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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...
Published: Sun Nov 14 22:33:33 EST 2004

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Sri Lanka is ready for federalism: President, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon November 15, 2004 13:27 EST . COLOMBO, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said her country is now ready for federalism to resolve the conflict between the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a local website reported Monday. Responding to a question in an interview that if Sri Lanka - is ready for federalism, the president said quite definitely yes, according to the Lankapage website.

Kumaratunga said recently in the interview that her main coalition partner the leftist JVP or People's Liberation Front is also in agreement that there should be some form of power-sharing.

One of our partners may not agree, but they are also looking at it seriously. Don't forget that the JVP has also come a long way. When they started talking with us, they were not even talking of a negotiated settlement (with the LTTE), said the president.

The LTTE rebels had been fighting against government forces to set up an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east since 1983 until they entered into a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in February 2002. Decades of conflicts have claimed more than 60,000 lives.

The government and the LTTE have held six rounds of direct negotiations between September 2002 and April 2003.

In November last year the rebels, who had agreed to explore a federal setup in preference to their ultimate goal of a separate Tamil state, came up with the interim power sharing plan for the war-torn regions which the analysts have pointed as going beyond fundamentals of federalism.

The government maintains that the LTTE plan could be discussed only as part of a final solution, but the rebels are said to be maintaining the position that their plan must form the basis for resumption of talks. The Norwegian facilitators have been trying to revive the stalled peace talks since May this year but their efforts have been futile so far.

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Published: Mon Nov 15 16:31:58 EST 2004 Back to the top

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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...
Published: Sun Nov 14 12:07:11 EST 2004 Back to the top
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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

Sri Lanka 's revenue from garment exports to America set to drop 20 percent as trade agreement expires
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Tension in Jaffna after accident
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Prabhakaran wants Lanka to go public on talks agenda, November 15. LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakran is believed to have told the Norwegian mediators that the Sri Lankan government, as such, should make a public statement about its stand on the agenda for the peace talks, and that he will not entertain any proposal from the Sri Lankan President only... Back to the top

India defensive over Sri Lanka, November 15, 2004, 07:50 EDT. South Asia India defensive over Sri Lanka By Ranjit Devraj NEW DELHI - While India is ready to enter into a "defense 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

Conflict over rights stalls Sri Lankan peace process, November 15, 2004, 07:50 EDT. One of the basic reasons for the conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the rest of the world is the difference of opinion on whether 'group rights' should take precedence over 'individual rights'... Back to the top

Lanka banks on Indian money to save economy, November 15, 2004, 07:50 EDT. Colombo, Nov 14 (PTI) Sri Lanka was banking on a hard currency injection from India to save the local rupee amid galloping inflation, a widening budget deficit and dwindling foreign reserves... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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