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APRIL 23, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 18

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Sri Lankan president welcomes Norway's willingness to resume brokering peace talks
Associated Press, Fri April 23, 2004 10:35 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president, a harsh critic of past peace talks, has welcomed Norway's willingness to resume brokering negotiations between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, her spokesman said Friday. The guerrillas, who launched an insurgency in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's minority Tamils, accuse the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. Nearly 65,000 people have been killed in the conflict. A Norwegian-brokered cease-fire has remained in effect for two years, despite the suspension of peace talks.

During earlier negotiations, the rebels agreed to settle for extensive autonomy instead of a separate nation.

Kumaratunga, who was blinded in one eye by a rebel assassination attempt, has previously accused Norway of favoring the rebels and of overstepping its mandate as peace broker.

Norway, which has mediated in some of the world's worst conflicts, including those in the Middle East, always insists that both sides request its help.

``After we have received requests from both sides about continuing our efforts, we will enter a phase in which we consult with the parties on how to move the process further,'' Bondevik said Friday.

The political rivalry between Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe has dominated Sri Lankan politics for years and has complicated attempts to seek a resolution of the civil war.

Kumaratunga dissolved the previous parliament, led by Wickremesinghe, and ordered elections more than three years ahead of schedule.

Her alliance won the largest number of seats but did not receive the majority needed to take outright control of Parliament. Progress in peace talks may be difficult because her alliance partner, the Marxist People's Liberation Front, is opposed to giving the Tigers any suggestion of autonomy or self-rule.
Published: Fri Apr 23 11:42:02 EDT 2004


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Anti-terror financial network full of holes
Aftenposten, April 23. Norwegian financial institutions don't check whether money flows from Norway to known terror organizations such as Hamas, ETA or the Tamil Tigers. Norwegian authorities haven't required them to do so. Norway is obligated to fight financing of terrorism under a UN convention that it signed after the September 11 attacks in the US. Norway also quickly approved a law making funding of terrorist organizations punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But several known terrorist organizations aren't on the list of those that banks and other financial institutions are supposed to watch out for. More...
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Sri Lanka s President betrayed renegade commander . .
tamilnet.com, April 23. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) blasted the Sri Lanka Government for the pandemonium caused in Parliament on Friday, and asked Ms.Kumaratunge's government to take responsibility for its defeat. Although the JHU assured Ms.Kumaratunge of their votes, her betrayal of renegade Eastern Commander forced them to decide against supporting her, JHU said in a press conference held in Colombo today. JHU further said that its members would willingly sacrifice their lives to prevent the creation of Tamil Eelam. More...
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Defeated government gets out of hand in Parliament
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 22, 2004, 11.21 pm. The inaugural session of Sri Lanka's 13th Parliament was marred by unruly behaviour by members of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government... Back to the top

Kumaratunga's political alliance loses vote for Parliament speaker, in setback for government
Associated Press, Thu April 22, 2004 12:12 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's alliance lost a crucial parliamentary vote Thursday, failing to get its candidate into the powerful speaker's post in a major political setback... Back to the top

More than 1000 Sri Lanka child soldiers return home
reuters.com, 23 Apr 2004 10:07. COLOMBO (Reuters) - More than 1,000 children who fought for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have returned home in the last month, in the biggest release since the start of the island's 20-year civil war, UNICEF said on Friday... Back to the top

S.Lankan Buddhist monk legislators face threats but vows to go ahead, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri April 23, 2004 08:41 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- A group of Buddhist monks elected as legislators in Sri Lanka - 's new parliament Friday vowed to go ahead in their task of building a Buddhist righteous state despite receiving death threats... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's minority government faces test as new Parliament opens
Associated Press, Wed April 21, 2004 23:37 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's minority government faced its first test in Parliament on Thursday with a crucial vote for the chamber's speaker in which the governing coalition must draw votes from smaller parties to succeed... Back to the top

US gives equipment to Sri Lankan farmers in east, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri April 23, 2004 08:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials have given farm equipment worth over 25,000 US dollars to farmers at the Agrarian Service Center in Siyambalanduwa, eastern Sri Lanka - , a US embassy statement available on Friday said... Back to the top

Freed child soldiers must not be re-recruited by LTTE following disbanding of Eastern command
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.45 P.M Thursday 22 April. The International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today urged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to end confusion and state clearly that it will not re-recruit any of the children released in recent weeks... Back to the top

International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers urges LTTE to make a ‘clear statement’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 22, 2004, 11.40 pm. The International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today urged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to make a clear statement that they (LTTE) will not re-recruit any of the children released within the last few weeks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: speaker selection creates uproar in the Parliament
HiPakistan, April 22, 2004, 7:45 AM EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's 13th Parliament opened its session with a stalemate over who to appoint speaker, with results of a secret ballot Thursday showing lawmakers evenly divided between candidates of the governing coalition and the main opposition... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers accuse UNICEF of not doing enough to rehabilitate freed child soldiers.
Associated Press, Thu April 22, 2004 01:59 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels have accused UNICEF of not doing enough to rehabilitate former child soldiers who fought for the guerrillas during their two-decade civil war with the government... Back to the top

RECORD FOR JAYASURIYA IN SRI LANKA WIN
sportinglife.com, April 22, 2004, 10:40 AM EST. Sanath Jayasuriya became his country's record run-scorer in one-day international cricket as Sri Lanka trounced troubled Zimbabwe by nine wickets in Bulawayo today... Back to the top

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