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Sri Lankan president says peace talks should begin soon, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri October 29, 2004 14:48 EDT . - - . The President also thanked the Government of Japan for its generous assistance and support to Sri Lanka - 's economic development and to consolidating peace in the country, the president's office said in a statement.

Akashi arrived here on Wednesday in his latest efforts to try to revive the stalled peace talks.

The peace talks have been deadlocked since April last year.

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Sri Lanka yet to identify truck driver taken hostage in Iraq
Associated Press, Fri October 29, 2004 12:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The foreign ministry said Friday it has not yet verified the identity of a reportedly Sri Lankan truck driver taken hostage by militants in Iraq. Al-Jazeera television reported Thursday that a group called the Islamic Army had taken two truck drivers hostage one from Bangladesh and another from Sri Lanka - . The two, who reportedly were working for a Kuwaiti transport company, were kidnapped as they entered an undisclosed American base.

The foreign ministry said it was trying to find out if the hostage named Dinesh Darmendra ``is in fact a Sri Lankan national.'' The statement didn't explain who provided the ministry with the hostage's purported name.

Karunasena Hattiarachchi, the Chairman of Sri Lanka - 's Foreign Employment Bureau, said that although expatriate workers are required to register themselves with the bureau before departure, he had no record on Darmendra.

Al-Jazeera said the militants were investigating the two in a religious court.
Published: Fri Oct 29 16:02:39 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Hakeem continues to insist for a Muslim delegation at peace talks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 29, 2004, 9.18 p.m.. The countryís pre dominant Muslim party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has once again renewed its demand for a separate independent Muslim delegation if and when peace talks resume between the LTTE and the Government. During a meeting with Japanese Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi, the Congressís leader Rauf Hakeem had impressed upon the day-to-day problems faced by the Muslim community in the North East and how they have been at many instances sidelined during vital decision-makings. He had further added that however, this should not happen again, and in the event of a final solution to the ethnic conflict or even when matters concerning a Interim Authority is taken up for discussion, the Muslim factor should be dealt with equal importance given to the Tamil community.

He also reminded that President Kumaratunga had before the April 2 election promised to accommodate a separate Muslim delegation at peace talks when they resume. ďThe promise should be kept, the Muslims have been terribly victimized during the two decade long ethnic conflict,Ē he had added.
Published: Fri Oct 29 11:21:54 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Iraq group kidnaps Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi drivers, October 29. The Islamic Army in Iraq has announced it abducted a driver from Sri Lanka and another from Bangladesh who work for a Kuwaiti company, Al-Jazeera television has said, showing footage of the pair... Back to the top

Japanese peace envoy and Sri Lankan president discuss stalled peace process
Associated Press, Fri October 29, 2004 13:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Japanese peace envoy and Sri Lanka - 's President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Friday discussed how to kick-start stalled peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, the president's office said... Back to the top

Second Sri Lankan Army batch leaves for Haiti for UN mission
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 29, 2004, 04.10 p.m.. The second batch of the Sri Lanka Army, assigned for the United Nations peacemaking mission in Haiti left the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday morning... Back to the top

Navy rescues five Tamil youth from LTTE clutches
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 29, 2004, 11.02 a.m.. Navy was able to rescue five Tamil youth including three teenagers at Nilaveli in Trincomalee yesterday, when two LTTE cadres were taking them away forcibly in a cab to the Tigerís Sampoor LTTE camp... Back to the top

Japanese envoy starts talks with Sri Lankan leaders, October 29, 2004, 08:35 EDT. COLOMBO: Japanís special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi opened talks with Sri Lankan leaders on Thursday at the start of his latest mission to help revive the islandís stalled peace process, officials said... Back to the top

Canadian embassy denies its officials forced Sri Lankan monks to disrobe during anthrax scare
Associated Press, Fri October 29, 2004 03:06 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Canada's embassy has denied forcing three Buddhist monks to disrobe and take a shower during an anthrax scare this week, saying the monks willingly complied with security measures and were treated with full respect by officials... Back to the top

Farhat and Younis half centuries give Pakistan healthy start
Associated Press, Fri October 29, 2004 03:47 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Imran Farhat and Younis Khan hit aggressive half centuries before lunch Friday as Pakistan forged a strong first innings reply to Sri Lanka - in the second cricket test against... Back to the top

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