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VOL. 5, NO. 180

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Sri Lanka rebels begin meeting in Switzerland on peace talks
Yahoo/AFP, October 2. GENEVA (AFP) - Sri Lanka's top Tamil Tiger rebel group began a week-long meeting in Switzerland which is meant to prepare for the next round of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government, the Swiss foreign ministry said. Swiss officials met the chief negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Anton Balasingham and other rebel officials on the sidelines of the meeting of the LTTE's Consitutional Affairs Committee in Geneva, which is due to end on October 7. The Swiss foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday that it "welcomes the LTTE's continuing willingness to negotiate, and calls for peace talks to be resumed as soon as possible". More...
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Tamil-Muslim conflict in Lanka poses threat to peace
HT, October 2. The re-emergence of a Tamil-Muslim conflict in North-East Sri Lanka in the past few days is threatening to delay the war-torn country's search for permanent peace. Muslims have been demonstrating against the LTTE and its Tamil supporters in Amparai district in the East, and in Mannar district in the North. The Tamils have held counter demonstrations in Mannar, resulting in the imposition of a district-wide curfew on Friday. Earlier this week, all shops and business establishments, schools and offices, were closed in Tirukkovil in Amparai district, when Muslims came out on the streets, demanding an end to harassment by the LTTE. The Muslims also demanded that the LTTE allow them to cultivate their lands in Wattamadu. More...
Published: Sat Oct 2 20:40:38 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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US urges Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers to return to peace talks quickly, 02 October 2004. WASHINGTON: The United States has called for a speedy return to peace talks by the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers as the rebels began a week-long meeting to prepare for a next round of negotiations.

The State Department praised Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga for her "flexibility" in attempting to renew the talks and said any further delay in their resumption would hurt the interests of both sides. More...
Published: Sat Oct 2 06:22:28 EDT 2004 Back to the top

LTTE kills rival faction member:, October 02, 2004, 15:40 EDT. [World News] Colombo, Oct 2 : Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have killed a senior member of a rival faction, the pro-rebel TamilNet website said Saturday... Back to the top

Curfew imposed in northwestern Sri Lankan town, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri October 1, 2004 14:09 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- A curfew was imposed from early Friday until dusk at Sri Lanka - 's northwestern coast town of Mannar after a group of Muslims attacked the Tamil Tiger rebels'office overnight, the pro-rebel Tamilnet website said. The attack, which was linked to the killing of a man suspected to be a drug smuggler on Thursday night near Pesalai, 15 kilometers west of Mannar, appeared to be aimed at prompting communal violence in the area, a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)rebels in the town said... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers bring case for self-rule to Europe, 01 Oct 2004 16:49:32 GMT. GENEVA, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Friday the north and east of the Indian Ocean island needed immediate self-rule to address a dire humanitarian situation after two decades of civil war... Back to the top

In Lanka, Gandhi is an icon only among Tamils, October 2. oing by the coverage of his birth anniversary in the Sri Lankan press, Mahatma Gandhi seems to be an icon only among the minority Tamils... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Painful economics, October 02, 2004, 09:00 EDT. Exports fell way below import bills for the country in July, as a heavy oil bill wiped out earnings from apparel and tea sectors... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, India to strike economic partnership agreement, October 02, 2004, 09:00 EDT. COLOMBO, Oct. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan and Indian governments are close to the signing of a closer economic agreement, the state radio announced here on Saturday. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation quoted Sri Lankan Trade Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle as saying that the two countries would soon enter the comprehensive economic partnership agreement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to strengthen state bus sector:, 02nd October 2004. [World News] Colombo, Oct 2 : Sri Lanka's state-owned bus transport will get a fillip after 2,000 of its buses lying abandoned are made roadworthy by the end of this year... Back to the top

Dyson: Sri Lanka are still on track, October 1, 2004. After the disappointment of their early exit from the Champions Trophy, after an error-strewn fielding performance on a bitterly cold autumnal day at the Rose Bowl, John Dyson, Sri Lanka's ever-upbeat coach, has predicted a quick resumption of Sri Lanka's winning run in Pakistan this month... Back to the top

Developing Countries Propose WTO Study
Associated Press, Fri October 1, 2004 13:25 EDT . SAM CAGE - Associated Press Writer - Mauritius is sponsoring the proposal, along with Bangladesh; Dominican Republic; Fiji; Madagascar; Sri Lanka - ; and Uganda... Back to the top

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