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VOL. 5, NO. 219

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Plight of the Tamil Tiger child soldiers, november 10. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited more than 3500 child soldiers since signing a ceasefire with the government in 2002, despite promises to stop the practice, an international human rights group said. In a report issued today, the New York-based Human Rights Watch accused the rebels of using intimidation and force to enlist minors – sometimes abducting children from their homes. It said the rebels treat the children harshly. "Children described rigorous and sometimes brutal military training, including training with heavy weapons, bombs and landmines. Children who try to escape are typically beaten in front of their entire unit as a warning to others," the group said. The report included accounts from dozens of children forced into military service with the Tigers. Some children said those who tried to escape repeatedly were executed. More...
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Asia ; Sri Lanka Tigers take flack over enlisting child soldiers, November 10. Sri Lanka’s truce with Tiger rebels has brought fear instead of the expected peace dividend because of the continued forced recruitment of thousands of child soldiers, a rights group said. The New York-based Human Rights Watch in its latest report accused Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels of continuing to enlist boys and girls below the age of 18 years since the Oslo-brokered truce went into effect in February 2002. “The ceasefire has brought an end to the fighting but not to the Tamil Tigers’ use of children as soldiers,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch and a co-author of the report. “Many Tamil families who expected a “peace dividend’ now expect an unwelcome visit from armed Tamil Tiger recruiters.” More...
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Western diplomats fume against Tamil Tigers:, Nov 10 . World News]: Colombo, Nov 10 : As Norwegian peacemakers prepare to meet Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran Thursday, it is clear the Western world's patience with Sri Lanka's guerrillas is running thin. Probably for the first time since the February 2002 truce, Western diplomats here are making no efforts to hide their annoyance with what they feel is the intransigence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) towards reviving the peace process. One diplomat even told IANS that the LTTE was making a mistake by seemingly taking the West for granted. "The situation today is very disappointing. I don't think we are making much progress," said a well-informed Western diplomat, noting he was also reflecting the opinion held by the Norwegians. More...
Published: Wed Nov 10 08:02:36 EST 2004 Back to the top

Norwegian peace envoy arrives in Colombo to revive peace process, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue November 9, 2004 13:12 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- A Norwegian peace envoy arrived in Colombo on Tuesday to revive Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process as the Tamil rebels' chief negotiator returned from London to join the talks, official sources said. Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim has held talks with Rauf Hakeem, leader of the country's main Muslim party Sri Lanka - Muslim Congress, one day before Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen's scheduled visit to the country on Wednesday, officials said... Back to the top

LTTE attacks Brigade Commander’s vehicle
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 9, 2004, 7.44 p.m.. The vehicle of the Brigade Commander for Kalkudah Col. W.M.S.Gunaratne came under pistol and hand grenade attack allegedly from LTTE cadres in the general area of Jetty Camp, at Valachchenai yesterday. Military sources said that the windscreen and the buffer of the vehicle received two pistol shots and the vehicle was severely damaged due to the grenade attack... Back to the top

Lanka advised to use US to checkmate India, November 10. A leading English language daily 'The Island' has suggested that Sri Lanka should use the United States to checkmate India in case the latter makes use of Colombo's growing dependence on it to limit its foreign policy options... Back to the top

Sri Lanka arrests 12 Indian fishermen:, Nov 10 . World News]: Colombo, Nov 10 : Twelve Indian fishermen on board two trawlers have been arrested by the Sri Lankan navy for trespassing into its waters, reports Xinhua... Back to the top

Muralitharan doosra could be legalized with new ICC proposals
Associated Press, Wed November 10, 2004 08:13 EST . - - Former test players Aravinda da Silva (Sri Lanka - ), Tony Lewis (England), Tim May (Australia) and David Richardson (South Africa) were also on the committee... Back to the top

LTTE denies involvement in grenade attack against Kalkudah Brigade Commander
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 9, 2004, 3.25 p.m.. The LTTE today denied any involvement in the grenade attack on Kalkudah Brigade Commander’s jeep yesterday morning... Back to the top

SLMC continues to insist for a separate Muslim delegation
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 9, 2004, 8.07 p.m.. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem today once again called upon the Norwegian Facilitators to ensure the participation of an independent Separate Muslim delegation when peace talks resume... Back to the top

Fishermen protest called off after assurance
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 9, 2004, 7.46 p.m.. The protest campaign launched by fishermen against illegal poaching by Indian trawlers in Mannar has been called off after authorities assured the protesters a speedy solution to their problems... Back to the top

Buddha Lessons
MSNBC.COM / Newsweek, November 09, 2004, 11:30 EDT. Oct. 4 issue - At the age of 39, Janet Clarke discovered that she had a benign spinal tumor, which caused her unremitting back pain. Painkillers helped, but it wasn't until she took a meditation course in Lytham that Clarke discovered a powerful weapon inside her own body: her mind... Back to the top

Top Tamil rebel negotiator returns amid Norwegian efforts to revive Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 23:34 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Tamil Tiger rebel negotiator returned to Sri Lanka - on Tuesday amid new efforts by Norwegian peace brokers to revive stalled peace talks and prevent the island from sliding back to war... Back to the top

Lanka faces forex crisis, 9 November 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka said yesterday it faced a foreign exchange crisis triggered by rising global oil prices and the ethnic conflict that has slowed aid flows... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition nominates presidential candidate, Nov. 9. COLOMBO, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The working committee of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National party (UNP) has nominated its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the party's candidate at the next presidential election, The Island newspaper reported Tuesday. The committee met on Monday to decide on the party's candidate for the next presidential election despite differences over the date for the election between the UNP and Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army helps displaced residents to return home, 08 November 2004 2333 hrs. SRI LANKA : The Sri Lankan army has begun a pilot project to help people return to their homes within its northern High Security Zones after decades of being displaced... Back to the top

Sri Lanka keeper Kaluwitharana quits internationals, Tue 9 November. COLOMBO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana has retired from international cricket after missing out on selection for a training squad for next month's tour of New Zealand... Back to the top

China's NPC vice-chairwoman meets Sri Lanka , French guests, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 13:04 EST . BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- China hopes to further strengthen exchange and cooperation with Sri Lanka - , said He Luli, vice- chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC). He made the remark here Monday when meeting with a delegation of Sri Lanka - Parliamentarians headed by John Senaviratne, Sri Lanka - 's Minister of Justice and Judicial Reforms... Back to the top

Muralitharan omitted from Sri Lanka 's limited-overs squad for New Zealand tour
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 23:51 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been left off the Sri Lankan training squad for a limited overs series in New Zealand starting next month, a cricket official said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president returns from India trip, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 13:22 EST . COLOMBO, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - President Chandrika Kumaratunga returned to her country on Monday after a five-day working visit to India. Before her return to the island country, the president visited the Dubai to express condolences to the family of the late President of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al- Nahayan who passed away last Tuesday, said the presidential office... Back to the top

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