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APRIL 20, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 14


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Norway makes another bid to save Sri Lanka talks and truce
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 20th, 2006, SLT 10:00. Peace broker Norway prepared to meet Tamil rebels and make another attempt to resuscitate Sri Lanka's faltering peace process, a day after the guerrillas indefinitely put off scheduled talks to save the island's cease-fire from collapse, officials said on Thursday.

Jon Hanssen-Bauer was expected to travel to northern rebel-held Kilinochchi on Friday for more talks with the rebels aimed at pinning them own to talks with the Sri Lankan government, officials involved in the peace process said.

The decision was made after Hanssen-Bauer held a series of meetings with top government representatives, hours after the rebels made known they will not turn up for the April 24-25 talks, planned in Geneva, Switzerland.

"The door is not shut," said Palitha Kohona, top official of the government's peace secretariat. "Discussions are continuing through the facilitator."

He declined to elaborate but other officials involved in the peace process said Hanssen-Bauer is expected to present the Tigers with a concrete proposal about transport for its commanders in response to suggestions made by the rebels during talks with the Norwegian envoy earlier Thursday.

At that meeting, the rebels said it would not participate in talks with the Sri Lankan government until there is a "stable and conducive environment."

Nearly 70 people have been killed, mostly government troops since April 7 in a spate Claymore mine explosions and killings. The government blames the Tigers for the attacks on security forces, while the rebels say armed groups colluding with the military are attacking their cadre and supporters.

The violence continued on Thursday with a suspected Tamil rebels shot dead during a fire-fight with government troops. A soldier was wounded in the incident in eastern Trincomalee. A man belonging to a rival rebel party was shot dead in eastern Batticaloa, as troops narrowly escaped two blasts also in the same region,

For weeks the government and the rebels have haggled over the transport of guerrillas leaders between the north and east through state-controlled territory. The rebels say they will not attend proposed talks until they hold an internal meeting with their leaders.

Talks were already delayed once from April 19-21, over the same issue.

Diplomats however say even if the transport matter is resolved it still remained uncertain if the Tigers will agree to meet the government in Geneva and the deadlock may only result in more violence.

Four earlier attempts since 1983 to make peace with the rebels ended in an outbreak of hostilities. Nearly 65,000 people were killed before Norway brokered a cease-fire in February 2002. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 20 14:01:54 EDT 2006

Tamil Tiger rebels indefinitely defer talks with Sri Lanka
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 20th, 2006, SMT 2:30 pm. The Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday indefinitely put off crucial talks with the Sri Lankan government set for next week to save the island's faltering cease-fire.

The Tigers cited escalating violence against Tamil civilians as a reason for not turning up for the April 24-25 talks.

The announcement came amid some of the worst bloodshed since the February 2002, cease-fire agreement, engulfed the island.

Nearly 70 people, mostly security forces, have been killed and scores wounded in the latest surge since April 7. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 20 07:13:22 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Tamil Tiger rebels say they can't attend Geneva talks on April 24-25  - Associated Press
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SL playing into LTTE s hands, says Tamil leader, April 19, 2006. By not providing adequate relief to the Tamils hit by the recent ethnic riots in Trincomalee, the Sri Lankan government is driving them into the waiting arms of the LTTE, says Dr K Vigneswaran, General Secretary of Akhila Ilankai Tamil United Front (AITUF).

In a letter to the Sri Lankan government's Peace Secretariat dated April 16, Dr Vigneswaran said that as a result of the bomb blast in the Central Market and subsequent incidents between April 12 and 14, nineteen civilians were dead, of whom 10 were Tamils, 7 were Sinhalas and two were Muslims.

Of the three hundred families (1000 persons) displaced, all were Tamils. All the 60 houses burnt were those of Tamils. And all the 30 business establishments burnt belonged to Tamils, he said.

Complaining of inadequate response by the Sri Lankan government to this tragedy, Dr Vigneswaran says: "The incidents of 12th, 14th, and 15th April 2006, are being described by the Tamils of Trincomalee as a re-enactment of the pre-July 1983 saga." More...
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S.Lanka’s UN candidate says man to deal with Iran, April 20, 2006, 14:12 EDT. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka’s candidate for UN Secretary General said on Thursday he believed his expertise on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction made him the best person to succeed Kofi Annan and deal with Iran... Back to the top

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Sri Lanka gov t tries to keep peace talks alive: spokesman, 20 April. The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday that it has done everything possible to make the proposed Geneva truce talks with the Tamil Tigers alive despite continued acts of violence blamed on the rebels... Back to the top

India worried over Sri Lanka turmoil, 20 april. New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) India is seriously concerned over the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka where rapidly rising killings and counter-killings have the potential to suddenly blow up... Back to the top

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Five Tamils killed in northern Sri Lanka ; mine explosion wounds sailors, military says
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New effort for Sri Lanka talks
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Five civilians shot and killed by SLA soldiers in Puthur East, Jaffna
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Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka – 15 Months On, April 19, 2006, 15:10 EDT. Having read the May 2005 article by Mahesh Markus in The Cud, and travelled to all the same areas he mentioned, I hope that people might be interested to know a little about how things have developed in the 15 months since the tsunami... Back to the top

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