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VOL. 5, NO. 193

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Tamil Tiger rebels say they are willing to discuss Sri Lankan government's peace plan
Associated Press, Fri October 15, 2004 06:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels are willing to discuss a Sri Lankan government proposal for peace, the group said Friday, in what appeared to be the most positive step in months toward reviving stalled talks.

The announcement came a day after the government said it was ready to present a power-sharing plan to the guerrillas a response to a sweeping rebel proposal for self-rule submitted a year ago.

``We are ready to discuss the government's counter proposals at the negotiating table,'' Daya Master, the Tigers' spokesman, told The Associated Press by telephone from the rebels' northern stronghold of Kilinochchi.

The Tigers' plan would give them administrative and legal control over the Tamil-dominated north and east.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga initially rejected it, calling the proposal a step toward a separate state, but softened her stance in July by offering to discuss it along with government plans.

Peace talks have been stalled for 19 months amid rebel demands for wide autonomy in the northeast, the site of nearly two decades of civil war.

A Norway-brokered cease-fire in February 2002 stopped the fighting, which had killed nearly 65,000 people.

The Tiger rebels have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.
Published: Fri Oct 15 07:49:00 EDT 2004

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European truce monitors demand release of security guards held captive by Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Fri October 15, 2004 02:08 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European truce monitors on Friday demanded the immediate release of two government security guards abducted by Tamil Tiger rebels two months ago, warning that the kidnappings damaged already strained relations between the two sides.

The rebels snatched the guards Aug. 10, saying they would be released if 10 insurgents being held by the government were freed. The guerrillas were being held on weapons charges.

On Thursday, the government released the 10 guerrillas on bail.

``They (Tamil Tigers) were expected to honor their side of the bargain,'' said Hagrup Haukland, the Norwegian deputy chief of the monitors, who are helping to maintain a two-year truce between the government and the rebels.

He warned the incident was ``damaging the trust between the government and the (rebels).''

The two guards Sarath Bandara and Chandana Piyasiri were employed to protect Sinhalese-majority villages around the eastern town of Trincomalee from rebel attacks. The Tigers maintain a strong presence in the east.

Their families and residents have staged protests and fasts to press for their release.

On Wednesday, shops and offices were closed and streets were deserted in Trincomalee as residents staged a daylong general strike to demand the guards' freedom.

The Tamil Tigers began their violent campaign against the government in 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

About 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the truce was signed in February 2002.

Subsequent peace talks broke down in April 2003 and efforts to resume negotiations have so far been futile amid sporadic violence and rebel demands for wide autonomy.
Published: Fri Oct 15 03:28:29 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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LTTE to release abducted homeguards:, October 15, 2004, 16:00 EDT. Colombo, Oct 15 : Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have said they will release two homeguards they had abducted in August, following the release on bail of 10 of their cadres. LTTE spokesman Daya Master said the homeguards will be released soon, but did not give an exact date, Xinhua reports. The guerrillas abducted the homeguards in the eastern More...
Published: Fri Oct 15 16:02:14 EDT 2004 Back to the top

LTTE spy and another civilian shot dead
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 16, 2004, 12.09 a.m.. A senior member of the LTTE’s intelligence unit and another member, both said to be Wanni loyalists have been shot and injured on Thursday night in two separate incidents at Valachchenai... Back to the top

Arms cache founds in Polonnaruwa
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 16, 2004, 12.07 p.m.. Police recovered a stock of arms and ammunition, believed to have been abandoned in the general jungle area of Aralaganwila in Polonnaruwa... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government says it's ready to unveil peace proposal to Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Thu October 14, 2004 04:31 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government is ready to present a peace plan to the Tamil Tiger rebels, and is ``baffled'' by the insurgents' reluctance to return to the negotiating table, a senior minister said Thursday... Back to the top

More killings in eastern Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri October 15, 2004 11:35 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Two more killings took place in Sri Lanka - 's eastern area on Thursday night amid continuous internecine clashes between Tamil Tiger rebel rival factions, police said Friday. Two members belonging to the mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels were killed in a shooting incident that happened late Thursday night at the eastern Batticaloa district's Punkudawali area controlled by the LTTE rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Slaps on Higher Imported Car Tax
Associated Press, Fri October 15, 2004 08:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Friday imposed higher taxes on imported vehicles in an attempt to reduce fuel consumption amid rising oil prices... Back to the top

No split in LTTE command - Balasingham
Tamilnet, October 15. The Liberation Tigers’ Political Strategist and Chief Negotiator, Mr... Back to the top

Thailand, India vow to fight terrorism, plan closer aviation, trade ties
Associated Press, Fri October 15, 2004 05:34 EDT . - - Other countries who attended the meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation included Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka - , Nepal and Bhutan... Back to the top

Wet ball could be factor in Sri Lanka -Pakistan final
Associated Press, Fri October 15, 2004 07:22 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq says whoever wins the toss and bats first will have the advantage in Saturday's triangular series cricket final against Sri Lanka - , after dew caused fielding problems in Thursday's preliminary match... Back to the top

Project won’t affect Lanka: UNP leader, 15th October 2004. CHENNAI, Oct. 14. — Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister and leader of the Opposition United National Party, Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, today said the proposed Sethusamudram project, envisaging deepening of the Gulf of Mannar to enable ships to reach India’s eastern ports without circumnavigating Sri Lanka, would not affect the economic interests of his country... Back to the top

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