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OCTOBER 7, 2000 EST, USA
 
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"WE ARE NOT A COMMUNAL PARTY" - SIHALA URUMAYA DEPUTY SECRETARY
Bandula Jayasekera, in Colombo. Anuradha Yahampath, a 37 yearold mother of three children, (her youngest child is only two weeks old) is the deputy secretary of Sihala Urumaya. She is also in charge of the party's publicity campaign. Yahmapath was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo and graduated from the University of Leeds with a B. A. (Hon) degree in textile design. She is a company director and is involved with her family business. Yahampath is contesting from the Colombo district as a candidate from Sihala Urumaya. `Lacnet' met up with Anuradha Yahampath who seems to be making an attempt to breath fresh air to the election campaign in the island. More...
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Prabhakaran: Sri Lanka's champion of suicide bombings
123India.com, Oct 08 2000 07:23 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 8 (AFP) - For Sri Lanka's top rebel leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, the deadliest weapon is young men and women who believe that the greatest glory is in blowing themselves to pieces. Suicide bombers, known as Black Tigers, have already staged two attacks this month in the run up to Tuesday's parliamentary elections and claimed the lives of 35 people. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 23:59:00 EDT 2000

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Chandrika seeks mandate for war as campaigning ends
The Hindu, Sunday, October 08, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 7. Campaigning in the bloody run-up to the October 10 parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka ended today after public meetings by all the major contesting parties. The final rallies of the big three in this election - the ruling People's Alliance (PA), the opposition United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) - continued late into the evening. While the JVP, the acknowledged ``third force'', hopes to tap into voter disillusionment with the two main parties, the main plank of the UNP throughout the campaign has been the increase in the cost of living under the PA Government. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 18:16:17 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka Pres Says Victory Assured In Polls - Report  - Yahoo-DJ
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LTTE faking interest in talks: Chandrika  - The Hindu (International)

Latest Sri Lankan Poll Shows Election Race In A Dead Heat
Yahoo, October 7. Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance and the main opposition United National Party are in a dead heat in the race for seats in Parliament, according to the latest opinion poll. The UNP led by Ranil Wickremesinghe was ahead of the People's Alliance party 37.5% to 36.5%, according to pollsters Org-Marg Smart, a local and Dutch-Indian joint venture. Org-Marg said the UNP's lead was rendered insignificant by the margin of error in the poll. Moreover, the company said the poll showed that 18% of the respondents were still undecided, a percentage of voters likely to decide the final outcome of the elections. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 18:35:06 EDT 2000

Survey shows 7 per cent swing towards Lanka’s ruling alliance
IndiaExpress.com, 07th Oct 2000 19.58 IST . A seven per cent swing towards the ruling People's Alliance (PA) of President Chandrika Kumaratunga was shown in an independent pre-election public opinion survey conducted recently. The survey, under the direction of Prof S Y Hettige of the University of Colombo was conducted among 3000 voters from the administrative districts outside the North and East the last week of September.The standing of the political parties varied depending on the issue concerned. Asked which party was more capable of addressing the main issues, 25 per cent expressed confidence in PA while 18 per cent felt that the United National Party (UNP) is capable of solving the issues. About 7 per cent of the respondents had faith in the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 14:12:30 EDT 2000
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Survey predicts 7 per cent swing for PA  - The Hindu NUS

TULF, EPDP may dominate other Tamil parties
The Hindu (International), Sunday, October 08, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 7. After nearly two decades of liberation struggle against the Sri Lankan state, more and more Tamil politicians seem to have accepted that they now have little option but to work within the space offered by the country's Sinhala-dominated polity. That is evident from the number of Tamil aspirants in the race for the upcoming parliamentary elections. A record number of 965 candidates, representing a plethora of political parties and independent groups, the majority of them Tamil, are vying for 31 seats in the embattled north-east Sri Lanka. However, in the poll that will take place on October 10, only two of them, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), are expected to win a respectable share of votes and seats. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 18:24:17 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka polls campaign ends amid tight security
MSNBC, octobe 7. Campaigning for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election ended on Saturday, overshadowed by fears of rebel Tamil Tiger bombings that have already claimed dozens of lives in the run up to Tuesday's poll. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and main opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremasinghe attended final rallies despite police warnings of possible attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). A tight security cordon was thrown around Horana, about 40 km (25 miles) south of the capital, where Wickremanayake addressed the final rally of the ruling People's Alliance (PA). Even policemen were thoroughly searched before being let into the park where hundreds of supporters clad in blue, the party colour, cheered the Prime Minister's fiery oratory from behind steel barricades a safe distance from the stage. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 15:10:11 EDT 2000
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Lanka poll campaign comes to an end  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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A violent election campaign enters its final phase  - Nilan Fernando in Colombo

42 killed in heavy fighting
The Hindu NUS, 19.00 hrs (IST) on October 7, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 7. (UNI): At least 42 people, including 38 LTTE cadres, were killed in heavy fighting in north and eastern Sri Lanka during confrontations between security forces and LTTE even as yet another attempt by the tigers to capture Vadamarachchi area was foiled by the army. A Government Information Department release said 30 tigers were killed in fighting when terrorists attacked Nagarkovil area on Thursday evening. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 14:17:25 EDT 2000
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Army 'repels attack' in Jaffna peninsula  - BBC South Asia
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Fighting continues in Jaffna peninsula  - BBC South Asia
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Sri Lanka troops kill 35 rebels in fresh attacks  - 123India.com

On island of death, war is a way of life
The Age, October 7. The Sinhalese-speaking Buddhists, who outnumber the Tamils five to one, could long ago have introduced conscription to overwhelm the Tigers by sheer weight of numbers. They have chosen not to. "The Colombo-based middle class would not like to send their children to war," says Sugeeswara Senadhira, associate director of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies. While fashionably dressed teens learn to drive their new Alfa Romeos in Colombo, the burden of war sacrifice falls on the poor, uneducated villagers of southern Sri Lanka, who have provided most of the estimated 18,000 troops killed so far. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 19:30:17 EDT 2000

Bomb Fears Haunt Last Day of Sri Lanka Campaigning
ABC News, 10/07/2000 07:24:00 ET. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Campaigning in Sri Lanka"s parliamentary elections drew to a close Saturday, overshadowed by fears of rebel Tamil Tiger suicide bombings that have already claimed dozens of lives in the run up to Tuesday"s poll. Police warned top politicians against attending final party rallies after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) struck at two campaign meetings of the ruling People"s Alliance party this week. But several leaders were expected to ignore the warnings. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake and the leader of the main opposition United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe were to address rallies around the capital Colombo. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 14:59:05 EDT 2000

President Kumaratunga refuses to negotiate with the LTTE
NDTV/MSNBC, October 7 . As Sri Lanka prepares for general elections, President Chandrika Kumaratunga has asserted that her government would not negotiate with the LTTE. She however, accepted India's role in the peace process. Chandrika Kumaratunga, President, Sri Lanka, said, "The LTTE leaves the government no other alternative but concluding the war successfully."Accepting India's role in the peace process, President Kumaratunga stated, "There is a lot of cooperation between our governments on intelligence and security matters and that goes on." More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 15:05:47 EDT 2000
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Kumaratunga goes all out for war against LTTE  - India Abroad

Women have contributed more to National Income than men - President
CDN, Saturday, 07 October. "Women have contributed more to develop the country's National Income than men, said President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga addressing members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Women Front on Thursday. She said the PA Government has given more opportunities for women than any other Government which has to enabled them to come forward and get jobs under this Government. It has appointed women as Supreme Court judges, University Vice Chancellors, Appeal Court Judges, Ministry Secretaries, Ambassadors and bank heads. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 08:05:44 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan refugees skeptical, say outcome of general elections irrelevant
NDTV/MSNBC, october 6. With the countdown to the elections in Sri Lanka having begun thousands of refugees from Sri Lanka do not see the electoral process with optimism or anxiety. Whether elections are held or not their life seems to go on unchanged.According to some of the refugees, "We do not expect anything from the forthcoming elections. Nothing good is going to come about due to the elections. I do not think that these elections are of any use unless there is peace."

Kailasapillai, Former Sri Lankan MP, said, "It means that the travesty of justice and the mockery of democracy is perpetuated still more."K.Sachidanandam said, "The elections in Sri Lanka have really no meaning to us and the electoral process has led to the erosion of human dignity in Sri Lanka." More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 14:14:33 EDT 2000


FACTBOX-Key facts about Sri Lanka's parliamentary poll
ABC News, 10/06/2000 01:46:00 ET. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Following are key facts about Tuesday"s general election in Sri Lanka. PARLIAMENT The single chamber has 225 seats of which 196 are elected through a complicated mix of proportional representation and direct voting from each of the country"s 22 electoral districts. The other 29 are allocated to parties on the basis of the number of votes they receive at national level. Parliament will sit for six years. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:31:29 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka conflict is election issue
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 7 October, 2000, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK. It's the last day of campaigning for next week's parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, which have been marred by separatist violence. Both the governing People's Alliance and the main opposition United National Party planned to hold final rallies in the capital, Colombo. More...
Published: Sat Oct 7 07:58:38 EDT 2000
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Blood-soaked campaign ends, Sri Lanka vows all out war  - 123India.com

'I cannot work with Ranil - Chandrika
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.45 p.m. October 6. President Chandrika Kumaratunge said today that it would be difficult for her to work with Ranil Wickremasinghe if he becomes the Prime Minister after the general elections on 10 October. She said this in response to a question posed by a foreign journalist at Temple Trees when she met over forty foreign journalists this evening “ I don’t kill, rob or lie. I doubt that I can do sincere and a honest job with the UNP and Ranil as Prime Minister. I tried to work with him for six years to find a solution to the ethnic problem and failed.” She said.

She told the foreign journalists present, how Ranil Wickremasinghe as minister of education deprived her children from getting admission to two schools in Sri Lanka. “However I have no grudge against the leader of opposition for doing that” Kumaratunge added.
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:01:55 EDT 2000


Chandrika warns of a serious threat to democracy
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.30 p.m October 6. President Chandrika Kumaratunge warned that a fourth force , namely the LTTE is trying to disrupt the forthcoming elections in a bizarre way and that the country is faced with a dangerous situation. Kumaratunge said that she consider PA, UNP and the JVP as the three main parties contesting the forthcoming elections but, the fourth party , the LTTE had already killed several candidates and over one hundred civilians.

Kumaratunge said that the LTTE is targeting candidates of her party and the candidates supportive of the PA.. Kumaratunge added that LTTE made an attempt to kill deputy minister Hisbullah of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress but, nothing happened when UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe went to the same area. The President said this at a meeting with over forty foreign journalists at Temple Trees today.

Continuing the President said " This fourth force is obviously involved in sabotage and trying to destroy our party which brought democracy to this country. I have come to the conclusion that a very serious threat is posed to our democracy by this fourth force and I don't know where it will end"

Kumaratunge also blamed the foreign election monitors for talking only of election violence committed by the main parties and for failing to take note of violent activities carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:30:51 EDT 2000

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LTTE has no interest in peace: Chandrika
Times of India, October 6. COLOMBO: "There is no other alternative but to concluding the war successfully," Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga told a crowded media gathering on the eve of the country's sixth parliamentary elections in Colombo on Friday. She added that her government would have preferred to end the war through political negotiations but the Tamil Tigers had left them with no alternative. Speaking about the recent heightened attempts by Norway to act as a facilitator in the ongoing conflict, President Kumaratunga said, "The Norwegian process is kept on hold because of the intransigence of the LTTE. The Norwegians have made it perfectly clear to us that the LTTE has no interest in peace at the moment." More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 18:26:04 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka declares all out war against Tigers  - 123India.com

British charities fund terrorists
The Island, October 7. The Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) which has been identified as a terrorist fund raising front at the Canadian Senate Committee for Security and Intelligence is a registered charity in the UK (Charity Number 1010029) raising millions of pounds and transferring them to LTTE control to finance terrorism. In January last year, a special Canadian Senate Committee issued a report on security and intelligence that identified charitable fund-raising in Canada by international terrorist groups as a problem and recommended changes to the Income Tax Act in Canada. A consultant to this committee, Don Gracey who was interviewed in Ottawa has stated "The Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation was one group identified by the committee that in fact, raised money for guns and material used by the Tamil Tigers". More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 21:58:03 EDT 2000

Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera demands apology from ITN
The Island, October 7. Lawyers of the Chief of Staff, of the Army, Major General Janaka Perera has sent a letter of demand to Independent Television Network (ITN) and the ‘Lak Handa’ Radio to telecast his refutation of alleged defamatory statements about him made by Gen. Anuruddha Ratwatte over ITN and the radio station before October 6. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 22:09:56 EDT 2000

LTTE launches another attach on Nagar Kovil
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1655 SLT 06.10.00. The LTTE launched another offensive on Nagar kovil last night killing 8 soldiers and wounding 32 others. There was no casualty figures for the LTTE. Meanwhile the Palali air and army base continued to come under LTTE artillery attacks. At least 08 shells fell in to the security area around the air base. Military officials in Jaffna said all flights have been stopped. However the government said flights to Jaffna have been disrupted by "bad weather". Meanwhile 03 civilian were injured when a suspected LTTE carder threw a hand grenade at an ambulance in Jaffna town.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:16 EDT 2000
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LTTE launches fresh attack on security forces  - The Hindustan Times

Sri Lanka's parties offer little choice
BBC South Asia, Friday, 6 October, 2000, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK . President Kumaratunga has made no secret of the importance she attaches to these general elections. She had repeatedly stated that her government needs a convincing majority in parliament so that it can push ahead with its plans to alter the constitution and thereby implement a devolution package for the country that would allow Tamil majority areas in the north and east to have more autonomy. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 18:24:45 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan leader's war pledge
BBC South Asia, Friday, 6 October, 2000, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK . "From now on, it is no holds barred to the military campaign." President Kumaratunga Speaking to journalists in Colombo, she said: "The LTTE (Tamil Tigers) has left us with no alternative but to continue the war to a successful conclusion." More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 14:39:36 EDT 2000
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Violence continue as the general election campaign nears end.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo. With just 36 hours to go before campaigning for the General elections end on Saturday night, 1404 incidents of violence have been reported to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV). 56 people have been killed during the campaign. 41 of them were killed in four bomb attacks on election meetings by the LTTE. Of these 771 are serious incidents. The largest number of incidents have taken place in Western province and Gampaha is the highest district with 134. 714 allegations are against the PA and 267 complaints against the UNP.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:16 EDT 2000

LTTE makes its pre-poll presence felt
India Abroad, Oct. 06, 2000 15:05 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: With two suicide bombers blowing themselves up at election rallies within four days of each other, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are making sure their potent presence is felt as the polls campaign nears its end. A suspected "Black Tiger", as a member of the rebel suicide squad is called, triggered explosives strapped on him at a ruling People's Alliance (PA) meeting on Thursday in north-central Medawachchiya, killing 10 and wounding more than 35 people. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:22:24 EDT 2000

Lanka Oppn denies reaching agreement with LTTE
Times of India (Breaking News), Friday 06 October 2000. COLOMBO: Opposition United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has denied allegations by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake that the UNP and the LTTE have reached a secret understanding. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:26:05 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan software company wins multi million dollar contract
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1710 SLT 06.10.00 . Millennium IT, a leading Sri Lankan computer software company has announced that it has won a 18.2 million US dollar contract to create software for the world's first global stock exchange called the global DEX. Nesdex a Singapore based company awarded the contract aimed at linking 43 stock exchanges. Millennium IT had earlier designed the software for computerising the Sri Lankan stock market as well.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:16 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan capital hit by flash floods
123India.com, Oct 06 2000 12:48 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - Heavy rains lashed the Sri Lankan capital Friday, flooding key roads and bringing traffic to a halt, police said. Several highways and intersections in Colombo were under water, police said, as the met department warned residents to take precautions against lightening strikes. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:04:02 EDT 2000
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Opposition leader challenges the President for a public debate
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1700 SLT 06.10.00. Opposition leader Ranil Wickeremesinghe has again challenged President Chandrika Kumaratunga to a public debate before the general election on October 10th. Wickramesinghe challenged the President to level the allegations made against him and his party that it has links with the LTTE at the debate. "If she refuses that means the allegations are baseless. It is just an election ploy" Wickramesinghe told a news briefing today.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:16 EDT 2000

Chief Election Commissioner allows party agents to stay with ballot boxes
Nilan Fernando in Colombo, Nilan Fernando in Colombo, Friday October 6.. The Daily News reported yesterday that Chief Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has agreed to allow party agents to remain with the ballot boxes until the commencement of the counting. This was in response to a petition filed by the United National Party in the Court of Appeal calling for steps to prevent rigging in the October 10 parliamentary election. The Court dismissed the petition after the Commissioner's pre-emptive move.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:16:37 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka's party symbols far removed from violence-marred polls
123India.com, Oct 06 2000 16:03 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - A flowervase, a watchtower and a chair will battle it out with a scooter rickshaw, a single-engine aeroplane and an elephant when Sri Lanka goes to the polls early next week. The idealist symbols, used by national and regional groupings to reflect their policies, politicians and ethics are far-removed from the ethnic strife which has gripped Sri Lanka in the run up to the polls. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:18:47 EDT 2000

Fresh fighting in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Friday, 6 October, 2000, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK . Military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne was quoted by Reuters as saying that more than 100 Tamil Tigers had attacked government lines at Nagarkovil in the Jaffna peninsula on Thursday night. "The attack was repulsed very effectively," he said. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:20:05 EDT 2000
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Amnesty International condemns Sri Lanka blast ahead of elections
123India.com, Oct 06 2000 11:59 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - Amnesty International condemned Friday the escalation of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka just days ahead of the country's parliamentary elections. "We are very concerned for the escalation of attacks ahead of the October 10 elections," an Amnesty International spokeswoman said. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:05:25 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka election rally blast
Yahoo, October 6. The single chamber has 225 seats of which 196 are elected through a complicated mix of proportional representation and direct voting from each of the country's 22 electoral districts. The other 29 are allocated to parties on the basis of the number of votes they receive at national level. Parliament will sit for six years. The single chamber has 225 seats of which 196 are elected through a complicated mix of proportional representation and direct voting from each of the country's 22 electoral districts. The other 29 are allocated to parties on the basis of the number of votes they receive at national level. Parliament will sit for six years. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:35:41 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan opposition will send "real generals" to Tamil conflict
123India.com, Oct 06 2000 15:20 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition party Friday said it would successfully deal with the country's drawn out ethnic strife if elected to power in the October 10 national elections. Former prime minister and leader of the United National Party, Ranil Wickremesinghe, told a news conference here that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had failed in tackling a bloody Tamil separatist drive. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:05:23 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels seek to disrupt poll
MSNBC, Friday 6 October 2000. COLOMBO, Oct. 6 — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are using ruthless tactics to try to prevent President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party returning to power at parliamentary polls on Tuesday. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:12:55 EDT 2000

Sri Lankans to vote amid bloody ethnic war
MSNBC, Friday 6 October 2000. COLOMBO, Oct. 6 — After one of the bloodiest election campaigns in recent times, parliamentary polls on Tuesday may force Sri Lanka's feuding politicians to work together for the one thing their war-torn country needs most -- peace. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:14:31 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka drops Norwegian peace initiative to end Tamil war
Yahoo, 5 October 2000. The Sri Lankan government has abandoned a Norwegian peace initiative aimed at ending the country's Tamil separatist war just a few days before its parliamentary elections, a Cabinet minister said Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:07:35 EDT 2000

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