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VOL. 5, NO. 263

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Tamil Tiger rebels formally reject latest government's peace proposal
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 09:30 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday rejected the government's latest proposal to resume long-stalled peace talks, saying it does not address their key demand for self-rule. In its latest bid to revive peace talks, the government said Monday that it wanted formal commitments from the rebels to honor Sri Lanka - 's sovereignty and integrity, and a time frame for a final settlement.

Leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam were ``displeased'' with the government's proposal, chief rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham was quoted as saying by the TamilNet Web site, which reports on Tamil affairs.

Balasingham, who lives in London, repeated rebel demands that talks be based on the guerrillas' proposal for vast autonomy in the north and east of the island nation, where most of Sri Lanka - 's Tamil minority live.

The insurgents want control over their own administration, police and legal system, unrestricted access to the sea, and the right to collect taxes and receive direct foreign aid.

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 government did not immediately comment on the rebels' rejection. President Chandrika Kumarartunga is in London for the holiday season.
Published: Fri Dec 24 10:42:44 EST 2004

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Followers observe top Buddhist monk's funeral anniversary under police guard
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 06:10 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Hundreds of followers of a prominent Buddhist monk, who campaigned against Christians proselytizing in Sri Lanka, observed his first funeral anniversary Friday by holding prayer meetings.

Gangodawila Soma, a popular preacher who campaigned against conversions of Buddhists by Christians, died on Dec. 12. But his funeral was held on Dec. 24, 2003 in Colombo.

On the first anniversary of his death, attackers threw a grenade during a concert held by Indian celebrities in Colombo, killing two people. Some monks had protested holding the concert on the death anniversary.

Police used tear gas to break up a protest by about 200 Buddhists who tried to prevent the concert.

The monks have denied their involvement in the incident.

On Friday, hundreds of women wearing white saris, attended a prayer meeting at Colombo's Independence Square. Monks prayed, as some of the women sobbed.

Police stood guard around the square and checked the identities of all visitors. There were other smaller meetings to commemorate Soma at various Buddhist shrines.
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Sri Lanka: Illegals must go, December 24, 2004. Colombo - Sri Lanka said on Friday an estimated 10 000 illegal foreign workers have 17 days to leave voluntarily or face arrest. The ministry of public security said more than 10 000 were employed illegally in restaurants and jewellery stores after entering the island as tourists More...
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New TV channels to target Americans of South Asian descent
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 17:00 EST . KRISTA LARSON - Associated Press Writer - American Desi broadcasting 24 hours a day in English won't be the only new channel vying for viewers who trace their heritage to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Indo-Sri Lankan air fares to go down, DECEMBER 24. NEW DELHI: Air fares between India and Sri Lanka are set to glide down next year with 3 airlines from the island nation — Expo Air, Serendib and Lion Air — getting the go ahead to start flights to India... Back to the top

LTTE demands clear, well defined agenda for talks from Colombo, December 24, 2004, 15:00 EDT. Colombo, Dec 24 (UNI) Rejecting the government's fresh agenda for talks as ''vague and ambiguous,'' the Tamil Tiger rebels in an official response today have called for ''a clear, coherent and well defined agenda'' from President Kumaratunga's Freedom Alliance government to resume the stalled peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lankan senior rebel leader s relative deported by Canada, 2004-12-24 18:43:36. COLOMBO, Dec. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- The brother-in-law of Tamil Tiger rebels' political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan has been deported to Sri Lanka from Canada, the local website Lankapage said on Friday... Back to the top

'Peace closer than ever' : President
BBC, December 24, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga expressed hope that the permanent peace is “closer than ever” to the island nation... Back to the top

Rao was bold, decisive and visionary says Chandrika, December 24, 2004. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has said that she learnt of the death of former Indian Prime Minister, PV Narasimha Rao, with "much personal sadness" and praised him for his "bold, decisive and visionary" reforms, which contributed a "great deal" to the "spectacular success" of the Indian economy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to let private airlines fly international routes
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 01:46 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The government will let the country's three domestic airlines Expo air, Serendib and Lion Air operate international flights from this island nation, officials said Friday... Back to the top

ADB extends $315 mn aid to India, Lanka :
Yahoo, December 24, 2004, 9:45 EDT. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $250 million loan to India and 65 million dollars in loans and grants to Sri Lanka, the bank said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it will repatriate 10,000 illegal Asian workers
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 08:31 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Friday warned illegal foreign workers in the island nation to leave by Jan... 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

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

3 Elephants Killed by Sri Lankan Train
Associated Press, Thu December 23, 2004 06:59 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A train plowed into a herd of wild elephants in central Sri Lanka - on Thursday, killing three of the animals, a railroad official said... 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

All crew abroad a Greek cargo ship safe after fire
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 01:57 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Greek cargo ship caught fire off Sri Lanka - but the 30-member crew extinguished the blaze and all aboard were safe, a rescue and salvage company said Friday... Back to the top

Fishermen released by Lanka arrive in Chennai, December 24, 2004. Chennai, Dec 24: Twenty-six Indian fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on charges of crossing the International Border Line, were released today by the island government and they arrived here this afternoon by air... Back to the top

Kiwis prepared for threat of Vaas
BBC, December 24, 2004. New Zealand will hope to take advantage of Sri Lanka's lack of preparation when they meet in the first match of the one day series in Auckland on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's diminutive fast bowler on way to New Zealand
Associated Press, Thu December 23, 2004 23:25 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's diminutive fast bowler Lasith Malinga will replace injured fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa in a five-match one-day series in New Zealand, a cricket board spokesman said Friday... 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

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

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