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Bill making ID compulsory, a denial of right to Tamils, says TNA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 7, 2004, 11.40 p.m. . The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said that the bill making the National Identity Card compulsory at all elections is a denial of right to the Tamil population in the North and East. Emphasizing their claim, the Alliance is reported to also have said that only a few of the population in the North and East have National Identity cards, and even though the Government has said that it will make available ID cards to all those who don’t posses, the North East population does not even posses the necessary documents such as the Birth Certificates which are needed for the issuance of a Identity Card,” the Alliance said.

The Tamil National Alliance, which comprises of 22 Parliamentarians, also walked out of the Parliament chambers when voting began for the Special Provisions Bill which makes the ID card mandatory at all elections.
Published: Thu Oct 7 13:42:10 EDT 2004

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Sri Lanka 's mainstream Tamil rebel member killed in east, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu October 7, 2004 11:25 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Internecine clashes between Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels' rival factions continued in the east and one of the members of the mainstream rebel group has been killed, defense officials said on Thursday. Dharmalingam Thyagalingam, a 37-year-old loyalist of the mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) faction was killed Wednesday night at Welikanda area in the east by members loyal to the renegade rebel eastern commander known as Karuna.

His killing came after Tuesday's killings of two Muslims by mainstream rebel members for supporting Karuna. Internecine killings have become a feature mainly in the east of the country ever since Karuna broke ranks with the LTTE in March this year. He challenged the leadership of the Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and blamed the LTTE leader for alleged favoritism of northern members over the eastern ones. The clashes have spilled into the Norwegian-backed peace process to end the country's two decades of ethnic conflict.

The peace process stalled since April 2003 is yet to be revived as internecine clashes have stood in the way among other issues. The LTTE mainstream group accuses the military of providing cover to Karuna but the charges have been denied by the government.

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Published: Thu Oct 7 13:47:33 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Posters against visiting LTTE delegation appear in several Swiss cities.
Special Correspondent , October 06. Posters titled ‘Terrorist Conference in Geneva’ with the photos of victims killed by the LTTE including an infant baby and the pictures of the LTTE leaders visiting Switzerland were posted in several places in Switzerland. First they appeared in Geneva, on the day the LTTE delegation headed by their political head S.P. Thamilselvan, arrived in the city. Then they showed up in Bern, the Swiss capital. Now they are in Zurich. In Geneva, the posters were seen in street corners near the UN offices, the city’s central railway station and bus terminals. In Zurich, these posters were seen in several Tamil owned shops. A leaflet in Tamil was also distributed in the German city of Berlin over the weekend, questioning the role of LTTE. The leaflet questioned, “If LTTE need the protection of the Sri Lankan army, how can they protect the Tamil people? Aren’t the Tamils would be better off by asking protection direct from the Sri Lankan army?” The leaflet pointed out the several incidents, including that Tamilselvan and his entourage were escorted by the Sri Lankan forces; when LTTE offices were attacked by Muslims in Mannar, LTTE sought protection from the police; LTTE’s military leaders in the eastern province travel between north and east with army and air force assistance. The LTTE delegation is scheduled to visit Berlin shortly. Many observers believe that the recent spate of killings by the LTTE and heavy taxes they impose on ordinary people in the North, are the main causes for the growing anti-LTTE sentiment among expatriate Tamils.
Published: Thu Oct 7 19:30:44 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Lanka seeks stronger trade ties with India, October 8, 2004. Colombo, Oct. 8. (PTI): Sri Lanka is seeking closer and stronger economic and trade ties with India and is moving to open the bilateral free trade agreement to cover the services sector, a senior official said here on Thursday... Back to the top

Karuna opposed LTTE-Premadasa alliance to drive Indians out, October 07, 2004, 08:35 EDT. The dissident LTTE commander, Colonel Karuna, says that he opposed the 1988-89 military alliance between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan President, R Premadasa, which was formed to drive the Indian Army out of the island... Back to the top

Calmy-Rey outlines goals for Sri Lanka visit, October 8, 2004, 04:15. Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey heads to Sri Lanka on Friday where she is set to hold talks on the country’s stalled peace process... Back to the top

Human Rights Organisations urge visiting Tamil Tiger delegation to end killings & recruitment of child soldiers.
International Commission of Jurists / Human Rights Watch/ Amnesty International, October 6. At a meeting with a senior Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) delegation visiting Geneva, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called on the LTTE to end political killings and the recruitment of child soldiers and demonstrate how they will respect international humanitarian and human rights law in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Increasing US influence over Sri Lanka worries LTTE, October 07, 2004, 14:00 EDT. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), fighting for a separate "Tamil Eelam" in North East Sri Lanka, are "concerned" about the growing political, financial and military influence of the United States in Sri Lanka, according to a knowledgeable Tamil source close to the LTTE... Back to the top

Senior Chinese official arrives in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu October 7, 2004 11:35 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese leader Wu Guanzheng arrived here on Thursday to start a good-will visit to Sri Lanka - , the first leg of his four-nation tour. Wu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, will also visit the Maldives, Indonesia and the Philippines... Back to the top

Rights bodies ask LTTE to stop killings:, October 07, 2004, 14:00 EDT. World News] London, Oct 7 : International human rights organisations have urged Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas to end political killings and recruitment of children into their ranks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Opposition Ties Backing for Government to Peace Talks, October 07, 2004, 08:35 EDT. Bloomberg Radio Markets Top Worldwide E-Mail This Story Printer-Friendly Format Initial Unemployment Claims in U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s Tigers under new pressure to stop killings, October 07, 2004, 08:35 EDT. COLOMBO - Three international human rights organisations on Thursday stepped up pressure on Sri Lanka’s Tiger rebels to halt political killings and resume peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers cash for illegal weapons to curb crime
Associated Press, Thu October 7, 2004 04:26 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government is offering cash rewards in return for illegal weapons as it struggles to curb escalating violent crime among the underworld, an official said Thursday... Back to the top

EU-GEN--Switzerland-Tamil Tigers
Associated Press, Wed October 6, 2004 07:39 EDT . JONATHAN FOWLER - Associated Press Writer - CHAVANNES-DE-BOGIS, Switzerland (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government is hampering efforts to relaunch the island nation's deadlocked peace process and misrepresenting a plan put forward by its Tamil Tiger opponents, a senior rebel leader said... Back to the top

Estate worker warn severe trade union action if pay hike not granted
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 6, 2004, 11.05 p.m. . The Country’s plantation sector, have warned authorities of severe trade union action, if they fail to grant an immediate wage hike to the workers... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army, Tamil rebels meet in east, 2004-10-06 23:14:24. COLOMBO, Oct. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan armed forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels met on Wednesday in eastern Batticaloa to discuss the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in the area,the pro-rebel Tamilnet website said. The meeting was held in the no man's land five kilometers southwest of Batticaloa town and presided by a representative of the truce monitoring mission overseeing the ongoing ceasefire between the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the east... Back to the top

LTTE leader says Sri Lankan government hampering peace process, 6th OCT 20:20 hrs IST . Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland: Sri Lanka's government is hampering efforts to relaunch the island nation's deadlocked peace process and misrepresenting a plan put forward by its Tamil Tiger opponents, a senior rebel leader said... Back to the top

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