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SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 176

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TRUTH COMMISSION:Call For New Era Of Reconciliation In Sri Lanka
thestatesman.net, September 29 2004. Truth Commissions have become a new instrument in ushering transitional justice in the recent past. More than 20 truth commissions have been constituted around the world in the last three decades, the most famous among them being the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. While some of the commissions were sponsored by international or non-governmental organisations, a majority of them were the efforts of the national governments of the concerned countries. A tool adopted by nascent democracies to reckon with the past and move on to establish peace and stability in the new regime, truth commissions have evoked mixed reaction. While critics hold truth commissions responsible for undermining the rule of law, its proponents focus on their healing nature. The primary task of a truth commission is to uncover just what happened to whom and why without prescribing prosecution. More...
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Main Opposition to snub National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 28, 2004, 10.39 p.m.. The main Opposition United National Party is very likely to snub the proposed National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation at least for the time being. “The Opposition has decided not be part of any such Council at least till the Peace Process resumes, once peace talks begin, then the Opposition will definitely accept President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s invitation to be part of this National Council,” UNP sources said.

The source further added that there was no point in being part of a Council, when the country’s peace process was stalled. Meanwhile, despite reports that the Opposition will not be part of this Council, President Chandrika Kumaratunga is scheduled to inaugurate the Advisory Peace Council on October 4th.

The main task of the Council is to appoint three standing committees, a political, a religious and a civil society that would examine views on how to bring about a negotiated settlement and peace with dignity and democracy.
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Danish MPs seek denial of European visa for LTTE
hindustantimes.com, September 28, 2004 15:15 EDT. Members of Parliament from Denmark have asked their government to restrain from issuing European visas to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) activists. This was told by Peter Ellehøj, Counsellor at the Royal Danish Embassy in New Delhi. A report on the Asian Tribune website, dated September 23, had said More...
Published: Tue Sep 28 15:15:42 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Deny aid to Lanka to force it to talk: LTTE tells world
hindustantimes.com, September 28, 2004 15:15 EDT. The LTTE has said that the international community should deny development aid to Sri Lanka to force it to begin peace talks to end the ethnic conflict in the island country... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebel leaders to travel to Europe amid war fears in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue September 28, 2004 01:50 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebel leaders were set to travel to Europe on Wednesday for talks on Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process, as fears that the island nation could slide back into war fester, a senior guerrilla official said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan civilian, Tamil rebels killed in rebel factional clash, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue September 28, 2004 13:20 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- A civilian was killed in Sri Lanka - 's east Tuesday as two rival factions of the Tamil Tiger rebels continued their internecine clashes in the area. The police said that the mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel sentry point at Cadjuwatta in the Batticaloa district came under rocket propelled grenade and mortar fire from their rival faction of renegade eastern commander known as Karuna... Back to the top

Did Col Karuna shell LTTE area in Batticaloa?
hindustantimes.com, September 28. There is a suspicion that Tuesday's shelling of a village in the LTTE-controlled part of Batticaloa district, may have been carried out by the anti-Prabhakaran faction led by Col Karuna... Back to the top

Students forced to attend LTTE ceremonies
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 28, 2004, 10.22 p.m.. Students of Government School in Nallur were forced to attend a commemorative ceremony organized by the LTTE in the general area of Nallur in Jaffna... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks peace - this time with elephants
planetark.com, September 28, 2004 15:15 EDT. ROTAWAWE, Sri Lanka - Wild elephants and farmers are killing each other at an alarming rate in Sri Lanka, so hundreds of wildlife officers and villagers fanned out into forests yesterday to find ways to broker peace... Back to the top

S.Lankan president to inaugurate national advisory council on peace
xinhuanet.com, 2004-09-28 14:02:23. COLOMBO, Sept. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga will inaugurate the National Advisory Council on Peaceand Reconciliation (NAC) next week to push for the political settlement to the two-decade long ethnic conflict, her office said. Kumaratunga has invited all political parties in the parliament, religious leaders and representatives from the civil society to participate in the inauguration on Oct... Back to the top

United States to help equip, train Sri Lankan policemen
Associated Press, Tue September 28, 2004 09:18 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United States agreed Tuesday to provide US$250,000 (euro 202,625) in equipment and training to the Sri Lankan police to improve its capability and public relations... Back to the top

At least seven killed in LTTE factional fighting
ptinews.com, Sept 28. Colombo, Sept 28 (PTI) Tamil Tigers and a breakaway faction clashed in Sri Lanka's volatile east today leaving at least seven people dead, including a woman caught in the crossfire, military sources and residents said... Back to the top

LTTE guns down EPRLF member in Jaffna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 27, 2004, 8.27 p.m.. A senior member of the EPRLF Valli Sundaram was shot dead this evening by LTTE gunmen at Inuwil in Jaffna... Back to the top

Norway going soft on LTTE: Devananda
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, Sep 28, 2004. COLOMBO, SEPT. 27. The Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) today warned that ``turning a blind eye'' to the ``terrorism of the LTTE'' could only usher in the ``peace of the graveyard'' in Sri Lanka at the cost of democracy, pluralism and human rights of the island nation's Tamils... Back to the top

Cambodia lodges protest over Hollywood movie ad
Associated Press, Tue September 28, 2004 06:12 EDT . - - Thailand and Sri Lanka - have lodged similar complaints... Back to the top

15-member Sri lankan squad to leave for triangular series in Pakistan
Associated Press, Tue September 28, 2004 09:32 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A 15-member Sri Lankan cricket squad will leave for Pakistan Sunday for a triangular one-day series, the cricket board said... Back to the top

Over 533,000 children economically active in Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 27, 2004, 10.56 p.m.. Lack of opportunity, poor social infrastructure, high population growth and low income has resulted in some over 533,000 children between the ages of 10 to 19 to be economically active in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hikes prices
bday.co.za, September 28, 2004 08:00 EDT. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka raised bus fares, electricity and food prices on Tuesday on the back of a steep rise in diesel costs as the Central Bank reported a worse than expected balance of payments deficit... Back to the top

India ; Cabinet to vet India-Sri Lanka canal project
keralanext.com, 28-September-2004. India News, Bangalore, The ambitious Sethusamudram ship canal project between India and Sri Lanka will get under way after the union cabinet vets it next month and ecological concerns are addressed, says Shipping Minister T... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes precautionary measures against Mad Cow Disease
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 27, 2004, 10.57 p.m.. The Sri Lankan Government has banned the import of animals and animal products from 24 countries in a bid prevent the Mad Cow disease from entering the country... Back to the top

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