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VOL. 5, NO. 163

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JVP, Tigers stumbling blocks says Chandrika
gulf news, september 16. Colombo: President Chandrika Kumaratunga has accused her key coalition partner and the Tamil guerrillas as the main stumbling blocks towards achieving a political solution to the ethnic conflict. Chandrika, drawing reference to the Marxists JVP (People's Liberation Front), who are dominant partners in the United People's Liberation Front (UPLF) government, told a public gathering in central Sri Lanka: "Every one should think of the country initially and thereafter think of one's own party. Unless we follow this precept we will not be able to seek help from the opposition." The comments came as the Norway's special envoy Erik Solheim yesterday launched a fresh initiative to break the deadlock in renewing peace talks. He met with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and the head of the Peace Secretariat Jayantha Dhanapala. More...
Published: Wed Sep 15 23:16:39 EDT 2004

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President to address UN General Assembly on 21st, scheduled to meet several world leaders to discuss country’s peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 15, 2004, 12.01 p.m.. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will address the 59th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 21.

President Kumaratunga is also scheduled to have bilateral discussions with Pakistani President Pervez Musharaf, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Unichiro Koizumi. The presidential secretariat said that the talks would focus on the present status of the Sri Lanka’s peace process. On the same day Ms. Kumaratunga is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly (21) she will meet Chilean president Ricardo Lagos and also participate at a ceremony attended by president George W. Bush and first lady Dora Bush. Ms. Kumaratunga during her address is scheduled to speak on "Sri Lanka's experience in conflict resolution and peace building". This is the fourth time president Kumaratunga is addressing the UN General Assembly.
Published: Wed Sep 15 14:05:45 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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LBAF welcomes Government’s decision to accede to the Convention on CCW
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 15, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. The Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LBAF) today the Government’s decision to accede to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), officially known as the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons, which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects.

The Government of Sri Lanka, which announced its intention to accede to the CCW on the 13th of July 2004, will be formally depositing the Instrument of Accession to the CCW with the UN Secretary General on the 21st of September 2004 at the ‘Treaty Event - 2004’ to be held in New York during the 59th Session of the UN General Assembly.

By acceding to the CCW, Sri Lanka also becomes a party to the Amended Protocol II on mines, booby traps and other devices, Protocol III on incendiary weapons and Protocol IV on blinding laser weapons. CCW calls for the limited use of antipersonnel landmines by the state, the monitoring and marking of minefields and the regulation of the use and transfer of mines. The protocol also establishes important restrictions and obligations on the use, recording and clearance of weapons other than anti personnel mines (AP mines) such as anti-vehicle mines and time- delayed or manually detonated explosives.

The LBAF applauds this decision and recognises it as a step in the right direction. This decision shows the government’s recognition of the limited military benefits of AP mines relative to their ill effects such as the injuries caused to people, the damage caused to the environment and the impediment to resettlement, cultivation, reconstruction and resumption of normal lives of affected populations. It also reinforces the government’s commitment to humanitarian issues and the protection of the lives of its citizens.

While welcoming this positive step, the LBAF also takes this opportunity to reaffirm its belief that a total ban on AP mine use is in the best interest of Sri Lanka and that the signing of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production And Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (Ottawa Convention) should be the next step with regard to this issue. The LBAF also urges the LTTE to sign the Geneva Call Deed of Commitment, which would prohibit any further use of AP mines by the LTTE. In light of the particular characteristics of AP mines, such as their infinite lifespan, activation by the victim and the lack of differentiation between civilians and combatants, the amended protocol’s technical requirements do not fully address the problem nor ensure the non use of AP mines hereafter nor prevent an increase in the humanitarian impact it has on ordinary civilians. There are currently only 76 States Parties to the CCW Amended Protocol II, 65 of whom are also party to the Ottawa Convention. In contrast there are 143 states that are party to the Ottawa Convention, demonstrating the global acceptance of the Ottawa Convention as opposed to “ the limited use of AP mines” as per the CCW.
Published: Wed Sep 15 14:00:08 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Solheim to meet Tamilselvan tomorrow
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 15, 2004, 11.53 p.m.. Norwegian special peace envoy Erik Solheim will meet LTTE political wing Leader S... Back to the top

LTTE photograph army’s FDL at Nagarkovil
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 15, 2004, 8.38 p.m.. Security force personnel at the Nagarkovil Forward Defence Line (FDL) have observed two LTTE females taking photographs of the Army’s FDL yesterday... Back to the top

Lanka to purchase helipad Vessel from India, Thursday, September 16, 2004 . Colombo, Sep 15 (UNI) Newly-appointed Sri Lankan Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri today said this country would purchase one more helipad Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) from India... Back to the top

A fast campaign begins in Trinco demanding the release of two Home Guards
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 15, 2004, 8.40 p.m.. A sit-on fast campaign (Sathyakriyawa) demanding the immediate release of two Home Guards, detained by LTTE was launched yesterday in Trincomalee... Back to the top

Norway provides fund for drought relief program in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed September 15, 2004 13:34 EDT . - - Norway provides fund for drought relief program in Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka handball team vanishes, september 15. German authorities say they are puzzled by the disappearance of the entire national handball team from Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka defense chief says eastern port under threat
Associated Press, Wed September 15, 2004 06:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A major Sri Lankan naval base is under threat from Tamil Tiger rebels, but security forces are preparing to defend it, a top defense official said Wednesday... Back to the top

Who are the ``handballers'' from Sri Lanka ?
Associated Press, Wed September 15, 2004 12:49 EDT . - - MUNICH, Germany (AP) They looked suspicious to begin with and doubts grew when the 23 ``players'' of the ``Sri Lanka - handball national team'' disappeared from their lodging in southern Germany... Back to the top

Norway's peace envoy travels to Sri Lanka 's Tamil heartland for talks
Associated Press, Wed September 15, 2004 04:27 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's top peace envoy flew to the Tamil rebels' heartland of Jaffna on Wednesday for talks aimed at reviving Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process and preventing the island's slide back into civil war... Back to the top

S.Lankan president to launch national plan for children, 2004-09-15 11:15:24. COLOMBO, Sept. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga will launch the government's National Plan of Action for Children on Wednesday to meet the goals for children in the country set by governments from around the world at UN Special Session for children in 2002, her office said. The National Plan of Action was developed by the Planning Department of the Ministry of Finance with UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) assistance which will enhance its programs and services for Sri Lankan children over the next five years, a statement issued by the president's office said... Back to the top

Norwegian special envoy in Sri Lanka for fresh peace-making attempt, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 14:45 EDT . - - Norwegian special envoy in Sri Lanka - for fresh peace-making attempt, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Two LTTE suspects arrested while filming star class hotels in Colombo
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 14, 2004, 11.04 p.m.. Kollupitiya Police had arrested two men alleged to be LTTE cadres at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, while they were filming the World Trade Centre, Taj Samudra and Galadari Hotels... Back to the top

Eight Sri Lankan refugees arrive from India illegally
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 14, 2004, 10.58 p.m.. Eight Sri Lankan refugees, who had arrived from south India, had surrendered to the Navy at Urumalai in Talaimannar yesterday... Back to the top

Eastern Sri Lankans protest against rebel abduction, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue September 14, 2004 11:35 EDT . - - less the two are immediately freed. The relatives accused the international truce monitors, the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM), the country's president, prime minister and the police for turning a blind eye to the abductions by the Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka survives scares to win by four wickets
Associated Press, Tue September 14, 2004 13:09 EDT . LONDON (AP) Upul Chandana hit a six off the final ball as Sri Lanka - survived some early scares to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in their opening Champions Trophy game on Tuesday... Back to the top

HL:War hero pilot Leonard Birchall, the `Saviour of Ceylon,' dead at 89
Associated Press, Tue September 14, 2004 13:51 EDT . The aircraft was shot down by the Japanese, but not before the eight-member crew successfully alerted Allied Forces about an impending attack on Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka will be tough, September 15, 2004, 09:00 EDT. As we prepare for a crunch match at the Rose Bowl I don't think we should pay too much attention to Sri Lanka's hard-fought victory over Zimbabwe on Tuesday... Back to the top

Karuna Website Hacked?
Special Correspondent, September 14. The pro-Karuna web-site which was reported to have been “hacked” and taken off line has been restored according to the website. According to a message on the website “anti democratic forces who get immense financial help from abroad managed to hack in to our site and disable it for the last few days... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: draft Constitution `can be a starting point'
The Hindu International , Tuesday, Sep 14, 2004. COLOMBO, SEPT 13. Sri Lanka's draft constitution proposals submitted in 1997 and 2000 "can be a good starting point to find an amicable solution" to the island-nation's ethnic conflict and a federal variant could be found to suit a small nation such as Sri Lanka, Prakash Karat, Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said here today... Back to the top

Sri Lankans seek textile deals in N.C.
Associated Press, Tue September 14, 2004 03:17 EDT . - - Less than 10 percent of Sri Lanka - 's annual $1.2 billion textiles import trade is done with the United States, and country officials said they'd like to see it reach 25 percent to 30 percent by 2007... Back to the top

Ramu Sugar’s first export to Sri Lanka, September 14, 2004, 06:35 EDT. RAMU Sugar Ltd has made its first ever export of 10,000 tonnes of sugar to Sri Lanka this year, company chairman Peter Colton revealed yesterday... Back to the top

Hollywood film draws protests in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 13:28 EDT . - - Hollywood film draws protests in Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Buddhist Monks March to Protest Film
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 15:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) More than 500 Buddhist monks marched in the Sri Lankan capital Monday expressing outrage and demanding a ban on an upcoming Hollywood movie, threatening to fast even to death if their objections were not heeded... Back to the top

Colombo files complaint against Tigers
Dawn, COLOMBO, Sept 13. The Sri Lankan government has communicated to the international truce monitoring group that it suspects the Tamil Tigers was behind last week's attack on two Indian fishing trawlers... Back to the top

Hanoi, Colombo to replicate Dhaka model of waste management, 9/14/2004. A five-day UN-ESCAP sponsored workshop began Monday brought in city municipal mayors and experts from Sri Lanka and Vietnam to be shown a Bangladesh model of waste management for replication in their countries, reports BSS... Back to the top

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