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VOL. 5, NO. 210

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Thousands of Muslims protest against the LTTE in the East
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 1, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. Hundreds of Muslim civilians, students and members of civil organizations in the Eastern province staged several demonstrations in the Eastern province to commemorate 14 years since Muslims were evicted from the North by the LTTE.

Students of the Southeast University in the Eastern Province staged a protest demonstration in Oluvil, where they called upon President Chandrika Kumaratunga to appoint a special Commission to assess the value of the losses to date incurred by the affected people. They also called for the immediate steps to be taken to re-settle and re-habilitate the ousted Muslims in their respective areas.

“Safety must be guaranteed and the LTTE and the Government must honour their rights,

No taxes and extortion can be levied from the Muslims on and after the re-settlements,” they said.

In another demonstration in Batticaloa, some 5000 Muslims carrying placards demanded the immediate resettlement of Muslims. They also urged the International Community to give ears to the plight of the Muslims in the North East. A leaflet was also distributed among the public, explaining how the Muslims were driven off within 24 hours leaving all their belongings, properties, lands and houses 14 years ago. Meanwhile, in Trincomalee, posters were put up condemning the LTTE for driving off Muslims 14 years ago. “Murderous LTTE drove off Muslims from the North 14 years ago,” “Let defeat the plan of the Vanni LTTE to drive off Tamils and Muslims of the East who are against the Vanni LTTE,” “Lives of the Eastern people are in danger,” “Let us save the Eastern people from the LTTE claws,” the posters said.
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Tamil Tigers Dismiss New Sri Lanka Peace Plan, Nov 1, 2004 . KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels dismissed on Monday a new government blueprint for peace after two decades of civil war without even seeing it, dashing hopes that stalled peace talks will resume soon. Even as visiting Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi voiced optimism both sides would soon return to talks, Tiger political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan said the rebels would settle for nothing less than interim self-rule in the war-torn north and east. "We shall not accept any alternative proposals, neither will our people accept any alternative proposals discarding the interim self-governing authority," Thamilselvan told reporters after talks with Akashi in the rebels' northern stronghold of Kilinochchi. More...
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Tamil Tiger camp destroyed by Sri Lankan navy, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon November 1, 2004 11:26 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan navy had destroyed a camp belonging to the Tamil Tiger rebels, the country's state radio announced Monday. Sri Lanka - Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) said that a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) camp unoccupied by the rebels was destroyed by the navy at Palampattar in the eastern port district of Trincomalee late Sunday.

The radio said a Tamil Tiger flag and some communications equipment were discovered at the camp. The navy accompanied the international truce monitors to the location before carrying out the operation, said the radio. The LTTE faces accusations that they have built up new camps around the port city of Trincomalee since the 2002 ceasefire agreement came into force. Defense experts have pointed out that the LTTE military buildup had caused a serious threat to the Trincomalee port. The Sri Lankan government recently complained on the security situation in Trincomalee to the truce monitoring group, the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission which is overseeing a ceasefire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

The LTTE rebels and the government entered the ceasefire in February 2002 and started face to face negotiations seven months later but the rebels walked out the talks last April after the sixth round.

The Norwegian facilitators have been trying to revive the stalled peace talks since May this year but their efforts have so far been futile.

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Published: Mon Nov 1 12:18:51 EST 2004 Back to the top

American among 6 kidnapped in Baghdad
CNN, November 1, 2004. BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Two senior Iraqi government officials were gunned down in separate attacks Monday, while four Iraqis, an American and a Sri Lankan were kidnapped after a gun battle near their office, police have reported... Back to the top

Iraq hostage crisis: Government taking it easy?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 1, 2004, 11.38 p.m.. The Government is yet to officially react to the abduction of Dinesh Rajaratnam, a Sri Lankan truck driver who was taken hostage last Friday by an Iraqi extremist group... Back to the top

Karuna cadres throw bomb at LTTE office in Batticaloa
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 1, 2004, 11.31 p.m.. A Karuna loyalist is reported to have thrown a hand grenade at the LTTE’s Mavadivembu Political Office in Batticaloa yesterday evening... Back to the top

Last batch of UN bound Sri Lankan troops leave the island
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 1, 2004, 11.30 p.m.. The last batch of the Haiti bound UN peacekeepers of the Sri Lanka Army left last night for Haiti to join their colleagues already there... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rival leaders to meet on efforts to revive peace talks, Nov. 1. Sri Lankan rival political leaders President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe are to meet soon on efforts to revive the stalled peace process, the country's state radio said on Monday... Back to the top

Bush declared the winner in Sri Lanka, November 1, 2004. Colombo - A Sri Lankan businessman is so confident President George Bush will be re-elected this week that he took out full page advertisements in all the island's leading newspapers today to congratulate him before time... Back to the top

Lanka Muslims declare war on president, Monday 01 November 2004. Sri Lanka's main Muslim party has withdrawn from a peace panel set up by President Kumaratunga and declared "all out war" against her for trying to splinter the community... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vows to do all it can to secure freedom of hostage in Iraq
Associated Press, Mon November 1, 2004 09:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Monday promised the family of a truck driver held hostage by Iraqi militants that it will do all it can to secure his release... Back to the top

Main opposition parties boycott Sri Lankan government's latest peace initiative
Associated Press, Mon November 1, 2004 09:20 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An all-party forum to discuss Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process faltered on its first day Monday when three main opposition parties, including one considered a proxy for the Tamil Tiger rebels, boycotted the event... Back to the top

Japanese envoy pushes Tamil Tigers to resume negotiations with government
Associated Press, Mon November 1, 2004 09:48 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Japanese peace envoy met with Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday and pushed for the resumption of stalled peace talks with the Sri Lankan government, the guerillas said... Back to the top

LTTE Bans Indian Film Stars on Greeting Cards
K.S. Rajkumar reporting from Jaffna, November 1. LTTE has issued stern warnings in Jaffna for both printers and storekeepers that Greeting cards bearing the photos of Indian film stars should not be printed or sold in Tamil areas... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels return to Sri Lanka after European tour ahead of talks with Japanese envoy
Associated Press, Mon November 1, 2004 00:13 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A senior Tamil Tiger rebel leader was scheduled to meet a top Japanese peace envoy Monday after returning from discussions with officials in Europe on how to revive the insurgents' peace talks with the Sri Lankan government, officials said... Back to the top

Chandrika on power mission
The Telegraph, OCT 31. New Delhi, Oct. 31: Chandrika Kumaratunga will be here on Wednesday to get Delhi’s assurance that it has no favourites in Colombo. The Sri Lankan President is trying to garner support to change the existing system of an executive presidency that may allow her to stay in power for a longer period... Back to the top

Cry for Delhi role in Lanka
The Telegraph, OCT 31. New Delhi, Oct. 30: Several Eelam organisations today urged India to renew its “approach and intervention” in Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil problem by isolating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and its chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, the main accused in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. The Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation, the Eelam People’s Democratic Party and the Protection of Tamils of Eelam from Genocide were among the outfits that issued this call today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to do everything to secure hostage s release: official, Nov. 1. COLOMBO, Nov. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- The Sri Lankan government said Monday that it will do everything possible to secure the release of its national taken hostage by militants in Iraq. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release that it has made this assurance to the next of kin of Dinesh Darmendra Rajaratnam, who was reportedly abducted by a militant group along with his Bangladeshi colleague... Back to the top

Pakistan levels series with a nervy six-wicket win over Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon November 1, 2004 07:46 EST . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Shoaib Malik clobbered 22 runs off five balls to raise his half century and lead Pakistan to a series-leveling six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka - on the last day of the second cricket test... Back to the top

Police impose indefinite curfew in eastern Muslim town after clashes
Associated Press, Sun October 31, 2004 07:38 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police imposed an indefinite curfew in an eastern Sri Lankan town Sunday after a clash between two Muslim groups left one person seriously injured, police and military officials said... Back to the top

Angry Lanka Muslim Congress vows to topple Chandrika
HT, OCT 31. Sri Lanka's largest Muslim party, the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC), has decided to fight President Chandrika Kumaratunga tooth and nail, after she lured three more SLMC MPs into her camp by making them ministers on Saturday... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels postpone talks with Japanese peace envoy to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun October 31, 2004 06:47 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels postponed by a day a meeting with a top Japanese peace envoy who is pushing for a revival of peace talks between the guerrillas and Sri Lanka - 's government, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Indo-Lanka defence pact will be signed in November
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 31, 2004, 6.45 p.m.. The Indo-Lanka Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) is scheduled to be signed next month, Government officials said today... Back to the top

India must revive Lanka dialogue, Tamil issue: CNR, OCT 30. NEW DELH, OCT 30: India should make a shift from its “hands off” stance on Sri Lanka and adopt a more pro-active policy as relations are intrinsically linked to the Tamil issue, political leaders and foreign policy experts from the two countries suggested at a conference here on Saturday... Back to the top

Cricket: Sri Lanka fight back against Pakistan in Karachi Test, October 31, 2004, 10:15 EDT. KARACHI : Sri Lanka's fight back against Pakistan picked up steam on the fourth day of the second Test, with the tourists wiping out most of their 270-run first innings deficit in the morning session... Back to the top

TULF Launches Official Web-site
4, November 1. Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) had officially launched its web-site at www... Back to the top

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