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VOL. 5, NO. 167

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President has failed to do anything for the peace process except for mouthing her intentions - LTTE statement
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 19, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. LTTE In a response to President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s recent statement to Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim that the LTTE is inflexible and indecisive, the LTTE today declared that it is President Kumaratunga who has failed to do anything constructive in trying to take the peace process forward except for continuously mouthing her intentions to restart peace talks.

The LTTE in a news release today noted, when handing over our Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals on 31 October 2003 to the Norwegian facilitators, we expressed categorically our readiness to recommence negotiations on the basis of the ISGA proposals. The then UNF government headed by Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe too reciprocated on those lines. President Chandrika Kumaratunga on the other hand, dissolved the parliament and formed a coalition with Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, an entity that vehemently opposed to the peace process and facilitation by Norway. This impediment notwithstanding, the President expressed her interest in restarting the peace process. This intention was however not translated into action. The President did not do anything constructively to take forward the peace process save mouthing her 'intentions' to restart the peace process, said the LTTE.

Now the President is engaged in conflicting and confusing views on the peace process and accusing us of being inflexible and indecisive.

The LTTE in fact took forward the Tamil freedom struggle based on the mandate the Tamil people gave in the general elections of 1977 for secession. However, the LTTE leadership was circumspect to announce from time to time its willingness to negotiate on the basis of viable alternatives.

From day one of handing over the ISGA proposals, the LTTE has been consistently expressing its readiness to recommence negotiations on the basis of the ISGA proposals. These proposals, it is important to bear in mind, are intended solely to address urgent humanitarian needs in the war devastated region, build confidence and bring about normalcy, an essential foundation to take on board the political negotiations for final resolution. President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her government have by their inaction exposed the hesitation they have in entering into negotiations. The statement of the President on 16th September that the LTTE is inflexible and indecisive is therefore far from the truth and is totally disappointing and shocking to the Tamil people, added the LTTE’s news release.
Published: Sun Sep 19 14:24:37 EDT 2004

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Sri Lanka killings escalate, September 19, 2004, 22:10 EDT. COLOMBO: Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels gunned down another rival after Norway failed in its latest bid to end a prolonged deadlock in Sri Lanka’s peace process, officials and diplomats said on Sunday. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) shot dead a worker from a rival political party in the north-western region of Puttalam More...
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Heavy rains lead to flooding in Sri Lanka, situation expected to worsen
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 19, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Low line areas in the Kalutara, Ratnapura and Galle districts are currently under water, owing to the heavy rains experienced in these three districts over the past two days. Officials said that the present situation could worsen if it continuously rains for the next few days with the obvious possibility of the entire three districts going under water. Heavy rains have been experienced in Colombo, and many other parts of the country continuously during the weekend. Divisional secretariat officials in the Kalutara, Ratnapura ad Galle districts have also cautioned the public to be very vigilant due to threat of landslides.

The Meteorology Department forecasts continuous heavy rains to the Kalutara, Ratnapura and Galle districts for the next few days. The areas currently under water are: Beliatta, Hindalana, Udu-Kumbura, Mangura, Diyagoda and Karagahadeniya and Kurupanawa areas.
Published: Sun Sep 19 14:11:31 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels to travel to Europe for talks on future of peace talks
Associated Press, Sun September 19, 2004 06:51 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A delegation of Tamil Tiger rebels will travel to Europe later this month to discuss the future of Sri Lanka - 's fragile peace process, guerrilla officials said Sunday... Back to the top

LTTE expects Mahanayake s intervention for lasting peace, Monday, 20 September 2004. LTTE's Political Wing leader S. P. Tamilchelvam has said the LTTE expects the intervention of the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter to obtain a dignified and lasting peace to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Dharmasiri Gamage dies at 65
Daily News, Monday, 20 September 2004. Dharmasiri Gamage, former Lake House mediaman, a veteran journalist, poet, lyric writer, author and film director died yesterday after a brief illness at the Dambulla Hospital... Back to the top

President leave for the US to take part at the UN General Assembly
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 18, 2004, 11.59 p.m. . President Chandrika Kumaratunga left for the United States today to address the 59th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly... Back to the top

“Give us our ten and we will give you your two,” LTTE tells Army
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 18, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. Tamil Tigers are demanding the release of ten of their cadres, who are in government police custody if they are to release two Home Guards, who were abducted by the LTTE last August... Back to the top

Sri Lankans Pull Off Disappearing Act in Bavaria, September 19, 2004, 14:10 EDT. That people disappear is nothing very unusual. But who has ever heard of an entire handball team disappearing? That's exactly what a Sri Lankan team did when they took part in a sports exchange in Bavaria recently... Back to the top

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