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JUNE 2, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 57

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Sri Lanka says EU ban on Tigers sparking fresh peace bid+
Associated Press, Fri June 2, 2006 11:28 EDT . COLOMBO, June 2 (Kyodo) _ Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday called for a fresh peace initiative to share power with the Tamil Tiger rebels in the wake of the European Union's blacklisting of the Tigers.

Rajapakse told a meeting of majority Sinhalese parties that they must work towards a political deal and use the EU ban as a ''window of opportunity'' to have peace in the embattled nation.

''We are participating in this conference at a time when the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) have been proscribed by the EU and therefore it is necessary for us to approach carefully with a proper understanding of a political solution to the ethnic issue,'' the president said.

He said he was naming a panel to come up with a political package that would reflect the consensus of the majority Sinhalese community to negotiate with the Tigers.

The president favors extensive devolution of power to minority Tamils and is seeking to carry with him some of his hard-line allies who oppose any concessions to the Tamil Tigers, officials said.

However, there was no immediate timeframe for the panel to come up with a package.

The idea of an all-party initiative to hammer out a settlement was first announced by the president in talks Thursday with the visiting U.S. assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, Richard Boucher.

Boucher offered military cooperation with the Sri Lankan government but cautioned the government against resuming war with the Tigers.

The president told Boucher that the government is seeking a brand new political initiative to end three decades of ethnic bloodshed that has claimed at least 60,000 lives since 1972. http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=June&x=20060602180950liameruoy0.9469873&t=livefeeds/wf-latest.html
Published: Fri Jun 2 13:38:50 EDT 2006

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Sri Lanka gives security guarantee to Tamil Tiger rebels to help attend Oslo talks
Associated Press, Fri June 2, 2006 03:44 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan government on Friday gave a security guarantee to Tamil Tiger rebels, allowing them to attend talks in Norway next week aimed at strengthening the monitoring of an increasingly shaky cease-fire.

``As far as Sri Lankan government is concerned, we are taking full responsibility,'' when the rebels travel through government-held areas, government minister and spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters.

Senior rebel official Seevaratnam Puleedevan said Thursday that they had agreed in principle to attend June 8-9 talks in Oslo, Norway, but they needed a security guarantee from the government.

The rebels are required to pass through government-held areas to board flights from the country's only international airport on the outskirts of the capital, Colombo.

Norway proposed the talks to review the monitoring of the Oslo-brokered truce, which appears increasingly tenuous due to violence that has left an estimated 374 people dead since the start of April.

President Mahinda Rajapakse Friday met Sri Lanka's major political parties and urged them to come up with suggestions to make necessary constitutional changes to end island's two decades conflict.

``I intend to appoint a committee comprising all political parties to formulate proposals for such constitutional changes,'' said Rajapakse requesting to the Tamil Tigers to submit their suggestions too, to this committee either directly or through other parties.

On Friday, suspected rebels triggered a land mine in eastern Sri Lanka, killing one soldier.

The blast was targeting a group of soldiers on a foot patrol in the Wandaramulla area in Batticaloa district, 225 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, blaming the Tamil Tigers for this attack.

He said the initial indications were that it was a land mine, possibly activated by remote control. There was no independent confirmation of the incident.

In the northern district of Vavuniya, soldiers found 60 kilograms (132 pounds) powerful explosives stuffed inside two truck batteries and an anti-personnel mine close to a police check point, the military said.

The rebels began fighting for a separate, independent homeland for minority Tamils in 1983, saying they were discriminated against by the majority Sinhalese. Discuss this story
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Norway says it will work with Tamil Tigers despite EU labeling group as terrorists
Associated Press, Fri June 2, 2006 09:24 EDT . BRADLEY S. KLAPPER Associated Press Writer GENEVA (AP) _ Norway said on Friday it will work with Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers in an effort to facilitate a peace deal on the troubled Indian Ocean island, despite the EU having officially added the rebel group to its terror blacklist.

Norway, which is not a member of the 25-nation European Union, has been facilitating talks between Sri Lanka's government and the Tigers, whose 2002 cease-fire appears increasingly fragile due to recent violence that has left an estimated 374 people dead since the start of April.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said he was ``very disappointed'' with setbacks to the peace process since the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held talks in Geneva in February. A second round slated for April was canceled after the two sides blamed each other for rising violence.

``We will continue to have the contact with the LTTE because that is a precondition for us having the role as a peace mediator in Sri Lanka,'' Stoltenberg told reporters.

``They have to find the solutions,'' Stoltenberg said. ``We are still willing to assist the parties in facilitating and mediating peace talks. We will continue to do so even if it looks difficult for the time being.''

Talks are scheduled between the government and the LTTE next week in Norway, but rebels have yet to make a final decision on whether they will attend following the EU's decision to officially designate the Tigers as a terrorist group.

The EU on Wednesday said that the LTTE had ``systematically ignored'' its warnings to give up their armed conflict on the Indian Ocean island and commit to peace talks. The 25-nation bloc's declaration effectively froze the group's assets across most of Europe, hindering the Tigers' ability to raise money for its armed cause. The United States and Canada previously had listed the group as a terrorist organization.

The LTTE has been fighting for a separate homeland for the minority Tamils since 1983. Discuss this story
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Panel proposed to end ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka
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U.S. Affirms Support for Sri Lankan Fight Against Terrorists
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Sri Lanka steps up security amid bomb scare
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Lewis, Flintoff claim three wickets to lead England in third test against Sri Lanka
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DATELINE SRI LANKA
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Sri Lanka to offer US$ 250 mn bonds to market this month
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Flintoff takes three wickets, Lewis two on debut to put England in control of third test
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Sri Lanka president vows to finish tsunami rebuilding by year end
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U.S. vows military ties with Sri Lanka , warns against war+
Associated Press, Thu June 1, 2006 10:19 EDT . COLOMBO, June 1 (Kyodo) _ The United States promised Thursday ''tangible'' military cooperation with Sri Lanka, but said increased assistance was aimed at keeping the troubled country from civil war... Back to the top

Lankan Prez wants more nations to ban LTTE
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EU, co-chairs can't halt Tamil Eelam goal
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Does the EU ban on the LTTE make a difference?
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Lankan President offers new initiative to end bloodshed
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Sri Lanka names senior government official to head cease-fire talks with Tamil rebels
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India endorses outcome of Lankan donors meet
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Sri Lanka gov t to attend Oslo meeting with Tamil Tigers
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EU ban on LTTE stokes war fears
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Sri Lanka s money markets tighten, pressure mounts on the exchange ...
lankabusinessonline.com, June 01, 2006, 00:30 EDT. June 1, 2006 (LBO) - After almost two years of excess liquidity, Sri Lanka's inter-bank money markets are tightening up, as reserve money growth is arrested... Back to the top

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