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VOL. 5, NO. 204

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LTTE denies hand in Swiss killing, October 27. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police on Tuesday accused Tamil Tiger guerrillas of killing a Swiss national in a grenade attack, but the rebel group denied any involvement and monitors of a two-year ceasefire said they had found no proof. Hans Ulris Herpos, 61, who moved to Sri Lanka in 2001 and married a Tamil woman, was taking a bath when a grenade was lobbed into his home on Monday night near the rebel stronghold of Batticaloa on the Indian Ocean Island’s east coast. Batticaloa Police Inspector Harischandra Bandara said Herpos had refused to give in to extortion threats by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whose two-decade war for autonomy killed more than 64,000 people but is now in limbo thanks to a truce. “We strongly dismiss this allegation, which is based on speculation and concoction of a story to discredit the LTTE,” the rebels said in a statement. “Our leadership views this with grave concern and condemns the killing. Perpetratators of this crime have in mind a criminal objective to disrupt the peace process,” it added. More...
Published: Tue Oct 26 21:02:53 EDT 2004
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Angry LTTE hits out at media, denies killing Swiss national
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 1.16 a.m.. A visibly angry LTTE today lashed out at the media following reports that LTTE cadres killed a Swiss national in Batticaloa. The LTTE Peace Secretariat termed the media reports as ‘irresponsible’ and further claimed that Irresponsible media reporting has been a bane in the politics of Sri Lanka, in that partisan reporting based on information furnished by interested parties without recourse to investigation, a cardinal ethics in journalism has contributed its fare share in fuelling this decades old conflict.

The Tigers denied reports, which quoted police officers who had claimed that the killing of the Swiss national was carried out by the LTTE. “We strongly dismiss this allegation which is based on speculation and concoction of a story to discredit the LTTE,” the LTTE said.

The LTTE further noted that this killing gains more significance in view of the victim being a Swiss national. This has been planned in such a way to portray the LTTE in bad light. Our leadership views this with grave concern and condemns the killing, the organisation said in a release. However political analysts pointed out that the LTTE has been fast to deny the allegations mainly because if they kept silent on the matter the international community will be much displeased with the organisation, which could have long-term repercussions.
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Main Opposition says ‘NO” again to Peace Council
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 1.15 a.m.. The United National Party (UNP), which is the main Opposition, will not participate at the first meeting of the newly established National Advisory Committee for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR). The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government is reported to have sent a letter to the Secretary of the UNP requesting the party to nominate two of their members to the political committee of the NACPR. However the Opposition party has refused to nominate any of their members to the committee, and have further reiterated that they will have nothing to do with the NACPR until concrete measures have been taken to resume the stalled peace process. UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe earlier said that his party would be part of this newly established council only once the peace talks resume. He had also noted that resuming talks was the most important factor and not the setting up such a Council. The first meeting of this Political Committee of the National Advisory Committee for Peace and Reconciliation is scheduled for November 1. Two representatives from each political party represented in Parliament have been invited to attend these meetings. President Chandrika Kumaratunga will make the opening address at this first meeting due to be held at the BMICH, Colombo. The committee will deliberate on an ongoing basis on issues pertaining to the peace process.
Published: Tue Oct 26 15:17:01 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Teenager flees from LTTE camp
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 12.44 a.m... A teenager abducted and detained by the LTTE had managed to escape from a LTTE camp at Sampoor in Trincomalee yesterday... Back to the top

Lanka sea lane may bar tankers, October 26, 2004, 16:50 EDT. The government plans to bar crude oil carriers from traversing the proposed Sethusamudram Canal owing to environmental concerns... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition warns politics cast shadow on peace process, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue October 26, 2004 13:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition said on Tuesday the narrow political agenda of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government has cast a shadow over her efforts to revive the stalled peace negotiations with the Tamil Tiger rebels. G... Back to the top

LTTE abducts teenager from Valachchenai
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 12.33 a.m.. LTTE has again increased its recruitment drive through abductions... Back to the top

Dyson praises Sri Lanka toughness, October 26, 2004, 16:50 EDT. Sri Lanka coach John Dyson is delighted his side is starting to emulate some of the toughness of Australia... Back to the top

Thunder kills soldier
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 12.33 a.m.. A soldier attached to 554 Brigade at Eluthumadduval in the Jaffna peninsula has died after he was struck by lightning whilst he was on duty at Eluthumadduval... Back to the top

Sea Tiger unit leader returns home from Singapore
The Hindu, October 25. Colombo, Oct. 25 (PTI): A top Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) leader today returned home after medical treatment in Singapore, ending speculation that he had fallen out of favour with their leadership in yet another split. Thillayampalan Sivaneshan, the head of LTTE's elite Sea Tiger unit, travelled to Singapore last Tuesday to check on a bullet lodged in his body following a confrontation with Indian troops in the late 1980s, official sources said... Back to the top

Marxists fail to get support to remove speaker
Gulf News, October 25. Colombo: An attempt by the Marxists' partners in the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government to gain sufficient support from opposition parties to remove the speaker in parliament in Sri Lanka has failed... Back to the top

Canadian High Commission to open on Friday?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 25, 2004, 8.58 p.m.. The Canadian High Commission currently shut down is likely to be reopened by Friday this week, unconfirmed reports said but added that it was likely that Mission could even open sooner... Back to the top

JVP puts up posters against LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 25, 2004, 8.54 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today launched a poster campaign against LTTE acts in Colombo... Back to the top

Associated Press, Tue October 26, 2004 05:54 EDT . - - Canadian Embassy in Sri Lanka - tests suspicious powder; may reopen Friday Full Story COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) - The Canadian Embassy in Sri Lanka - may reopen on Friday after a suspicious white powder found in a passport and feared to be anthrax is tested, an official said... Back to the top

Coach says Sri Lanka learning fast to fight back
Associated Press, Tue October 26, 2004 04:25 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - 's cricket coach John Dyson says his team is learning fast to fight back in test cricket just like world champion Australia... Back to the top

Monk s insect powder sparks Sri Lanka alert, 25 October. A Buddhist monk's war on insects has shut down Canada's mission in Sri Lanka after powder he used to preserve his passport from moths triggered an anthrax scare... Back to the top

Expert suggests development plan for India, Lanka, October 25, 2004 . A leading Sri Lankan development expert has urged India and Sri Lanka to opt for "transnational spatial planning" so that they may avoid needless and mutually destructive competition, and develop in tandem... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels return to Sri Lanka after European tour
Associated Press, Mon October 25, 2004 02:54 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Six senior Tamil Tiger rebels returned Monday from a four-week European trip, which they say was aimed at finding ways to resume peace talks with Sri Lanka - 's government, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka assures to exempt Basmati rice of import duty, october 25. KARACHI: Sri Lankan Trade Minister has assured that his government would exempt Basmati rice of Pakistan from import duty... Back to the top

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