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APRIL 8, 2004 EST, USA
 
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US congress members to visit Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 11:00 EDT . COLOMBO, April 8 (Xinhua) -- A bipartisan delegation from the US House of Representatives will make a brief visit to Sri Lanka - next week, the US embassy here said on Thursday. Members of the bipartisan delegation include Representative David Dreier, a Republican from California and Chairman of the House Rules Committee; Representative Karen McCarthy, a Republican from Missouri and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; and Representative Grace F. Napolitano, a Democrat from California and a member of the House International Relations Committee, the US embassy said in a statement. The US delegation's visit comes after President Chandrika Kumaratunga's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) defeated the United National Party led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the April 2 parliamentary elections. The UPFA won 105 seats in the 225-member parliament but was still short of the 113 seat needed to form a government alone. Discussion with smaller parties on the forming of the minority government is underway and the new cabinet is expected to be announced in the next few days.Copyright 2004 XINHUA all rights reserved as distributed by WorldSources, Inc.
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Tigers demand talks on self-rule; Sri Lanka in army recruitment ...
channelnewsasia.com, April 08, 2004, 13:05 EST. COLOMBO : Tamil Tiger rebels asked Sri Lanka's incoming government to open talks based on their blueprint for self-rule which had previously been rejected by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. More...
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Sri Lanka s Tamils optimistic over peace
bbc.co.uk, 2004/04/08. Residents of Jaffna town in the northern heartland of Sri Lanka's minority Tamil community are cautiously optimistic that the new government will resume peace talks with the country's Tamil Tiger rebels. More...
Published: Thu Apr 8 09:24:55 EDT 2004 Back to the top

China wishes peace, stability for Sri Lanka , FM spokesman, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 10:18 EDT . BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said here Thursday that China wishes peace and stability for Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Muslim party to sit in opposition in parliament, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 11:00 EDT . COLOMBO, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main Muslim party said on Thursday that they would occupy opposition benches in the new parliament to be convened on April 22 due to their disagreement with the new government over its proposals for constitutional reform... Back to the top

US continues to provide aid to demining training in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 12:37 EDT . - - US continues to provide aid to demining training in Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Hundreds of Sri Lankan would-be illegal migrants sentenced to jail
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 13:52 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan court on Thursday sentenced 264 young men to a year in prison with hard labor for trying to illegally migrate to Italy, an official said... Back to the top

Karuna Says Prabhakaran Cannot Force a Solution on the East
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.00 A.M Thursday April 8. (by Bandula Jayasekara in Karuna's Thoppigala Camp) LTTE's rebel eastern commander Karuna Amman says that LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran cannot force a solution on the east and only Karuna has the responsibility to speak on behalf of his people's aspirations and to represent them... Back to the top

Sri Lanka lays a welcome mat for India
atimes.com, 2004/04/08. BANGALORE - While India can be expected to view with caution the welcome mat that Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, is laying out for Delhi, the invitation, which is aimed at getting India to play a larger role in the Sri Lankan peace process, could signal the start of deepening engagement between the two countries... Back to the top

US congress members to visit Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 2004/04/08. COLOMBO, -- A bipartisan delegation from the US House of Representatives will make a brief visit to Sri Lanka next week, the US embassy here said on Thursday... Back to the top

LTTE demands talks on self-rule plan
outlookindia.com, 2004/04/08. Tamil Tiger rebels today demanded that the new Sri Lankan government open peace talks with them based on their blueprint for self rule which was previously rejected by President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

India assures its continuous support to Lankan peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 7, 2004, 11.09 pm . Indian today assured its continuous support to Sri Lanka’s fragile peace process... Back to the top

Oath taking ceremony of the new cabinet postponed?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 7, 2004, 10.44 pm. Due to the failure by the main political parties to hand over their national list nominations to the Elections Department, the oath taking ceremony of the new United Peoples Freedom Alliance government is expected to be postponed, even though initial plans was for the ceremony to take place tomorrow (Thursday)... Back to the top

AS-GEN--Sri Lanka-Rebels
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 06:33 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday they are ready for a renewed war if it is thrust on them, but vowed not to fire the first shot, preferring instead to find a political solution to their demand for an autonomous homeland... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger proxy party demand talks on self-rule proposal
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 05:04 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A political party representing Tamil Tiger separatists demanded on Thursday that the government revive peace talks with the rebels based on their blueprint for self rule... Back to the top

Lanka sails deeper into uncertainty
rediff.com, April 08,2004. 06:30 AM EST. The hung parliament thrown up by the April 2 general election in Sri Lanka does not augur well for the island nation, or for India... Back to the top

Sri Lankan new gov t to resume peace talks with Tamil rebels
peopledaily.com.cn, 08 April. Sri Lanka's new government is to resume peace negotiations with the Tamil Tiger rebels to achieve durable and just peace in the war-torn country, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Wednesday... Back to the top

S Lanka president likely to take key cabinet posts
deepikaglobal.com, Thursday, April 8, 2004. COLOMBO, Apr 7 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's cabinet could be sworn in as soon as tomorrow with President Chandrika Kumaratunga likely to keep top posts for herself, and with deal-making still under way after Friday's vote left her party shy of a majority... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president says her new government is ready to restart peace talks with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 10:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's hardline president said Wednesday her new government would restart peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Chandrika ready to talk with LTTE
hinduonnet.com, April 07, 2004, 20:50 EST. Colombo, April 8. (PTI): Sri Lanka's new government was preparing to open peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said over national television on Wednesday Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's hardline president pledges to restart stalled peace talks with guerrillas
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 12:19 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president known for her hardline stance toward the Tamil Tiger separatists said Wednesday her new government would restart peace talks with the guerrillas, who fought a two-decade civil war on this island off southern India... Back to the top

S.Lankan new govt wants India to play more direct role in peace, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu April 8, 2004 13:43 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's new government wants its giant neighbor India to play a more direct role in the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels, the official Daily News said on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Prime Minister to Halt Bank, Rail Sales (Update3)
bloomberg.com, April 7. Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, said he will stop the government's sale of stakes in banks, railways and some other companies, a program that was key to his predecessor's efforts to bolster the economy... Back to the top

At least two killed in post-election violence in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 08:59 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's parliamentary polls were among the least violent in a decade, a group of independent observers said Wednesday, but warned that post-election violence could escalate following the killings of at least two people... Back to the top

Indo-Lanka ties on verge of golden era : Kadirgamar
hinduonnet.com, Wednesday, April 7, 2004 : 1955 Hrs IST. Colombo, April 7. (PTI): Describing Indo-Sri Lanka relations as being on the "verge of a golden era," the island's Foreign Minister-designate Laksman Kadirgamar, today said discussions would be held to involve India in the peace process with LTTE... Back to the top

Corruption, authoritarianism infect Asia's emerging democracies, U.S. watchdog warns
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 02:46 EDT . D'ARCY DORAN - Associated Press Writer - In Sri Lanka - , the Tamil Tiger rebels appeared unwilling to become a democratic group despite their role in the ongoing peace process after two decades of civil war, the report said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan minor party may support new government
People's Daily, 07 April. A political party representing people of Indian origin Tamils said Tuesday that it does not rule out the possibility of joining the new freedom alliance government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president and defeated prime minister to meet for talks
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 02:58 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her rival, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, were preparing Wednesday to meet for their first talks since they failed late last year to resolve a feud, leading to last week's snap elections, officials said... Back to the top

President Gayoom congratulates new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
haveeru.com.mv, April 07, 2004, 8:15 AM EST. MALE, April 7 -- President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has sent a message to Mahinda Rajapakse, in which he extended warm congratulations and sincere good wishes to him, on behalf of the government and people of the Maldives, and that of his own, on Rajapakse’s assumption of office as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Back to the top

Former Australian skipper lends support to Muralitharan
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 03:14 EDT . - - Muralitharan, who is vying with Australian legspinner Shane Warne to be the most prolific test wicket-taker of all time, was reported for chucking after taking 28 wickets in the recent 3-0 series loss to Australia in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

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