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Breakthrough as Sri Lanka rebels agree to peace talks
afp, October 19. GALLE, Sri Lanka (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to attend peace talks with the government this month in a breakthrough announcement after a week of bloody attacks left over 250 dead. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told Norwegian peace broker Jon Hanssen-Bauer they will shortly name a team of negotiators to attend the October 28-29 talks in Switzerland. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 19 12:20:29 EDT 2006
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LTTE agrees to peace talks  - hindu.com

Sri Lanka, LTTE readying for talks
hindu, October 19. COLOMBO: Amid continuing violence, the Sri Lanka Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are preparing the ground for fresh talks in Switzerland on October 28 and 29.

Indications of the readiness of both parties to sit for talks were available at meetings between visiting Japanese Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher at various levels.

Both envoys, along with the Norwegian Special Envoy, were of the view that talks will be held as per schedule despite the deadly violence in the last few days.

"The only issue that remains now pertains to mode of transport for the LTTE delegation. Of course, the agenda and the outcome are altogether a different matter," a senior western diplomat told The Hindu . More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 19 21:24:46 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Norway positive on Lanka talks
dnaindia.com, October 19, 2006 21:50 IST. OSLO: Despite the recent blood letting in Sri Lanka, Norwegian peace brokers are confident that scheduled peace talks in Geneva between the government and the Tamil Tigers will take place later this month. Norway’s development minister Eric Solheim, the man responsible for bringing the Tigers and Colombo to agree to the 2002 ceasefire, believes both sides are willing to sit down and talk peace. Indications that he has got so far is that the talks on October 29 and 30 are on. The two sides have already named the negotiators, but he was unwilling to disclose them. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 21:41:48 EDT 2006 Back to the top

TNA to boycott Parliament
hindu, October 19. COLOMBO: The Pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians on Thursday walked out of Parliament in protest against the Supreme Court ruling that the temporary merger of the north and east provinces was illegal... Back to the top

India trails Sri Lanka in development
hindustantimes.com, October 19. An Oxfam study released on Thursday put India's growth story in perspective: the country trails Sri Lanka and even Bangladesh on the development front... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: MSF Withdraws From Jaffna Peninsula
doctorswithoutborders.org, Oct 19. SRI LANKA: MSF Withdraws From Jaffna Peninsula All MSF medical activities suspended in country Dr... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers exchange artillery fire in volatile north
Associated Press, Thu October 19, 2006 01:45 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops and Tamil Tiger insurgents exchanged artillery fire overnight in northern Sri Lanka - , leaving one soldier wounded, the military said Thursday, following a rebel suicide ambush on a naval base that killed one sailor... Back to the top

US-Lanka to hold joint naval exercises
HT, October 19. In a move which will have far reaching consequences for the Sri Lankan government's battle against the LTTE and also for the strategic scenario in the South Asian region, the Sri Lankan Navy and the US Marine Corps are to hold joint exercises in the last week of this month... Back to the top

US worried over Lanka violence
CNN, OCTOBER 19. New Delhi: Curfew has been relaxed in the violence-hit Sri Lankan port city of Galle on Thursday but security remains tight amid fears of communal clashes... Back to the top

Sri Lanka on edge over fear of more rebel violence
scotsman.com, Oct 19, 2006. Sri Lankan troops stepped up a vigil in cities and at key military facilities across the island on Thursday amid fears of new attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels as fresh fighting flared in the north of the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka still safe for tourists
timesonline.co.uk, October 19, 2006. Holidays to Sri Lanka are not being cancelled, despite a bomb attack in a region popular with tourists... Back to the top

Three Sri Lankan soldiers killed in separate attacks blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Thu October 19, 2006 08:42 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Three government soldiers were killed Thursday in a mine blast and a mortar attack blamed on the Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka - , a day after a rebel suicide ambush at a naval base killed a sailor and left two missing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Sees Foreign Investment Growth
Associated Press, Thu October 19, 2006 06:43 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Despite the recent flare-up of violence, Sri Lanka - expects to attract a record level of foreign direct investment this year, the government said... Back to the top

Oxfam: Governments across South Asia failing to provide basic health, education services
Associated Press, Thu October 19, 2006 08:47 EDT . GAVIN RABINOWITZ - Associated Press Writer - The report, which highlighted lack of access to education, health, water and sanitation, called on the governments of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - , Afghanistan and Nepal to step up their financial and political commitments to provide these basic needs... Back to the top

Rebels launch suicide attack on Sri Lanka naval base in south, 1 sailor killed
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 05:56 EDT . ERANGA JAYAWARDENA - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels posing as fishermen blew up two of their boats in a suicide ambush on a naval base, killing at least one sailor in the first such attack on Sri Lanka - 's touristy southern coast, the military said... Back to the top

UN concerned over plight of displaced Sri Lankans
zeenews.com, Oct 19. The United Nations top humanitarian official has expressed "serious concern" over lack of access to displaced needy victims of the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Tiger terror - Editorial
Times on Line, October 19. The massive suicide attack on a Sri Lankan naval base at Galle is depressing evidence that the Tamil Tigers have no intention of pursuing peace talks and are determined to drag Sri Lanka back to full scale civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy base attacked, sparks anti-Tamil riot
reuters.com, Oct 18, 2006. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Riots broke out in Sri Lanka's port city of Galle on Wednesday after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a naval base in an apparent suicide mission that killed four people, residents and police said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military launches air strikes on Tamil Tiger targets
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 03:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military said it launched airstrikes on Tamil Tiger targets in the east Wednesday, hours after suspected rebels posing as fishermen blew up two of their boats in a suicide ambush on a southern naval base... Back to the top

Malaysia leads investment flows into Sri Lanka for second year ...
lankabusinessonline.com, Thu, 19 October 2006 5:52:09. Oct 18 (LBO) – Malaysia will lead foreign investment into Sri Lanka for the second year running led by telecoms and infrastructure, as developing countries emerge as top investors in the region... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises US$ 340 mn in foreign investments: BOI
lankabusinessonline.com, 18 October 2006 20:17:48. Sri Lanka has managed to attract just over 340 million dollars in foreign investments for the eight months to July, the Board of Investment said Wednesday on account of telecom and clothing related projects... Back to the top

Targeting the Tamil Tigers - Editorial
washington times, Oct 18, 2006. Any hope that the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam would respond to diplomatic pressure and renounce their terrorist tactics ahead of the cease-fire negotiations scheduled for the end of the month was murderously subverted by a suicide attack that killed more than 100 Sri Lankan sailors this week... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s proposed International Commission of Inquiry: OHCHR ...
achrweb.org, Wed, October 18, 2006 - 16:30 EDT. As the war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) escalates, a number of peace envoys - Mr Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace Building, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction in Sri Lanka and the Norwegian facilitators visited Sri Lankan recently to salvage the peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lanka begins exhuming bodies of slain aid workers
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 09:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Wednesday started exhuming the bodies of workers from a Paris-based international aid organization killed in the northeastern part of the island nation in August, a spokesman said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Tamil rebels trying to provoke backlash ahead of peace talks
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 03:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's top security spokesman accused Tamil rebels Wednesday of launching deadly attacks to provoke a backlash against ethnic Tamils that could help them win international sympathy ahead of peace talks... Back to the top

Eyewitness: 'We saw boats explode'
BBC News, Wed, October 18, 2006 - 11:40 EDT. Tamil Tiger rebels have carried out a suicide attack on a naval base in the southern Sri Lankan tourist city of Galle... Back to the top

The importance of two provinces
BBC News, Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 06:48 EDT. What is perhaps a highly significant judgement of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Monday was overshadowed when the country's bloodiest suicide bombing killed nearly 100 people... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's historic port of Galle
BBC News, Wed, October 18, 2006 - 11:26 EDT. The historic city of Galle, where Tamil Tigers have carried out a dramatic attack on the navy base, is one of Sri Lanka's most important tourist destinations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ruling on northeast province a political disaster
teluguportal.net, 2006/10/18. New Delhi/Colombo, Oct 18 (IANS) On the road to his ruling ordering a break up of Sri Lanka's northeastern province into two, Chief Justice Sarath N... Back to the top

Police impose curfew in southern Sri Lankan town after Tamil Tiger suicide attack
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 02:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police imposed an open-ended curfew in Sri Lanka - 's southern tourist town of Galle on Wednesday after suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bombers attacked a navy base there... Back to the top

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