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NOVEMBER 19, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 228

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High court judge shot dead in Sri Lanka 's capital
Associated Press, Fri November 19, 2004 08:59 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A high court judge who took a tough stand against Tamil Tiger rebels was fatally shot Friday outside his home in Sri Lanka - 's capital, as the government questioned the guerrillas' commitment to efforts to end the island's civil war. A day earlier, army intelligence officer Cpl. Ajith Dassanayake and Vasanthanayagam Prabhakaran, a Tamil civilian, were killed by two motorbike-riding gunmen on a street in Polonnaruwa in eastern Sri Lanka - .

The government blamed the Tigers and accused them of violating a 2002 truce.

``This is a direct violation of the cease-fire agreement, which calls on the parties not to engage in assassinations,'' it said in a strongly worded statement Friday.

It said the Tigers' ``continuing violation'' of the truce cast doubts on their commitment to the cease-fire and efforts to end the island's two-decade ethnic conflict.

European peace monitors said the killings would be discussed by the chief of the monitoring group, Trond Furuhovde, later Friday when he met Jayantha Dhanapala, head of the government body handling the peace process.

The military said Dassanayake was the eighth intelligence operative killed by Tiger rebel hit men since the truce.

Police said Judge Ambepitiya was in his car in the garage of his home when he was shot. His bodyguard was standing nearby.

Two special police teams were investigating the attack, Deputy Inspector General of Police Sirisena Herath told The Associated Press at the two-story house, shrouded by trees.

He said the vehicle used in the attack was found abandoned nearby.

The Tamil Tigers are accused of slaying scores of people including military intelligence personnel, rebels and civilians in Sri Lanka - 's north and east since a major split in the rebel ranks in March.

The violence has sometimes spilled into the capital, Colombo, and has threatened to derail the fragile truce.

The Tamil Tigers began a violent campaign in 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. The cease-fire halted the fighting, which had killed nearly 65,000 people.
Published: Fri Nov 19 13:02:09 EST 2004

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The Peace Process in Sri Lanka
The US Department of State, Nov 19. Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage spoke this morning with Sri Lankan President Kumaratunga and opposition leader Wickremesinghe to express the United States’ continued support for the peace process and to urge all parties to work together to return to negotiations. He welcomed President Kumaratunga’s November 17 call for a return to negotiations as soon as possible. President Kumaratunga has been consistent and forthright in her commitment to settling outstanding issues in the peace process in the framework of a united Sri Lanka. Deputy Secretary Armitage praised the efforts of Norway to facilitate these talks.

The Deputy Secretary strongly condemned recent terrorist actions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam that fly in the face of efforts by all other Sri Lankans and the international community to bring peace to this war-torn country. The murder yesterday of an army officer, clearly carried out by the LTTE, is only the most recent assault on the peace process.

The United States calls on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to abandon terrorism in word and deed and return to the peace table.
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US condemns Tamil Tiger attacks, welcomes Lankan peace efforts
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Sri Lankan government blasts Tamil Tiger rebels for fresh killings that violate cease-fire
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Tamil Tigers violated ceasefire
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Sri Lankan budget eyes brothel gains
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S.Lanka rupee ends flat, seen weaker post budget
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Sri Lanka : VAT exemption positive budgetary measures brings ...
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Lankan Tamils avoid taking sides on Kanchi seer s arrest
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Sri Lanka 's peace process, some worry, could be slipping toward a no-win situation
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Sri Lankan government unveils maiden budget, XINHUA
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Religious leaders meet to discuss how to mobilize communities in South Asia to battle HIV/AIDS
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Army intelligence officer, civilian gunned down in eastern Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka 's rebels, truce monitors discuss security issues, XINHUA
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Tamil Tiger rebels accuse Sri Lankan president of insincerity
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Lanka populist budget may pave way for constitutional change
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