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VOL. 5, NO. 189

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LTTE change of guard??
K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna, October 11. There is widespread speculation in Jaffna that some senior military leaders are leaving the LTTE due to "misunderstandings" with Pirabakaran. Sources close to the LTTE in Jaffna were dismissive of the reports published in several Colombo newspapers. The LTTE political leader in Vadamarachchi,is reported to have got visibly angry when someone asked him about one of the LTTE leaders rumored to be leaving the LTTE. Col. Soosai, the commander of Sea-Tigers and one of the three believed to be leaving the LTTE, is a native of Valvettithurai, in Vadamarachchi. News reports identified the other two as Col. Ram and Col. Sornam, the newly appointed military head for Trincomalee replacing Col. Paduman. Col. Paduman was the military head for Trincomalee, and was believed to be sympathetic to Col. Karuna. A native of Trincomalee, Col. Paduman took part in several successful military operations of the LTTE in Vanni. During the Karuna incident Paduman was kept under house arrest in Kilinochchi and his whereabouts are not known now.

Meanwhile, Daya Master, the LTTE spokesman and a senior member of its political division said in Kilinochchi, that ‘Rumors of a split in the LTTE ranks is not true’ and blamed the Sinhala media for trying to stir things up. Dismissing the talks on Soosai’s status within LTTE, Daya Master further said that Col. Soosai will be the keynote speaker at the LTTE’s women’s’ day celebrations that took place in Kilinochchi over the week end. However, Soosai was noticeably absent from the event, and there were no explanations from the LTTE for his absence. LTTE celebrated the women’s day events in several places in the north and east to commemorate the death anniversary of their first female fighter Ms. Malathy.

Mr. Elilan also dismissed the status of Col. Sornam in Trincomalee. Speaking at an event in Trincomalee, Elilan, the political head for the Trincomalee district said that ‘When the SLBC broadcast said that Col. Sornam is leaving LTTE due to differences of opinion with the leadership, I was there with Col. Sornam. These are pure lies by the Sinhala media.”

Col. Banu has now replaced Col. Ramesh, who was appointed as the Eastern commander following the revolt of Karuna. It is now come to light that Col. Ramesh is under arrest and is detained in Vanni accused of ‘accumulating unreasonable wealth’. All t indications are that the LTTE leadership in Vanni is appointing people from the north to key positions in the eastern province. Col. Paduman, and Col. Ramesh, both natives of eastern province, have been replaced with Col. Sornam, and Col. Banu, both from the North.

Whether the three senior military leaders are leaving the LTTE is not confirmed by the Tiger leadership, but indications are that at least Col. Soosai is not part of the LTTE’s military leadership anymore. The weekend events in Kilinochchi points towards that direction.
Published: Mon Oct 11 21:23:37 EDT 2004

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Reports: Sri Lankan President tells people to bear burden amid soaring energy costs
Associated Press, Mon October 11, 2004 04:30 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga has urged Sri Lankans to shoulder the burden of escalating living costs triggered by rising oil prices, warning that crucial development funds could be diverted for subsidies, a news report said Monday. Despite the subsidies, gasoline prices across Sri Lanka - have increased by 18.3 percent since August with further hikes expected. Diesel prices have been increased by 41 percent in two stages.

Subsequently, bus fares, cigarettes, alcohol and food prices have also been raised with electricity tariffs to rise by five percent this month.

``We cannot feed the people for free. If we keep giving relief, we will have to stop development work and stop giving new jobs,'' Kumaratunga was quoted as saying by the independent Daily Mirror.

Kumaratunga said the government was prepared to give jobs to the unemployed so they could cope with rising prices of consumer goods and increase salaries of government workers.

Sri Lanka - is seeking concessional terms of credit from Iran and India to finance an increased oil bill of around US$1.2 billion (euro 967.5 million) this year from US$900 million (euro 725 million) last year, treasury secretary P.B. Jayasundere said last week.

He warned that high oil prices may drive up debt at the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation by around US$150 million (euro 121 million) this year.
Published: Mon Oct 11 10:24:05 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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LTTE continues to lament for the ISGA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 11, 2004, 5.06 p.m.. The LTTE Constitutional Affairs Committee has said that if every change of Government results in the change of the basis of the negotiation of the peace process, no relief to the people would be possible. The committee notes that, when the LTTE presented the Interim Self Governing Authority Proposals to the then Government of Sri Lanka (United National Front lead by Ranil Wickremesinghe) agreed to commence negotiations on the basis of the ISGA proposal. But the present Government, however, has declined to honor that commitment. The Committee has also claimed that the prolonged delay in establishing the ISGA has resulted in the failure to restore normalcy to the war- ravaged areas and to address the urgent needs and the development of the North East. This constitutes a serious violation of the human rights of the people of the North East.
Published: Mon Oct 11 07:07:37 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka appoint Sumathipala as international envoy, 12 October, 2004 . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's cricket board have appointed Thilanga Sumathipala, a former board president currently standing trail for alleged complicity in an immigration fraud, as their international envoy... Back to the top

LTTE giving arms training to students?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 11, 2004, 5.03 p.m.. Sources in the North East claim that the LTTE has begun to give arms training to students, ages ranging from 12 years to 18 years... Back to the top

More internecine rebel clashes continue in S.Lanka, October 11, 2004 03:00. COLOMBO, Oct. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- More internecine clashes between the Tamil Tiger rebel rival factions in eastern Sri Lanka continued Monday, leaving two dead and wounding four, the police said. Two members belonging to the renegade eastern commander known as Karuna were shot dead at small hours of the day at Nagastanna in the eastern border area of Welikanda by the mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) faction rebels loyal to its leader Velupillai Prabakaran Four more were seriously injured in the attack happened at 2:00a... Back to the top

Two killed, six injured in LTTE factional fighting, Colombo, Oct 11 (UNI). Two activists of renegade Karuna group were killed and four injured early this morning in a major shootout within their hideout at Kadawatmaduwa, a border village in the Eastern Batticaloa district... Back to the top

Ranil, Halgesen meet Indian leaders:, Oct 11 . Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen and former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Monday discussed the situation in Sri Lanka with Indian leaders... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy arrests Indian fishermen for allegedly carrying explosives
Associated Press, Sun October 10, 2004 13:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's navy Sunday arrested 10 Indian fishermen and seized their boat after allegedly catching them with explosives, a spokesman said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil lawmakers want Buddhist intervention to resume stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Sun October 10, 2004 10:34 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Politicians representing the Tamil Tiger rebels planned to ask influential Buddhist clergy Monday to push the government to resume peace talks aimed at permanently ending the country's civil war, a lawmaker said... Back to the top

Ranil gives blank cheque to Chandrika to talk with Tigers
PTI, Oct 10, 2004 01:47:00 PM. Colombo, Oct 10 (PTI) Sri Lanka's opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose party's support is vital for any deal with LTTE rebels, today announced giving her arch political rival, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, "carte blanche" to revive stalled peace negotiations with the Tigers... Back to the top

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