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MAY 27, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 51

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Norwegian mediator urges India to play bigger role in Sri Lanka
Daily India, May 27. New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Ahead of a meeting of Sri Lanka's donor co-chairs in Tokyo, Norwegian peace mediator Erik Solheim met Indian National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan Saturday on the escalating violence in Sri Lanka and sugggested a bigger role for India in restoring peace and stability in the island nation. Solheim briefed Narayanan about the discussions he had with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse Friday on the need for an early resumption of dialogue between the government and LTTE, official sources told IANS.

Solheim urged a cautious New Delhi to play a 'bigger role' in the Lankan peace process and repeated a request made earlier for India to join the other co-chairs at the Tokyo meeting beginning Monday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 27 20:35:53 EDT 2006


US engaged in active dialogue with India on Sri Lanka: Boucher
hindu.com, May 28, 2006 : 0300 Hrs. Washington, May 28 (PTI): The US has said it was engaged in an "active dialogue" with India on the developments in Sri Lanka, where the stepped up attacks by Tamil Tigers were particularly "very troublesome," but stressed that it was up to New Delhi to decide the kind of role it wanted to play.

The violence in Sri Lanka was "very, very disturbing" and the stepped up LTTE attacks showed that the rebels were proceeding towards war rather than keeping the focus on peace talks with the Colombo government, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher said in an interview to PTI at the State Department here. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 27 22:20:57 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Tamil Tigers agree to discuss peace monitoring with government in Norway
Associated Press, Sat May 27, 2006 06:04 EDT . VINCENT JEYAN - Associated Press Writer - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tigers on Saturday agreed to visit Norway next month and discuss with the Sri Lankan government peace monitoring by Nordic officials, a decision likely to ease fears of the island nation sliding back into full-scale war. Nearly 300 people have been killed since April, raising fears that Sri Lanka - is heading back to all-out war.

Sixty members from five Nordic countries have been monitoring Sri Lanka - 's cease-fire since the accord was signed by the government and Tamil Tigers three years ago.

The Swedish head of the mission has proposed raising the strength of the monitoring mission so they can better implement the truce.

On Saturday, Hannsen-Bauer met with Tamil Tiger leaders in hopes of persuading the rebels to resume peace talks with the government.

He arrived Saturday morning aboard an air force helicopter in the northern town of Kilinochchi, 275 kilometers (170 miles) north of the capital, Colombo. Kilinochchi has been under the control of the LTTE since 1998.

Nearly 50 kilometers (30 miles) to the northeast, the army and rebel fighters shelled each other's positions using artillery for nearly 30 minutes early Saturday, said an officer at the army's media unit in Colombo.

There were no army casualties in the firing in the Batticaloa sector that took place hours before the Norwegian envoy met with the LTTE leaders, the officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

A pro-LTTE Web site, TamilNet.com, on Saturday said the army killed two traders and a contestant in local elections in northern Jaffna peninsula on Friday night. The army said it had no information about the killings.

On Friday, envoys Hannsen-Bauer and Erik Solheim met President Mahinda Rajapakse and he urged them to continue with their efforts to get the rebels back to the negotiating table quickly, said Palitha Kohona, chief of the government's Peace Secretariat. The government has promised it is ready to attend peace talks with rebel leaders.

``The government expressed its readiness to attend the negotiations as soon as it was feasible,'' Kohona told The Associated Press after Friday's meeting. ``The Norwegians expressed their concerns, but both sides left with a degree of optimism.''

The Tamil Tigers began fighting the government in 1983 for a separate homeland for minority Tamils, claiming discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed before the 2002 cease-fire.

The latest push by Norway comes before a May 30 meeting in Tokyo of sponsors of the peace process: the European Union, Japan, the U.S. and Norway.

The government and rebels held peace talks in Geneva in February, but a second round slated for April was canceled after they blamed each other for rising violence.

On Friday, the army shot and killed two suspected Tamil rebels and unidentified gunmen killed an ethnic Tamil civil servant as Norwegian envoys met with Sri Lanka - 's president. Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 27 06:14:46 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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