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VOL. 5, NO. 190

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Breakaway Tamil Tiger Launches Political Party, Oct 12, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A breakaway Tamil Tiger commander who split with the notorious Sri Lankan rebel group in March launched a new political movement on Tuesday, accusing the guerrillas' shadowy leader of turning them into terrorists. Launching the TamilEela Peoples Liberation Tigers party on the Web at, V. Muralitharan -- who goes by the nom de guerre Karuna and commanded the rebel's eastern stronghold until his ouster -- vowed to fight for minority Tamils through the ballot box instead of with guns. Karuna bitterly rebuked Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran for failing Sri Lankan Tamils with a misguided two-decade war for autonomy that killed more than 64,000 people, branding him a madman, a dangerous criminal and a traitor. More...
Published: Tue Oct 12 20:05:03 EDT 2004
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Lack of confidence on parties delays Sri Lanka peace talks: Swiss FM, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue October 12, 2004 12:35 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The current lack of confidence among Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers is the cause for the hold up in resuming the Norwegian-backed peace process, the visiting Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said here Tuesday. Calmy-Rey told reporters at the end of her official visit to the island that the breakdown of confidence between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could endanger the ceasefire agreement between the two sides. It is a matter of fact and not an interpretation, she stressed.

Calmy-Rey said Switzerland welcomed the fact that the two sides have agreed to explore a solution on the basis of a federal structure. She said some 40,000 Sri Lankan live in her country with a large majority of them belonging to the Tamil community, therefore, instability due to ethnic tension in Sri Lanka - has a direct impact on Switzerland's migration and economic agendas. The Swiss foreign minister said her government was fully supportive of the Norwegian peace facilitation role and their support is focused on federalism and human rights. She added that a LTTE rebels' delegation had held meetings with her government in Geneva and the message given to the LTTE was that all political killings must stop and peace talks must resume early.

The Norwegian-backed peace process to end Sri Lanka - 's ethnic conflict has been on hold since April 2003 after six rounds of face to face talks.

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Despite fraud charges, former Sri Lankan cricket boss appointed international envoy
Associated Press, Tue October 12, 2004 01:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan International Cricket Council official Thilanga Sumathipala has had his passport returned to him and will be allowed to attend the organization's executive board meeting in Pakistan this weekend despite being charged with fraud and forgery. Despite the charges, Sumathipala was best qualified to attend the ICC board meeting in Lahore, Pakistan, on Oct. 16-17, the Sri Lanka - cricket board said.

``Sumathipala is the longest serving ICC executive board member who has been handling the most important affairs in the international arena for Sri Lanka - Cricket,'' the board said in a statement Tuesday.

Although a court earlier confiscated Sumathipala's passport, it was returned to him on Monday, said Ray Illangakoon, the board's media manager.

Amarasinghe who was accused of dozens of killings and the attempted assassination of a newspaper editor in 1998 was shot dead in January as he arrived at court to face murder charges.

Sumathipala was sacked as cricket board chief in March 2001 amid allegations of irregularities in the awarding of building contracts for a cricket stadium. The allegations were not proven and he was re-elected to the presidency for a third term in 2003, though he chose not to stand for re-election this year.

Sumathipala still holds top positions in the Asian Cricket Council and the ICC.
Published: Tue Oct 12 06:20:05 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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PW denies links with LTTE, disapproves Al Qaeda tactics, Wednesday, October 13, 2004 : 0330 Hrs. Hyderabad, Oct. 13. (UNI): Strongly denying any links with the outlawed LTTE, CPI(ML) outfit People's War (PW) on Tuesday asserted that it disapproved the tactics of the Al Qaeda though it was committed to work for a global anti-imperialist platform targetting the United States... Back to the top

Fissure in LTTE's top leadership?, October 12. COLOMBO, OCT. 12. Six months after the most serious split in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), rumours of yet another fissure at the top leadership level are spreading in sections of the Sri Lankan media... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Indians nabbed with detonators and gelignite
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 12, 2004, 8.31 p.m.. Sri Lanka Navy nabbed an Indian dhow with a haul of 250 kg of gelignite, 900 non-electric detonators and 120 ft of safety fuses with ten men on board at Karaithivu... Back to the top

Killing Time In Batticaloa, Oct 12, 2004. The eastern coastal town of Batticaloa has become the main battlefield between forces loyal to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and those who still continue to support renegade 'commander' Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias 'Colonel' Karuna... Back to the top

Karuna dubs Prabakaran a `cruel dictator', October 12. COLOMBO, OCT. 12. The former military commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), V... Back to the top

Karuna’s cadres killed by fellow Wanni cadre
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 12, 2004, 8.30 p.m.. Two Karuna faction cadres killed while another six were badly injured when a member suspected to be from of the LTTE Wanni faction hurled a hand grenade and opened fire at them yesterday morning at Welikanda... Back to the top

Switzerland warns Sri Lanka cease-fire in danger of collapse
Associated Press, Tue October 12, 2004 08:22 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Switzerland's foreign minister warned Tuesday that Sri Lanka - 's fragile cease-fire was in jeopardy and urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume stalled peace talks... Back to the top

Chandrika rival drops by, Monday, October 11, 2004. New Delhi, Oct. 10: Less than three weeks before Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is scheduled to pay a state visit, her political rival Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the Opposition in the island nation, has arrived in Delhi for consultations with the Indian leadership. Former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party (UNP), will meet several Indian leaders during his four-day stay... Back to the top

Former Sri Lankan PM meets Advani, Oct 12 . New Delhi, Oct 12 (UNI) Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikremasinghe today called on Opposition leader in Lok Sabha, L K Advani, and is understood to have discussed bilateral and regional situation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises gold coin price by 44%, October 12, 2004, 06:22 EDT. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Central Bank Tuesday raised the price of its commemorative gold coins by 43.75% as it ended a four-month suspension on the sale of precious metal coins... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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