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Sri Lanka, Tamil Rebels Open Talks

b>Agency News - Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sun 16 Sep 2002 — With a cease-fire holding intact, Sri Lanka opens its first peace talks in seven years today, hoping that the international setting will force its Tamil foes to think twice before taking up their guns again. The three-day session is being held at a secluded naval base in Thailand.

Anton Balasingham expresses confidence about the success of the Talks

I can assure you that we are seriously and sincerely committed to peace and that we will strive our utmost to ensure the success of the negotiations. We are well aware that there are powerful political forces in southern Sri Lanka who are irrationally opposed to peace and ethnic reconciliation. Nevertheless, we are confident that the talks will progress successfully because of the fact that the principal parties in the conflict as well as the overwhelming majority of the people of the island want peace and peaceful resolution of the conflict. This was said by Anton Balasingham the Head of the delegation representing Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam at the at the inaugural session of the Peace Talks at Sattahip, Thailand, on Monday 16 September 2002

We turn our backs on war Declares Professor Peiris in the inaugural session

"Our nation has resolved, with a firmness of conviction that has served us well at the most critical moments in our long and eventful history, that a sea change is necessary, now that the tempests have abated. Nothing is as evident in all substantial shades of public opinion in our country today as the unquenchable thirst for peace, dignity and opportunity for all our people. The wellsprings of a cultural tradition that derives from abiding and spontaneous respect for diversity and pluralism in their ramifications throughout society fortify us as we prepare to make pivotal decisions, for ourselves and for generations to come, at the crossroads of history. This was stated by. G L Peiris, head of the Sri Lankan delegation at the inaugural session of the Peace Talks at Sattahip, Thailand, on Monday 16 September 2002.

Sri Lankan Government – Tigers Peace Talks started with Cautious Optimism.


Sattahip, Thailand, September 16 - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) began therir talks in earnest, this Monday morning, at theThai Naval base Sattahip, located at the Chonburi Province, 120 Km away from Bangkok, expressing guarded optimism that they can overcome the bitterness of the past This talks was supposed yo be about beginning of the “beginning,” to end one of the protracted and deadliest wars, in the Island republic for the 20 years and more.

Whilst the talks began with earnest in Thailand, people in Sri Lanka, went to Hindu temples, churches, mosques and Buddhist shrines to pray for the success of the talks.

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Peace prayers continues while LTTE lays the groundwork for development


b>Colombo, September 16: Peace prayers continued countrywide on Monday while LTTE made preparations to develop war-torn north-east. Special prayers were held on Monday morning in many places of worship, invoking blessing on the peace negotiation.

Mystery death of former Vanni MP


b>Colombo, September 16: Former parliamentarian for the Vanni district Anthony Emmanuel Silva, 42, was burnt to death on Saturday night, while sleeping in his house, police said. His son, Niroshan, 12, who slept with the father, also suffered burn injuries and is now warded in the Vavuniya hospital.

Govt. rejects call to dissolve Jaffna local bodies

By Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The government discarded a TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) request that the local bodies including ten EPDP-controlled pradeshiya sabhas in the Jaffna peninsula be dissolved and hand over them to Special Commissioners, the sources said. Apart from the Jaffna Municipal Council, which is in the TULF’s hands, there are three urban councils and 13 pradeshiya sabhas. Of them, PLOTE controls two urban councils at Point Pedro and Chavakachcheri. The TELO controls the Valvettiturai urban council while the remaining three pradeshiya sabhas are controlled by the TULF, the PLOTE and the TELO.

Peace talks minus CBK nominee unacceptable — PA

byDilanthi Jayamanne - The Island

The People’s Alliance (PA) said that the peace talks to be held next week were not acceptable as no Presidential representative was included amongst those who were to participate in the talks. PA Media Spokesman, Dr. Sarath Amunugama told a press briefing on Friday that the President should have a representative in the peace talks as she was the head of state and held 3/4 of the powers vested in her by the people. So far there has been no reply to the request made by the President to appoint her nominee for talks, Amunugama pointed out.

Sri Lankan, Tamil negotiators to eat, live together

By Dominic Whiting

Yahoo News - Sattahip, Thailand, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan ministers and Tamil rebels are to spend 12-½ hours around the negotiating table, dine together and live in the same housing compound in a bid to find a solution to one of Asia's longest running wars.

Talks set to begin on ways to end Sri Lankan war

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News - Sattahip, Thailand, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger negotiators sit down on Monday for peace talks that are expected to take years and if successful would transform an island known mainly for its bitter civil war.

Twenty years of armed conflict cannot be resolved overnight.

There exists today a state of relative peace in Sri Lanka, built on the ceasefire agreement in force since February. This relative peace indicates that ultimately a political settlement of the ethnic conflict can be found. In this quest, the parties cannot be left alone. Neither can the accompaniment of the Norwegian Government suffice. They need to be accompanied by the entire international community. It has been a long and, at times, thorny process to get this far. No less difficult times are ahead. The parties will confront problems that can only be solved through painstaking effort and painful compromise. Close to twenty years of armed conflict cannot be resolved overnight. Coming from a very difficult past, Sri Lanka has no easy way forward. This was said by Vidar Helgesen, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the inaugural session of the Peace Talks at Sattahip, Thailand, on Monday 16 September 2002 .