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FEBRUARY 18, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 6, NO. 318

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Peace talks in Geneva to be made transparent
gulf news, February 18. Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse wants to make transparent the talks with Tamil rebels in Geneva this week.

He will set up an operations room in his official residence so that his coalition partners, the marxists and the Buddhist monks, can witness 'live' the negotiations between government negotiators and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at resumed peace talks.

There will be telephone hook-ups to the Sri Lanka delegation as well, so that last-minute advice can be passed on, a source at the Presidential Secretariat said, amid fears that the inexperienced official delegation may not be able to match up to the more experienced rebels at the talks. More...

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Published: Sat Feb 18 21:28:05 EST 2006


SB is back to base -- launches scathing attack against ex-President
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, February 18, 2006, 2.35 a.m.. Just hours after his release from the Welikada prison, S.B. Dissanayake, the former Parliamentarian now stripped off his civic rights, launched a scathing verbal attack against former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Mr.Dissanayke's comments included considerably unflattering comments about the former President and her behaviour.

Dissanayake was released today evening at 4.00 p.m. (Sri Lankan time) after President Mahinda Rajapakse granted him a presidential remission. Although he was sentenced for two years on charges of contempt of the Supreme Court, he was released one year, two months and ten days later. Dissanayake was sentenced to prison incidentally when Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga was the President.

Although stripped off his civic rights, Mr. Dissanayake addressing a large gathering at Colombo's Viharamahadevi park declared that he will continue his political career. His wife Thamara Dissanayake was the first to greet him as he came out of the Welikada prison with a sheaf of betels, thereby followed by his sons, other family members and colleagues.

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe also called upon Dissanayake's supporters to continue their struggle until SB is granted his civic rights.

"Tomorrow we begin to work for our party, let's get together and work for the forthcoming local government elections together to ensure the UNP is victorious in most local authorities. Even if we can't solve the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) nomination list problem, let us look at other alternatives like contesting under an Independent Group to secure the victory at the CMC," he added.

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Published: Fri Feb 17 15:37:44 EST 2006 Back to the top


Switzerland taking deep interest in Sri Lanka
webindia123.com, February 19. Switzerland, which hosts this week talks between Colombo and Tamil Tiger guerrillas, is one of the world's oldest democracies and has been taking a deep interest in Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict for years.

It is precisely this reason that made Berne let the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) meet in Geneva Feb 22-23 for their highest-level dialogue in three years after they squabbled over a venue.

Since Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, it was not bound by the latter's decision taken in September 2005 not to host LTTE delegations any more after Sri Lankan foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar's assassination. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 18 23:16:42 EST 2006 Back to the top


SB: No solution under unitary Lanka
BBC, February 18. Sri Lanka would not be able to find a solution to the national question if the authorities insist on a unitary Sri Lanka, former minister SB Dissanayake said... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels release Sri Lankan policeman ahead of Geneva peace talks
Associated Press, Sat February 18, 2006 00:57 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday freed a Sri Lankan policeman held for more than five months in what they described as a goodwill gesture ahead of Geneva peace talks... Back to the top

Young Sri Lankan filmmakers take lead on peace
webindia123.com, February 15. Young filmmakers in Sri Lanka are making a conscious effort to highlight issues such as peace and post-tsunami recovery through their films, hoping to target opinion makers and push the stalled peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels demand government hand over splinter group members
Associated Press, Fri February 17, 2006 09:46 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Tamil Tiger rebel Friday demanded that the Sri Lankan government hand over members of a splinter group who they blame for attacks against them... Back to the top

Tamil Forum for Peace to demonstrate in London tomorrow, Calls for Peace with democracy and justice
Domnique De Melo in Colombo, SLT 2.30 P.M Saturday 18 February 2006. Tamil Forum for Peace an organization consisting of the Tamil United Liberation Front , Tamil Democratic Congress, Tamil Women’s League, Sri Lanka Muslim Information and the Centre for Democracy and Justice and the Sri Lanka Democratic Forum will hold a protest in London at the Trafalgar Square tomorrow (Sunday) , between 12 noon to 3 p... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition to sue election officials
xinhuanet.com, Feb. 17 2006. Sri Lanka's main opposition said here Friday that it would resort to legal action against the country's election authorities for their rejection of the party's nomination list for the Colombo Municipal Council... Back to the top

Sri Lanka monk says no peace until top rebel dead
go.com, Feb 17, 2006 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, who heads a religious party opposed to a Tamil homeland in the north and east, says the country would be better off if the reclusive rebel leader of the Tamil Tigers were dead... Back to the top

Tamil rebel team leaves for Geneva talks, Sri Lanka releases four rebels
Associated Press, Fri February 17, 2006 06:34 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A delegation of top Tamil rebels left Colombo for Geneva Friday, where they will hold their first direct talks in nearly three years with the Sri Lankan government amid increasing violence between the two sides... Back to the top

Lanka IOC subsidy issue to be resolved
business-standard.com, February 18. India is for intensifying efforts to clear payment of subsidy to the tune of $74 million to the "Lanka IOC," the Indo-Sri Lankan petroleum retail joint venture... Back to the top

Shadow hangs over Sri Lanka tourism
bbc.co.uk, 17 February . Sri Lanka's government is due to hold talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels in Geneva next week... Back to the top

U.S. launches Security Council discussion of next secretary-general to replace Annan
Associated Press, Fri February 17, 2006 03:19 EST . EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ The U... Back to the top

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