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NOVEMBER 25, 2004 EST, USA
 
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Gunmen kill four as Tamil rebels prepare to honor fallen comrades
Associated Press, Thu November 25, 2004 12:12 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen fatally shot four people in separate attacks across Sri Lanka - , as Tamil Tiger rebels prepare to commemorate nearly 18,000 comrades killed fighting government troops, officials said Thursday. TamilNet blamed anti-Tiger rebel groups colluding with Sri Lanka - 's military intelligence for the violence.

Later Thursday, a suspected rebel shot dead 49-year-old Alston Rangappa in Colombo, police officer Tuan Manan said.

A pro-rebel Nitharsanam Web site said that Rangappa was a rival political activist who was close to a top Tiger commander who broke away from the group in March.

There has been a series of killings in Sri Lanka - recently that have shaken an already fragile truce between the government and the rebels.

Velupillai Prabhakaran, the rebels' reclusive chief, turns 50 on Friday. The following day he is scheduled to deliver his annual ``heroes' day'' speech, which is expected to outline the groups' future course.

The insurgents fought for 19 years for a separate homeland, leaving nearly 65,000 dead, before a 2002 truce was struck.

Rebel web sites: www.tamilnet.com

www.nitharsanam.com
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Eight civilians injured in clashes with soldiers in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu November 25, 2004 09:31 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers and police clashed with civilians in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, leaving eight people wounded, after Tamil Tiger rebels were prevented from raising their flag in government-held territory, officials said. Jon Oskar Solnes, spokesman for Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, said the Tamil Tiger rebels were ``determined to hoist their flag ... and the military had said they would not condone the flag hoisting. This resulted in clashes.''

He said about eight civilians were taken to the hospital but their injuries were not known.

The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site reported that 14 civilians were ``seriously injured'' when the military ``indiscriminately attacked hundreds of people.''

According to the Norwegian-brokered cease-fire agreement signed in February 2002, the rebels cannot raise their flag in areas held by government troops.

``This is an issue we have taken up with the LTT (Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam) already ... it was also conveyed we would consider a flag hoisting as a violation of the cease-fire agreement,'' Solnes said.

Last week, chief cease-fire monitor Trond Furuhovde urged the Tamil Tigers to remember their dead rebels ``without any prejudice and provocation.''

Meanwhile, Parliament was forced to adjourn early Thursday when Tamil lawmakers supported by the rebels protested the violence in Mannar.

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

About 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire.
Published: Thu Nov 25 10:34:46 EST 2004 Back to the top


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Sri Lanka 's president says dropping secession no precondition for peace talks with Tamil Tigers
Associated Press, Wed November 24, 2004 14:10 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga said Wednesday she does not expect Tamil Tiger rebels to abandon their demand for separation immediately but invited the group for discussions on a federal constitution. Kumaratunga was responding to a rebel statement that they may still push forward with their plan to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils in Sri Lanka - 's north and east.

Tamil Tigers' chief peace negotiator Anton Balasingham said although they agreed to explore a federal solution to the country's 19-year ethnic war during December 2002 peace talks in Norway, it does not mean an unconditional abandonment of their original demand for secession.

Many consider the so-called ``Oslo Declaration'' a turning point in Sri Lanka - 's efforts to end the ethnic conflict that has killed nearly 65,000 since 1983. But Balasingham denied there was any such a declaration.

But Kumaratunga insists that an agreement was reached in Oslo.

``There is a document I have in my possession and many people have this, signed by Anton Balasingham on behalf of the LTT (Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam)...,'' Kumaratunga said.

``This statement is there and it is signed.''

Kumaratunga said the Tigers had said they are willing to look at another possibility, and urged them to resume negotiations to find a resolution.

Sri Lanka - 's peace talks were stalled in April 2003 after six rounds since the government and the Tamil Tigers signed a Norway-brokered truce in 2002.

Tamil rebels withdrew from talks accusing the government of neglecting rehabilitation in Tamil-majority areas and now demand an interim administration with wide powers including land rights, judiciary, and policing.

However, the government says the rebel proposals should be discussed along with a final solution based on federalism.

Norway's peace envoy Erik Solheim is expected to visit Sri Lanka - in December to help solve the differences, officials said.
Published: Wed Nov 24 17:17:42 EST 2004 Back to the top


LTTE urges SLMM to curb calamitous situation in Mannar
deepikaglobal.com, Nov 25 . Colombo, Nov 25 (UNI) In an urgent letter to the head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), the Tamil Tiger rebels today urged the Nordic monitors to curb the 'calamitous situation' in the Mannar island, where the police and army allegedly clashed with civilians over hoisting the Tiger flag, wounding at least seven... Back to the top

Sri Lanka board cautions Muralitharan over interview
dailytimes.com.pk, nov 26. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has received an official caution from his cricket board over contentious comments made in an unauthorised interview on an Australian radio show two weeks ago... Back to the top

Protesters demand end to killings in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed November 24, 2004 07:29 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of people protested in Sri Lanka - 's capital Wednesday demanding that Norwegian peace brokers pressure Tamil Tiger rebels to end a series of alleged killings... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Iran sign trade agreement, MoUs
xinhuanet.com, 2004-11-25 23:52:30. COLOMBO, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka and Iran signed a preferential trade agreement and five memoranda of understanding (MoUs) Thursday afternoon in Teheran, said the Sri Lankan government in a press release. The documents pertaining to the subjects of Environment, Health,Mutual Co-operation and matters relating to entry visas were signed during Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's state visit to Iran... Back to the top

Sri Lanka leads the world in public holidays
abc.net.au, 25/11/2004. Sri Lanka has asked civil servants to work an extra hour every day because the country has the world's highest number of public holidays... Back to the top

Sri Lanka board cautions Murali over comments
abc.net.au, November 25, 2004. Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has received an official caution from his cricket board over contentious comments made in an unauthorised interview on an Australian radio show two weeks ago... Back to the top

Tension in Mannar after army removes LTTE flags in government-held area
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 24, 2004 10:15 pm. Amidst protests from LTTE, the security forces today lowered Tiger flags hoisted in the Mannar Town Hall premises and the Urban Council ground despite repeated requests to refrain from doing so... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Protests against Norwegian peace mediation
norwaypost.no, 25. November 2004 . n Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, demonstrators assembled outside the Norwegian Embassy on Wednesday, protesting against Norway's role as peace mediator in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Parliament adjourned after Tamil MPs pro
tamilnet.com, November 25. Sri Lanka’s Parliament was adjourned Thursday after Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs sat in the well of the house in protest against military attacks on civilians in Mannar... Back to the top

Two killed in Sri Lanka ahead of rebel celebration
Associated Press, Thu November 25, 2004 02:02 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Gunmen shot and killed two civilians in eastern Sri Lanka - , officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Anti-Norway protests in Sri Lanka
bbc.co.uk, November 24, 2004, 14:15 EDT. Thousands of Sri Lankan activists have been protesting in the capital, Colombo, against killings they blame on the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka arrests two Tiger rebels
dailytimes.com.pk, November 25. COLOMBO: Security forces have arrested two suspected Tamil Tiger rebels who tried to kill military intelligence operatives in eastern Sri Lanka despite a truce, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to host ASOCIO Summit 2004, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed November 24, 2004 13:36 EST . - - xfdfw SRI-LANKA - -TO-HOST sked Sri Lanka - to host ASOCIO Summit 2004, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government under fire for failing to arrest rupee's decline
Associated Press, Wed November 24, 2004 04:15 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's former finance minister criticized the government Wednesday for having no credible plan to prop up the rupee, which has lost about 8.5 percent against the U... Back to the top

Demonstration for actions against rebels in Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, November 24, 2004, 14:15 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- People of an anti-Tamil Tiger group Wednesday staged a demonstration against the rebels' acts of murder and abductions, demanding the Norwegian peace brokers to end a series of alleged killings. They marched towards the Norwegian embassy and handed over a letter to the Norwegian embassy urging for strong action against alleged killings by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Iran vow to strengthen economic ties
xinhuanet.com, November 24, 2004, 14:15 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga held talks with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in Teheran on Wednesday with both leaders vowing to strengthen relations between the two countries in the fields of trade and economy. Kumaratunga, who is on a two-day state visit to Iran, told her Iranian counterpart during their talks that the ties between the two countries are "very good and encouraging," said a press release of Sri Lankan Presidential Office, Back to the top

Sri Lankan president arrives in Tehran
tehrantimes.com, November 24, 2004, 14:15 EDT. TEHRAN (MNA) -- Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga arrived in Tehran on Wednesday morning for talks with Iranian officials... Back to the top

Sri Lanka death penalty concern
bbc.co.uk, November 24, 2004, 14:15 EDT. The human rights group, Amnesty International, says it is gravely concerned about Sri Lanka's decision to reinstate the death penalty... Back to the top

Norway envoy to return to Sri Lanka to help broker faltering peace process
Associated Press, Wed November 24, 2004 01:32 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's top peace broker will return to Sri Lanka - next month to try to help settle key differences between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels amid fears that the island may slip back to war, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov't budget ambitious: World Bank, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed November 24, 2004 08:21 EST . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -GOV'T-BUDGET sked Sri Lanka - gov't budget ambitious: World Bank, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to host ASOCIO Summit 2004
xinhuanet.com, November 24, 2004, 14:15 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- The 2004 Summit and Exhibition of the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) will be held here from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, officials of Sri Lankan Information Department announced Wednesday. The ASOCIO ICT (information and communications technology) Summit 2004 will bring together over 600 delegates representing the ICT sectors and governments of over 24 countries and regions for workshops, conference and exhibitions, officials said... Back to the top

Amnesty slams reinstatement of death penalty in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed November 24, 2004 01:03 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Amnesty International said Wednesday it was ``gravely concerned'' over Sri Lanka - 's decision to reinstate the death penalty and urged the government to reconsider... Back to the top

Lanka begins to draw on Indian oil credit line
hinduonnet.com, Nov 24. Colombo, Nov 24. (PTI):Sri Lanka has started drawing from the 150 million dollar credit line India extended to the island's nations petroleum sector, a top official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka warned to watch taxes, peace bid
bday.co.za, 24 November 2004 . COLOMBO - The World Bank has welcomed Sri Lanka's move to boost tax revenues and pump money into rural areas, but warned a return to war with separatist Tamil rebels could be disastrous for economic stability... Back to the top

Sri Lanka on the verge of war
tv2.no, nov 24. Norwegian politician Erik Solheim will once again travel to Sri Lanka and try to mediate in the conflict between the government and the LTTE... Back to the top

Amnesty condemns reinstatement of death penalty in Sri Lanka
abc.net.au, November 24, 2004, 08:45 EDT. Rights group Amnesty International has criticised Sri Lanka's decision to reinstate the death penalty, following an upsurge in violence across the island... Back to the top

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