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JUNE 15, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 71

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Tamil Tigers rebels head to Europe as Norway peace-brokers struggle to revive Sri Lanka peace talks
Associated Press, Tue June 15, 2004 08:03 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian peace-brokers on Tuesday prepared for talks with a Tamil separatist leader in the latest round of diplomacy aimed at ending Sri Lanka - 's two-decade civil war, officials said Tuesday. Hans Brattskar, Norway's ambassador to Sri Lanka - , is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Tiger political chief S.P. Thamilselvan in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi, government and rebel officials said on condition of anonymity.

Colombo insists that the Tigers' demand for autonomy be discussed simultaneously with peace talks to end the civil war. But the rebels say their proposal for self-rule should be discussed first.

The peace talks have been stalled for more than a year, and analysts say a lack of trust is hampering efforts to resume negotiations.

The rebels on Sunday accused the president of deliberately delaying the peace process in order to buy time to launch an offensive against them.

Also Tuesday, a Tiger delegation indefinitely postponed a scheduled trip to Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the impasse with legal experts, rebel officials said. The delegation was to leave Friday for the June 20-25 meetings. The Tigers declined to give reasons for the delay.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination in education and jobs.

About 65,000 people were killed before Norway brokered a truce that halted the conflict in 2002. However, subsequent peace talks broke down when the rebels withdrew over demands for more autonomy in the regions they control.

The cease-fire has held firm but international aid donors have warned that Sri Lanka - risks losing billions of dollars in assistance unless peace negotiations resume soon.
Published: Tue Jun 15 09:06:31 EDT 2004

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Sri Lanka to attend ACD ministerial meeting, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue June 15, 2004 14:42 EDT . COLOMBO, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - will attend for the first time the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) scheduled to be held on June 21 and 22 in Qingdao city of China, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs W.A. Wiswa Warnapala will lead the Sri Lankan delegation to attend the meeting which include Sri Lanka - 's ambassador to China and a Foreign Ministry official.

The ACD meeting will address a wide range of issues including new membership, energy and security, poverty alleviation, agriculture, transport linkages, financial cooperation, tourism, human resources development and environmental and legal infrastructure.

Sri Lanka - was admitted as a member of the ACD at the second ministerial meeting held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in June 2003.

The ACD, which serves as a bridge between sub-regional grouping in Asia, is a regional forum initiated by Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to set up cooperation among Asian countries.

At present the ACD members include Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Muralitharan withdraws from Australia tour, but will play in Asia Cup
Associated Press, Tue June 15, 2004 10:16 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Leading world wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan announced his withdrawal on Tuesday from Sri Lanka - 's cricket tour of Australia this month, but will play in the six-nation nation Asia Cup hosted by Sri Lanka - in July-August... Back to the top

Sigaporean PM to visit Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue June 15, 2004 12:15 EDT . COLOMBO, June 15 (Xinhua) -- At the invitation of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong will pay an official visit to the country at the end of this month, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday... Back to the top

World News LTTE says Tamil party support depends on self-rule ...
newkerala.com, June 16, 2004. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have said the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)'s support to the government depends on early resumption of talks with them on the basis of their self-rule proposals, Xinhua reports... Back to the top

LTTE represented Parliamentarians call upon President to get her ‘act together’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 14, 2004, 10.49 p.m.. The LTTE represented Parliamentarians today noted that the country’s peace process was at great risk, due to President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s ‘double standards’... Back to the top

Swelling Unrest in Sri Lankan Provinces Sparks Protest
oneworld.net, June 16, 2004. COLOMBO, June 15 (OneWorld) - As the peace process hangs in the balance, a consortium of civil society groups in Sri Lanka's war-torn Jaffna district are staging a massive protest Thursday against rising violence and the plight of displaced people in the North and East... Back to the top

Norway peace-brokers to meet rebel leader in latest bid to revive Sri Lanka peace talks
Associated Press, Tue June 15, 2004 08:15 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian peace-brokers will hold talks Wednesday with a Tamil separatist leader in the latest round of diplomacy aimed at ending Sri Lanka - 's two-decade civil war, officials said... Back to the top

Minister Fernandopulle off to Washington to discuss FTA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 14, 2004, 2004, 10.47 p.m.. With the garment quotas coming to an end in 2005, Sri Lanka is currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, which would guarantee a firmer market in the US for Sri Lankan products... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers step-up child recruitment; UN agency concerned
Associated Press, Mon June 14, 2004 11:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels have increased a recruitment of child soldiers as Sri Lanka - 's peace process falters, the U... Back to the top

Tamil rebels threaten ``bloodbath'' in Sri Lanka unless their demands are met
Associated Press, Mon June 14, 2004 03:53 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger rebels have warned that Sri Lanka - 's ``bloodbath'' could resume if the government rejects their demands for self-rule, a sign that efforts to end the country's two-decade civil war could be breaking down... Back to the top

Muralitharan's decision disappoints players and public, says Cricket Australia
Associated Press, Tue June 15, 2004 03:46 EDT . - - The rest of the Sri Lanka - squad travels to Australia next Monday, with the first test starting July 1 in Darwin... Back to the top

Dead dove prompts Sri Lanka probe
bbc.co.uk, Tuesday, 15 June, 2004. The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered an inquiry after a dove freeing ceremony intended to symbolise peace went disastrously wrong... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rebels Say Kumaratunga Reneged on Agreement (Update1)
bloomberg.com, June 14, 2004, 06:25 EDT. June 14 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said President Chandrika Kumaratunga had reneged on an agreement to restart talks and called on the international community to use its influence to salvage peace efforts on the island... Back to the top

Mannar tense following SLA interrogation of LTTE a . .
tamilnet.com, June 14, 2004, 14:50 EDT. Sri Lanka Army soldiers manning the checkpoint at the entrance to the Mannar town Monday afternoon at about 1.30 p... Back to the top

Tension rise between Tigers and Sri Lanka navy
deepikaglobal.com, June 14, 2004, 06:25 EDT. Colombo, June 13 (PTI) Tensions mounted between Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers after the island nation's Navy proposed fresh conditions on the rebels travelling by sea, defence sources said today... Back to the top

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