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Sri Lanka rebel threat seen as pressure tactic, November 28, 2004, 23:35 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - A Tamil Tiger threat to resume civil war is a pressure tactic to push the Sri Lankan government to open discussions on their demand for self-rule, analysts and diplomats say, playing down fears of a return to hostilities. Reclusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran said on Saturday his feared Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam would have no alternative but to forge ahead with a two-decade war that has killed more than 64,000 people if a months-long deadlock on talks is not broken soon. More...
Published: Sun Nov 28 23:35:45 EST 2004

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Government denies Sri Lanka teetering on the edge of civil war
Associated Press, Sat November 27, 2004 23:55 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - will not descend into civil war, the government said Sunday, despite an apparent threat from a top Tamil Tiger rebel leader to revive an armed struggle unless stalled peace talks quickly resume. r autonomy in Sri Lanka - 's north and northeast, where most of the island's 3.2 million Tamils live.

``If the government rejects our urgent appeal and adopts delaying tactics perpetuating the suffering of our people, we have no alternative other than to advance the freedom struggle of our nation,'' Prabhakaran said.

The rebels began fighting in 1983 to create a separate state for Sri Lanka - 's minority Tamils. Some 65,000 people died in the conflict before a Norway-brokered cease-fire was signed in February 2002. But peace negotiations have been stalled since April 2003 over differences on power sharing.

Prabhakaran said Saturday the Tamil people could not continue to live in a political vacuum without an interim solution or a permanent settlement.

``The Sinhala nation neither assimilates and integrates our people to live in coexistence nor does it allow our people to secede and lead a separate existence. We cannot continue to live in the darkness of political uncertainty, without freedom, without emancipation, without any prospects for the future,'' he said.

A top Sri Lankan analyst, Jehan Perera, said the speech contained a ``veiled threat to resume hostilities.''

``It is a sign of frustration that their proposals have not been discussed for so many months. They are trying to force the government to deal with them rather than keep ignoring them,'' Perera, of independent think tank the National Peace Council, said.

Prabhakaran's speech marked the Tamil Tigers' annual Martyrs' Day, which commemorates some 18,000 rebel fighters killed in the insurgency.
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Sri Lanka: LTTE leader impatient with the government, November 28, 2004, 23:35 EDT. In Sri Lanka the leader of the LTTE guerillas, Velupillai Prabhkaran, has threatened with resumption of the civil war unless the government agrees to new peace talks. - My patience has come to an end, Velupillai Prabhakaran said in a broadcast Saturday. In his annual political talk on the LTTE radio Prabhakaran demanded a resumption of the peace t More...
Published: Sun Nov 28 23:34:18 EST 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka army blames Tamil Tigers of failing to keep pledge, 2004-11-28 17:13:00. COLOMBO, Nov. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's army Sunday blamed theTamil Tigers for failing to attend a meeting Saturday which they had agreed to attend during a meeting with the international trucemonitors and the government troops. The army said in a statement that the army, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) met on Friday in the northern town of Vavuniya to discuss the deteriorating security situation prevailing during the LTTE's Heroes Week celebrations... Back to the top

Concern grows for Sri Lankans on hunger strike in Australia, 29/11/2004. There is concern for a group of detainees on a hunger strike at South Australia's Baxter detention centre... Back to the top

Lanka FI to hit 300 mln dollar jackpot in 2005:, Nov.28. Colombo, Nov.28 : With its construction, apparel and tourism sectors maintaining their bullish performance, Sri Lanka expects foreign investment to jump by 50 percent in 2005 to 300 million dollars... Back to the top

Sri Lanka proves hot destination for Middle East travellers, November 28 - 2004. The latest inbound tourist figures show more than a 40 per cent increase in travel from the region has been sustained during 2004... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tiger leader says patience is running out+
Associated Press, Sat November 27, 2004 10:17 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 27 (Kyodo) The leader of Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tigers on Saturday hinted at a return to war if the government does not agree to an immediate revival of peace talks on the basis of the rebels' proposals for an interim self-governing authority for the claimed Tamil homeland in the northeast. ''If the government of Sri Lanka - rejects our urgent appeal and adopts delaying tactics, perpetuating the suffering of our people, we have no alternative other than to advance the freedom struggle of our nation,'' he said... Back to the top

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