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Sri Lanka 's political rivals join to solve separatist conflict as violence kill 2
Associated Press, Mon October 23, 2006 08:11 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's main opposing political parties on Monday pledged to cooperate to settle renewed conflict with the Tamil Tiger rebels, as two people, including a Hindu priest, were reported killed in the country's volatile north. Meanwhile, officials of the ruling coalition's Sri Lanka - Freedom Party and the main opposition, United National Party, signed an agreement at a ceremony at President Mahinda Rajapakse's official residence. The UNP will support the government ``in the pursuit of a negotiated settlement to the ongoing conflict while opposing terrorism in all its manifestations,'' the agreement said.

The agreement comes as the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels are preparing for peace talks in Switzerland on Oct. 28-29.

The parties also agreed to cooperate in areas such as electoral reforms, good governance and social development.

The parties together control 125 seats in Sri Lanka - 's 225-member Parliament, and their consensus is vital to muster a two-thirds majority to push through any constitutional reforms that would allow power sharing with minority groups.

The LTTE rebels, who have fought against the government since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, have long claimed that bickering between the two main parties in Parliament has made a political settlement impossible.

Fighting between the rebels and the government killed 65,000 people before a Norway brokered cease-fire signed in 2002 temporarily halted the bloodshed. But renewed violence has killed 2,000 people this year, even though both the government and the rebels claim that they are honoring the cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 23 09:45:32 EDT 2006

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Peace dividend expected from Sri Lanka political deal
kyodo, October 24. Kyodo) _ Sri Lanka's two biggest political parties on Monday signed an agreement which diplomats and analysts said is expected to further prospects of ending more than three decades of civil war in this Indian Ocean republic. A memorandum of understanding between the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the main opposition United National Party headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe covers a six-point national agenda including reviving a tattered peace process facilitated by Norway and backed by the international community. The deal comes a week before the Sri Lanka government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam meet face-to-face in Geneva at an internationally brokered meeting for the first time since April. Four "co-chairs" -- the United States, the European Union, Norway and Japan -- are now taking forward the long troubled peace process between the Colombo government and the LTTE. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 23:55:48 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Rajapaksa stress on goodwill
hindu, October 24. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has highlighted the importance of "building goodwill" between the LTTE and the government delegation for peace talks in Switzerland on October 28 and 29. He was addressing a workshop for the delegation. A statement said Mr. Rajapakse set guidelines for the talks. The statement said the President advised the delegation to ensure the continuation of the peace talks. It said he had also advised the delegation to convince the international community on the Government's honest commitment in achieving lasting peace. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 23:52:12 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Tigers aiming to bully govt ahead of talks - official
Reuters, October 22. COLOMBO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels were trying to intimidate the Sri Lankan government ahead of crunch peace talks next week by launching high-profile attacks, the head of the state's peace agency said... Back to the top

The Hidden Truth behind the Sri Lankan Peace Process
Global Politician, October 23. A week after publishing VIGIL Network’s shock-inspiring intelligence report on the activities of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) in the United Kingdom, it seems a good time – after one successful infiltration - to release the details of another successful infiltration some time ago and the factors behind the initiation of the peace process between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government in the late nineties... Back to the top

United States Promoting Political Solution for Sri Lanka
usinfo, October 23. Washington – The people of Sri Lanka must grasp the opportunity of upcoming peace talks to pursue again a political solution to the island nation’s 28-year conflict, says Richard Boucher, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs... Back to the top

U.S. warns that Sri Lanka travel could be dangerous because of government-rebel violence
Associated Press, Mon October 23, 2006 14:38 EDT . WASHINGTON (AP) Americans in Sri Lanka - should be alert to the possibility of violence throughout the South Asian island state and should avoid areas of fighting between government forces and Tamil rebels, the State Department said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president to sign deal with political rivals to push for ..., 23 oct. COLOMBO (XFN-ASIA) - Sri Lanka's president will sign a deal with the main opposition today in a bid to end the island's bloody ethnic conflict, his office said... Back to the top

Smith hopes to get better wicket for crucial game against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon October 23, 2006 08:27 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - AHMADABAD, India (AP) Graeme Smith thinks Sri Lanka - is the form team of the Champions Trophy competition and his South African lineup will have to produce something special to beat them in subcontinental conditions... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels 'must embrace democracy for there to be peace'
Telegraph, October 23. Peace will not come to Sri Lanka until Tamil Tiger rebels embrace democracy and cease illegal arms smuggling, the head of Sri Lanka's Peace Secretariat said yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to demand time-bound talks with Tigers, 22 oct. Colombo, Oct 22: The Sri Lankan government is set to demand "time-bound talks" with Tamil Tiger rebels when the two sides meet next week in Geneva, officials said today... Back to the top

Devilish details could undermine Sri Lanka peace talks
Yahoo News - AFP, Sunday October 22, 2006 - 13:45 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's warring parties were bracing for talks aimed at saving a tattered truce, but arranging next weekend's parley is becoming a logistical "minefield" that could blow up before the meeting begins... Back to the top

Two Sri Lankan soldiers injured in rebel attacks in north
Associated Press, Sun October 22, 2006 10:54 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two soldiers and a civilian were wounded in rebel attacks in Sri Lanka - 's volatile north on Sunday, as the two sides engaged in sporadic artillery fire, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army, rebels exchange artillery fire in north, military says
Associated Press, Sun October 22, 2006 02:14 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged sporadic artillery fire Sunday in the island's volatile north, the military said... Back to the top

International Community Held To Contempt By LTTE - Peace ..., 22 oct. While reiterating the Government's commitment for direct negotiations with the LTTE, Peace Secretariat Chief Dr... Back to the top

Asia's unending war
Boston Globe - Editorial, October 22. SRI LANKA'S intermittent war between successive governments and the secessionist movement known as the Tamil Tigers has been going on for nearly a quarter century and has taken 65,000 lives... Back to the top

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