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Swiss talks hit slippery slope for Sri Lanka warring parties
afp, Oct. 28, 2006. GENEVA (AFP) - Peace brokers struggled to save Sri Lanka's collapsing ceasefire as critical talks between the warring parties entered the second and final day in Geneva with both sides sticking to their guns.

Tiger rebels said the first day's outcome was "zero" with no agreement on addressing the urgent needs of over half a million people directly affected by recent fighting that claimed over 3,000 lives and displaced more than 200,000. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Oct 28 21:50:46 EDT 2006

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1 soldier, 1 civilian killed, 6 police wounded in Sri Lanka as peace talks begin
Associated Press, Sat October 28, 2006 09:59 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot a government soldier and wounded six police officers in two bomb attacks Saturday in volatile northeastern Sri Lanka - , as peace talks began in Switzerland between the two sides. Erik Solheim, the Norwegian chief mediator, opened the talks with a personal appeal for progress in ending the 23-year conflict, saying it was time to move forward because Sri Lanka - 's people and the international community are growing impatient for peace.

The Tigers political chief, S.P. Tamilselvan, accused the government of carrying out an undeclared war against the Tamil people, and said his group was prepared to engage in ``unconditional direct talks'' because of the dire situation.

He blamed the European Union's inclusion of the Tamil Tigers on a list of designated terrorist groups for a worsening of the conflict, saying it had allowed the military the chance to act ``with impunity.''

``The best we can hope for from the current talks is therefore, the strengthening of the (cease-fire) agreement that has the potential to lead to a permanent, just peace,'' Tamilselvan said in Geneva, according to TamilNet.

The government, which has long maintained that the Tigers are guilty of serious human rights abuses including the recruitment of child soldiers and stifling democracy in the areas they control, said it hoped the talks would move the country forward.

Talks planned for April were canceled after both sides blamed the other for the rising violence.

Increased fighting in the island country off southern India has killed about 2,000 soldiers, rebels and civilians this year.

The rebels want a self-ruled homeland for minority ethnic Tamils, citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

The government says it can offer autonomy, but not a separate state. About 65,000 people were killed before the 2002 truce. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Oct 28 11:27:22 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Floods, landslides kill 11, displace thousands in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat October 28, 2006 09:47 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in Sri Lanka killed at least 11 people over the past two days and displaced about 75,000, a government relief official said Saturday.

Most of the deaths were caused by drowning in several areas of the country and one died in a landslide in Badulla, 230 kilometers (143 miles) east of Colombo, said D.K.P. Jayatilleke, a relief official at then National Disaster Management Center.

He said an estimated 75,0000 people had been forced from their homes by the flooding. The worst affected area is the Western District, where Colombo is situated.

Sri Lanka is a tropical island nation off India's southern coast. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Oct 28 11:30:46 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Embrace democracy: Lanka to LTTE, October 28, 2006. At the opening session of the peace talks in Geneva on Saturday, the Sri Lankan government asked the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to eschew violence and embrace democracy to end the misery of the long-suffering people of North-East Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers: Bombing their way to Swiss talks, 28 October 2006. Sri Lanka’s Tiger rebels, who are in Geneva for peace talks on Saturday, have been outlawed by the European Union, the United States and several other countries, but the international community still wants them at the negotiating table... Back to the top

· Pakistan’s ISI trying to use LTTE to target South India, Oct. 28, 2006. Most dreaded terror networks the LTTE and the ISI have joined hands... Back to the top

Sri Lanka , rebels prepare for peace talks as bombs injure 6 police
Associated Press, Sat October 28, 2006 03:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off two roadside bombs that wounded six police officers Saturday in the volatile northeast, the military said, as government and rebel negotiators prepared for peace talks in Switzerland... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government set to meet rebels in Geneva, 28 Oct 2006 00:59:55 GMT. GENEVA, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan government officials and Tamil Tiger rebels meet in Geneva on Saturday for the first time in eight months, although little progress was expected from the talks amid ongoing violence on the South Asian island... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels say government must agree to reopen key road to north at Geneva talks
Associated Press, Fri October 27, 2006 04:37 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government must agree to reopen a key road to ethnic Tamil-majority areas in the north during weekend peace talks or no negotiations will be possible in the future, a rebel spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

Lanka sees hope in India’s Panchayati Raj, Friday, October 27, 2006 - 16:30 EDT. Sri Lanka sees a ray of hope in India’s Panchayati Raj system to resolve its domestic conflicts... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels fatally shoot 2 civilians in northeast, military says
Associated Press, Fri October 27, 2006 01:25 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels shot dead two civilians in northeast Sri Lanka - , the military said Friday, while it denied a claim that it attacked rebel patrol boats off the island's Jaffa peninsula... Back to the top

Sri Lanka killing fields to haunt negotiators at Swiss talks
Yahoo News - AFP, Friday, October 27, 2006 - 11:50 EDT. GENEVA (AFP) - Sri Lanka's warring parties are due to meet in Geneva Saturday amid international pressure to stop a new spiral of killings in Asia's bloodiest civil strife... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: food and fuel shortages hit north after renewed ..., Friday, October 27, 2006 - 16:30 EDT. 27 October 2006 – The 600,000 inhabitants of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Peninsula, already buffeted by decades of conflict, are now facing food and fuel shortages as a result of a recent upsurge in fighting between Tamil separatists and Government forces, with many businesses closed due to security concerns, according to the latest update from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tigers seek foreign pressure to avert real war, October 27, 2006 . Abu Dhabi, Oct 25: Tamil Tiger rebels heading for peace talks in Geneva are banking on international pressure on the Sri Lankan government to stop the island returning to "real war", a top guerrilla leader said today... Back to the top

Lankan Oppn not to join government, October 27. The opposition United National Party (UNP) will not be joining the Mahinda Rajapaksa government despite the MoU on cooperation signed recently... Back to the top

British retailer Tesco’s upbeat on Sri Lanka, despite war ..., 27 October 2006 14:58:54. Oct 27 (LBO) – An escalating civil conflict has not dampened Tesco’s plans for Sri Lanka, with the UK based mass retailer expecting a 40 percent spike in apparel business from the island next year... Back to the top

LTTE attempt of mass murder fails - Anuradhapura, 10/27/2006 . Tiger terrorists attempted to explode a bus transporting civilians in the Kebithigollewa area this morning around 08:45 a... Back to the top

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