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VOL. 5, NO. 242

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Sri Lankan peace envoy to vie for UN Secretary General, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 13:09 EST . - - Lanka - has already begun the process of canvassing nations for the support of Dhanapala's candidature. Analysts said that an Asian candidate maybe gets the next chance to have a nominee elected to fill the void after the incumbent Kofi Annan's retirement in two years. Dhanapala, a former UN diplomat, held the chair in the UN disarmament committee in the late 1990s. He was appointed in May this year as Head of the Sri Lankan government's peace secretariat that coordinates the Norwegian- backed peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Sri Lankan opposition legislators vote with Tiger proxy, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 13:08 EST . - - COLOMBO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Two minority Tamil legislators from Sri Lanka - 's main opposition party Friday voted against the government in Parliament alongside the island country's main Tamil party legislators. Parliamentary officials said the two legislators belonging to the main opposition United National Party (UNP) voted against the government in the parliamentary vote on the fiscal allocations for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The vote was moved by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the proxy for the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said officials. Thyagarajah Maheswaran, a Tamil legislator from the UNP, said he had explained to his party his decision to vote against the foreign ministry headed by Lakshman Kadirgamar. The UNP abstained from the voting, which was passed with 112 for and 19 against in the 225-seat parliament. Maheswaran alleged that Kadirgamar as foreign minister has worked against the Norwegian backed peace process. The TNA moved for the vote as a mark of protest against Kadirgamar. Kadirgamar personally spearheaded an international campaign against the LTTE between 1994 and 2001, resulting in several countries outlawing the Sri Lankan rebel group.

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Sri Lanka peace hopes deadlocked amid uncertainty and fear
Associated Press, Thu December 2, 2004 20:35 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hopes to revive Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace talks suffered a blow this week with both the government and Tamil rebels failing to agree on the structure of possible renewed negotiations amid growing fears of a resurgence of war. The Tigers began fighting two decades ago to create a separate state for Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million Tamils, accusing the country's 14 million Sinhalese of discrimination.

The war left 65,000 people dead before a 2002 cease-fire between the government and the rebels took hold. But peace talks have been frozen since April last year, and stubbornness on both sides has prevented a return to the negotiating table.

The rebels' chief said last week that unless talks resume immediately based on their controversial self-rule proposal which calls for a largely independent territory for Tamils the insurgents would resume their ``freedom struggle.''

The government rebuffed the threat, saying Wednesday talks must also involve ``exploring a permanent settlement,'' along the lines of a federal solution.

Norway, which helped brokered the truce two years ago, sent its ambassador to Sri Lanka - , Hans Brattskar, to rebel-held territory Thursday for talks with S.P. Thamilselvan, the rebels' political chief. He was expected to hold talks Friday with Jayantha Dhanapala, the head of the government body handling the peace process.

Jehan Perera, a political analyst of the independent National peace Council said the Tigers' may be refusing to budge from their demands for the talks because they don't feel totally secure in the island's east where a top rebel commander broke ranks in March and still continues sporadic attacks.

``They (Tamil rebels) would prefer to get the eastern situation under control prior to asserting political control,'' he said.

Two people were killed earlier this week in volatile eastern Sri Lanka - , adding to scores of others killed since the split.

Perera said the government on the other hand was ``unwilling to use up its political capital to push for a compromise but prefers to push for narrow political gain.''

Sri Lanka - 's main coalition partner, a Marxist party, has threatened to pull out of the government if peace talks start on the rebels' proposal.

But how long the stalemate can survive looks increasingly uncertain.

``If the two parties don't get back to talks, it could well be the end of the present phase of the peace process,'' Loganathen said.
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Sri Lankan road to Tamil heartland reopens after rebel general strike
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 01:53 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A road that links mainland Sri Lanka - with the Tamil heartland reopened Friday, after Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the army closed off entry points for 24 hours during a rebel general strike to protest police harassment, an official said... Back to the top

LTTE planned to use civilian mobs for attack on Lankan army, December 3. The entry/exit points on the border between government and LTTE-controlled areas in Vaviniya and Mannar districts had to be closed on Thursday because the LTTE was planning to bring civilian mobs to attack the army and create an ugly situation there, an army communiqué said... Back to the top

Strike called by Tamil Tigers shuts down two northern districts in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu December 2, 2004 02:25 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A strike called by Tamil Tiger rebels shut down two northern districts and severed road links Thursday in an apparent protest against alleged police excesses, a day after the government rejected the guerrillas' demand to unconditionally restart peace talks or risk a resumption of civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan asylum seekers end hunger strike after Australian government pledges to review their cases
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 05:45 EST . - - ``The Department of Immigration will have individual interviews with each of them, because the situation in Sri Lanka - has changed so much, and they will compile that and send it on to the immigration minister,'' she said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shuts rebel border
Reuters, December 2. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army has closed off entry points to areas controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels for the first day since a 2002 ceasefire after Red Cross officials said they feared for their safety amid sporadic violence... Back to the top

LTTE abducts Tamil politico to get whereabouts of Karuna, December 2. The LTTE is believed to have abducted Pakianath Rajaratnam, General Secretary of the Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF), to find out the whereabouts of its breakaway Eastern Commander, Col Karuna... Back to the top

Tamil party opposes proposed Indo-Lanka defence pact :, Dec 2. Colombo, Dec 2 : A Tamil party in Sri Lanka, seen as a proxy of LTTE rebels, today asked India not to go ahead with a proposed defence cooperation pact with Colombo, saying it would be "harmful" to the peace process in the island nation... Back to the top

LTTE leader’s speech points to danger of renewed war in Sri ..., 3 December 2004. The annual “Heroes’ Day” speech delivered by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader V... Back to the top

Assemblies of God Church, Children s Home Attacked in Sri Lanka, Dec. 2, 2004 . Assaults against Christians in Sri Lanka continued over the last few weeks, according to the Voice of the Martyrs... Back to the top

Sri lanka hosts int l IT conferences, Dec. 2 . COLOMBO, Dec. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- The Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Summit 2004 opened here Thursday. Addressing the opening ceremony, Hydre Alaudeen, chairman of Sri Lankan Information Technology Federation, said ASOCIO ICT is aregional, high level forum that provides a platform for governmentand industry to exchange information, develop closer relationshipsand above all, identify new business opportunities... Back to the top

Pak, Sri Lanka Sign Transfer Of Offenders Accord, 2004-12-02 . ISLAMABAD, Pakistan : Dec 02 (SADA) - Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Wednesday reached an agreement, which will provide necessary legal framework for the transfer of convicted persons to their country of origin... Back to the top

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