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MARCH 17, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 6, NO. 345

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New Norwegian peace envoy to visit Sri Lanka
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, March 17th, 2006, 11:30 am. The newly appointed special envoy to Sri Lanka may arrive here shortly for talks with the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said on Friday.

Jon Hanssen-Bauer, is likely to arrive in Colombo ahead of the next round o f peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland.The visit has not been finalized as yet but possibilities are being explored, Norwegian officials said on condition of anonymity, ahead of an official announcement.

Both the Sri Lankan government and the guerrillas were informed about Hanssen-Bauer's appointment on Thursday. He will supplement the task of top peace broker Erik Solheim, who has been playing a pivotal role in Sri Lanka's peace bid since 1998 and was instrumental in brokering a February 2002 cease-fire agreement.

Solheim was appointed as Norway's International Development Minister after the center-left coalition was elected to office in September. The new envoy will also help ease Solheim's workload, even though he will continue to lead the Norwegian peace effort in Sri Lanka, the officials said.

Hanssen-Bauer, has wide experience in peace building and was one of the key advisor's in the Middle East peace process. He has also worked in Haiti, China and Latin America.

He subsequently joined the Norwegian foreign ministry and has been working on strategy related to peace building.

Hanssen-Bauer will be apart of the Norwegian team when the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels meet for talks on April 19-21 in Geneva, the officials said.

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Published: Fri Mar 17 01:22:29 EST 2006

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Pro-Tamil Tiger demonstration shuts down Sri Lanka 's main eastern city
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 04:17 EST . BHARATHA MALLARAWACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Student demonstrators believed to be backed by Tamil Tiger rebels brought eastern Sri Lanka - 's main city of Batticaloa to a standstill Friday, officials said. Sri Lanka - 's military blames the Tamil Tiger rebels for the alleged abductions. The Tigers deny the charges, saying factional rival rebel groups were responsible.

The Tigers split in 2004 and the mainstream group accuses the army of backing the breakaway faction a charge the army denies.

Sri Lanka - 's military and the U.N. children's agency have frequently accused the mainstream rebels of forcing underage people to become combatants.

Procter did not say the Tigers were behind the latest protest, but local officials said the student group that organized it was a proxy for the rebels, who have fought since 1983 to create a separate homeland for the island country's minority ethnic Tamils, who claim discrimination by majority Sinhalese.

The issue of child soldiers figured prominently in government-rebel talks last month in Geneva on ways to preserve their 4-year-old cease-fire.

The talks were their first direct meeting in nearly three years.

The Norwegian-brokered truce has been endangered by an escalation of violence since December that killed 150 people, including 81 government security personnel.

The government blamed the Tigers for the attacks, while the rebels accused the government of waging a war against them.

Both sides agreed in Geneva to scale down the violence and meet again in April. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 17 07:25:26 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Public life in east Sri Lanka curtailed by protest action  - people.com.cn

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Watch Replies
alertnet.org, 16 Mar 2006. (LTTE) to obtain funds from Tamils in the West. The extortion activities described in our report are being carried out by a small number of individuals claiming to represent the LTTE or groups linked to the LTTE, including the World Tamil Movement. While a large number of Tamils are subjected to demands for money, we do not suggest that significant numbers of Tamils are engaging in extortion or other unlawful activity. We also note that many Tamils actively and willingly support the LTTE. More...

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JAMES LEACH (R-IA) HOLDS A HEARING ON NEPAL AND SRI LANKA UNREST - Part 1
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 10:26 EST . HOUSE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: SUBCOMMITTEE ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC HOLDS A HEARING ON UNREST IN NEPAL AND SRI LANKA - MARCH 15, 2006 SPEAKERS: U... Back to the top

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JAMES LEACH (R-IA) HOLDS A HEARING ON NEPAL AND SRI LANKA UNREST - Part 2
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 10:26 EST . CAMP: Well, in Sri Lanka - the Norwegians have taken the lead, voluntarily and with our enthusiastic support... Back to the top

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JAMES LEACH (R-IA) HOLDS A HEARING ON NEPAL AND SRI LANKA UNREST - Part 3
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 10:26 EST . xfdtr HOUSE-HRG-NEPAL-SRILANKA sked TRANSCRIPT March 15, 2006 COMMITTEE HEARING
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Sri Lanka picks up gold
BBC, March 17. Sri Lanka picked up its first gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne... Back to the top

US court orders Sri Lankan released after 5 years
Reuters, March 17. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. court ordered the government on Friday to release a Sri Lankan who has been imprisoned for five years after he tried to enter America seeking asylum from alleged torture in his home country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Central Bank calls for new laws, financial discipline
people.com.cn, March 17, 2006 - 07:30 EDT. Sri Lanka's Central Banks said here Thursday that there was no serious threat to financial stability in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Opening Sri Lanka -Pakistan limited-over match abandoned due to rain
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 09:23 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy rain forced play to be abandoned Friday in the opening limited-overs match between Sri Lanka - and Pakistan, with the teams never returning to the ground after Pakistan made a modest 201 runs for eight wickets... Back to the top

Sri Lankan authorities probe emergency landing of US military ...
forbes.com, March 17, 2006 - 07:30 EDT. COLOMBO (AFX) - The authorities have started an investigation into the emergency landing of a US military aircraft outside Colombo carrying 119 American troops, officials said... Back to the top

Flight carrying U.S. soldiers makes emergency landing in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 03:01 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A chartered flight carrying about 110 American soldiers made an emergency landing in Sri Lanka - after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit, an airport official said Friday... Back to the top

SRI LANKA EMBASSY EMBARKS ON A PROGRAMME TO REACH OUT TO SRI LANKAN EXPATRIATES LIVING IN THE US
Embassy of Sri Lanka, March 16, 2006, - 15:40 EDT. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC has embarked on a reaching out programme to network with Sri Lankan expatriates living across the U... Back to the top

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