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VOL. 5, NO. 177

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Karuna Faction claims attacks on Main LTTE
K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna, September 29. Heavy fighting between the Vanni LTTE and Karuna faction erupted in Pannichankerni in the LTTE controlled Vaharai area in Eastern Batticalo district. Col. Karuna's faction, now called the Tamil National Force, claimed in their web-site that their units shelled with motors and RPGs on LTTEs forward bunkers in the Vaharai area and engaged Vanni LTTE with small arms fire. Residents from the area said LTTE main faction withdrew from the front lines, after Karuna faction killed 6 of their cadres. In leaflets distributed in the east over the week-end, Tamil National Force called on Tamil youths to leave the LTTE and join the Tamil National Force. The leaflets warned that they are preparing to wage an assault on the Vanni LTTE. Pirabakaran replaced Ramesh with Banu as the Batticaloa leader. Banu, hails from Jaffna, and is a relative of Pottuamman, LTTE's intelligence chief. Last week, Karuna faction detonated a claymore mine at two places in the LTTE controlled area that killed another six LTTE cadres. In announcements made in Batticaloa and in their web-site, Karuna said that the murder of his brother Reggie will not deter the Tamil National Force, but in contrast will give motivation for their cadres to fight the Vanni LTTE. Karunas faction vowed they will continue to fight until they drive the Vanni LTTE out of their land and bring normalcy to the people of Batticalo-Ampari region.
Published: Wed Sep 29 07:58:43 EDT 2004

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Editorial - The Hindu, September 29. THE OBSESSION OF Velupillai Prabakaran's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with being the "sole representative" of the Tamils of Sri Lanka has rendered the ceasefire virtually meaningless for Tamils. Taking advantage of the concessions granted to it in the February 2002 ceasefire agreement, the LTTE immediately set out to liquidate all Tamils it perceived as its opponents. Within a few months of the ceasefire coming into force, it took out several Tamils it accused of helping the Sri Lankan armed forces during the years of war. Since March 2004, when the organisation broke into two the Vanni faction, and the Eastern faction led by the former military commander Karuna the killing spree has assumed war-like proportions. The recent killing in eastern Sri Lanka of Reggie, the brother of the breakaway group's leader, the subsequent retaliatory murders by Karuna loyalists, and the death of a civilian in the crossfire make a complete mockery of the ceasefire. More...
Published: Wed Sep 29 21:37:27 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Indian trawlers continue to poach in Lankan seas
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 30, 2004, 12.22 p.m.. The Defence Ministry today said that Indian trawlers continue to poach inside Sri Lankan waters specially in Delft Island and Talaimannar sea areas. Military Spokesman Col. Sumedha Perera said that about 35-45 Indian trawlers were sighted in the sea area north of Pesalai in Talaimannar while they were engaged in poaching. In another incident a flotilla of about 100 Indian trawlers were observed in the general sea areas of Delft Island and Kachchativu during the past few days, he said.
Published: Wed Sep 29 14:25:19 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Captain and three others killed due to South Korean ship explosion
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 30, 2004, 12.18 p.m.. At least four crew members, including the Captain of a South Korean Container carrier died due to an explosion inside the engine room, off the Colombo Harbour... Back to the top

Kumagai Gumi agent's bribery suspicion cited in U.S. Senate hearing+
Associated Press, Wed September 29, 2004 07:37 EDT . - - in January 2003 for the company to build an expressway in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

TRUTH COMMISSION:Call For New Era Of Reconciliation In Sri Lanka, September 29 2004. Truth Commissions have become a new instrument in ushering transitional justice in the recent past... Back to the top

Seven Tamils killed in factional fighting in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed September 29, 2004 02:59 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fierce fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and a breakaway faction of the guerrillas in eastern Sri Lanka - has left at least seven people dead, military officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

Koreans and Filipinos killed in exposition off Sri Lankan waters
Associated Press, Wed September 29, 2004 04:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The bodies of two Koreans and two Filipinos believed to have been killed in a gas explosion aboard a container vessel have been brought to Sri Lanka - , a navy spokesman said Wednesday... Back to the top

FTA Pushes Up India, Lanka Trade By 128%, September 29, 2004, 16:15 EDT. NEW DELHI, SEPT 29: Bilateral trade between India and Sri Lanka has grown by 128% after the free trade agreement (FTA) became operational in March 2000... Back to the top

Two Filipinos killed in ship explosion off Sri Lanka, Sept. 29 . MANILA, Sept. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Two Filipinos were among the four people who have been killed on board a South Korean container vessel sailing off Sri Lanka, a local television reported Wednesday. An engine exploded inside the China's Hong Kong-registered vessel YM People, killing the victims who were carrying out repairs in the engine room Monday, the ABS-CBN news channel reported... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Danish MPs seek denial of European visa for LTTE, 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... Back to the top

Deny aid to Lanka to force it to talk: LTTE tells world, 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?, 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

SriLankan plans first direct air links thru 3 SAARC countries, Wednesday, Sep 29, 2004. IN a step that could be a precursor to greater economic co-operation among the seven countries under the SAARC umbrella, SriLankan, the national airlines of Sri Lanka, is exploring possibilities of launching flights which will provide the first direct air links through three countries in the region... 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, 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

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