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VOL. 5, NO. 187

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EPDP urges LTTE to resume talks soon
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 9, 2004, 11.54 p.m.. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) has said that if LTTE Leader Prabhakaran has a genuine interest in Tamil Peoples’ welfare, he should come forward for peace negotiations immediately.

EPDP Leader Douglas Devananda has further noted that the LTTE must come forward to find a solution to the ethnic conflict based on the Oslo Declaration within the frame work of united Sri Lanka. He further noted that due place must be given to the Tamils and Sinhalese in the National Anthem and equal status should be given to the languages. “Devolution of power is to be vested upon provincial councils according to the new constitutional reforms. The Constitution must ensure the safety and rights of all three communities, Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims living in the North – East,” Mr. Devananda stressed.
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Chandrika may have another term, says Srilanka PM, 9 October 2004. In an exclusive interview held at Temple Trees, Colombo, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse tells Mohammed A. R. Galadari about the hitches in the country's system of governance, the latest in the peace initiative with LTTE rebels, his government's developmental efforts, revival of the tourism sector, and on the possibility of changes in the Constitution to facilitate continuation of Chandrika Kumaratunga as President for a third term. More...
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Tamil rebel shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat October 9, 2004 13:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Tamil Tiger rebel was shot dead by a member of a paramilitary group in eastern Sri Lanka - on Saturday, a pro-rebel Web site reported. The Tigers crushed the renegades weeks later but many of them went into hiding, and the main faction believes that this breakaway group has joined government forces to launch attacks against them in Sri Lanka - 's east.

The government denies the allegation.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam rebels began fighting the government in 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

About 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before Norway brokered a cease-fire in 2002.

The rebels suspended peace talks a year later and international efforts to bring both sides back to talks have failed so far.


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Killings continue in east Sri Lanka, 2004-10-09 20:05:04. COLOMBO, Oct. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's eastern area was the scene of more killings Saturday in the internecine clashes betweenTamil Tiger rebel rival factions with two more deaths, defense officials said. A man named Jude, an area leader belonging to the mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, was gunned down inbroad daylight in the main bus stand at eastern town of Akkaraipattu around 11:00 a... Back to the top

Sri Lanka minority parties hold dialogue on closer ties, 2004-10-09 14:24:14. COLOMBO, Oct. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The minority Tamil and Muslim parties held talks late Friday aimed at closer cooperation betweenthe two communities in the face of continued delay in resuming peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the TamilTiger rebels, officials said on Saturday. A senior Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) source said that the party held talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a proxy of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, in capital Colombo with a view to forge closer ties between the two sides... Back to the top

India should underwrite final settlement in Lanka: UNP
Hindustan Times, October 09, 2004. The United National Party (UNP), Sri Lanka's main opposition, feels that India should underwrite the final settlement of the ethnic problem in the island country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka probes misconduct
org, 9 October 2004. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have launched an investigation into allegations relating to the drunken misconduct of two players during the ICC Champions Trophy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka commandos kill LTTE hitman
Hindustan Times, October 09, 2004. Sri Lanka's elite police commandos on Saturday shot dead a renegade Tamil rebel who killed a regional commander from the main guerrilla group, an official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka routs Zimbabwe in triangular series one-dayer
Associated Press, Sat October 9, 2004 06:20 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - routed a youthful Zimbabwe by seven wickets in their limited-overs international Saturday to move a step closer to a triangular series showdown with Pakistan... Back to the top

General strike to demand withdrawal of troops closes eastern Sri Lankan town
Associated Press, Fri October 8, 2004 08:53 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Shops and offices closed and public transport ground to a halt Friday after political activists in a northeastern port town called a general strike to demand the withdrawal of troops from the area, police said... Back to the top

Tigers asked to stop political killings
Gulf News, October 09, 2004. Colombo : Three key international human rights organisations have called on the Tamil Tigers to end political killings and stop the recruitment of child soldiers... Back to the top

Karuna calls Prabhakaran 'a mad dictator and a traitor'
Gulf News, October 09, 2004. Colombo : The renegade regional military wing leader, Karuna has described his arch rival Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran "'a mad dictator and traitor"'... Back to the top

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka discuss direct air services:, October 09, 2004, 08:45 EDT. Dhaka, Oct 9 : Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are having negotiations to start direct air services to boost bilateral trade... Back to the top

China, Sri Lanka vow to further expand friendly ties, October 09, 2004. A visiting senior Chinese official has said China's new leadership attaches great importance to the development of relations between China and Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Swiss FM to visit Sri Lanka to aid Tamil revolt mediation
AFP, October 8. Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey was set to visit Sri Lanka to try to revive peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels, ministry sources said... Back to the top

Congressman Leach Views with Alarm Violence in Sri Lanka
US State Department, October 8. Congressman James A. Leach has expressed concern about the rising level of political violence in Sri Lanka and called for a resumption of the peace talks between the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam... Back to the top

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