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Sri Lankan rebels appeal for ceasefire, talks, Dec 16 2000 21:06 IST. LONDON, Dec 16 (AFP) - Sri Lankan Tamil rebels Saturday urged world leaders to help them rekindle peace talks with the government in Colombo by bringing about a ceasefire. "We appeal to the international governments to use their good offices and persuade Sri Lanka to abandon its hardline militaristic position and seek (...) to find a negotiated political settlement" to the separatist problem, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said in a press statement released by its secretariat in London. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:02:34 EST 2000
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Lanka ready for immediate talks with Tigers  - Times of India
Sri Lanka rules out ceasefire  - The Hindu NUS
S.Lanka still waiting for reply from Tigers on talks  - ABC News
Government trying to scuttle peace process, alleges LTTE  - The Hindu (International)
Confidence-building steps no substitute for talks: Kadirgamar  - The Hindu
‘Negotiations with LTTE only after talks’  - India Abroad

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Sri Lanka Troops Wrest Rebel Land
Yahoo, December 16 . Sri Lankan government troops captured rebel-controlled territory Saturday in an offensive in the northern Jaffna Peninsula that left at least 38 dead and 66 wounded, a defense ministry spokesman said.The new assault came after efforts to bring the government and Tamil Tiger rebels back into negotiations stalled. The government said last week it would not scale back fighting as a precondition for talks as the rebels demand. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:11:33 EST 2000
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Lankan troops launch operation against Tigers  - Times of India (Breaking News)
38 killed as Lanka troops launch fresh offensive  - Times of India
Sri Lanka Army, Rebels Suffer Losses  - ABC News
Sri Lanka troops capture territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels  - ABC News
Lankan army captures key route; 38 killed  - India Abroad
Deadly fighting grips Lanka, toll 14  -
Lanka troops launch fresh offensive, 14 killed  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Sri Lankan Army claims gaining areas  - The Hindu NUS
Lankan Army launches ‘Operation Kinihara'  - India Abroad
Sri Lanka troops take key road after heavy fighting  -
Sri Lanka says launches offensive in Jaffna  - ABC News
Sri Lanka fighting toll hits 14  -
Heavy fighting grips Sri Lanka, toll 14  -
Sri Lanka resumes fresh anti-Tiger drive  -

Colombo against foreign interference
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on December 16, 2000. Colombo, Dec. 16. (UNI): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has said the Government does not want any foreign country to interfere in the domestic affairs of the country, particularly the ethnic crisis. "This problem is ours. It has to be settled by us and not by others," he said while delivering the keynote address at a seminar here yesterday. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:20:47 EST 2000

Sri Lankan govt. urged to negotiate solution to the ethnic conflict., Dec 16 2000 11:00 IST. Colombo, Dec 16 (UNI) Ten leading Sri Lankan human rights activists have urged the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to seize the opportunity provided by international facilitation to negotiate a just and durable solution to the island nation's ethnic conflict. In a joint statement, they said though both LTTE and the government have been sending mixed signals to each other and the international community concerning a possible peace process, the broad contours of negotiating positions enumerated by both parties lend themselves to some optimism. Signatories included Ms Sunila Abeyasekera, Dr Radhika Coomraswamy, Dr Jehn Perera and Mr Rohan Edrisinha. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 03:17:11 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka ready for immediate peace talks with Tamil rebels, says FM  -

Sri Lanka warns Britain to ban Tamil Tigers
Yahoo India, Saturday December 16, 5:36 PM. Sri Lanka on Saturday warned Britain to outlaw Tamil Tiger groups operating from the country or risk a worsening in relations. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said that after new anti-terrorism legislation takes effect next year, Britain would no longer be able to argue that it had no law to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whose international offices are in London. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:27:55 EST 2000

Sri Lanka raps UK Minister
The Hindustan Times, Colombo December 16. Sri Lanka cannot agree to give the minority Tamils the right to "self-determination" partly because the grant of such a right to a group here will adversely affect the stability of states in the South Asian region, including India, says the Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr.Lakshman Kadirgamar. In an interview to the state owned Daily News which appeared on Saturday, Mr. Kadirgamar castigated the British Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Peter Hain, for suggesting that the minority Tamils be given the right to self-determination albeit within a united Sri Lanka. "We must remember that there are constitutional arrangements which already exist in the region. India, for instance is a Federal Union and there is no question of self-determination for any of the Indian states. And I do not see any reason whatsoever why we should confer on any group of persons in Sri Lanka, on any minority, the right to self determination in the sense of including the right to secession. Statements of that kind disturb the situation in the region. They create needless problem for us," Mr. Kadirgamar said. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 20:08:19 EST 2000

Pondicherry minister-LTTE nexus details with Centre
Times of India (Breaking News), 16 December 2000. Pondicherry Chief Minister P Shanmugham on Saturday said he had sent allegations of links between a minister of his Cabinet and the LTTE to the Centre for further action. It was now left to the Centre and the police to take any action on the allegations made by PWD Minister Kannan, he told reporters here. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:08:58 EST 2000
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Centre has to take action: Pondy CM  - The Hindu NUS

No SAARC summit possible, Lanka agrees with India
India Abroad, Dec 16, 2000 19:55 Hrs (IST) . NO summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is possible in the near future given the present state of relations between India and Pakistan, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said Saturday."Reality has to be met square and fair," Kadirgmar said in response to questions at a press conference organized by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:05:52 EST 2000
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Indo-Pakistan tensions rule out SAARC summits for time being  -

Sri Lankan minister stresses cabinet united over peace bid, Dec 16 2000 10:38 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 16 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's cabinet is committed to a Norwegian-backed bid to start talks with Tamil Tiger separatists, and rumours that it is divided over the moves are unfounded, a state-run daily quoted a minister as saying Saturday. The Daily News quoted Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa as saying that ministers were agreed on the peace process and there were no differences of opinion among them. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 03:17:39 EST 2000
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Lanka says no differences in cabinet on peace moves  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Lankan cabinet united over talks with LTTE  - India Abroad

South Africa beat Sri Lanka in tour opener
Times of India (Breaking News), 16 December 2000. Man of the match Jonty Rhodes hit an unbeaten 61 and Gary Kirsten 58 as South Africa beat Sri Lanka on Friday by four wickets with 16 balls to spare in the first one-day international in Port Elizabeth.The visitors - batting first after winning the toss - were bowled out for 221 in an unconvincing knock saved only by Kumar Sangakkara (84) and Romesh Kaluwitharana (55). More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 23:59:36 EST 2000
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Cricket: South Africa beat Sri Lanka in one-day international  - NDTV/MSNBC

Ministers unaware of plans for talks with LTTE
The Hindu (International), Saturday, December 16, 2000. The Junior Defence Minister, Mr. Anuruddha Ratwatte, raised the issue in a meeting held after the Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, on Tuesday announced the decision to open unconditional negotiations with the Tigers before discussing it in the Cabinet, the Island newspaper said. Another privately- owned newspaper, the Daily Mirror, said Mr. Ratwatte was backed by several Cabinet colleagues. The Mirror said Mr. Ratwatte challenged the Prime Minister, Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, to deny that he was also unaware of the peace moves until the media carried reports of the plans announced by the Foreign Minister. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 15:45:56 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka ministers in the dark over Tamil Tiger talks  -
Govt. move to resume talks with LTTE Ratwatte complains of not being consulted  - Island
Ministers angry at being ignored about LTTE talks  - India Abroad

India expresses concern over Lankan firing on its fishermen
Yahoo India, Friday December 15, 10:50 PM. New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) India Friday expressed concern at firing on its fishermen by Sri Lankan patrolling teams and asked Colombo to ensure that such incidents were avoided. This was conveyed by Indian External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh during a meeting with visiting Sri Lankan Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. The Sri Lankan Minister made a courtesy call on Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The two foreign ministers discussed the problems of fishermen from both countries and highlighted the humanitarian aspect of the problem faced by the poor people for whom fishing was the only means of living. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 15:51:42 EST 2000

India supports Sri Lanka peace talks
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 16 December, 2000, 03:38 GMT . India says it supports a negotiated political settlement in Sri Lanka. The statement coincided with the visit of the Sri Lankan foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, who met his Indian counterpart, Jaswant Singh, in Delhi. The Norwegian peace broker, Eric Solheim, had said during his recent visit to Delhi that India can play a major role in negotiating a peace settlement in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 00:05:39 EST 2000

Search underway for gold buried in Jaffna minefields, Dec 15 2000 14:10 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 15 (AFP) - A government operation has begun to help residents of Sri Lanka's war-torn Jaffna peninsula recover valuables buried for safekeeping, defence officials said Friday. More than 120 grams (4.2 ounces) of gold was found by two Tamil residents in Sarasali after security forces cleared the area of mines on Tuesday, according to a statement. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 08:46:41 EST 2000

Alliance calls for ban on fundraising for terrorist groups
NationalPost, december 14. The Official Opposition is calling for government action against terrorist fundraising after Canada's intelligence service reported that front organizations for Tamil Tigers are channelling up to $2-million a year to the Sri Lankan guerrilla group.While Canada plays peacemaker on the international stage, front groups are working within the country to finance political violence, he said. "Here we are basically turning a blind eye to this sort of behaviour, and I think it's time to put our money where our mouth is and pass a law. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 12:18:26 EST 2000

Court of Appeal releases Screen actor charged with rape.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1550SLT 15.12.00. Kamal Adararachchi famous film actor was today found not guilty of charges of rape by the Appeal Court. He was earlier convicted by high court for allegedly raping a 18 year old girl.
Published: Fri Dec 15 04:50:18 EST 2000

Sri Lankan FM to visit Nepal to restart SAARC summit plans, Dec 15 2000 22:06 IST. KATHMANDU, Dec 15 (AFP) - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakhsman Kadirgamar is due to arrive in Nepal Sunday on a two-day visit for dicussions on the delayed regional summit of South Asian nations, state-run radio reported. Kadirgamar is coming here at the invitation of Nepalese Foreign Minister Chakra Prasad Bastola who is looking to push ahead with plans for convening the long delayed SAARC summit, which was scheduled to be held in Kathmandu in November 1999. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 12:41:50 EST 2000

Indian police detain Tamil nationalist leader
Yahoo India, Friday December 15, 4:10 PM. MADRAS (Reuters) - Police in Tamil Nadu state detained a Tamil nationalist leader, P. Nedumaran, and a dozen others on Friday as they staged a protest opposing the deportation of a Sri Lankan Tamil politician. Nedumaran, known as a sympathiser of Sri Lanka's rebel Tamil Tigers, was protesting Indian authorities' decision to deport Tamil Eelam Liberation Front leader M.K. Eelaventhan. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 11:07:52 EST 2000

Cricket-International cricketers to be investigated - Condon
Yahoo India, Friday December 15, 4:34 PM. International cricketers named in an Indian police report into match-fixing will be interviewed in the light of new evidence submitted to International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption chief Paul Condon. Condon, the head of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit, told a news conference on Friday he had met officials from the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) during a visit to India last week along with special investigators from the cricket boards of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 11:08:51 EST 2000

Prabhakaran extradition approach not to impede peace in Lanka
The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Dec 15. India today said its approach on the issue of extradition of LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran was neither to impede peace and reconstruction in Sri Lanka nor did it suggest any change in Government's policy. "Our approach is neither to impede peace and reconstruction in Sri Lanka nor does it suggest any change in Government of India's policy, " a foreign office spokesman told reporters in response to questions. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 10:52:16 EST 2000

UPDATE 1-Top Sri Lanka banks in tie-up talks
Yahoo India, December 15. (Updates with analysts' comments) COLOMBO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Two of Sri Lanka's biggest financial institutions, DFCC Bank and Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd , are in talks on a tie-up to form the island's largest financial services group. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 08:52:46 EST 2000
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DFCC and Commercial Bank to merge forming the largest bank in the country  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Sri Lanka's stand a positive step to commence negotiations - Norwegian spokesman
CDN, 15 December 2000. The Norwegian Government has expressed its satisfaction over Sri Lanka's stand on having talks with the LTTE.Referring to Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar's statement on Tuesday regarding the talks, the Spokesman of the Norwegian mission in Colombo Tomas Stangeland told the Daily News that the Oslo Government considers it as a positive step to commence political negotiations.Minister Kadirgamar announced on Tuesday that the Sri Lankan Government was ready to commence political talks forthwith the LTTE while fighting is on. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 00:30:11 EST 2000

Sri Lankan nabbed in Oslo
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 p.m Friday 15. A Sri Lankan national arriving from India has been nabbed with a consignment of heroine , "The Lanka Academic" sources in Oslo revealed today. The heroine having an open market value of over 3 million Norwegian kroners had been concealed in a suitcase when the man was apprehended at the airport in Gardamone, Oslo. Sources in Oslo say that the detection of the suspect is likely to raise eyebrows among the authorities in Norway as to whether action is long over due regarding the alleged drug trafficking by certain rebel front organizations in Norway. The Sri Lankan national is in custody pending investigations. The Norwegian drug enforcement officers and the Norwegian police are conducting further investigations.
Published: Fri Dec 15 07:43:47 EST 2000

Lankan Foreign Minister meets Jaswant Singh
NDTV/MSNBC, December 15 . Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar is on an official visit to India. He met with the Minister of External Affairs Jaswant Singh today. Mr. Kadirgamar's visit comes at a time when the Norwegian team, led by Erik Solheim, has stepped up efforts to bring the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government to the negotiating table. It is understood that these developments were discussed between the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister and his Indian counterpart. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 08:50:14 EST 2000

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