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Report: Tamil Tigers to reject government proposal to restart stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Thu December 23, 2004 03:48 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels plan to reject a Sri Lankan government proposal to resume peace talks because it lacks clarity and does not address their core demand for Tamil self-rule, an influential Tamil newspaper reported Thursday. Sudar Oli, which is known for being reliable in reporting on rebel affairs, did not give details of the rebels' rejection but to say that the creation of a self-governing Tamil authority in Sri Lanka - 's north and east should feature on the peace talks agenda.

The report said chief rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham will convey the decision to the government through Norwegian mediators trying to bring a permanent end to Sri Lanka - 's two-decade-old civil conflict.

The government on Monday made its latest proposal to resume peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam. The proposal sought formal commitments from the rebels to honor Sri Lanka - 's sovereignty and integrity, and not to work for a separate Tamil state.

In exchange, the government would no longer insist that peace talks focus on a final settlement before addressing the rebels' interim demands for broad autonomy in Tamil-dominated areas.

During peace talks held in Oslo in December 2002, the government claims that the rebels agreed to explore a federal solution to the civil war that has killed some 65,000 people. The Tigers later backed out of the so-called Oslo Declaration, saying an agreement was not ratified.

The talks have been stalled since April 2003, when the rebels demanded increased authority in the north and east.

The rebels want talks to focus on a largely independent Tamil territory with control over its own administration, police and legal system, unrestricted access to the sea, and the right to collect taxes and receive direct foreign aid.
Published: Thu Dec 23 10:18:11 EST 2004

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Gunman kills member of rebel Tamil faction, headless body found in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu December 23, 2004 01:35 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An unidentified gunman fatally shot a member of a breakaway Tamil Tiger faction in eastern Sri Lanka - and police found a headless body in the north, the military said Thursday. Sri Lanka - 's east has been a hotbed of violence since April when the main Tamil Tiger rebel group crushed a 6,000-strong factional revolt.

Batticaloa town is under government control, but the Tamil Tigers operate in surrounding areas where defense lines are fluid.

European monitors of a February 2002 truce between the government and rebels have warned that the slayings could threaten the fragile cease-fire and peace process aimed at ending a 19-year civil conflict that has killed some 65,000 people.

Earlier this month, international relief and aid agencies expressed concern about the continuing violence in eastern Sri Lanka - .

``The frequent occurrence of violent killings ... (has) served to create an insecure environment that is not conducive to relief, rehabilitation, reconciliation or development,'' a statement signed by Oxfam, CARE International and other aid agencies said.
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LTTE wants Tamils to be strong and be able to meet any ‘confrontation’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 22, 2004, 8.42 p.m.. The LTTE have been distributing leaflets to civilians in the North under the heading ‘we must be strong’. The leaflets point out that despite Sri Lanka not suffering from a war presently, certain actions of the Governments points towards a resumption of war soon.

“The Government had allocated Rs. 762 million and 700 lakhs for defense development in its last budget and has decided to purchase transport helicopters and MI 35 fighter jets and stepped up the training programmes of the security forces. All these actions prove that the government is opting for a war,” the leaflets claim.

“Let the Sinhala Country strengthens its position whatever way it likes. But we, the Tamils also must be ready to meet any confrontation”, the leaflets added.

Meanwhile, Defence authorities have intensified security at all important places in Jaffna. According to reports, special police personnel are on guard at all important places in the peninsula including the Jaffna telecom exchange centre, however the exact reason for the sudden intensified security arrangement is not known, and police have refused to comment on the matter due to ‘security reasons’.
Published: Wed Dec 22 09:48:21 EST 2004 Back to the top

Express train kills jumbos in Anuradhapura
BBC, December 23, 2004. The 'Raja Rata Rajina' express train collided with a herd of wild elephants near Galgamuwa in Anuradhapura in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing one and critically injuring two of the animals... Back to the top

Norwegian embassy in Sri Lanka reopens after confirming no anthrax, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu December 23, 2004 13:38 EST . - - Norwegian embassy in Sri Lanka - reopens after confirming no anthrax, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Govt. pursuing the Rajiv Gandhi murder case
ANI/Yahoo, December 22. New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The UPA government today assured Rajya Sabha members that the 1991 Rajiv Gandhi assassination case is being pursued effectively... Back to the top

Lanka wants time frame for interim administration in Tamil areas, Wednesday, December 22, 2004. The Sri Lankan government is ready to hold talks with the LTTE on setting up an Interim Administration for the Tamil-speaking North Eastern Province, but it wants the LTTE to discuss a "time frame" for the interim arrangement... Back to the top

Musharraf backs Lankan efforts, December 23. ISLAMABAD: President General Pervez Musharraf reaffirmed on Wednesday Pakistan’s commitment to the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and backed Colombo’s peace efforts... Back to the top

Mahanayakes for release of SB : UNP
BBC, December 22, 2004. Addressing the thousands of supporters gathered to Colombo after a march from Hanguranketha, parliamentarian Rajitha Senarathne expected the petition to carry 10,000 signatures... Back to the top

Malnutrition high in Sri Lanka rebel-held areas, U.N. agency says
Yahoo, December 22, 2004. (Kyodo) _ Malnutrition among children is spreading fast in Tamil Tiger-held territory in Sri Lanka's Northern Province, the World Food Program, a U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka announces US$20,000 reward for clues in Indian concert attack
Associated Press, Wed December 22, 2004 10:35 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government is offering a US$20,000 reward for clues leading to arrests in a deadly grenade attack at a controversial concert by Bollywood performers, police said Wednesday... Back to the top

JBP 'regrets' Bollywood concert attack
BBC, December 22, 2004. Two people were killed and 19 injured in the attack at the concert in which many Bollywood stars including Shahrukh Khan performed... Back to the top

'Glad' about JVP says USA
BBC, December 22, 2004. Responding to a JVP letter the US ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead said that they are "surprised and dismayed" by statements of "the JVP and others" with regard to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and the Norwegian government... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers study Sri Lankan proposal to restart stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Wed December 22, 2004 06:20 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels are studying the Sri Lankan government's latest proposal to resume peace talks, which waters down its demand that the talks focus on a final settlement to the two-decade conflict, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

e-Sri Lanka receives IDA assistance by Manjula Fernando
Yahoo, Wednesday, 22 December 2004. The Government's e-Sri Lanka Development project received Rs... Back to the top

Flood assistance continues in east Sri Lanka, 22 Dec 2004 01:01:00 GMT. The recent floods in Sri Lanka, said to be the most severe in 15 years, have left more than 10,000 families from World Vision's Eravur Pattu Area Development Program (ADP) in Batticaloa marooned or driven from their homes... Back to the top

Pakistan, Sri Lanka End Free Trade Talks
Associated Press, Wed December 22, 2004 07:17 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Wednesday finalized lists of items to be traded under a proposed free-trade agreement expected to be signed between the two South Asian nations in January, an official said... Back to the top

Rain abandons Sri Lanka’s 2nd tour match, December 23, 2004. HAMILTON (New Zealand): Sri Lanka’s build-up to a five-match limited-overs cricket series against New Zealand was further disrupted Wednesday when a one-dayer against Northern Districts was washed out... Back to the top

New Zealand and Sri Lanka go head-to-head for second spot
org, December 23, 2004. New Zealand and Sri Lanka will do battle for second place in the ICC One-Day International Championship table in five matches starting in Auckland on 26 December... Back to the top

Sri Lanka call up Malinga as fast bowling cover, December 23, 2004. COLOMBO, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's selectors have called up fast bowler Lasith Malinga for the five-match one-day series against New Zealand... Back to the top

Shares of Indian oil company soars in Colombo Stock Exchange after first listing
Associated Press, Wed December 22, 2004 07:30 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Shares of Lanka Indian Oil Corp. soared 72 percent in their debut Wednesday, boosting the Colombo Stock Exchange to an all-time high and fueling hopes that more companies would list their shares on the Sri Lankan bourse... Back to the top

Cricket: Sri Lanka still have plenty of pace despite injury, Thursday, 23-Dec-2004. Nuwan Zoysa's dislocated finger has at least solved one dilemma for the Sri Lankan one-day selectors... Back to the top

ND warned over Sri Lanka
Yahoo, 22 December 2004 . The government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga has made the offer through peace broker Norway to try to end the 20-month impasse in negotiations, the Tamil-language Sudar Oli newspaper said... Back to the top

Lanka Airlines woos India Inc, December 23, 2004. Highlighting the special incentives offered to meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibition travellers, Sri Lankan Airlines on Thursday said it would target Indian corporates to increase MICE traffic to the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rules out SARS as flu claims five lives
Yahoo, 21 December 2004 1816 hrs . COLOMBO : At least five people have died from flu in southern Sri Lanka but the virus is unrelated to SARS or bird flu, Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said on Tuesday... Back to the top

IOC debut boosts Sri Lanka stocks to record, December 22, 2004. A strong debut by Sri Lanka IOC, the local arm of Indian Oil Corp, boosted Colombo stocks to a record close on Wednesday in the market's busiest trading day for more than a year... Back to the top

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