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VOL. 5, NO. 205

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Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tigers say separate state still an option
Associated Press, Wed October 27, 2004 10:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels may still push forward with plans to carve out a separate state in Sri Lanka - 's Tamil-majority north and east if the government refuses to grant them wide autonomy, a top rebel leader said Wednesday. ithin a united Sri Lanka - .''

Many consider the so-called ``Oslo Declaration'' a turning point in Sri Lanka - 's efforts to end the ethnic conflict that killed nearly 65,000. But Balasingham denies there was any such declaration.

``I feel it necessary to clarify our position on this controversial issue,'' London-based Balasingham said. ``It must be stated that there was not any specific proclamation titled the 'Oslo Declaration.'

``The decision to explore federalism was included in the record of decisions at the Oslo talks and signed by the chief negotiators of both delegations and the head of the Norwegian facilitating team.''

The rebels started fighting in 1983 for a separate state for minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. Fighting halted after Norway brokered a truce in February 2002.

Negotiations to end the civil war collapsed in April 2003 over the Tigers' demand for wider autonomy in the north and east. International efforts to break the deadlock have so far failed.

Japanese envoy Yasushi Akashi was scheduled to arrive in the island later Wednesday and Norway's top peace envoy, Erik Solheim, is expected next month in a fresh diplomatic push to urge the resumption of peace talks.
Published: Wed Oct 27 12:03:49 EDT 2004

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Soosai back from Singapore, apparently feeling much better
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. LTTE's Sea Tiger Chief Thillayampalan Sivanesan alias Soosai returned to Sri Lanka early this week after receiving medical treatment in Singapore. Soosai is reported to have landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport during the early hours of Monday. He left for Singapore last Tuesday as he had been suffering from acute pain caused by a bullet lodged in his back. He was treated at a private hospital in Singapore and his condition is reportedly ‘much better’. A special Air Force helicopter had transported Soosai and his escort from the airport and back to the Wanni.
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Japanese special peace envoy arrives in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed October 27, 2004 13:32 EDT . - Japanese special peace envoy arrives in Sri Lanka - COLOMBO, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Japan's special envoy Yasushi Akashi arrived here on Wednesday to start a seven-day visit to push for an early resumption of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, governmental sources said.

Akashi will stay in the country until Nov. 2 to persuade the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) to resume peace talks as soon as possible. During his visit, Akashi is scheduled to meet with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and other officials to discuss the current situation of the peace process. Akashi will also visit the rebel-held northern town of Kilinochchi and meet with the leaders of the LTTE rebels.

Peace talks between the government and the LTTE rebels have been deadlocked since April last year after six previous rounds which started in September 2002.

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Published: Wed Oct 27 14:22:46 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Ranil Wickremesinghe calls on PM, October 27, 2004, 13:30 EDT. Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and briefed them about the island's stalled peace process... Back to the top

CRISIS PROFILE: Sri Lanka grapples with peace process, 27 Oct 2004. Despite a two-year ceasefire, violence and suffering are still a fact of life for many in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE denies hand in Swiss killing, October 27. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police on Tuesday accused Tamil Tiger guerrillas of killing a Swiss national in a grenade attack, but the rebel group denied any involvement and monitors of a two-year ceasefire said they had found no proof... Back to the top

Angry LTTE hits out at media, denies killing Swiss national
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 1.16 a.m.. A visibly angry LTTE today lashed out at the media following reports that LTTE cadres killed a Swiss national in Batticaloa... Back to the top

Main Opposition says ‘NO” again to Peace Council
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 1.15 a.m.. The United National Party (UNP), which is the main Opposition, will not participate at the first meeting of the newly established National Advisory Committee for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR)... Back to the top

IOC to put up US$ 4.5 million lubricant plant in Lanka, October 27, 2004, 08:05 EDT. The Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) is to put up a US$ 4.5 million lubricant plant at Trincomalee in Eastern Sri Lanka by March-April 2005... Back to the top

Made by SEWA, buy in Sri Lanka, October 27, 2004, 08:05 EDT. Ahmedabad, October 26: Next time you go for a jaunt to Colombo or Kathmandu, don’t be surprised if you find brand SEWA in the malls there... Back to the top

Teenager flees from LTTE camp
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 27, 2004, 12.44 a.m... A teenager abducted and detained by the LTTE had managed to escape from a LTTE camp at Sampoor in Trincomalee yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's star spinner vows to return with a vengeance
Associated Press, Wed October 27, 2004 01:15 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Muttiah Muralitharan isn't expecting any limitations on his bowling arsenal when he returns to cricket in pursuit of a world record, saying he expects he'll be allowed to utilize his controversial doosra... Back to the top

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