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Three new Sri Lankan ministers sworn in, 2004-10-30 19:32:43. COLOMBO, Oct. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Saturday swore in three new ministers in a bid to further strengthen the government's majority in Parliament.

According to the President's Office, the three dissident members of the main Muslim party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC),were sworn in as ministers of non-cabinet rank. More...
Published: Sat Oct 30 08:46:04 EDT 2004

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TNA says Government not keen to resume peace talks, only concerned about Presidential polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 30, 2004, 6.40 p.m. . The LTTE represented Tamil National Alliance has claimed that the Alliance Government is more concerned about deciding whether to hold a Presidential election or a countrywide referendum, rather than making a concrete effort towards resuming the stalled peace process. During meeting with Japanese Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi, the Alliance’s Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan also emphasized the need to resume peace talks soon based on the LTTE proposed Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals.

“The Tamil people of North East have yearned for peace for a very long time. We pointed out to the special envoy that peace efforts have stagnated. We also pointed out to him that instead of taking forward the peace efforts, according to our reading, the government is more concerned about deciding whether to hold, a Presidential elections or a countrywide referendum to choose the next President. We pointed out that peace efforts have stagnated because of serious differences inside the governing coalition on this issue. This situation must not be allowed to continue," Sampanthan said. The Japanese envoy in response stressed that peace must be brought about somehow and that everyone should get involved earnestly in this task"
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LTTE threatens to pull out of regional meeting if security forces do not stop search operations
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 30, 2004, 6.30 p.m.. The LTTE today warned the security forces that they would not take part at the regional level meeting in Batticaloa because the security forces continued its search operations in the district. Batticaloa-Ampara districts political head E. Kausalyan told this during a meeting with security forces in Batticaloa. He also said that violent incidents are taking place in areas under government controlled areas and the security forces should take steps to maintain the law and order in their respective areas. Meanwhile, and army spokesman said that the security forces representatives had told the LTTE that the government forces were only conducting search operation in the government held areas and had not caused any harassment to civilians. Brigadier Vajira Wijegoonewardena Commander army's 23 Division led the security forces delegation
Published: Sat Oct 30 08:35:04 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Indian army chief due here on Monday
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 30, 3004, 6.32 p.m.. India’s Chief of Army Staff General N.C. Vij will arrive here on Monday in a bid to strengthen defence ties between the two neighboring countries... Back to the top

India needs to adopt more pro-active Sri Lanka policy: experts:, October 30, 2004, 13:15 EDT. New Delhi, Oct 30 : India should make a shift from its "hands off" stance on Sri Lanka and adopt a more pro-active policy as relations are instrinsically linked to the Tamil issue, political leaders and foreign policy experts from the two countries suggested today... Back to the top

Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims demonstrate against LTTE in Muttur
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 30, 2004, 6.31 p.m.. Several hundreds of civilians yesterday held a peaceful protest campaign at Muttur in Trincomalee shouting ant-LTTE slogans... Back to the top

Several political parties against LTTE urge immediate halt to killings and kidnappings
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 30, 2004, 8.20 p.m.. Several political parties and civil organizations opposed to the LTTE yesterday urged all parties to join hands and prevent future LTTE violent acts including killings and abductions... Back to the top

Jayasuriya leads Sri Lankan recovery after Pakistan gets big lead
Associated Press, Sat October 30, 2004 08:53 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - Jayasuriya made a swashbuckling 96 off 104 balls with 14 boundaries and a six as Sri Lanka - progressed to 134 for 1 in the second innings at stumps... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka confirms identity of abducted truck driver
Associated Press, Sat October 30, 2004 11:31 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Saturday confirmed the identity of a Sri Lankan truck driver taken hostage by Iraqi militants, and said it was working to secure his release... Back to the top

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