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MAY 9, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 34

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Kadiragamar to Meet with Top US Officials including Collin Powell and Rice
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.00 P.M Sunday 9 May. By Bandula Jayasekara in Washington -Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar will meet with all the top officials of the Bush administration and also with top Democrats during his four day official visit to Washington which begins tomorrow. (Monday). His meeting with Secretary of State Collin Powell is scheduled for Wednesday followed by a meeting with Powell’s deputy Richard Armitage. Kadiragamar will also hold discussions with President Bush’s National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday at the White House. Sri Lankan foreign minister is the first Sri Lankan politician to hold a one to one meeting with Bush’s National Security Advisor. He is also expected to meet with the US Attorney General John Ashcroft, Senator Richard Lugar, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ambassador Cofer Black, and Coordinator for Counter Terrorism at the US, Department of State.

Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor to President Clinton and member of Senator Kerry’s foreign policy team and Ambassador Karl Inderfurth, former US Assistant Secretary for State for South Asia are among the top Democrats the Sri Lankan foreign minister would meet in Washington. On Wednesday foreign minister Kadiragamar will also speak at the John Hopkins University on the subject ‘Sri Lanka, Current Developments & Future Prospects” He would also hold meetings with the Sri Lanka Congressional Caucus of the 108th Congress and the US- Sri Lanka Working Group , US Chamber of Commerce.

The minister starts his programme in the US today with a visit to Baltimore, Maryland to inspect the US Coast Guard Cutter gifted to Sri Lanka by the US government.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Devinda Subasinghe told The Island that the United States was keen to re-engage the new government and further improve the relations between the two countries and foreign ministers visit to Washington was very significant”. Subasinghe said “Relationship between the two countries have broadened and deepened in the recent years particularly in defense cooperation and trade relationship.
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Sri Lanka s Ruling Alliance Recognizes Tamil Tigers, BBC Says, May 10. (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance recognized the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as the sole representative of the Tamil minority in peace talks, the British Broadcasting Corp. said. The alliance, led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, made the announcement yesterday in the capital, Colombo, saying the peace process has to involve only the government and the Liberation Tigers, the BBC said, citing the party secretariat. The Tamil Tigers have insisted they will join talks only when they are recognized as the Tamils' sole representatives. More...
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Suspected Tamil rebels kill a soldier in eastern Sri Lanka
AP, May 9. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot and killed a soldier in eastern Sri Lanka on Sunday in the latest violence to threaten a shaky truce, the military said.

The killing came a day before Norway's Foreign Minister Jan Petersen is scheduled to arrive here for talks with government and rebel leaders on the possibility of resuming stalled peace talks.

The slain soldier was dressed in civilian clothes and traveling on a passenger bus when another person on the vehicle shot him from behind, military spokesman Col. Sumeda Perera said.

The gunman fled after the shooting near Batticaloa, 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of the capital, Colombo.

The attack comes a day after the Tigers accused soldiers of killing nine rebels in a series of attacks over the past two weeks. The rebels warned of ``dire consequences'' to the peace process if the assaults continue.

About 65,000 people have been killed since 1983 in this South Asian nation's civil war. The two sides agreed to a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in February 2002, though peace talks broke down a year ago.

Published: Sun May 9 04:53:12 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Government vows to resume talks with LTTE while pledging to uphold country’s integrity
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Muralitharan must hold on to world record, says Sri Lanka 's first test skipper
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Sri Lankan airline ends strike after 26 hours+
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Muralitharan breaks bowling record
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Inmates in Sri Lanka 's largest prison go on hunger strike demanding sentence reductions
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India keen to expand economic ties with Sri Lanka : official, XINHUA
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