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US warns Tigers over continuing "terrorism", Nov 28 2000 22:16 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (AFP) - The United States Tuesday warned Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels to give up "terrorism" and enter Norwegian-backed peace talks or risk further international condemnation. Pressure was mounting on both the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government to hammer out a settlement to the conflict that has killed more than 60,000 people, diplomats and analysts said. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:19:06 EST 2000
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Various Sources, november 27. A tropical cyclone alert has been issued by the US Navy and the Indian Meteorological Department for the Indian Ocean. A low pressure area lies to the East of Sri Lanka in the Bay of Bengal has developed. This weather system is moving in a West/North-Westerly direction - it is expected that the cyclone will veer North of Sri Lanka More...
Published: Mon Nov 27 20:06:51 EST 2000

Sri Lankan press cautious over Tiger talks, Nov 29 2000 09:09 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 29 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's press Wednesday urged the government to move cautiously in opening negotiations with Tamil Tiger rebels following an "unconditional" peace talks offer by the guerrillas. The state-run Daily News saw mounting international pressure on the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as the reason for their willingness to come to the negotiating table.The privately-run The Island newspaper described Prabhakarn's remarks as "doublespeak." The Island said that even though Prabhakaran said there were no "conditions" to his offer of talks, the call for de-escalation, cessation of hostilities and the lifting of an economic embargo were all pre-conditions.The press agreed that the reasons for Prabhakaran to agree to talks was due to growing international pressure on the group which has been banned in the US and neighbouring India and Britain "very seriously considering" a similar move. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 23:39:48 EST 2000

Killings continue despite LTTE's offer for talks
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 28, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 28. (UNI): Barely a few hours after LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran expressed his readiness for `unconditional' talks with the Sri Lankan Government, the rebels ambushed a passenger bus in central Anuradhapura, 200-kms from here this morning, killing at least seven people, including a school girl. The bus plying towards Anuradhapura from Siripura hit a landmine at about 06:15 hrs (local time). The impact left 27 injured who were later admitted to a hospital, a Government spokesman said. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:34:46 EST 2000
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Respond to LTTE offer, say peace activists
The Hindu, Wednesday, November 29, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 28. Less than a day after the LTTE leader, Mr V. Prabhakaran, offered unconditional peace talks provided the Government created a `cordial' atmosphere, a blast in northern Sri Lanka, suspected to be the handiwork of the separatist rebels, killed seven civilians and wounded at least 28. The incident took place early this morning when a private bus exploded as it ran over a landmine planted on the highway at Kabitigollewa in Anuradhapura district. There was no reaction to Mr. Prabhakaran's Heroes Day speech from the government. But peace activists are upbeat. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 20:28:21 EST 2000

Chandrika to meet queen Elizabeth tomorrow
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 p.m November 28. British High Commission sources in Sri Lanka told 'The Lanka Academic' short while ago that President Chandrika Kumaratunge is scheduled to have an audience with queen Elizabeth tomorrow.
Published: Tue Nov 28 09:02:58 EST 2000

LTTE chief?s mixed signals baffling
The Hindustan Times, Colombo November 28. THE LTTE chief, Velupillai Pirabhakaran, has sent mixed signals through his annual Maaveerar (Great Warriors) Day oration on Tuesday. On the one hand, he has said things which make peaceniks and optimists happy. On other other, his qualifications, sub-clauses and convoluted phraseology have planted seeds of doubt among hard-boiled realists about his intentions. The Tiger chieftain has tried to placate the comity of nations, which have been putting tremendous pressure on him, by saying that he is ready for talks "without pre-conditions". He has refrained from reiterating his demand for the prior withdrawal of the Sri Lankan armed from the "Tamil Homeland". He has not asked for an immediate ceasefire. He also has not reiterated his goal of securing a sovereign Tamil Eelam. He has not asked "self-determination" but only "self-rule". More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:33:55 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Marxists snub Norway envoy over peace talks, Nov 28 2000 15:53 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main leftist party Tuesday said they had refused an invitation by the Norwegian embassy to discuss Oslo's attempts to broker peace on the island. The Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, accused Oslo of supporting Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas and holding secret talks with Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 08:30:23 EST 2000

Kadirgamar to visit India shortly
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on November 28, 2000. New Delhi, Nov. 28. (PTI): The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar would shortly visit India to discuss the latest developments relating to the Norwegian efforts to kickstart a new round of peace talks between Colombo and the LTTE. Kadirgamar is expected to apprise the Indian leadership about his Government's stand on the peace talks offer made by LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran in his birthday speech yesterday. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:25:49 EST 2000
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Peradeniya University to honour Jayantha Dhanapala
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.15 p.m. November 28. University of Peradeniya has decided to award an honorary D.Litt. to Jayantha Dhanapala one of Sri Lanka’s world-renowned diplomats. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the University of Peradeniya on 21 December.

Dhanapala who is currently the United Nations Under Secretary General for Disarmament was previously Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Washington. A graduate of the University of Peradeniya, Dhanapala joined the diplomatic service in 1965 topping his batch. He had his early education at Trinity College in Kandy.

Expressing his happiness on the decision of the university of Peradeniya to confer an honorary doctorate to Dhanapala, former minister Lakshman Jayakody told ‘The Lanka Academic’ “ Jayantha is one of the most brilliant students produced by Trinity College in Kandy. However, I got to know him well at the foreign ministry. He is a very astute diplomat with a foresight” Former additional secretary to the ministry of foreign affairs K. Godage described Dhanapala as the most outstanding diplomat after Shirley Amarasinghe. Godage said “ Jayantha Dhanapala is one of Sri Lanka’s very few diplomats whose could be compared with the best in the world today”
Published: Tue Nov 28 11:27:40 EST 2000

TN: Fisherman killed in firing
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 28, 2000. Madurai, Nov. 28. (PTI): A fisherman, based at Pamban near Rameswaram in Ramanathapuram district, was killed when Sri Lankan naval men, patrolling near Kachatheevu, `indiscriminately' fired at their boat early this morning, police said. The fisherman died on the spot. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:27:27 EST 2000

Wijayasiri tipped to be Sri Lanka’s new foreign secretary
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 p.m. November 28. Additional Secretary Economic affairs G. Wijayasiri is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s new foreign secretary, foreign ministry sources told ‘The Lanka Academic’ today. A senior diplomat, who joined the Foreign Service in 1967, Wijayasiri served as Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Sweden, Germany and Japan.

He was also named as the countries first ambassador to Israel this year. However the decision was deferred later. Wijayasiri a respected Foreign Service official acted for foreign secretary Lionel Fernando while he was away in New York this year. Wijayasiri is presently in Iran with foreign minister Lakshman Kadiragamar.

Foreign Secretary Lionel Fernando is to assume duties as Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Netherlands soon.

‘The Lanka Academic’ also leans that Director General South Asia and SAARC, Geetha de Silva who returned from Washington only in March this year is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to Canada. She is to succeed Ananada Gunasekara who returned to Sri Lanka recently.
Published: Tue Nov 28 11:28:15 EST 2000

Tamil Tigers push peace ball back to government, Tuesday,November28,2000. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Tamil rebel leader has with characteristic cunning used a shock offer of unconditional peace talks to throw the ball back into a hamstrung government's court, analysts said on Tuesday. "Even rhetorically it was a huge transformation. It is now clearly incumbent upon the government to reciprocate," said Arjuna Parakrama of the Washington-based U.S. Peace Institute after Monday's speech by guerrilla leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. The speech made on rebel radio to mark Heroes Day, an annual ritual to honour guerrillas killed in the 17-year ethnic war, was the subject of unprecedented speculation following a burst of diplomacy to jumpstart a fledgling peace initiative. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 09:09:39 EST 2000

TULF supports Prabhakaran's call for "cessation of hostilities"
India Abroad, Nov 28, 2000 16:05 Hrs (IST) . SRI Lanka's main moderate Tamil party, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), said Tuesday that it supported the "cessation of hostilities" called for by rebel Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran as a prelude to peace talks. "Just as you can't sit at the same table and eat if there is a disagreement, you can't have peace talks while fighting," said V. Anadasangari of the TULF. He was responding to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) chief Prabhakaran's address on Monday in which he said he was ready for "unconditional peace talks" with the government but asserted that there should also be a "process of de-escalation of war." More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 08:31:24 EST 2000

LTTE attack Padaviya army post
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.00 p.m November 28. LTTE rebels attacked the army post developed on the Padaviya tank bund to protect the sluice gate yesterday a media release from the special media information center said today. It said that in the confrontation the officer in charge of the post had got injured and the troops had fought well to repulse the attack.

During search operations troops have found one dead body and 04 personnel weapons left behind by the LTTE. An officer and 02 soldiers had been killed in the confrontation
Published: Tue Nov 28 05:14:08 EST 2000

Sri Lankan computer tycoon flees Britain
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. A 28 year -old Sri Lankan business tycoon fled Britain after his computer company crashed resulting in him owing over one million sterling pounds to creditors. The young businessman recently listed in Time magazine as being among the 30 richest persons in Britain together with the likes of David Bekker claims he has a fortune off over one billion pounds.

The man is being hunted by Scotland Yard for fraud. British police reportedly have traced his GSM mobile phone number to Sri Lanka though his exact whereabouts are not yet known. The rich Sri Lankan has claimed that he fled his home in the UK as he was being watched by police sleuths. According to reports he has further asserted that since he has assets to the tune of over one billion sterling pounds his employees in his firm will continue to be well looked after and that he will sort out the company's massive financial dues.
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:31:15 EST 2000

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Ratified US Treaty handed over by Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. A ratified treaty with the United States for the expulsion of criminal suspects by either nation was handed over yesterday to visiting Under Secretary of State Karl Indurfurth by Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The treaty which was signed last year in September, now allows for the extradition and expulsion of persons residing in either nation, who are suspect of criminal offences.
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:31:15 EST 2000

ULPP takes polls chief to court
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 28. The United Lanka Peoples Party today filed a Fundamental Rights application in the Colombo Supreme Court against Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake. The party alleges that Dissanayake violated its fundamental rights when he had refused to register the party before the October 10, General Elections this year. The Polls Chief, the ULPP asserts did not give any reasons for rejecting the party's nomination as a political front.
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:31:14 EST 2000

Pressure bomb kills 7 injures 22
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 28. A pressure bomb which exploded in a private bus this morning killed seven people and seriously wounded 22. The incident took place at Kebithigollawa on the Padaviya road which leads to Anuradhapura.

Police say the bus was packed to capacity when the bomb went off. According to the military it is believed the LTTE are responsible for the attack. The buried bomb which may have been a landmine or a claymore mine, blew when the packed bus went over it.

Early this morning the Tigers attacked the Padaviya-Diyapannuma army detachment camp at around 1 a.m. Two soldiers were killed and two others injured in the confrontation. Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne says that the army later recovered the body of one Tiger and some weapons when conducting a search and cordon operation in the area.

Brigadier Karunaratne added that last evening the army had detonated yet another landmine buried in an area in the Vavuniya district which weighed some 16 kg. Karunaratne maintained that the military averted a major disaster by discovering the lethal bomb which was complete with the wire set for the explosive to be detonated.
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:31:14 EST 2000

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Government Welcomes Prabhakaran’s "Unconditional" Offer
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 27 November 1700 GMT. Majority in the PA Government welcome LTTE’s offer for unconditional talks, a senior figure in the ruling People’s Alliance said today. Referring to Tamil Tiger leader’s annual Hero’s day speech, minister for Agriculture and PA General Secretary D.M.Jayaratne told the BBC’s Sandesaya that it is not in the peoples’ interest to pursue a military solution. Commenting on the Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake’s public proclamation to crush Tamil rebels and opposition to a cessation of hostilities, Mr. Jayaratne said that the majority in the PA wish was to end the conflict by negotiated settlement. There is no alternative for the people in Sri Lanka than the warring parties having talks , as no conflict in the recent history has been resolved by means of war and force, minister Jayaratne further added.

Earlier, Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim, who met Prabhakaran in Malawi, Vanni, also mentioned of LTTE’s willingness to open talks unconditionally. Minister Jayaratne said that he is yet to know details of the proposals put forward by the Norwegians. Prabhakaran in his Hero’s Day address has said that the LTTE is seriously considering the proposals . A press release sent by the International Secretariat of LTTE in London quoted the LTTE leader saying " If the government takes the initiative we will respond positively".
Published: Mon Nov 27 12:03:49 EST 2000

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LTTE Leader vowed to liberate Jaffna, Nov 28 2000 08:50 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 27 (UNI) LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran today vowed to liberate Jaffna as ''the Sinhala nation cannot impose sovereignty over the historically constituted lands of the Tamils by military aggression'' and said he was willing to have 'unconditional' talks with the Sri Lankan government to resolve the conflict. But before the talks, he insisted on a process of de-escalation of war and the creation of a conducive climate of goodwill and normalcy in the Tamil homeland to facilitate talks. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:15:13 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka no closer to peace after rebel offer: analysts, Nov 28 2000 11:18 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (AFP) - An offer of talks by Sri Lanka's Tamil rebel supremo has done little to boost peace hopes despite intense international pressure to end the bloodshed, analysts here said Tuesday. Rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran announced Monday he was ready for "unconditional" talks with the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, but qualified the offer by insisting on "conditions of normalcy."Sri Lanka's moderate Tamil party, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), said it saw the contradictions in Prabhakaran's "unconditional" offer, but at the same time wanted the government to respond by calling a ceasefire. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:13:53 EST 2000
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High life in Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.40 p.m November 27. Prices are on the increase again in Sri Lanka as wheat flour went up by Rs.2 per kilo from yesterday, raising the prices of bread and other flour based food items.

The Ceylon Electricity is also likely to increase domestic electricity rates by 10 per cent in view of the recent hike in diesel price which increased the price of consumer goods.

People in Sri Lanka have been burdened with constant price hikes this year with water, electricity, gas, fuel, telephone prices going up.
Published: Tue Nov 28 01:57:03 EST 2000

Premier vows to crush the LTTE
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Monday November 27. Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake has pooh-poohed recent remarks by British Junior Minister Peter Hain who on an official visit to Sri Lanka last week asked the government to look at the Northern Ireland peace process as an example for future talks with Tamil Tiger rebels.

The Premier who assumed duties as Acting Defence Minister last Friday while President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge is overseas, asserted on Saturday, that the government will first crush the LTTE militarily before a political solution is effected to end the crisis. Wickremanayake further added that the State will not opt for a cease-fire with the rebels given that past experiences has proved that the Tigers call for a truce only when it is militarily weak. The LTTE have also previously been the first to violate three cease-fires enacted between the government and the rebel fighting force.
Published: Mon Nov 27 04:12:57 EST 2000

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British envoy draws flak from Sinhalas, Tamils
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, November 27. BRITISH Minister for State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Peter Hain, who was here last week, is not the most popular man among Sri Lankans, whether Sinhalas or Tamils. If the Sinhalas accuse him of being partial, indeed indulgent, towards a "terrorist and fascist" LTTE, the Tamils are accusing him of being soft on the Sri Lankan Government, brushing the latter's "brutalities" under the carpet. Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake told a gathering in Horana on Saturday, that the British experience in Northern Ireland, which Mr Hain tried to sell as a model, was not applicable to the Sri Lankan conflict and that the best solution to the LTTE problem was to totally eliminate it militarily. More...
Published: Mon Nov 27 19:40:59 EST 2000

Population going down in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.00 p.m November 28. Census and Statistics sources in Sri Lanka said yesterday that an actual drop in Sri Lanka's population was expected in the coming years with effective family planning methods practiced widely in the country.

Birth ratio in relation to the total population has continuously taken a downward trend since 1992. Which was 20.5 per 1000 population in 1992 has declined to 17.9 in 1997. It is expected to come down further this year.

The department said that that increasing migration from the country too will contribute to a drop in the population in the future. It noted in addition that number of males in the country has gone down due to various circumstances like the war.
Published: Tue Nov 28 01:57:04 EST 2000

Sri Lankan trainee teachers arrested over massacre
MSNBC, november 27. Sri Lankan police have arrested three Sinhalese trainee teachers over a massacre last month of 27 former Tamil rebels and child soldiers at a rehabilitation camp, lawyers said on Monday. ''The suspects were singled out by survivors of the massacre at an identification parade conducted by a magistrate,'' said Sarath Jayamanne, a senior lawyer of the Attorney General's Department in charge of the prosecution. the three suspects were students at the nearby Uva College of Education which trains teachers for jobs in government schools. More identification parades were planned. More...
Published: Mon Nov 27 07:26:33 EST 2000

Heli Tours flights reduced to one daily
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.50 a.m. SLT Monday November 27. The Sri Lanka Air Force has decided to reduce its twice daily civilian flights to Jaffna since the passenger loads have dropped considerably since the operation began on the 17th of this month.

Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said the passenger flights from Colombo to Jaffna would be reduced to one a day beginning today since the demand for air travel from the Island's capital to the war torn north had dropped.
Published: Mon Nov 27 04:12:57 EST 2000

Cancer hospital nurses suspend strike action
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.30 p.m November 28. Nurses of the cancer hospital in Maharagama who had stopped giving chemotherapy to cancer patients, demanding a risk allowance decided to suspend their trade union action from today.

Cancer hospital nurses stopped giving chemotherapy to patients last week putting their lives in danger, demanding that their risk allowance be increased to Rs.1000 from Rs. 250.
Published: Mon Nov 27 04:19:55 EST 2000

G. L. indicates to India peace talks with the LTTE will be soon
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 a.m. SLT Monday November 27. Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister for Industrial Development in India to attend the Economic Trade Summit 2000 indicated yesterday to an Indian news service that peace talks with the LTTE is on the cards.

The Minister had maintained that it is now upto the Tigers to spell out how sincere they are in negotiations as the government already has a base to begin talks which are the amendments to minority rights contained in the draft constitutional proposals.
Published: Mon Nov 27 04:12:57 EST 2000

India feels threat of Balkanisation
The Island, November 29. To the alarm of India’s Hindu-nationalist leaders, Prabhakaran’s influence is steadily growing within Tamil Nadu itself. This was dramatically illustrated recently when the bandit, Veerappan, himself a Tamil, finally released his matinee idol hostage, Rajkumar, after holding him in the jungle for 108 days. The man who negotiated Rajkumar’s release was P Nedumaran, a known LTTE supporter, and extreme Tamil nationalist politician. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 20:23:52 EST 2000

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