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APRIL 29, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 24

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LTTE announces its willingness to resume peace talks with new Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 29, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. The LTTE today announced that they were ready to resume peace talks with the new government under the mediation of the Norwegian government. The Political Wing Leader of the LTTE S.P. Thamilselvam made this announcement during a news conference, soon after he met Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Chief Trond Furhovde.

The SLMM Chief is reported to have expressed hope that peace talks would be resumed under the conditions of the ceasefire agreement signed between former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE Leader Prabhakaran in February 2002. The Head of the LTTE Political Wing assured the SLMM Chief that the LTTE remains committed to the CFA and the peace process and would continue to extend its fullest support to their (SLMM) mission.

Meanwhile the LTTE Peace Secretariat today stated that: In a meeting that lasted for an hour Major General Trond Furuhovde, Head of the SLMM discussed with the Head of the LTTE Political Wing Mr. S.P. Tamilselvam matters relating to the murders of LTTE cadres in Batticaloa early this week.

Reiterating his feelings on the atrocity committed, General Furuhovde said that it was a barbaric act and he is making inquiries into the matter and will be submitting a report very soon.
Published: Thu Apr 29 14:09:02 EDT 2004


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REGION: Sri Lanka in talks with India ahead of Tamil negotiations
dailytimes.com.pk, Friday, April 30, 2004. COLOMBO Sri Lanka's new government held its first talks with neighbouring India on Thursday ahead of plans to revive stalled peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels. Lakshman Kadirgamar, the foreign minister in President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s government, met Indian leaders on a brief visit to New Delhi before Norwegian peace brokers begin a trip to Sri Lanka at the weekend. More...
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Government to provide jobs for 27,000 unemployed graduates
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 29, 2004, 11.55 p.m. The newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government has decided to call for applications from all unemployed graduates numbering to some 27,000 from May 1 to fill all state sector vacancies. Application forms will be issued by the divisional secretariats from next Monday. This action is been taken in order to fullfil an election pledge given to the people by the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Government sources said that this was the first time that a large number of unemployed graduates are to be engaged in employment. These graduates who are to be recruited for public (state) sector jobs will be given two year training on management. They will be paid 6000 rupees as a monthly salary, during the training period. These graduates are to be engaged in the teaching profession, judicial service, regional public administration, customs and public relation fields.
Published: Thu Apr 29 13:58:16 EDT 2004 Back to the top

LTTE, trade unions to hold May Day in Batticaloa
tamilnet.com, April 29. Trade unions, public organizations and the Liberation Tigers in the Batticaloa district will jointly hold the May Day at 4:00 p... Back to the top

World News Sri Lankan foreign minister says India must come in ...
newkerala.com, April 29, 2004, 01:40 PM EST. Two days before Norway resumes Sri Lanka's peace process, Colombo's new foreign minister has urged India to play a "direct role" to help resolve the dragging ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Local curfew in Sri Lanka imposed after 2 die in ethnic violence+
Associated Press, Thu April 29, 2004 09:18 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 29 (Kyodo) Police in central Sri Lanka - on Thursday imposed an indefinite curfew and troops were deployed to help maintain law and order in the tea-growing region of Kandapola following ethnic violence resulting in two deaths, the police said... Back to the top

Forces Say SLMM is asleep and ineffective - We are powerless- SLMM
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M 29 April. Security forces say that the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is asleep and utterly ineffective and the monitors had not done anything to prevent the LTTE from violating the ceasefire agreement signed between the government and the LTTE... Back to the top

U.N. official warns Sri Lanka risks losing refugee aid+
Associated Press, Thu April 29, 2004 09:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 29 (Kyodo) The U.N. refugee agency on Thursday warned that Sri Lanka - risks losing international funding for refugees without ''renewed focus'' on the unresolved problem of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs)... Back to the top

Tamil rebels say attacks could threaten Sri Lankan cease-fire
Associated Press, Thu April 29, 2004 07:13 EDT . JOE ARIYARATNAM - Associated Press Writer - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels lodged a protest with peace monitors on Thursday, alleging an attack on one of their camps was carried out by renegade rebels with help from government forces, and warning it could threaten a shaky cease-fire... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Newly Elected Monks in Parliamentary Storm
oneworld.net, april 29. COLOMBO, Apr 29 (OneWorld) - A series of attacks on Buddhist temples and the intimidation of monks in Parliament, allegedly by a ruling hardline leftist party in Sri Lanka, has sparked fears among the monks, who entered the political arena in this month's elections... Back to the top

India favors early resumption of peace process in embattled Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu April 29, 2004 10:38 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - NEW DELHI (AP) India called for an early resumption of peace talks in Sri Lanka - , but ruled out any role in negotiating a lasting settlement between the government and separatist Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s foreign minister in India
bbc.co.uk, April 29, 2004, 08:10 AM EST. Sri Lanka's foreign minister is meeting Indian leaders in the first high-level exchange between the two neighbours after the recent change of government in Colombo... Back to the top

US conducts military humanitarian medical mission in N. Sri Lanka
peopledaily.com.cn, 29 April . A team of some 20 US military medical specialists is on a humanitarian surgical training mission in war-battered north Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka this week, according to US embassy here... Back to the top

U.N. appeals to government, Tamil rebels to work for 400,000 refugees' return
Associated Press, Thu April 29, 2004 03:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United Nations on Thursday urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to work together to allow around 400,000 Sri Lankans to return to their homes, which they were forced to flee during the country's 19-year civil war... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers and truce monitors to discuss killing of rebels in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed April 28, 2004 12:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels will meet Nordic cease-fire monitors Thursday to discuss a recent attack on a rebel camp which killed seven guerillas, a rebel spokesman said... Back to the top

Eight more government ministers join Kumaratunga's Cabinet
Associated Press, Wed April 28, 2004 03:55 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Wednesday appointed eight news ministers from the Marxist party, ending an internal power struggle that had threatened the stability of her new coalition government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sweep series
bbc.co.uk, April 29, 2004, 01:40 PM EST. Muttiah Muralitharan grabbed five wickets as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 25 runs in Harare to claim a 5-0 clean sweep in the one-day series... Back to the top

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