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NOVEMBER 16, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 225

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Sri Lankan opposition to keep dialogue with president on peace process, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue November 16, 2004 10:16 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition said Tuesday that it would keep the dialogue going with President Chandrika Kumaratunga on her efforts to revive the stalled peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels. G.L. Peiris, spokesman for the main opposition United National Party (UNP), told reporters that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to maintain one to one dialogue with Kumaratunga despite the UNP decision to boycott an all political party parley convened by Kumaratunga.

Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe have met twice since October, and the last meeting held early this month was fruitful, Peiris said without elaborating. Peiris said the UNP is always willing to extend support to Kumaratunga on the peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels.

However, he said the internal differences of opinion among Kumaratunga's ruling coalition must be ironed out before attempting to revive the peace process. He also stressed that Kumaratunga's government must do away with moves to change the country's constitution and to change the parliamentary speaker in order for dialogue between Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe to achieve positive results. Wickremesinghe has publicly stated that his party would support Kumaratunga if she starts talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels based on their Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal. But the main partner in Kumaratunga's ruling coalition, the leftist JVP or People's Liberation Front, claims the ISGA would lead to the separation of the Tamil dominated north and east provinces. The rebels suspended the peace talks in April last year after six rounds of talks, which began in September 2002, seven months after the two sides entered Norwegian-brokered ceasefire. 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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Washington Post ( Registration Req'd), November 16. AMPARA, Sri Lanka -- Wild monkeys and Buddhist shrines outnumber any signs of industry, and rampaging elephants are not uncommon. The closest port lies seven hours away, down a rutted road. Yet here in the jungle of this small island nation in the Indian Ocean, the Daya Apparel Export Ltd. factory and others like it churn out pants and shirts for American Eagle Outfitters, A-line skirts for the Gap and bras for Victoria's Secret. "If I didn't have this job, we wouldn't have enough to eat," said 20-year-old Mohammed Ismail Mazeela, one of 2,000 women from surrounding villages who work at the plant. The $40 monthly wage supports her family in Sammamthurai village, where people walk trash-strewn lanes in bare feet. It buys the electricity powering the lone bulb in her shack, the food her mother cooks over the wood fire on their concrete floor, and schoolbooks for her sister's three children. "There is nothing else here." Soon there may be even less. On Jan. 1, World Trade Organization rules governing the global textile trade will undergo their biggest revision in 30 years. The changes are expected to jeopardize as many as 30 million jobs in some of the world's poorest places as the textile industry uproots and begins consolidating in a country that has become the world's acknowledged low-cost producer: China. More...
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Tiger rebels, Tamil lawmakers discuss Sri Lankan peace process
Associated Press, Tue November 16, 2004 00:37 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebel leaders and their supporters in parliament met Tuesday to discuss efforts to revive peace talks with the Sri Lankan government, a rebel spokesman said.

All 22 lawmakers from the Tamil National Alliance, which represents the rebels in the 225-member Parliament, were meeting with S.P Thamilselvan, the chief of the Tigers' political wing, in the northern rebel-held town of Kilinochchi, Daya Master said.

The meeting came just days after the reclusive Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran offered a proposal to the government for resuming the peace process. The government said it is studying the offer, details of which have yet to be disclosed.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam rebels began a violent campaign to carve out a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils in 1983. More than 65,000 people died in the fighting before the government and rebels signed a Norway-brokered truce in February 2002.

Subsequent peace talks were suspended in April 2003 when the Tigers withdrew demanding more autonomy to the Tamil-majority north and east.

The rebels still insist that future talks should only be based on their blueprint for self-rule in Tamil majority areas, but the government wants talks to be tied to a previous rebel commitment for a solution within a federal framework.

Norway's Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and his deputy Vidar Helgesen concluded their latest peace mission at the weekend after failing to clinch an immediate breakthrough.
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Sri Lankan president tells Tigers to 'stop making excuses' and join peace talks
Associated Press, Tue November 16, 2004 13:10 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president told the Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday to ``stop making excuses'' and return to the table for peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set for deficit budget amid economic gloom
AFP/Yahoo, November 15. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Marxist-backed government is set to unveil its first budget amid a foreign exchange crisis, galloping inflation and pressure from coalition partners to maintain a welfare state... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Introduce New Taxes to Narrow Its Budget Deficit
bloomberg.com, Nov. 17. Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka will levy new taxes in this week's budget in an effort to narrow the deficit, said Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama. The government will ``widen the tax net'' in tomorrow's budget to help cut the deficit to 7.5 percent of gross domestic product next year, from an estimate of 8 percent this year, Amunugama said yesterday in Colombo... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers wants Sri Lankan gov't to state unified stand on peace talks, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue November 16, 2004 12:29 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said Tuesday that the government and all its coalition partners should convey their unified stand and their consensus in support of the peace process, reported the pro- rebel TamilNet. The Sri Lankan government's coalition partner, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and others are opposing the peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition to keep dialogue with president on peace ...
xinhuanet.com, 2004-11-16 17:58:02. COLOMBO, Nov. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition said Tuesday that it would keep the dialogue going with President Chandrika Kumaratunga on her efforts to revive the stalled peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels. G... Back to the top

Sri Lankan gov't demands further probe on rebels' buildup, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue November 16, 2004 11:56 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan Defense Ministry has informed the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to inquire further into the Tamil Tigers' military buildup around eastern Trincomalee harbor, the official Daily News reported Tuesday. According to the newspaper, Defense Secretary Cyril Herat conveyed this message to SLMM Chief Trond Furuhovde at a meeting on Monday since the ministry cannot agree with the report submitted by the SLMM in this regard... Back to the top

Truce monitors studying Sri Lanka s LTTE camp report:
newkerala.com, November 16, 2004, 12:20 EDT. [World News]: Colombo, Nov 16 : International truce monitors in Sri Lanka are studying a government report on an alleged military build-up by the Tamil Tigers around the eastern port of Trincomalee, Xinhua reports... Back to the top

HIV/AIDS cases on the rise in Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Nov 16 . Unprotected sexual activity is behind an increase in the number of Sri Lankan youngsters threatened by sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV and AIDS... Back to the top

Truce monitors studying Sri Lanka 's Tiger camp report, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue November 16, 2004 10:12 EST . - - Truce monitors studying Sri Lanka - 's Tiger camp report, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Muralitharan in the clear as ICC revolutionises 'chucking' laws
The Independant, 10 November 2004. By Angus Fraser in Dubai, Muttiah Muralitharan, the world's leading spinner, has been given the all-clear to resume bowling his controversial "doosra" delivery under a contentious recommendation from a committee of the International Cricket Council... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's revenue from garment exports to America set to drop 20 percent as trade agreement expires
Associated Press, Mon November 15, 2004 05:55 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's revenue from garment and textile exports to the United States, its biggest customer, is expected to fall about 20 percent next year following the expiration of a preferential trade agreement, an industry official said Monday... Back to the top

Tension in Jaffna after accident
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 15, 2004, 11.32 p.m.. Security forces and police were put on high alert after a motor accident that took place at Kodikamam in Jaffna yesterday... Back to the top

New LTTE demand
hindustantimes.com, uesday, November 16, 2004 | Updated: 09:20 IS. HTC Colombo, November 16 The LTTE chief, V Prabhaakran, is believed to have told the Norwegian mediators that the Sri Lankan government 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... Back to the top

Prabhakaran wants Lanka to go public on talks agenda
hindustantimes.com, 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

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