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OCTOBER 2, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 179

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Colombo's terms for peace talks
Hindu, October 3. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday told Norwegian Special Envoy Hansson Bauer that it was ready to resume peace talks but would like to wait for clarity from the LTTE on whether and how it would like to return to the talks.

Nimal Siripala de Silva, Health Minister and leader of the delegation for peace talks, told The Hindu after a meeting with Mr. Bauer that the Government was concerned over the possibility of the Tigers using the talks to strengthen themselves militarily. Hence, it wanted guarantees from LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran in this context. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 2 21:26:45 EDT 2006

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Sri Lanka Sets Conditions for Talks as Norwegian Envoy Visits  - bloomberg.com

Norwegian envoy meets Sri Lankan officials in effort to end peace talks deadlock
Associated Press, Mon October 2, 2006 11:36 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A Norwegian envoy met top Sri Lankan officials Monday in a fresh attempt to end a seven-month deadlock in peace talks, while the government reported new fighting overnight between troops and separatist rebels.

Jon Hanssen-Bauer held separate meetings with top government negotiator Nimal Siripala de Silva, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the chief of the government's peace secretariat Palitha Kohona, officials said. He was due to travel to Tamil Tigers' northern stronghold of Kilinochchi on Tuesday for talks with the rebel leadership, they said.

It was the latest diplomatic effort to restart peace talks _ which were last held in February in Geneva _ and end renewed violence that has left at least 1,000 combatants and civilians dead in recent months.

``We talked about how the next round of peace talks could be initiated,'' Kohona told The Associated Press.

Kohona said Hanssen-Bauer ``demonstrated a degree of optimism'' that he could bring both sides to the negotiating table soon, but declined to give more details.

The government had previously said it wants a personal commitment from the rebels' reclusive leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, to end all violence before any talks.

Norway brokered a cease-fire in 2002, but the accord has unraveled during recent months of fighting.

Following the peace talks in February, a second round slated for April was canceled after each side blamed the other for rising violence.

Meanwhile, the military said government troops and separatist rebels exchanged gunfire overnight in eastern Sri Lanka.

Tamil Tiger rebels attacked an army post in Vavunathivu in the eastern Batticaloa district Sunday night, said a spokesman at the Media Center for National Security who spoke on condition of anonymity due to agency policy.

He said soldiers repulsed the insurgent attack. No casualties were reported.

Separately on Monday, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot and killed a police officer in the east. The officer was gunned down while on his way to assume duties at the Pottuvil police station in Ampara district, the spokesman said.

There was no immediate comment from the rebels.

The Tigers _ formally called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam _ have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils following decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

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Scholarships for Sri Lankan students
Hindu, October 3. COLOMBO: On the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka launched a programme to award scholarships to 100 A level students, four from each of the 25 districts in the country.

Known as the Mahatma Gandhi scholarship, it envisages an award of Rs. 1, 500 every month to each selected student for a period of two years. The districts covered include areas controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The number of awardees from 2007 onwards would go up to 200. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 2 21:29:16 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Fresh shelling as Norway envoy seeks Sri Lanka talks
washingtonpost.com, Monday October 02, 2006 - 06:38 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Norway's peace envoy began a fresh bid on Monday to arrange crunch talks between the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lanka's government to halt renewed violence, as sporadic shelling continued in the island's besieged north... Back to the top

Refugees Endure Difficult Existence in Sri Lanka
voanews.com, 02 October 2006. The United Nations says as many as 200,000 people in northern and eastern Sri Lanka have been displaced in recent weeks by fighting between the Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels kill police officer in Sri Lanka , says government
Associated Press, Mon October 2, 2006 03:41 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday shot and killed a police officer in volatile eastern Sri Lanka - , the government said... Back to the top

UN Asked to Investigate 1,000 Sri Lanka Killings
HHR, October 2. September 29, 2006, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Government and rebel forces have murdered more than 1,000 civilians in Sri Lanka since November 2005, according to the Home for Human Rights (HHR) a leading human rights organization... Back to the top

Clashes with Sri Lankan navy kill 7 Tamil Tiger guerrillas, military says
Associated Press, Sun October 1, 2006 06:35 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Seven Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in two separate battles with the Sri Lankan navy, the military said Sunday, as a Norwegian peace envoy arrived to try and end a seven-month deadlock in peace talks between the two sides... Back to the top

Norwegian envoy meets Sri Lankan peace negotiator in effort to end peace talks deadlock
Associated Press, Mon October 2, 2006 03:01 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian envoy met a top Sri Lankan peace negotiator Monday in a fresh attempt at ending a seven-month deadlock in peace talks, while the government reported fresh fighting overnight between troops and separatist rebels... Back to the top

India's Buddhist heritage beckons seekers of spiritual nirvana
Associated Press, Mon October 2, 2006 11:47 EDT . NIRMALA GEORGE - Associated Press Writer - For years, those tourists were largely people who grew up Buddhist, often in Japan, Thailand or Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

India’s marginal role in Lanka may prove monumental blunder: ex ...
gulf-times.com, Published: Monday, 2 October, 2006, 09:40 AM . India’s failure to play a more active role in bringing peace to Sri Lanka may prove to be “a monumental foreign policy blunder”, warns J K Sinha, a former No.2 in the country’s external intelligence agency... Back to the top

LTTE Arms Procurers Snared By US Authorities
nationalsecurity.lk, 2 Oct 2006 - 10:47. Haniffa bin Osman (55) of Singapore , Eric Wotulo (60) and Haji Subandhi (69) of Indonesia , Thirunavakarasu Varatatharasa (36) of Sri Lanka , Reinhard Rusli (34) and Helmi Soedirdja of Indonesia were arrested in Guam and charged "with conspiracy to ship arms, including submachine guns and sniper rifles to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers and unnamed customers in Indonesia"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka heading for snap polls by year's end: state paper
Yahoo News, Sunday October 1, 2006 - 10:07 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's president has asked his party to prepare for general elections before year's end if the main opposition fails to back his minority government, a state-run newspaper said... Back to the top

Tamil abductions: suspect arrested
bbc, October 1. The police chief in Sri Lanka has pledged not to bow down to pressure from the authorities to release a suspect on abduction of Tamil civilians... Back to the top

Sri Lankan combatants seem unlikely to resume truce talks
chron.com, Sept. 30, 2006, 7:23PM. NEW DELHI — The entrenched ethnic conflict on the island nation of Sri Lanka has sunk into the vise grip of war once more, leaving a trail of fear and devastation that is no less chilling for its familiarity... Back to the top

New twist to Sri Lanka central banks Goldquest probe
lankabusinessonline.com, Sunday October 1, 2006 - 09:50 EDT. October 1, 2006 (LBO) – In another twist to the continuing GoldQuest controversy, remaining officials of the anti-pyramiding unit, that probed the GoldQuest case have been transferred for better career prospects, and to complete other urgent work, senior central bank officials said... Back to the top

Australians to probe Sri Lankan massacre
theage.com.au, Sunday October 1, 2006 - 09:50 EDT. Australian forensic experts will visit Sri Lanka next week to probe last month's execution-style killing of 17 employees of an international aid organisation, the foreign ministry said... Back to the top

Lankan govt accused of gagging media
Dawn, Sept 30. The Sri Lankan government is trying to gag the media by giving written instructions to newspapers and television networks calling for ‘responsible reporting’ on defence-related matters, it was alleged on Saturday... Back to the top

India faulted for Sri Lanka mess by ex-spy chief
teluguportal.net, 2006/10/1 . New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) India's failure to play a more active role in bringing peace to Sri Lanka may prove to be "a monumental foreign policy blunder", warns J... Back to the top

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