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U.S. official to visit Sri Lanka to discuss flagging peace talks
Associated Press, Fri October 22, 2004 03:25 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top U.S. envoy will assess Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace talks and urge the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume efforts during a visit next month, U.S. officials said Friday. Embassy spokesman Chris Long confirmed Armitage was is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka - next month as part of a trip to the South Asia region, but said ``we have no firm dates as yet'' for the visit.

Armitage first visited this island nation in August 2002, six months after the Sri Lankan government and the Tigers signed a cease-fire that stopped nearly two decades of fighting. Nearly 65,000 people were killed before the truce.

Since then, several senior U.S. officials have visited Sri Lanka - pledging support for the island's peace process.

Armitage's visit would take place amid a fresh initiative by Norway to revive peace talks, which collapsed in April 2003.

Top Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim is also expected next month to try and break the 18-month deadlock. Yasushi Akashi, a top Japanese peace envoy, will arrive in Colombo on Wednesday with the same agenda.

The United States is one of Sri Lanka - 's key donor countries, pledging US$4.5 billion (euro 3.6 billion) in aid to rebuild the war-ravaged country. However, the stalled negotiations have jeopardized the aid, which is conditional on progress toward peace.

The Tiger rebels are outlawed in five countries, including the United States, as a terrorist organization.

The rebels began fighting the Sri Lankan government in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils, who claimed discrimination at the hands of the majority Sinhalese.
Published: Fri Oct 22 07:21:20 EDT 2004

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LTTE’s attempt to hold demonstration against Karuna fails
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 22, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. The LTTE attempted to stage a demonstration opposite the Arayampathy Divisional Secretariat in Batticaloa yesterday morning demanding that LTTE renegade leader karuna and his loyalists leave the Eastern province. Students from schools in Kirankulam. Puthu Kudiyiruppu, Thalankuda and Arayampathi were forcibly brought by LTTE cadres to participate at the protest. They were given placards, which read as “Unite under one leader” and “Karuna leave the East”. LTTE’s Viknesh who is in charge of Arayampathi area organized the demonstration. The parents of the students had complained to the Special Task Force as the protest began. The STF personnel had rushed to the scene and instructed Viknesh to send the students back to their respective schools. Viknesh, as usual had refused to follow the instructions and got into an argument with the forces. As the situation became volatile the students dispersed and walked back to their schools. Viknesh, provoked by the incident, had left the area angrily.
Published: Fri Oct 22 14:05:15 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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“We are afraid that the Sri Lankan peace process may be pushed to the backyard,” Norwegian Minister
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 21, 2004, 11.30 p.m.. LTTE political wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan today reiterated his organisation’s commitment to the peace process. During a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen, Tamilselvan said, “We have, in our meetings with the various European officials reiterated the necessity to reactivate the peace process and indicated the responsibility of the international community to bring home to the government of Sri Lanka the golden opportunity to take onboard the support of the opposition parties. For the fist time in the history of the island, the main opposition party the United National Front, the Tamil National Alliance and Ceylon Workers Congress have volunteered to offer unconditional support to the government. If the government is genuine and sincere in its commitments to the peace process, it must sing parochial political considerations and act wisely in the national interest,” Tamilselvan said.

However Jan Peterson while emphasising the need for both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government to resume talks soon, called upon the Tigers to continue respecting and adhering to the Ceasefire Agreement. “Conflict situation in many other locations demand priority and we are afraid that the Sri Lankan peace process may be pushed to the backyard, hence both the parties should act with circumspection and retain the already given support without being diverted elsewhere", continued the Norwegian Minister.
Published: Thu Oct 21 13:31:58 EDT 2004 Back to the top

From Sri Lanka to the Seine, high oil prices stir discontent
Associated Press, Fri October 22, 2004 13:34 EDT . JAMEY KEATEN - Associated Press Writer - ``I have started using public transport at least three days a week since the diesel price increased,'' said van owner Lushan Weerasekera, a travel company executive in Colombo, Sri Lanka - , where diesel prices have risen 41 percent in a month... Back to the top

Leaflets condemning Wanni leadership, army says "we are not involved"
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 21, 2004, 11.03 p.m.. Renegade LTTE commander Karuna, who openly criticized the Wanni Leadership, has distributed leaflets in the Batticaloa town condemning the Wanni LTTE Leadership... Back to the top

Jayasuriya and Sangakkara lead Sri Lanka charge
Associated Press, Fri October 22, 2004 06:14 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara hit aggressive half centuries Friday to lead Sri Lanka - 's second innings charge in the first test against Pakistan... Back to the top

It's always unique to get a century away from home, says Jayasuriya
Associated Press, Fri October 22, 2004 09:07 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - Jayasuriya, 35, compiled an unbeaten 131 runs off 190 balls and helped Sri Lanka - take a strong lead of 264 runs at the end of third day's play against a tired Pakistan bowling attack... Back to the top

Top Japanese envoy to visit Sri Lanka to push for peace talks
Associated Press, Thu October 21, 2004 05:56 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Japanese peace envoy will push for fresh peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels during a visit next week, amid optimism that the deadlock could be broken, an official said Thursday... Back to the top

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