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“Peace talks will start very soon,” President assures Opposition Leader
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 9, 2004, 11.04p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today gave an undertaking to Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that her Government will resume peace talks with the LTTE ‘very soon’. She gave this assurance during a meeting she had with Wickremesinghe at the President’s House today.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Secretariat also said that the President explained to Mr. Wickremesinghe, the Government’s proposal for initiating a National Advisory Council for Peace & Reconciliation with the objective of establishing a consultative process, with all political parties as well as with religious dignitaries and civil society groups. The Leader of the Opposition indicated that he would discuss the proposal with his party and keep the President informed.
Published: Thu Sep 9 13:09:26 EDT 2004

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Peace delayed is peace denied says LTTE Peace Secretariat
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 9, 2004, 11.00 p.m.. The LTTE Peace Secretariat today said ‘peace delayed is peace denied’. “The LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government are haggling to recommence the stalled peace process. One side blames the other for delay. Self-styled commentators put-up for sale their own theories and the merchandise has a good market, for everybody save the scheming politicians and the biased media, are interested in peace. The Peace Secretariat also noted, “We have barely a month to celebrate, if it is a celebration at that, one year completion since LTTE handing over the Interim Self Governing Authority proposals to the then United National Front Government. Much water, fortunately not blood as hitherto, has flown under the bridge since then. The UNF government reciprocated the LTTE's readiness to recommence talks on the basis of the ISGA proposals. The government changed and the positions too changed.

“President Chandrika cannot absolve herself from the guilt, first of being cynical of the Ceasefire Agreement and continuing further knowingly entering into a coalition with a similar entity, the JVP an entity that was, from the beginning opposed to the peace process and even the facilitator role of Norway.”

Dilly-Dallying and procrastination therefore becomes inevitable. Here comes the talk of a 'counter proposal'. To counter what? Is it to counter the call for the delivery of peace dividend normalcy, which encompasses urgent humanitarian needs of a people devastated by war? The ISGA in fact is a cohesive mechanism that envisages humanitarian delivery without waiting for the final political resolution, which is time consuming. The Tamil people's experience in past pacts, agreements and proposals are so bitter that they shudder to think of another counter proposal that, according to the dictates of history, cannot meet their requirements. It is therefore imperative that the head of state, first educate the expedient ruling partners and those to become so, on the necessity for fairness and then to proceed arrange the recommencement of talks instead of procrastinating, added the LTTE secretariat.
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Truce monitors ask Sri Lankan govt, Tamil rebels to pull back defense lines, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 12:32 EDT . - - Solness, the spokesman for the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said We have made a proposal to both parties and are awaiting their response . The SLMM had carried out a spot check after receiving a complaint from the Sri Lanka - army claiming that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels had pushed forward their FDLs at Nagarkovil in the northern Jaffna Peninsula. The army has claimed that a distance of only 50 meters existed between the two lines which is a violation of the condition in the ceasefire agreement that FDLs must be 600 meters apart. Solness said respective responses from both sides are expected early next week. The SLMM drawn from Nordic countries has been monitoring the ceasefire entered between the government and the LTTE in February 2002.

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Published: Thu Sep 9 16:56:51 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Ranil may topple Chandrika Govt by November, September 09, 2004, 17:00 EDT. The Sri Lankan Leader of the Opposition, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has said that he will topple the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government Back to the top

Chandrika-Ranil summit on talks with LTTE, September 09, 2004, 17:00 EDT. Colombo, Sept 9 (UNI) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe met here for talks on reviving peace process with the LTTE, officials Back to the top

President appoints Sandagiri as Chief of Defence Staff
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 9, 2004, 9.01 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her capacity as the Minister of Defence and Commander of the Chief of Armed Forces has appointed Navy Commander Daya Sandagiri as the new Chief of Defence Staff with the immediate affect... Back to the top

Ranatunga blasts ICC over Murali snub, September 09, 2004, 17:00 EDT. Arjuna Ranatunga has denounced the inaugural ICC awards as "a farce and a joke" after his former team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan was overlooked Back to the top

Universal Communication Systems, Inc. Company Chairman Michael J. Zwebner Meets With Sri Lanka 's Prime Minister. Company Set to Market Wide Range of AirWater Machines
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 15:31 EDT . - - Universal Communication Systems Inc. (OTC BB: UCSY) company chairman Michael J... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers still recruit child soldiers, says U.N.
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 04:18 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels still recruit child soldiers, despite repeated pledges to stop the practice, the U... Back to the top

US says LTTE has trained other terror groups, Septrmber 09, 2004, 06:40 EDT. J Cofer Black, US State Department Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, says that the LTTE has trained other terrorist groups in the world and is in the "exalted" company of the Al-Qaeda... Back to the top

Internecine clashes continue between Sri Lanka 's Tamil rebel rival factions, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed September 8, 2004 14:03 EDT . COLOMBO, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The internecine clashes between the rival factions of Tamil Tiger rebels continued when a mainstream rebel bunker in the east was overrun by the renegade eastern commander's faction, police said Wednesday. The bunker at Pullumalai bordering the eastern provincial districts of Batticaloa and Ampara had come under attack at around 10:30 p... Back to the top

Stalled peace process in Sri Lanka hurts child war victims+
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 09:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 9 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process is a ''major impediment'' to assisting children affected by the country's two-decade-long war, the United Nations said in a report released here Thursday. On the plus side, UNICEF said that conditions for children in the war-torn areas have ''improved significantly during the past two years of relative peace and stability in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants Japan aid despite stalled peace bid, Septrmber 09, 2004, 06:40 EDT. TOKYO - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar urged Japan to provide promised aid to his country now, rather than wait for stalled peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels Back to the top

S.Lankan president orders action to halt operation of pyramid scheme, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu September 9, 2004 09:07 EDT . - - President Kumaratunga said in a statement signed by her on Wednesday that operators of pyramid scheme prohibited by most developed countries are now attempting to exploit the public of developing countries such as Sri Lanka - which do not have adequate legislation to prevent such schemes... Back to the top

ICC awards a farce and joke, says Ranatunga
com, 09 September . Colombo: The omission of the world's highest Test wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan from the ICC awards made it a "farce and a joke," Sri Lanka's former world cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga said on Thursday... Back to the top

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