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LTTE-Army meeting rescheduled for next week
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 2, 2004, 8.13 p.m.. A meeting between the Army and the LTTE scheduled for tomorrow has been put off till next week. Reports said that the decision to postpone the meeting was taken after several senior officials from both the LTTE and Army informed that they were unable to attend Friday’s meeting due to prior engagements. The meeting is now likely to be held on Tuesday. The aim of this meeting is to bridge the communication gap between the forces and the LTTE and restore normalcy in the violent prone eastern province. If the two parties meet on Tuesday, then it will be after a three month long deadlock, sources said. The last meeting between Army and LTTE was held on June 15 in Batticaloa, but broke down after several disagreements and other sensitive matters cropped up between the Government and the LTTE.
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Are Lankan Muslims taking to radical Islamic groups?, september 2. Relentless persecution by the LTTE on the one hand, and the increasing influence of Islamic fundamentalist movements on the other, have the potential to drive the embattled Muslims of Sri Lanka into the arms of radical Islamic groups, says counter-insurgency expert, Col (Rtd) R Hariharan. "Muslim extremism has not made much headway so far in Sri Lanka. But the Muslims' political future is a question mark, as they are losing their clout." "This is the kind of scenario were Islamic fundamentalism thrives. Using local causes, they always rally the ranks," Hariharan told Hindustan Col Hariharan was a top ranking intelligence officer with the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s. More...
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Solheim back on the 13th to try and revive the stalled peace process
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 2, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. In a bid to resume the stalled peace process between the Government and the LTTE, Norwegian Special Peace envoy Erik Solheim is expected to arrive in Colombo on September 13. Informed sources said that during his four-day visit he would meet government officials including President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, as well as senior LTTE representatives such as its political head S.P. Tamilselvan. Solheim will also hold discussions with Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Two days ago Mr. Solheim held talks with LTTE's theoretician Anton Balasingham in London, where he warned that the continuous violence including the killings many of which were allegedly carried out by the LTTE, would undermine the international community's support to the Sri Lanka peace process.
Published: Thu Sep 2 12:03:30 EDT 2004 Back to the top

UNHCR assures continuous commitment towards the welfare of IDPs
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 2, 2004, 9.15 p.m.. UNHCR's country head Neils Right today pledged his organisation’s continuous commitment to the country’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Essentially Vulnerable Individuals (EVI)... Back to the top

LTTE-Army meeting rescheduled for next week
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 2, 2004, 8.13 p.m.. A meeting between the Army and the LTTE scheduled for tomorrow has been put off till next week... Back to the top

PM to CM: No ferry to Lanka for now
com, Sept 2: . Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has said that 'the Centre is not intended to start ferry service between Tuticorin and Sri Lanka until adequate security infrastructure is in place and appropriate conditions obtained for its operation'... Back to the top

Millions Affected By Drought In Sri Lanka, 2 September 2004. About three million people, mostly poor rural farmers, have been severely affected by a drought throughout 14 of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Tensions between the LTTE and Jaffna fishermen continues. LTTE abducts injured fisherman.
K.S. Rajkumar, reporting from Jaffna., September 1. Violence broke out in Gurunagar area in Jaffna between LTTE and a group of fishermen when LTTE men in boats prevented them from fishing in certain areas in Gurunagar... Back to the top

Sri Lanka will play two test cricket matches against Pakistan next month
Associated Press, Thu September 2, 2004 07:54 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan will play two test matches against Sri Lanka - next month with the troubled city of Karachi scheduled to host one of the games, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said Thursday... Back to the top

Alliance exceeds its promise on jobs for graduates
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The numbers of graduates who are to be recruited to the public sector have been increased from the initial 30,000 to 41,000, state media announced... Back to the top

Muslims in the East, resolved against ISGA and the merger of North and Eastern Provinces.
Asian Tribune, 2nd September, 2004. Colombo, 02 September,( A Muslim organization called Dawn of the East –Kizhahakin Uthayam, held a conference yesterday in Kalmunai to decide about the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal put forwad by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and about the temporary merger of the North and Eastern provinces. Back to the top

LTTE – Army meets on Friday
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Army and the LTTE is scheduled to meet this Friday, after a three month long deadlock... Back to the top

Siemens launches Sri Lanka operations, September 02, 2004 07:45 EDT. Siemens has informed BSE that SiemensAG, the Munich, announced the official launch of its operations in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE’s ISGA no threat to country – Senior Cabinet Minister shrugs off JVP allegations
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.17 p.m.. Senior Cabinet Minister D.M. Jayaratne has said that the LTTE’s Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal for North and East poses no threat to the country... Back to the top

Solheim holds talks with Balasingham in London
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.15 p.m.. Norway’s special peace envoy Erik Solheim and its Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hans Brattskar has held talks with LTTE’s Theoretician Anton Balasingham at his London residence... Back to the top

“Ceasefire Agreement in deep crisis,” warns Anton Balasingham
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham declared that the “Ceasefire Agreement is in deep crisis,” he made this statement when he met Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim in London yesterday... Back to the top

It is up to Chandrika to revive peace process: Balasingham, september 1. Colombo, Sept 1 (UNI) Placing the ball back in the government's court, chief negotiator and political advisor of the Tamil Tiger rebels Anton Balasingham has told a top Norwegian delegation at a meeting in London that it was upto President Chandrika Kumaratunga to revive the stalled peace process... Back to the top

Killings mar Sri Lanka truce but peace hopes up, Sept 1 . COLOMBO, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A spate of killings in Sri Lanka's east is piling pressure on a truce that halted two decades of civil war, but Tamil Tiger rebels and their army foes both want peace, the top ceasefire monitor said on Wednesday... Back to the top

LTTE faces wrath of Jaffna fishermen, September 1. During the 20-year war against the Sri Lankan Government, the LTTE was able to enforce its writ without anyone being able to question it... Back to the top

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