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Maximum devolution envisaged
hindu, October 24. COLOMBO: Monday's agreement, signed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP), to resolve the ethnic conflict in the north and east, subject to further discussion and ratification, envisages maximum devolution of powers to the "regional administrators."

The tentative agreement, a copy of which is in the possession of The Hindu , avoids any reference to either a unitary or federal model. It does not even touch the much-debated "Indian model."

Instead, it says that under the "power-sharing" arrangement, the role of the Central Government should be confined to subjects such as defence and security, foreign affairs, finance, elections, national planning and shipping. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 24 21:52:37 EDT 2006


Devolution package| Lanka not to have Concurrent List
hindustantimes.com, October 25. A new Sri Lankan Constitution embodying a devolution package for the Tamil minority will not have a Concurrent List, but only a National List and a Provincial List.

This is apparent from the MoU signed by the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the opposition United National Party (UNP) here on Monday.

The MoU has provisions to ensure that the provinces have enough fiscal resources to make devolution of power meaningful.

There are also clauses to ensure that no particular ethnic or political group enjoys over-riding power or influence. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 24 21:58:03 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Negotiators Prepare for Talks
Associated Press, Tue October 24, 2006 16:30 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Troops fatally shot a Tamil Tiger separatist and a roadside bomb wounded a soldier in the volatile north Tuesday as government and rebel negotiators prepared to leave Sri Lanka - for peace talks. On Monday, officials of the ruling coalition's Sri Lanka - Freedom Party and the main opposition, United National Party, signed an agreement in which the UNP agreed to support the government ``in the pursuit of a negotiated settlement to the ongoing conflict while opposing terrorism in all its manifestations.''

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 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels, who have fought to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, have long said that the bickering between the two main parties in Parliament has made a political settlement impossible.

The conflict over Tamil demands for a self-ruled homeland flared up in 1983 and 65,000 people were killed until the cease-fire.
Published: Tue Oct 24 22:58:59 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Civilians' plight in Sri Lanka
BBC News, Tuesday October 24, 2006 - 23:05 EDT. Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK

Civilians' plight in Sri Lanka

Thousands of civilians in rebel-held eastern Sri Lanka have fled their homes in recent months due to intense fighting between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top


Tamil Tiger negotiators leave northern stronghold for Geneva peace talks
Associated Press, Tue October 24, 2006 03:17 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil rebel negotiators left their northern stronghold Tuesday for peace talks with the government, a spokesman said, a day after Sri Lanka's main political parties pledged to cooperate to settle the country's renewed conflict... Back to the top

Lanka virtually out of Champions Trophy
newasiatimes.com, October 24,. Sri Lankans were wraped up on 141 all out against South Africa in their third crucial Champions Trophy match with a do and die situation in Ahmedabad... Back to the top

1 Tamil rebel killed, 1 soldier wounded as peace negotiators set to leave for Geneva talks
Associated Press, Tue October 24, 2006 07:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Tamil Tiger separatist was fatally shot while a government soldier was wounded in a bomb blast in the volatile north on Tuesday, as government and rebel negotiators prepared to leave Sri Lanka - for peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Peace Is Stymied by Strong Economy
bloomberg.com, Tuesday October 24, 2006 - 17:12 EDT. Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- After being at each other's throats for half a century, Sri Lanka's two main political parties joined forces this week to bring peace to the war-torn island. It may be too early for investors to uncork the champagne... Back to the top

Lanka virtually out of Champions Trophy
newasiatimes.com, October 24,. Sri Lankans were wraped up on 141 all out against South Africa in their third crucial Champions Trophy match with a do and die situation in Ahmedabad... Back to the top

India cautiously happy over Lanka pact
indiatimes.com, 24 oct. NEW DELHI: India is happy but not overtly jubilant over a historic pact Sri Lanka's two main political parties have signed in a long-term bid to resolve the country's seemingly unending ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Champions Trophy: South Africa beats Sri Lanka by 78 runs
Associated Press, Tue October 24, 2006 12:33 EDT . - - AHMADABAD, India (AP) South Africa defeated Sri Lanka - by 78 runs on Tuesday in a Group B match of the ICC Champions Trophy tournament... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to extend runway for Airbus A-380
zeenews.com, October 24. Colombo, Oct 24: Sri Lanka plans to expand and re-surface the runway at its only international airport to accommodate the super-jumbo Airbus A-380, officials said... Back to the top

S.Lanka media hails unity pact ahead of talks
washingtonpost.com, 24 oct. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's media on Tuesday hailed a pact between the ruling and main opposition parties that includes cooperation on the peace process with the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Can Lanka govt-opposition alliance end the conflict?
khaleejtimes.com, 24 oct. AT LAST, the two main political parties in Sri Lanka are getting together for a grand political alliance... Back to the top

Malinga and Vaas restrict South Africa to 219 for nine
Associated Press, Tue October 24, 2006 08:48 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - AHMADABAD, India (AP) Sri Lanka - fast bowlers Lasith Malinga and Chaminda Vaas restricted South Africa to 219 for nine off 50 overs in a crucial Group B game of the ICC Champions Trophy Tuesday... Back to the top

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... 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... 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 ...
forbes.com, 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

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