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JULY 23, 2004 EST, USA
 
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Don’t play with fire, Norway warns Lanka
dailytimes.com.pk, july 24. OSLO: Norway dampened hopes of any quick fix to stalled peace talks in Sri Lanka on Friday, warning that escalating violence could shatter a fragile ceasefire and throw the island back into civil war. Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen, whose peacemaking has been stymied by unrest and recriminations between the Sri Lankan government and rebel Tamil Tigers, travels to Colombo on Sunday without any ambition of restarting talks quickly. “I am very disturbed by the violence and the instability that we have seen recently,” he said, referring to a surge in incident, notably a suicide blast that killed five in Colombo earlier this month. “There are clearly elements that are playing with fire. That is very dangerous. Many blazes have started by someone playing with fire,” Helgesen told Reuters. More...
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Monitoring team head, Tamil leader in talks to protect truce
gulf News, july 24. Colombo: The head of the Scandinavian monitors has met with the Tamil guerrilla political wing leader in northern Sri Lanka to discuss measures to protect the truce as fresh allegations poured in about guerrillas building up around a northeastern port city. The meeting comes as the Defence Ministry took up the issue of guerrilla build-up around the Trincomalee harbour raising fresh security concerns. The chief of the Scandinavian monitoring team Major General (retd) Trond Furuhovde at his meeting with LTTE political wing leader, S.P. Thamilselvan raised a range of issues linked with the security situation in the east and cases of ceasefire violations by the guerrillas. However, the truce monitors have said that they would not be able to take up the issue of the build-up around the Trincomalee harbour and the issue needs to be taken up with the Norwegian facilitators. More...
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Anura claims he did not take Karuna to Singapore
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 23, 2004, 11.17 p.m.. Minister of Tourism and Investment promotion Anura Bandaranaike today rejected a statement made by Tamil National Alliance MP K. Sivajilingam that he helped renegade LTTE Leader Karuna flee to Singapore. Issuing a statement the Minister said that he was in Singapore on a transit for less than one hour and was accompanied from the aircraft and back by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Singapore. He also accused the main opposition for spreading such rumours to damage the image of the Banadaranaike family. Yesterday during an adjournment debate on dengue in Parliament, MP Sivajilingam said that Minister Banadaranaike helped Karuna to go to Singapore. The TNA MP also thanked President Chandrika Kumaratunga for sending Karuna abroad. However, when the MP made this statement, not a single member from the Government bench denied the report.
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TNA MPs to convince Indians leaders that LTTE is not heading for separate state
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 23, 2004, 11.16 p.m.. A group of parliamentarians from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will leave for India shortly in their bid to convince Indian leaders that the LTTE is not fighting for a separate state... Back to the top

Protestors parade coffin outside Norway's Embassy to protest Tamil Tiger killings
Associated Press, Fri July 23, 2004 10:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hundreds of supporters of a Tamil political party paraded the coffin of a slain party member outside the Norwegian Embassy on Friday to protest political killings they allege the Tamil Tiger rebels have committed... Back to the top

Norwegian deputy FM to visit Sri Lanka for resuming peace talks, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri July 23, 2004 13:52 EDT . - - Norwegian deputy FM to visit Sri Lanka - for resuming peace talks, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

China to become No.1 inbound tourist source of Sri Lanka by 2010, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri July 23, 2004 14:07 EDT . - - China to become No.1 inbound tourist source of Sri Lanka - by 2010, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president regrets anti-Tamil riots that started civil war
Associated Press, Fri July 23, 2004 01:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president has called for national reconciliation and expressed her regret for anti-Tamil riots that broke out 21 years ago, spawning the island nation's protracted ethnic civil war, a news report said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka stock market hits record high+
Associated Press, Fri July 23, 2004 09:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 23 (Kyodo) Despite uncertain peace prospects, the Colombo Stock Exchange hit an all time high Friday with the benchmark All Share Price Index closing at 1,440.65 to make the market Asia's best performer and the fourth best in the world, the exchange announced... Back to the top

Minister takes Karuna to Singapore; LTTE says if Karuna returns, ‘war is inevitable’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 22, 2004, 11.04 p.m.. LTTE rebel leader Karuna is alleged to have accompanied a senior Government Minister to Singapore yesterday, the Tamil National Alliance disclosed today in Parliament... Back to the top

SLMM has urged Government to take all necessary steps to curb deteriorating situation
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 22, 2004, 10.50 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has urged the government to take meaningful and effective action to curb the activities of paramilitary groups including that of the LTTE rebel leader Karuna’s faction and the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party", said Major General Trond Furuhovde, Head of the Mission... Back to the top

Truce monitors discuss faltering cease-fire with Tigers, then government officials
Associated Press, Thu July 22, 2004 03:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors held talks Thursday with Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka - amid heightening fears that hostilities between the Tigers and the government could resume... Back to the top

S. Lanka Tamil legislators back rebel blueprint for interim power sharing, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri July 23, 2004 12:04 EDT . - - xfdws S.LANKA - -TAMIL sked S.Lanka - Tamil legislators back rebel blueprint for interim power sharing, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc. 322 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE 2ND FLOOR, NE WASHINGTON, DC 20002 COPYRIGHT 2003 BY WORLDSOURCES, INC., A JOINT VENTURE OF FDCH e-Media, INC. AND WORLD TIMES, INC... Back to the top

Another killing as Sri Lanka Tigers sound war warning
abc.net.au, July 23, 2004 06:20 EDT. Violence between rival factions of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels has claimed another life when a man was gunned down in the east of the country... Back to the top

Jayasuriya, Gunawardene spur Sri Lanka to 10-wicket win against Bangladesh
Associated Press, Fri July 23, 2004 11:34 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - stormed to a 10-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup's second-round cricket match Friday, as openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Avishka Gunawardene slammed a record opening partnership... Back to the top

Lanka restrict Bangladesh to 190
rediff.com, July 23, 2004, 12:00 EDT. Bangladesh scored just 100 runs in their first 38 overs, but in the remaining 12 they slammed 90! That, in a nutshell, was the story of Bangladesh's innings after they elected to bat in their Asia Cup second phase match against hosts Sri Lanka today... Back to the top

Shaharyar lashes out at team for dismal show against sri Lanka
hinduonnet.com, July 23, 2004. Islamabad, July 23. (PTI): Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan, described as "very disappointing" the performance of the national team which was humiliated by Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup tournament this week... Back to the top

Sri Lanka A in control
telegraph.co.uk, July 23, 2004. Glamorgan may have beaten all the major Test-playing nations, but they were overshadowed by Sri Lanka A on the first day-and-a-half of their four-day game at St Helen's... Back to the top

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