanian Swamy Demands Ban on Tamil National Alliance
Asian Tribune, September 10, 2004, 06:15. New Delhi, 10 September, ( The Tamil National Alliance in Sri Lanka is a terrorist outfit just like LTTE and it should be banned in India, Dr. Subramanian Back to the top

JVP opposes North and Eastern provinces remained merged.
Asian Tribune, September 10, 2004, 06:15. Colombo, 10 September, (Asiantribune... Back to the top

Ranil may topple Chandrika Govt by November, September 09, 2004, 17:00 EDT. The Sri Lankan Leader of the Opposition, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has said that he will topple the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government Back to the top

Chandrika-Ranil summit on talks with LTTE, September 09, 2004, 17:00 EDT. Colombo, Sept 9 (UNI) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe met here for talks on reviving peace process with the LTTE, officials Back to the top

President appoints Sandagiri as Chief of Defence Staff
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 9, 2004, 9.01 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her capacity as the Minister of Defence and Commander of the Chief of Armed Forces has appointed Navy Commander Daya Sandagiri as the new Chief of Defence Staff with the immediate affect... Back to the top

Ranatunga blasts ICC over Murali snub, September 09, 2004, 17:00 EDT. Arjuna Ranatunga has denounced the inaugural ICC awards as "a farce and a joke" after his former team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan was overlooked Back to the top

Universal Communication Systems, Inc. Company Chairman Michael J. Zwebner Meets With Sri Lanka 's Prime Minister. Company Set to Market Wide Range of AirWater Machines
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 15:31 EDT . - - Universal Communication Systems Inc. (OTC BB: UCSY) company chairman Michael J... Back to the top

US says LTTE has trained other terror groups, Septrmber 09, 2004, 06:40 EDT. J Cofer Black, US State Department Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, says that the LTTE has trained other terrorist groups in the world and is in the "exalted" company of the Al-Qaeda... Back to the top

Internecine clashes continue between Sri Lanka 's Tamil rebel rival factions, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed September 8, 2004 14:03 EDT . COLOMBO, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The internecine clashes between the rival factions of Tamil Tiger rebels continued when a mainstream rebel bunker in the east was overrun by the renegade eastern commander's faction, police said Wednesday. The bunker at Pullumalai bordering the eastern provincial districts of Batticaloa and Ampara had come under attack at around 10:30 p... Back to the top

Stalled peace process in Sri Lanka hurts child war victims+
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 09:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 9 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process is a ''major impediment'' to assisting children affected by the country's two-decade-long war, the United Nations said in a report released here Thursday. On the plus side, UNICEF said that conditions for children in the war-torn areas have ''improved significantly during the past two years of relative peace and stability in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants Japan aid despite stalled peace bid, Septrmber 09, 2004, 06:40 EDT. TOKYO - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar urged Japan to provide promised aid to his country now, rather than wait for stalled peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels Back to the top

S.Lankan president orders action to halt operation of pyramid scheme, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 09:07 EDT . - - President Kumaratunga said in a statement signed by her on Wednesday that operators of pyramid scheme prohibited by most developed countries are now attempting to exploit the public of developing countries such as Sri Lanka - which do not have adequate legislation to prevent such schemes... Back to the top

ICC awards a farce and joke, says Ranatunga
com, 09 September . Colombo: The omission of the world's highest Test wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan from the ICC awards made it a "farce and a joke," Sri Lanka's former world cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga said on Thursday... Back to the top

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