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Rebels await feedback on peace proposals
Gulf News, November 14. Colombo Tamil guerrillas are awaiting a formal response from the government to their proposals sent through the Norwegian delegation before moving ahead with the peace process, chief rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham has declared. Balasingham told a rebel website that they would comment on the 'feasibility of early resumption of talks or otherwise', depending on the response from the government. The comments came as the Norwegian delegation led by Foreign Minister Jan Petersen left the country without any major breakthrough following talks with the rebel leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran and President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday. More...
Published: Sat Nov 13 20:59:54 EST 2004

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Norwegian officials conclude latest peace mission in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat November 13, 2004 09:36 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian peace brokers left Sri Lanka - Saturday after their latest bid to revive the country's stalled peace talks, while the government studied an offer from the Tamil Tiger rebels on how to break the 19-month deadlock.

Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen and peace broker Erik Solheim left for home after discussions with the government and Tamil Tiger rebel leaders, officials involved in the peace process said.

The country's Foreign Minister Jan Petersen flew to Egypt Thursday to attend Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's memorial service after concluding talks with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The rebels' undisclosed offer, outlining demands for resuming negotiations, was given to the negotiators when they met with Prabhakaran Thursday in the northern town of Kilinochchi.

Government officials say they want to clarify certain issues in the proposal before responding. However, both sides have renewed their commitment to a cease-fire signed in February 2002.

Peace talks that followed the truce were suspended in April 2003 when the rebels withdrew demanding more autonomy to the Tamil-majority north and east.

Now the Tigers demand that their proposal for self-rule in Tamil-majority areas be the basis for negotiations. The government wants talks tied to a previous rebel commitment for a solution within a federal framework.

More than 65,000 people have been killed since 1983, when Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam rebels began their violent campaign to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils in this island nation off India's southern coast.
Published: Sat Nov 13 10:31:05 EST 2004 Back to the top

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LTTE changing but could still kill me: Kumaratunga:, 13th November 2004. [India News]: New Delhi, Nov 13 : Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said in remarks published Saturday that Tamil Tiger guerrillas are still trying to kill her despite signing a truce with her government.

At the same time, Kumaratunga told The Hindu in an interview that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was changing and that it was now split into three factions.

The president, who narrowly escaped an assassination attempt blamed on LTTE in 1999 losing an eye in the process, said there were many things about Sri Lankan politics that she planned to write about one day. More...
Published: Sat Nov 13 10:30:23 EST 2004 Back to the top

Why LTTE chief refused Rajiv, November 14. Former PM Rajiv Gandhi had offered LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran a “secret” pact in July 1987, but the militant Tamil leader rejected it saying that he did not believe that New Delhi would honour its agreement... Back to the top

LTTE leader rules out talks
Dawn, KILLINOCHCHI, Nov 12. The London-based LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham, who arrived in the country last week , told journalists on Thursday that it was unlikely that the LTTE would be able to arrive at a power-sharing strategy with the government of President Kumaratunga... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka keeper calls it a day, 13th November 2004. Sri Lanka wicket-keeper/batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana has announced his retirement from international cricket... Back to the top

Sri Lanka await doctors’ orders on Muralitharan, 13th November 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will know next week if he is sufficiently recovered from a shoulder surgery to resume his international career in New Zealand early next year, officials said on Wednesday... Back to the top

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... 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, 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, 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, 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

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