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OCTOBER 25, 2006 EST, USA
 
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Let talks be held in a timeframe: Colombo
hindu, October 26. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Government said on Wednesday it would seek a definite timetable to engage the LTTE on seven identified subjects at the October 28 and 29 talks in Geneva.

Defence spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told a news conference here that democracy, pluralism, human rights, child recruitment, development of north and east, multiparty system and devolution were the issues.

He said the Government was not going to Geneva to "please" the LTTE but to give it one more "chance" to get into the democratic process. "We recognise that LTTE is a ground reality and it can not be wished away." More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 25 22:14:04 EDT 2006


Not much hope seen in Sri Lanka talks with Tigers
today.reuters.com, Oct 25, 2006 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels hold peace talks in Geneva this week but there appears to be little hope of settling a decades-old conflict that has flared again in recent months, killing hundreds.

Intense fighting since July, which effectively ended a 2002 ceasefire, has killed up to 1,000 combatants and civilians in army offensives, rebel attacks and naval warfare. But it has also led to donors and others in the international community to bring pressure on both sides to resume talks.

Just an agreement to talk further would be considered a success, officials said.

"Laying the ground in Geneva for continued dialogue would be considered by the whole world as positive," Palitha Kohona, the head of the government's peace agency, told Reuters.

"To us, the alternative (failure of talks) is unacceptable," Kohona said, before leaving for Geneva More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 25 12:33:53 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Tamil rebel, Sri Lankan government negotiators leave for Geneva peace talks  - Associated Press

Sri Lankan navy imposes fishing restrictions to reduce threat by Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Wed October 25, 2006 05:10 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's navy has restricted fishing in the seas close to the capital amid fears of attack by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, an official said Wednesday.

The restriction prevents small fishing boats from sailing off or reaching certain coastal areas near Colombo, said a defense ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The move aims to reduce threats by insurgents' boats which could mingle with ordinary fishermen and attack patrolling naval crafts, the official said.

Last week, Tamil Tigers posing as fishermen blew up two boats in a suicide attack on a naval base in Galle, 110 kilometers (70 miles) away from Colombo on the southern coast, killing at least one sailor and 15 rebels.

The navy also said it destroyed four rebel boats in a sea battle over the weekend, killing at least 26 insurgents in the sea off country's volatile north.

Fish is an important part of Sri Lankan cuisine and heavy restrictions on fishing in the north and east during the country's two-decade separatist conflict have affected production and the fishermen's livelihood.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. About 65,000 people were killed before a 2002 cease-fire, and some 2,000 combatants and civilians have been killed in renewed violence this year. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 25 07:25:51 EDT 2006 Back to the top


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... Back to the top

Delhi nod for USA in Lanka?
The Statesman, October 26. NEW DELHI, Oct. 25: US Marines will conduct exercises with the Sri Lanka Navy later this month, deploying more than 1,000 personnel and support ships for amphibious and counter-insurgency manoeuvres for ‘containing’ growing Chinese presence in the region. “Whilst the manoeuvres will put the Tamil Tigers on notice to engage seriously in the upcoming peace talks in Geneva, the location of the exercise clearly indicates that India too has signed off on the venture as a subtle warning to the Chinese not to unduly intrude upon the Indian Ocean Region (IOR),” Brigadier Arun Sahgal of the United Service Institution of India said... Back to the top

EU provides 5 million euros to Sri Lanka conflict victims
afp, October 25. BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Commission announced it would give five million euros (6.3 million dollars) in humanitarian aid to conflict-affected people in Sri Lanka and refugees in neighboring India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka and Tamil Tigers set different agendas for peace talks
afp, October 25. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger negotiators have set different agendas for weekend peace talks in Switzerland following months of bloodshed... Back to the top

Hopes for peace at Sri Lanka's frontline as talks near
afp, October 25. TANDIKALUM CHECKPOINT, Sri Lanka (AFP) - A long wooden pole laid across the road up ahead marks the start of Sri Lanka's "Tigerland"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Flies Aid to Jaffna as Civilians Face Food Shortages
bloomberg.com, 25 oct. Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka flew food and medical supplies to the northern Jaffna peninsula as aid organizations said civilians face a humanitarian crisis because the main road remains closed 10 weeks after fighting in the region. Three aircraft brought supplies to Jaffna yesterday and more than 750 metric tons of aid will be airlifted today, the Ministry of Defense said on its Web site... Back to the top

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... 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... 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


Sri Lanka lowers retail fuel prices by as much as 5%
lankabusinessonline.com, Thu, 26 October 2006. Sri Lanka Wednesday cut retail fuel prices, to ease living costs and inflationary pressures, though the treasury still owes the state petroleum giant over 13 billion rupees... 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

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

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