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NOVEMBER 12, 2004 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lankan government reviews Tamil rebels' new offer to break peace talks deadlock
Associated Press, Fri November 12, 2004 06:32 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Both sides in Sri Lanka - 's civil war renewed their commitment to a cease-fire, as the government on Friday considered its response to a new offer from Tamil Tiger rebels to revive stalled peace talks, officials said. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen, who was leading the negotiating team, cut short his visit and left Sri Lanka - Thursday to attend memorial services in Egypt for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Petersen's deputy Vidar Helgesen and special envoy Erik Solheim met former premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and members of the diplomatic corps on Friday to brief them on the latest peace moves.

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Before Thursday's meetings Solheim told The

The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 to carve out an independent homeland for the island's 3.2 million Tamil minority, who claim discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

The fighting killed nearly 65,000 people before Norway brokered a cease-fire. Subsequent peace talks, however, collapsed amid rebel demands for wide autonomy in the Tamil-dominated north and east.

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Norway fails to end Sri Lanka peace talk deadlock+
Associated Press, Fri November 12, 2004 06:15 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 12 (Kyodo) Norway failed in its latest attempt to end the impasse in Sri Lanka - 's faltering peace process despite pledges by warring parties to maintain a two-and-a-half-year-old truce, rebels and government officials said Friday. He has also met with President Chandrika Kumaratunga during his trip to Sri Lanka - but failed to secure any breakthrough.

''High expectations, no major breakthrough,'' said the LTTE's peace secretariat website on Norway's latest initiative to salvage the peace process aimed at ending three decades of ethnic bloodshed.

LTTE chief peace negotiator Anton Balasingham said they wanted negotiations to open on the basis of the LTTE plan for self-rule, and rejected the Sri Lankan government's demands to start parallel talks on a final settlement.

Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi, who in Sri Lanka - earlier this month, had expected both sides to demonstrate flexibility and end a 19-month deadlock in the talks, but the expected signals were not forthcoming from either side.

''This position of ours, we are told by the facilitators, would be conveyed to the president...and a feedback provided to us in course of time,'' Balasingham was quoted as saying on the LTTE website. ''It is only after receiving such a response, we would comment on the feasibility of early resumption of talks or otherwise.''

Kumaratunga's office said in a statement after talks with Petersen that the Norwegians briefed her on their meeting with the LTTE leadership and their views on resuming talks.

''The president agreed the government of Sri Lanka - will remain in close contact with the Norwegian facilitators on the question; she thanked the Norwegian foreign minister for the continued commitment of Norway in the facilitation of the Sri Lankan peace process,'' the statement said.

Both the Colombo government and the LTTE, in separate statements, vowed to maintain the Oslo-brokered truce that has lasted since February 2002.

Balasingham cautioned that Colombo's proposed defense cooperation agreement with neighboring India could tilt the military balance of power in favor of Colombo and could undermine the fragile truce.

Akashi had said he hoped the proposed defense agreement would not be a stumbling block for resuming peace talks as he believed that the agreement was not to address the internal problems of Sri Lanka - .

Both Colombo and the LTTE say that want a peaceful end to a conflict which claimed more than 60,000 lives between 1972 and 2002, but they disagree on the agenda for reopening talks.

Balasingham said they want their proposal for self-rule implemented to take care of urgent humanitarian needs of the Tamil minority and discussions on a final settlement can take place later.

''Once the talks begin, (Colombo) can bring their ideas to the negotiating table,'' Balasingham said. ''Hence, we had a long discussion with the Norwegians about how to restart the talks early.''

The Oslo-brokered peace talks between the Colombo government and the LTTE have been on hold since the guerrillas walked out in April last year, a month after a round of talks in Hakone, Japan.
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Army Chief Kottegoda gets another extension
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 12, 2004, 12.06 a.m.. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shantha Kottegoda, who reached 55 on November 5, has been granted another one-year term as Army Chief. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has granted the one-year extension until November 5 next year. Defence Ministry Secretary Cyril Herath last week presented the letter recommending the extension, but the President was unable to place her signature on the document owing to her Indian visit. After Army Chief Lt. General Lionel Balagalla retired on June 31, Kottegoda, assumed duties as the 17th Commander of the Sri Lanka Army on July 1.
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Peace deadlock continues, LTTE seeks ‘more than a verbal commitment’ from Gov
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 11, 2004, 11.54 p.m.. Sri Lanka’s hope of a revived peace process dashed once again after both the Government and the LTTE failed to make a real effort or take a concrete step in resuming the stalled peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers condolences over Arafat's death, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri November 12, 2004 13:32 EST . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -OFFERS sked Sri Lanka - offers condolences over Arafat's death, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Roundup: Norwegian envoy leaves Sri Lanka , peace deadlock continues, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri November 12, 2004 13:35 EST . - - Roundup: Norwegian envoy leaves Sri Lanka - , peace deadlock continues, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka appeals for hostage's release, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu November 11, 2004 15:07 EST . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -APPEALS sked Sri Lanka - appeals for hostage's release, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Indo-Lanka defence pact will undermine truce: LTTE
IndiaExpress.com, 12th Nov 2004 . Terming the proposed Indo-Lanka defence cooperation agreement as “irrelevant”, the Tamil Tigers today said it will "undermine" the fragile truce between Sri Lanka and the LTTE... Back to the top

Norway Fails to Break Deadlock to Revive Sri Lanka Peace Talks
bloomberg.com, Nov. 12. Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Norway, which brokered a cease-fire between the Sri Lanka government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, failed to break the deadlock to revive peace talks key to the South Asian island's economic growth. Tamil Tiger rebels said the government must accept its power- sharing proposal as a basis for resuming talks that stalled in April last year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels still recruiting Children
lexpress.mu, 12 novembre 2004 . Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels are still forcibly recruiting more under-age fighters than they allow to go free, a rights group charged yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers Forcibly Recruit Child Soldiers
Human Rights Watch, November 11. New York, November 11, 2004) – By abducting children or threatening their families, the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have recruited thousands of child soldiers in Sri Lanka since active fighting ended in 2002, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels convey message to gov't on saving peace process+
Associated Press, Thu November 11, 2004 07:28 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 11 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger guerrillas on Thursday sent a secret message to President Chandrika Kumaratunga on saving the island's troubled peace process, the rebels said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said they gave the ''message'' to visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen when he met with Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran earlier in the day... Back to the top

Peace deal with S.Lanka gov t impossible -Tigers
alertnet.org, 11 Nov 2004 13:07:49 GMT. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Thursday doused hopes of putting a speedy end to two decades of civil war, saying a final peace deal was impossible under the current government... Back to the top

Rights Group Charges Sri Lanka Rebels Continue to Use Child ...
politinfo.com, Nov 11, 2004 New Delhi . The international rights group, Human Rights Watch, says Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are still recruiting child soldiers, despite a ceasefire with the government... Back to the top

Riding Sri Lanka s A9, a passage between two worlds
csmonitor.com, november 12. JAFFNA, SRI LANKA – The bus from Anuradhapura to Vavuniya sits empty in the weak dawn sunlight, until Kapila Hemantha boards... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Rate Increase May Extend Growth, John Keells Says
bloomberg.com, Nov. 12. Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's decision to raise interest rates to curb inflation may help to extend a 2 1/2-year economic expansion and reinforce investor confidence, the South Asian country's biggest publicly traded company said. ``No businessman wants rates to go up, but the government has to attack the fundamentals to create confidence in the business environment and sound economic conditions,'' Ronnie Peiris, Group Finance Director at John Keells Holdings Ltd... Back to the top

Sri lankan president mourns Arafat's death, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu November 11, 2004 14:30 EST . - - Recalling the particularly warm personal relations that existed between late Arafat and late Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Kumaratunga said Sri Lanka - was one of the first countries to recognize Palestinian statehood and has received Arafat on its soil on more than one occasion... Back to the top

Deputy Minister resigns over nigh club attack hullabaloo
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 11, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. A Deputy Minister resigned yesterday following his alleged involvement in a nightclub brawl during the weekend... Back to the top

Sri Lanka issues travelling warning against Iraq
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 11, 2004, 10.45 p.m.. The Sri Lankan Government has warned migrant workers not to apply for any jobs in Iraq... Back to the top

Ranil is UNP’s candidate for forthcoming Presidential polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 11, 2004, 10.44 p.m.. The United National Party has decided to nominate their party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the UNP’s Presidential candidate... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Military Commitment Not in India s Interests
ipsnews.net, Nov 11 . NEW DELHI, Nov 11 (IPS) - While India is ready to enter into a 'defence cooperation agreement' with Sri Lanka, it is wary of being drawn into any military involvement in the island nation's two decades-old civil war that has seen violent strife between ethnic Tamils and the Sinhalese majority - leaving over 60,000 dead on both sides... Back to the top

Lankan Tamil daily portrays Prabhakaran as Lord Krishna
hindustantimes.com, November 11. In an editorial to mark Diwali, a Tamil daily has portrayed the LTTE Supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran, as Lord Krishna who is all set to liberate the Tamil people from the thralldom of the modern-day "Narakasura", namely, the Sinhala-dominated Sri Lankan state... Back to the top

Despite protests hundreds of Indian fishermen continue to poach in Sri Lankan waters
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 11, 2004, 10.40 p.m.. Approximately 800 Indian fishing trawlers were seen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters in Thalaimannar during last two days... Back to the top

Muslim civilian shot dead allegedly by LTTE
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 11, 2004, 10.39 p.m.. LTTE cadres allegedly killed a Muslim civilian at Welikanda yesterday night... Back to the top

Norwegian mediators meet reclusive rebel chief to revive Sri Lanka peace talks
Associated Press, Thu November 11, 2004 04:05 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian envoys held a key meeting Thursday with the reclusive Tamil Tiger chief to bring the rebels and Sri Lanka - 's government closer to resuming stalled peace talks aimed at ending a two-decade civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rates rise unexpectedly
bbc.co.uk, Thursday, 11 November, 2004. Sri Lanka's central bank has raised interest rates by half a percentage point, taking investors by surprise... Back to the top

Warne says new ICC rules on chucking could cause confusion
Associated Press, Thu November 11, 2004 00:05 EST . - - MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australian legspinner Shane Warne said Thursday a new proposal on bowling deliveries in cricket brought about by the ``chucking'' controversy involving Sri Lanka - 's Muttiah Muralitharan could cause confusion for umpires... Back to the top

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