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Marxists campaigning 'against peace talks'
gulf news, November 14. Colombo: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) believe that under the President Chandrika Kumaratunga government they may not be able to find a solution to the Tamil minority ethnic crisis. This is mainly due to the presence of the Marxist Janata Vimukti Perumana (JVP) within the government who are campaigning against the Norway-backed peace talks, said the LTTE's chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham. The comments came as the propaganda Secretary of the JVP or People's Liberation Front, Wimal Weerawansa, led a delegation to London to garner the support of other Sinhala organisations to protest against any moves by the government to discuss LTTE proposals of setting up an Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) in the north and east. Weerawansa, who is involved in an organisation known as the National Patriotic Movement, will address a meeting at Acton Hall in London calling for expatriate support against the ISGA proposals. More...
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LTTE asks India to consult it on strategic infrastructure projects, November 14. The LTTE has said that India should consult the outfit before undertaking strategically important infrastructure projects in the North Eastern Province (NEP) of Sri Lanka, since these impinge on the lives of the Tamil people. This was stated by the LTTE's political wing leader, SP Tamilselvan, in the Virakesari Illustrated Weekly on Sunday, when asked to comment on India's willingness to upgrade the Palaly military airport in Jaffna, and build a highway between Trincomalee and Anuradhapura to be called the 'Rajiv Gandhi Highway'. Tamilselvan said, "The Palaly airport is in the Tamil Homeland. India's plan to help upgrade it will upset the current peace process in Sri Lanka. The Palaly airport was built by taking over the Tamil peoples' lands. As for the Trincomalee-Anuradhapura highway, it is going to be built in an area, from which the Tamils were driven out to enable the Sinhala people to settle there. Tamil refugees from this area are still languishing in Mullaitivu district. It is our submission that before taking a decision on these matters India should consult the Tamil side also. It should talk to the LTTE." More...
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Deadlock in peace talks compounds Sri Lanka s economic woes, November 14. COLOMBO : The latest failed attempt to revive peace talks is bad news for Sri Lanka's economy, already in trouble from high inflation, a foreign exchange crisis and a falling rupee. Sri Lankans were banking on a fresh initiative by peacebroker Norway to end a 19-month deadlock between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels and bring much-needed foreign aid. But Norway's bid ended without a breakthrough Friday, although the government and rebels promised to maintain their fragile truce. "Kickstarting the peace process and bringing back lost confidence is vital for the economy," said Hasitha Premaratne, research head at HNB stockbrokers. More...
Published: Sun Nov 14 12:08:55 EST 2004 Back to the top

Fact Sheet on Child Soldiers in Sri Lanka, 14 Nov 2004. The government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were engaged in a brutal civil war from 1983 to 2002 that killed over 60,000 people... Back to the top

Another attempt to save Sri Lanka peace talks ends in failure, Nov 14. Colombo, Nov 14. (PTI):Another Norwegian attempt to revive Sri Lanka's stalled peace talks has ended in failure, official media reported today... Back to the top

Norway s secret bid to revive Sri Lanka peace initiative fails, 2004-11-15. Sri Lanka's peace hopes dimmed further as Norway failed in a secret attempt to save a stumbling initiative to end three decades of ethnic bloodshed, officials close to the process said yesterday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

Prime Minister to visit India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, november 14. ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will begin visit to India, Sri Lanka and Maldives on November 23, official sources 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

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