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APRIL 21, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 15

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Sri Lanka appoints committee to review troubled areas
people.com.cn, April 22, 2006. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse himself heads a committee appointed Friday to review the situation in the violence ridden Northern and Eastern provinces, a senior minister said.

Maithripala Sirisena, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, said "the president will head the committee which will look at emerging situation in the north and east and will take appropriate action."

The other members of the committee are Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Health Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of Trade Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and Minister of Media and Information Anura Yapa, Sirisena said.

The two provinces have been engulfed in a wave of violence since April 7 with nearly 80 people being killed in attacks throughout the region.

This has put the future of the Norwegian backed process under serious doubt.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have opted to postpone the truce talks scheduled for Geneva on April 24-25.

Throughout Friday the violence continued with suspected Tamil Tiger members exploding two more claymore mines and exchanged gunfire in the eastern port district of Trincomalee, killing four people, the defense spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 21 23:33:19 EDT 2006


Norway makes fresh bid to break talks deadlock
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 21st, 2006, SLT 10:00 am. Peace broker Norway and truce monitors on Friday prepared to discuss a new proposal on transport for Tamil Tiger rebels aimed at luring the guerrillas back for talks with the Sri Lankan government.

Ulf Henricsson, head of the European team monitoring Sri Lanka's fragile truce and Norwegian peace brokers were set to travel to northern rebel-held Kilinochchi, officials involved in the peace process said.

"Yes, the delegation will meet Mr. Pulidevan here today," said Daya Master, Tiger spokesman.

Jon Hanssen-Bauer, Norway's spacial envoy to Sri Lanka was earlier to also participate in the talks but there had been a change in the composition of the delegation, the officials said.

The reason was not immediately clear but S.P. Thamilselvan, the rebels' political head was not available on Friday, rebel officials said.

The peace team, including Norwegian diplomats involved in the process are 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 Hanssen-Bauer on Thursday, the officials said, about the rare overnight visit to Kilinochchi.

For weeks the government and the rebels have haggled over the transport of guerrilla 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.

However, the already once postponed talks, will not take place on April 24-25, the sources said.

The decision to make another attempt to salvage Sri Lanka's peace bid was made after Hanssen-Bauer held a series of meetings with top government representatives, hours after the rebels made known they will not attend next week's 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." Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 21 02:13:32 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan government deplores Tamil Tiger rebels' withdrawal from Geneva talks
Associated Press, Fri April 21, 2006 10:37 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government Friday condemned Tamil Tiger rebels for pulling out of peace talks in Geneva that were scheduled to resume next week and for the guerrillas' alleged attacks on security forces. The truce monitors are trying to facilitate transport to allow the talks to go ahead, said Helen Olafsdottir, a spokeswoman for the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission. The Tigers have fought the government since 1983, demanding a separate Tamil homeland and accusing the Sinhalese-dominated government of discrimination. More than 65,000 people were killed in the fighting before the cease-fire. Associated Press writer Bharatha Mallawarachi contributed to the report. On the Net: Military Web site: http://www.army.lk Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 21 12:19:35 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Tension rises in north-east Sri Lanka after more claymore blasts
monstersandcritics.com, Apr 21, 2006. Tension ran high Friday in north- east Sri Lanka after three claymore blasts killed two policemen, a paramilitary guard and a civilian on Friday, military officials said... Back to the top

Mast to export $1 billion from India, Sri Lanka
financialexpress.com, April 22,. APRIL 21 : The Mast Industries subsidiary of Limited Brands Inc, which owns the Victoria’s Secret and Express chains, plans to set up more outsourcing units in India to double exports from South Asia to $1 billion... Back to the top

China agrees to give US$10 mn grant to build Sri Lankan roads
lankabusinessonline.com, 21 April 2006 12:35:44. Apr.21 (LBO) – China Friday agreed to give a billion rupee grant to build three flyover roads in Sri Lanka, the Finance Ministry said... Back to the top

Doctors march in London to protest immigration rules
Associated Press, Fri April 21, 2006 15:49 EDT . ELIZABETH KUSTA - Associated Press Writer - Doctors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - and Libya marched to Trafalgar Square, protesting against new laws that they say will force many of them to leave Britain... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka govt holds out hope for peace talks
alertnet.org, April 21, 2006. Sri Lanka's government said on Friday it was exercising "extreme restraint" by not retaliating against a wave of attacks it blames on Tamil Tigers rebels, and held out hope peace talks could take place as planned next week... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ready for England test
bbc.co.uk, Friday, 21 April 2006. Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody believes his young side will cope with England's strong pace bowling attack... Back to the top

Norway tries to salvage Sri Lankan peace talks as 4 killed in renewed violence
Associated Press, Fri April 21, 2006 06:51 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian peace brokers tried on Friday to save endangered peace talks as two policemen and a village guard were killed in separate attacks blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels in northeastern Sri Lanka - and a man died when angry villagers attacked Tamil homes... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s tourist arrivals up in Q1
people.com.cn, April 21, 2006. Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka climbed to 159,664 during the first quarter of this year, up by 27... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

SL playing into LTTE s hands, says Tamil leader
hindustantimes.com, 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)... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebel shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka ; rebels kill rival activist
Associated Press, Thu April 20, 2006 05:19 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops shot dead a Tamil Tiger guerrilla and suspected rebels killed a rival activist in eastern Sri Lanka - Thursday, the military said, as rebel leaders said they won't attend peace talks because of spiraling violence... Back to the top

Norway envoy begins talks with Tamil separatist leaders amid bloodshed
Associated Press, Thu April 20, 2006 01:27 EDT . - - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace envoy began talks with senior Tamil Tiger guerrilla leaders Thursday, hoping to save a faltering truce amid a spate of bloody attacks blamed on the insurgents... Back to the top

S.Lanka’s UN candidate says man to deal with Iran
khaleejtimes.com, 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

India, Pak, Lanka to cut duty by 40 pc
oneworld.net, 20 April. Developing countries - India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - will lower customs duty by 40 per cent in 2006 for the products originating from the least developed countries -? Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives - under the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement... Back to the top

After Loss of Son in War, Sri Lankan Steers Parents to Peace
Washignton Post, April 20. WASHINGTON--After five years of trying to get information about her son, missing after a fierce battle in the heart of rebel territory in Sri Lanka, Visaka Dharmadasa learned that 500 bodies of soldiers had been doused with kerosene and burned in a pile on the killing field where they had fought Tamil separatists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov t tries to keep peace talks alive: spokesman
people.com.cn, 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
dailyindia.com, 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

Stocks in Sri Lanka fall as Tigers put off talks
lankabusinessonline.com, April 20, 2006, 07:45 EDT. Apr.20 (LBO) – Sri Lankan stock market dipped for the second straight day Thursday, following reports that the Tamil Tiger rebels had indefinitely put off peace talks in Switzerland, traders said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka draws up new laws to regulate NGO s giving micro-finance
lankabusinessonline.com, April 20, 2006, 11:35 EDT. Apr.20 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is drawing up a new law to regulate micro-credit organizations scattered around the county... Back to the top

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