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Sri Lanka Geneva Talks Aim to Revive Peace Process With Rebels, Oct 27 04:00. Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government and Tamil rebels meet for the first time in eight months to try to revive a peace process that will end the South Asian island nation's two- decade civil war.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa wants the two-day meeting that begins tomorrow in Geneva to be the start of peace negotiations. The success of the talks depends on halting the heaviest fighting in Sri Lanka since Norway brokered a cease-fire four years ago, Daya Master, a spokesman for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said in an Oct. 24 telephone interview.

``We have no faith in the peace talks, but are attending at the request of the international community,'' Master said from the rebels' headquarters in Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka. ``The outcome of the talks all depends on how much the government is willing to stop violence.'' More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 26 23:02:18 EDT 2006

Sri Lanka suspects weapons to rebels sent through Indonesia+
Associated Press, Thu October 26, 2006 15:12 EDT . JAKARTA, Oct. 27 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - has expressed its suspicions that weapons supplied for the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were illegally ''sent through'' Indonesia, an Indonesian Cabinet minister said Thursday. The minister did not provide any details, but said Indonesia and Sri Lanka - agreed to build cooperation in defense and security, particularly in antiterror activities.

''We don't need to get upset. It's only an accusation and they (Sri Lanka - ) ask us (to cooperate),?? Sudarsono was quoted by Tempo Interaktif online media as saying.

The LTTE, which is fighting for a separate state in the country's northeast, is branded as a terrorist group by foreign countries including the United States, the European Union, Britain and India.

Recently, the United States arrested 19 persons in connection with the arms, ammunition and equipment procurement deal for the LTTE. Among the persons in custody are four Indonesians, including a retired marine brigadier general. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 26 22:59:56 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Global rights panel soon, says Colombo, Oct 27, 2006. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Thursday said an international independent panel of eminent persons would soon investigate allegations of human rights violations. The U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions recently called for a "full-fledged international human rights monitoring mission."

At a function to mark the U.N. Foundation Day here, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the Government "consulted" the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to constitute the panel. Sri Lanka mooted the idea following an international outcry on the execution style killing of 17 workers of an international NGO in Muttur in August. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 26 23:02:54 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka government negotiators optimistic about Geneva peace talks
Associated Press, Thu October 26, 2006 10:48 EDT . FRANK JORDANS - Associated Press Writer - GENEVA (AP) Sri Lankan government negotiators said Thursday they were optimistic about talks to take place this weekend to salvage a 2002 cease-fire with the Tamil Tigers that has collapsed amid a major upsurge in fighting between the two sides... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s battle to avert war, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 15:45 EDT. The fact that Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels are meeting in Geneva this weekend is a minor triumph in itself after the violence of recent months... Back to the top

India ready to help Lanka find settlement to ethnic strife, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 15:45 EDT. New Delhi, Oct 26: India on Thursday said it was ready to assist Sri Lanka in finding a negotiated political settlement to its ethnic problem as an all-party delegation from the island nation arrived here to study the country's model of republic... Back to the top

Police: Nine wounded in attack on Sri Lankan rebel splinter group
Associated Press, Thu October 26, 2006 04:42 EDT . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger insurgents hurled grenades into a Hindu temple compound in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, wounding nine members of a rival Tamil rebel faction, police said... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels make child recruitment "illegal"
Associated Press, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:15 EDT. KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, widely accused of forcibly recruiting child soldiers, have banned the practice in areas under their control, a pro-rebel Web site reported... Back to the top

Political Strife in Sri Lanka Brings Turmoil to Church, Thursday October 19, 2006 - 12:15 EDT. Days ahead of the peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger Rebels on Oct... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Political Consensus Boost for Geneva Talks, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:20 EDT. COLOMBO, Oct 26 (IPS) - As the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse prepares for talks with Tamil Tiger rebels in Geneva on the weekend, it goes in with hands strengthened by a political understanding arrived at with the main opposition United National Party (UNP)... Back to the top

Mortar blast wounds four children in Sri Lanka, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:21 EDT. COLOMBO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A mortar bomb explosion wounded seven people, including four children, in Sri Lanka's east on Thursday, after a child attempted to lift the buried device, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan MPs in India to study devolution, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 14:15 EDT. A group of 13 Sri Lankan MPs representing as many parties are here to study India's devolution process to see if it can help resolve the long-drawn ethnic conflict in their country... Back to the top

EU urges end to Sri Lanka violence before talks, Thursday October 26, 2006 - 14:20 EDT. BRUSSELS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The European Union called on the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday to halt hostilities and seek ways out of the 23-year conflict at peace talks in Switzerland this weekend... Back to the top

China to push for relations with Sri Lanka, says senior CPC ..., Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:30 EDT. Oct 26, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Haycarb Ltd plans to start work on a new activated carbon plant in Indonesia next year, to offset raw material supply shortages from their local plants here, a top official said Thursday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Not much hope seen in Sri Lanka talks with Tigers, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s Haycarb hopes to start work on new activated carbon ..., Thursday October 26, 2006 - 10:30 EDT. Oct 26, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Haycarb Ltd plans to start work on a new activated carbon plant in Indonesia next year, to offset raw material supply shortages from their local plants here, a top official said Thursday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

BJP opposes military aid to Sri Lanka, Oct. 26 . Chennai, Oct. 26 (PTI): The BJP's Tamil Nadu unit today alleged that the Indian government was providing military aid to Sri Lanka and urged the Centre to stop it immediately as it would be "used only against Tamils in the island." "Sri Lanka has no enemies in its neighbourhood. Hence, the weapons given to it will be used only against Tamils in the island and fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu," State BJP president L Ganesan told reporters here... 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, 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

Sri Lanka lowers retail fuel prices by as much as 5%, 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

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