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Address by Tej Bunnag, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

On behalf of the Royal Thai Government, I wish to warmly welcome H.E. Professor G L Peiris, Minister for Constitutional Affairs and leader of the delegation of the Government of Sri Lanka; H.E. Mr Anton Balasingham, Chief Negotiator and leader of the delegation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; and H.E. Mr Vidar Helgesen, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, and their respective delegations to Thailand.

Talks on Interim Aministration and the relocation of the Army bases continues.


The Tiger delegation took up the issues of Interim administration, relocation of the army bases in the North and Eastern Province as well as the reconstruction of the war ravaged north and eastern province in today’s talks in Thailand. The talks mainly focused on hammering out the agenda for future talks as well as rehabilitation and reconstruction of war zones without delay

Sattahip talks, Lighted Candles and Surging Stock Market


There is joy all round in Sri Lanka in the hope that Sattahip peace talks that began Monday would bring the country permanent peace and prosperity. Religious leaders of the four major religions practiced in the country – Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam- gathered at the Independence Square Monday evening and prayed for peace with lighted candles.

All is well that ends well

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Sacred bovine! I completely forgot to tell you what happened
last weekend. Guinness beer was sponsoring, of all things,
an oyster fest downtown on Halsted Street

UN Secretary General Koffi Anan Welcomes the Direct Talks for Settlement of Sri Lanka

The United Nations Secretary-General Koffi Anan warmly welcomes the opening of direct talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” (LTTE) today in Thailand. He is pleased that the two sides have successfully implemented the provisions of their ceasefire signed last February and are now entering substantive peace negotiations.

Peace without ‘Eelam’ must be number one priority at talks — CBK

By Divaina corr. Upali de Saram - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday said although she is not against peace, she is against selling the country in the name of peace with the sole intention of holding on to power.

None should disrupt peace efforts — EPDP, PLOTE, EPRLF, EROS

The Island

Four Tamil political parties resolved that "anyone, for whatever reason, should not disrupt the present atmosphere for peace". The EPDP, PLOTE, EPRLF and EROS met to discuss how best they could contribute to the current peace efforts and strengthen, improve and forge ahead with the peace process.

Dutch Govt. pledges co-operation to rehabilitate N-E

The Island

The Dutch government pledged fullest co-operation to Sri Lanka to rehabilitate war affected areas. Ms. Agnes Van Hoeven, Minister of Development Co-operation of Netherlands congratulated Sri Lanka for what it has accomplished so far towards achieving sustainable peace for the country. She pledged fullest co-operation of her country and promised to grant aid for areas such as reconstruction of war affected areas, and rehabilitation of people affected by war.

Ranil appreciates Vajpayee’s co-operation

The Island

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he very much appreciates the co-operation and fortification extended to himself and the Sri Lankan Government by the Prime Minister Vajpayee and the Indian government.

LTTE demands for the Interim Administration


It is reliably learnt that during the first session of the Talks held yesterday - September 16, the LTTE negotiators have requested for the interim administration of the North and Eastern Province. To this request, it is learnt that the Government delegates have come forward to give a broad-based devolution. But the context of the Government assurance is unclear and has to be clarified at a later stage to Asian Tribune, by the sources close to the delegations

Humanitarian issues, Normalization and Eeconomic development discussed – Press Release


Sattahip, Thailand September 17: “The issues discussed today were implementation of the ceasefire agreement, humanitarian challenges and further cooperation to improve economic development and normalization. Also the structure and framework for the future meetings and the way forward have been discussed.” This was stated in the Press Release issued by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Bangkok, regarding the second day of the Peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government delegation and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, with the view to end the 20 years long ethnic conflict in Srilanka.