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VOL. 5, NO. 254

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Seminar on Child Soldiers distrupted in Toronto.
Special correspondent from Toronto , December 15. A discussion forum organized by the New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) was held in Toronto on Sunday the 12th of December. More than 300 people attended the seminar. The seminar was on a study conducted by HRW on child soldiers in Sri Lanka.

Before the meeting commenced , about 20 youths made loud noises and shouted at the speakers demanding that they should be given a chance to address the audience. They were trying to disturb the meeting. When former Ontario premier Bob Rae who was the keynote speaker got ready to speak, Mr. Gary Sangary went on to the podium and began interrupting the speaker. LTTE activists in the audience demanded that Rev. Chandrakanathan, a catholic priest should also be given a chance to address the gathering as a "representative of the Tamil Community".

However, the organizers said that Rev. Chandrakanathan is a partisan Tamil, and would reflect a partisan view where upon the LTTE activists responded with yelling and shouting profanity. Sensing a deteriorating security situation, the Police was called in to ensure the security of the speakers and the audience.

After the Metro Police arrived in the auditorium, the LTTE activists calmed down, and Mr. Rae addressed the meeting. In his speech, Mr. Rae expressing his disappointment said, “in my entire political career, I was not interrupted like this when expressing my opinion”. As the president of the Federation of Forums, Mr. Rae has met with senior LTTE leaders several times, and had traveled to Kilinochchi this year and conducted discussions with S.P. Tamilselevan, LTTE’s political head.
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S. Lanka Peace Bid at Critical Low - Norway Envoy, December 15, 2004. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's bid to forge lasting peace with Tamil Tiger rebels after two decades of civil war is at its most critical ebb since a 2002 truce, Norway's peace envoy to the country said on Wednesday. Envoy Erik Solheim met the head of the Tigers' political wing in the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi on Wednesday in a fresh bid to jumpstart peace talks stalled since last year, but emerged from the meeting pessimistic. More...
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World bank anounces USD 75 mn credit for Sri Lanka s housing ..., December 15, 2004. World News > Washington, Dec 15 : The World Bank has announced a USD 75 million International Development Association credit for a housing reconstruction programme in Sri Lanka under which 46,000 houses will be constructed for the poor and conflict affected families. "Rehabilitating conflict-affected areas is essential for underpinning peace and bringing normalcy to the lives of the families there," said Peter Harrold, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka. More...
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Norwegian envoy begins new effort to restart Lanka peace talks, Tue,December 14. Norway's top peace envoy opened a new effort on Tuesday to resurrect stalled peace talks between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels amid fears that a fragile ceasefire could collapse, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan hostage, mistaken for American, faces terror in Iraq
Associated Press, Wed December 15, 2004 11:42 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - HENDALA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Day after day, locked in a cement room somewhere in Iraq, the hooded men beat him... Back to the top

Donors tell Sri Lanka president to bring her Marxist ally to heel+
Associated Press, Wed December 15, 2004 03:08 EST . - - COLOMBO, Dec. 15 (Kyodo) The chief international backers of Sri Lanka - 's peace process have told President Chandrika Kumaratunga to bring her Marxist coalition ally into line to ensure efforts to revive peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tigers stalled since last year can succeed, a Japanese statement said Wednesday. ''(The representatives of the co-chairs) expressed deep concern about the ongoing JVP-led actions against the peace process in Sri Lanka - and the government of Norway's efforts as facilitator of that process,'' a statement issued by the Japanese Embassy in Colombo on Wednesday said... Back to the top

President can go ahead with talks - JVP
BBC, December 15, 2004. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga can start peace talks based upon LTTE's latest proposals, if she agrees with the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) put forward by the Tamil Tigers, says the government's junior partner Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)... Back to the top

Norwegian official meets Tamil Tigers in fresh attempt to revive Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Tue December 14, 2004 23:14 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace broker was set to meet with Tamil Tiger rebel leaders Wednesday in the latest effort to revive long-stalled peace talks between the guerrillas and the Sri Lankan government, an official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka urged to offer more support to rebel go-between, December 15, 2004. Sri Lanka's main foreign donors warn some members of the country's ruling coalition are undermining the shaky peace process aimed at ending the decades-long civil war... Back to the top

4 people buried in landslide in Sri Lanka, December 15, 2004, 6:40EDT. COLOMBO, Dec. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Four people were killed due to a landslide in Sri Lanka's hilly Central Province, police said Wednesday. Landslide, caused by heavy rains which lashed Welimada on Tuesday night, accounted for the lives of four in the area, police said... Back to the top

Five killed in landslides and floods across Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed December 15, 2004 03:34 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy floods and landslides across Sri Lanka - have killed at least five people and forced the evacuation of around 133,000 people, an official and news reports said Wednesday... Back to the top

Monsoon floods disrupt the lives of thousands in Sri Lanka, December15, 2004. Heavy monsoon rains across north-central and eastern Sri Lanka have caused widespread flooding, forcing 250,000 people from their homes and killing one person... Back to the top

Thousands flee Sri Lanka floods, December 15, 2004. Floods in northern and eastern Sri Lanka have forced more than 100,000 people to leave their homes... Back to the top

Flooding in Sri Lanka, WV distributes relief aid, December 15, 2004. Heavy rains have caused flooding in northern and eastern areas of Sri Lanka, with thousands of people displaced from their homes... Back to the top

Mistaken for a black American; Sri Lankan hostage faces beatings, terror in Iraq
Associated Press, Wed December 15, 2004 07:13 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - HENDALA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Day after day, locked in a cement room somewhere in Iraq, the hooded men beat him... Back to the top

Arrest warrant out for Sri Lankan artist nabbed in rare high-society drug bust
Associated Press, Wed December 15, 2004 02:31 EST . YEO GHIM LAY - Associated Press Writer - Anandan said Chanmugam had told his wife he was in Colombo, Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

SRK concert blast not act of terror: Lanka, December 15, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Tuesday said the blast at Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's concert here was not a terrorist act as described by India but was result of a "local problem" and "security lapses"... Back to the top

Lankans extol SRK s virtues, December 15, 2004. Sri Lankans not only see Shahrukh Khan as a great actor, but also as a cultured and humane person who represents the best in Indian and Asian culture... Back to the top

S.Lanka rupee at new low, bank dollar demand high, December15, 2004. S.Lanka rupee at new low, bank dollar demand high COLOMBO, Dec 14 (Reuters) The Sri Lanka rupee weakened to a new life closing low for a third day straight on Tuesday, despite central bank intervention, due to high importer demand for dollars to settle trade bills, dealers said. The rupee closed at 105.35 against the dollar, slipping 0.09 percent from Monday's close of 105.25... Back to the top

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