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MARCH 2, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 6, NO. 330

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Sri Lanka 's top donor Japan asks Colombo, rebels to stop bickering, settle issues
Associated Press, Thu March 2, 2006 04:55 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Japanese envoy on Thursday urged the Sri Lankan government and separatist rebels to take a practical approach to resolve their differences and stop ``tirelessly arguing formula or conditions.'' On Thursday, students of a university in Sri Lanka - 's troubled northern peninsula said they will return to classes starting March 8 because violence had subsided following the Geneva talks.

About 6,000 students from the University of Jaffna have boycotted classes since Dec. 19 fearing for their safety.

The northern Jaffna peninsula is located 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of capital, Colombo.

The rebels want to carve out a homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million ethnic Tamil minority.

Japan is one of the four co-chairs of the Sri Lankan peace process and is also the single largest donor to Sri Lanka - .

Suda said Sri Lanka - is also one of the largest recipients of per capita assistance from Japan in the world. Since the 1970s, Japan has been extending financial and technical assistance toward socio-economic development of this tropical island which has witnessed much devastation due to the civil war started in 1983.

Suda said the Japanese government was ready to continue its development assistance to Sri Lanka - and even to accelerate rehabilitation and reconstruction in the war-torn northeast.

``I am confident that we can do that in a short time if the cease-fire prevails and if all parties approach in a more practical way rather than tirelessly arguing formula or conditions,'' he said.

Around 65,000 people were killed due to the civil before it was halted by a Norway-brokered cease-fire in 2002, but tension has grown after recent violence mostly blamed on the rebels left at least 150 people dead, including 81 government security officers.

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Published: Thu Mar 2 08:31:40 EST 2006

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Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels abducts Tamil man
Associated Press, Thu March 2, 2006 02:08 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels abducted a Tamil man from his home in northern Sri Lanka, the military said Thursday, as authorities investigated whether the victim is linked to groups that oppose the guerillas.

Four suspected rebels snatched A. Dineshswaram, 23, from his home in Muttur last week, said military spokesman Brig. Sudhir Samarasinghe, adding that his disappearance was only reported by his father Wednesday. Muttur is about 230 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo.

Samarasinghe said the motive behind the reported abduction was not immediately known, but investigators were probing whether Dineshswaram has any links with Tamil groups that are opposed to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

No comment was immediately available from the rebels.

There have been several reported abductions blamed on the rebels and groups opposed to them since violence flared up in December in Sri Lanka's northeast. The rebels accuse the military of backing a breakaway faction of the rebels, a charge the military denies.

Sri Lanka's civil war was halted by a 2002 cease-fire, but tension has grown after recent violence _ mostly blamed on the rebels _ that has left at least 150 people dead, including 81 government security officers.

Government ministers and rebel leaders met in Geneva last week in a bid to save the faltering cease-fire. They agreed to meet again in Geneva on April 19-21.

The meeting was the first high-level contact between the two sides since peace talks broke down in 2003 after six rounds of talks.

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Ex President Kumaratunga blows fuse with her successor and party General Secretary
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, March 1, 2006, 11.55 p.m.. Ex President and Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chandrika Kumaratunga has lashed out at President Mahinda Rajapakse and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena for allegedly violating party rules.

In a letter to Sirisena, Ms. Kumaratunga claimed that although she had made repeated requests to him to convene a meeting for her to meet with all SLFP local Government Candidates, a request he had failed to heed to. "But no sooner President Rajapakse made this request to you, a meeting was immediately convened at the Presidential Secretariat, and neither was I invited nor informed about the proceedings of this meting," she said in her letter.

"What authenticity do you have to convene such a meeting even going to the extent of bypassing me, who is the leader of the party," she queried.

She also expressed her displeasure over a decision taken sans her knowledge to convene another conference comprising all SLFP members and other local Government candidates at the Sugathadasa Indoor stadium today once again without even considering her or consulting her on the matter.

"At the last minute I was sent an invitation to attend this meeting, which is highly unethical as I am the President of this party," She pointed out. She added that both President Rajapakse and Maithripal Sirisena has violated the SLFP rules, by bypassing the leader of the party and taking decisions according to their fancies.

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Lanka opposition wants ceasefire details out in open
GulfNews, march 2. Colombo: The controversy over amendments reported to have been made to the existing Ceasefire Agreement with Tamil rebels has taken a further turn with the opposition demanding that the government make a clarification on the amendments... Back to the top

Muralitharan spins Bangladesh out for 181
Associated Press, Thu March 2, 2006 07:01 EST . CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) _ Muttiah Muralitharan claimed six wickets Thursday as Sri Lanka's bowling attack dismissed Bangladesh for 181 in its second innings on the third day of the first cricket test... Back to the top

SL s stand on truce pact will damage peace process: LTTE
hindustantimes.com, March 2, 2006. The Sri Lankan government's claim that the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) was amended at the recent Geneva talks will "seriously undermine" the peace process, the LTTE has warned... Back to the top

MURALI TOPS 1,000 AS SRI LANKA TAKE CONTROL
sportinglife.com, march 2. Muttiah Muralitharan made cricket history today by becoming the first bowler ever to take 1,000 international wickets... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels say 20 child soldiers released
Associated Press, Tue February 28, 2006 23:29 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said Wednesday they have released 20 combatants who had lied about their ages in order to join the insurgency, hoping to ease U... Back to the top

Uncertain future preventing Sri Lanka 's civil war refugees from returning home
Associated Press, Wed March 1, 2006 02:46 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankans displaced by the country's civil war are refusing to return home, citing fears of renewed fighting between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels, the European Commission said Wednesday... Back to the top

Three Tamil youths arrested with explosives inside railroad tunnel in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed March 1, 2006 02:15 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Three ethnic minority Tamils were arrested with a bag containing explosives inside a railroad tunnel in Sri Lanka - 's mountainous tea-growing region, police said on Wednesday... Back to the top

US Welcomes Sri Lankan, Tamil Tiger Commitment to Cease-fire
state.gov, 28 February 2006. Parties reach agreement in Geneva peace negotiations Washington -- The United States joined Japan, Norway and the European Union (together known as the Co-chairs of the Tokyo Donors’ Conference) in welcoming the renewed commitment by the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to their 2002 cease-fire agreement... Back to the top

Maharoof leads Sri Lankan fightback against Bangladesh
Associated Press, Wed March 1, 2006 06:40 EST . NILOY ROY - Associated Press Writer - CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) Farveez Maharoof struck a solid 72 for his first test half-century Wednesday to steer Sri Lanka - out of early trouble in the first cricket test against Bangladesh... Back to the top

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