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APRIL 30, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 25

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Lanka s bank warns of recession, April 30, 2004, 11:30PM 2004 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's central bank yesterday forecast an economic slowdown this year after 5.9 per cent growth in 2003 and warned of a recession unless the new government pursues peace with Tamil Tiger rebels. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka was revising its growth forecast down from More...
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Curfew still imposed in central Sri Lanka after ethnic clashes
Associated Press, Fri April 30, 2004 00:54 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A curfew remained in force Friday in a central Sri Lankan town two days after police shot at least two Tamils to death during communal clashes. Sri Lanka - 's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse visited the area Thursday.

Nuwara Eliya is home to tens of thousands of Tamils, whose forebears were brought from neighboring India by the British to work on tea plantations when both countries were colonies.

The area has been largely untouched by the Tamil Tiger guerrillas' two-decade war with the government to carve out a Tamil homeland in the country's northeast. The conflict, which left over 65,000 dead, has been halted by a shaky February 2002 cease-fire. Peace talks have stalled after several rounds.
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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 Back to the top

LTTE has not renounced terrorism: Report, april 30. WASHINGTON: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have not renounced terrorism or disbanded its "Black Tiger" suicide squads despite the progress of the peace process, a US State Department report has said... Back to the top

REGION: Sri Lanka in talks with India ahead of Tamil negotiations, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka posts 5.9% economic growth for 2003+
Associated Press, Fri April 30, 2004 09:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 30 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - on Friday reported higher-than-projected economic growth of 5.9% for 2003, up from 4% for the previous year, largely attributed to an ongoing cease-fire between government troops and the Tamil rebels... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lanka wants India to help with reconstruction
com, April 30, 2004, 8:45 AM EST. New Delhi: Sri Lanka wants India to play a role in the reconstruction of the island's strife-torn north and east, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said in an interview published Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to set up presidential committee to deal with ..., April 30, 2004, . COLOMBO, April 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has decided to establish a committee with wide powers directly under her instruction to deal with charges of bribery and corruption in the state sector, according to the Presidential Secretariat on Friday... Back to the top

LTTE, trade unions to hold May Day in Batticaloa, 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 ..., 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

Normalcy restored in Sri Lanka s troubled central town, April 30, 2004, 8:45 AM EST. Situation in the country's central hilly tea plantation town of Kandapola in Nuwara Eliya district has returned normal following the field work of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse on Thursday, the official Daily News said on Friday... 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, 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

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