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Sri Lankan military says ready for anything during Tamil leader's birthday celebrations
Associated Press, Fri November 26, 2004 01:07 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said Friday it was prepared ``for any eventuality'' following two days of heightened violence and ahead of birthday celebrations for the Tamil Tiger rebels' reclusive leader. In separate attacks Wednesday and Thursday, unidentified gunmen fatally shot four people in the north and east, and eight more suffered injuries in fighting between civilians and government forces in Mannar town in northern Sri Lanka - .

The clash in Mannar kicked off after the military prevented Tamil rebels from hoisting their flag in government-held territory. According to a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire agreement signed in February 2002, the rebels cannot raise their flag in areas held by government troops.

The rebels' political chief S.P Thamilselvan warned that the incident could ``create a totally undesirable confrontational position,'' the pro-rebel Web site TamilNet reported.

But a military spokesman said government forces were prepared for anything.

``We don't expect any major law and order problem, but we are ready,'' Brig. Daya Ratnayake said.

Prabhakaran founded the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam in 1976, and in 1983 the movement began fighting to create a separate state for Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million Tamils. Some 65,000 people died in the conflict before the 2002 truce.

While not all Tamils back Prabhakaran, many say they are oppressed by the country's majority Sinhalese.

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Police use force to disperse anti-rebel protesters in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri November 26, 2004 09:06 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters in an eastern Sri Lankan town Friday when the crowd defied authorities and tried to confront Tamil Tiger rebels commemorating their fallen comrades, an official said. Violence has been on the rise in Sri Lanka - 's Tamil-majority north and east ahead of birthday celebrations for the Tamil Tiger rebels' reclusive leader, Vellupillai Prabhakaran.

Prabhakaran turned 50 on Friday, but festivities were expected to peak Saturday, when he is to deliver a policy speech and honor some 18,000 Tamil guerrillas killed in nearly two decades of civil war.

In separate attacks Wednesday and Thursday, unidentified gunmen fatally shot four people in the north and east, and eight more suffered injuries in fighting between civilians and government forces in Mannar town in northern Sri Lanka - .

The clash in Mannar began when the military prevented Tamil rebels from hoisting their flag in government-held territory. According to a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire agreement signed in February 2002, the rebels cannot raise their flag in areas held by government troops.

The rebels' political chief, S.P Thamilselvan, warned that the incident could ``create a totally undesirable confrontational position,'' the pro-rebel Web site TamilNet reported.

But a military spokesman said government forces were prepared for anything.

``We don't expect any major law and order problem, but we are ready,'' Brig. Daya Ratnayake said.

Meanwhile, government troops and the rebels agreed at a meeting Friday to hold discussions regularly until the rebel celebrations are over to prevent violence, truce monitors said. Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission chief Trond Furuhovde chaired the meeting.

Prabhakaran founded the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam in 1976, and in 1983 the movement began fighting to create a separate state for Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million Tamils. Some 65,000 people died in the conflict before the 2002 truce.

While not all Tamils back Prabhakaran, many say they are oppressed by the country's majority Sinhalese.

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TamilNet: www.tamilnet.com
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Sri Lanka s eastern town under curfew
xinhuanet.com, November 26, 2004, 10:38 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- A police curfew to remain until 6:30 a.m. local time (GMT0030) on Saturday has been imposed in Sri Lanka's eastern port town of Trincomalee, police said Friday. The action was caused by a demonstration led by a government legislators Friday afternoon who were protesting against the raising of flags by the Tamil Tiger rebels marking their so-calledHeroes Week. The police had fired tear gas at the protesters when they attempted to walk into the international truce monitoring office in the town, the access to which More...
Published: Fri Nov 26 10:38:31 EST 2004 Back to the top

International truce monitors visit Sri Lanka s northern hot spot
xinhuanet.com, November 26, 2004, 10:38 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- A police curfew to remain until 6:30 a.m. local time (GMT0030) on Saturday has been imposed in Sri Lanka's eastern port town of Trincomalee, police said Friday... Back to the top

S.Lanka Tamil Tiger boss turns 50, going strong
alertnet.org, Nov 26. VALVEDDITTURAI, Sri Lanka, Nov 26 (Reuters) - The shadowy leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels turned 50 on Friday, but he will have to miss his own party -- Velupillai Prabhakaran is the government's Nemesis and has lived in hiding for decades... Back to the top

Sri Lanka town under curfew :
123bharath.com, Nov 26. World News > Colombo, Nov 26 : Sri Lanka's north-eastern port town of Trincomalee was brought under an indefinite curfew today as pro-government activists clashed with Tiger rebels, police said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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

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