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Clarification on Terminology used to Describe Peace Talks

The Peace secretariat has come up with a new terminology regarding the peace talks that are being held between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The Historical meeting that took place in Thailand on September 16-18 is now termed as the First Round - first meeting and talks that begins today (31 October) is no longer 2 nd Round, but it is to be called as the Second meeting of the First Round.

Police reimpose curfew in some sensitive areas in Colombo

Colombo, October 31Police today clamped a curfew in some parts of Colombo to thwart attempts by certain factions to instigate violence

Sri Lanka Rebel Gets 200 Years as Peace Talks Start

By Prasit Promthong

Yahoo News: Nakorn Pathom, Thailand (Reuters) - The reclusive leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas was sentenced to 200 years' jail on Thursday as government and rebel officials began talks in Thailand to try to end 19 years of war.

Round 2 Peace Talks Kicked-Off peacefully.


Bangkok October 31:The 2nd Round Peace Talks between the Sri Lankan Government delegation and the delegation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, began this afternoon, at 3 pm Bangkok time, at Nakom Pathom, a tourist resort, 40 km away from Bangkok. The Peace talks are being held, not in the Rose Garden Resort Hotel, but in another venue - a house inside the Rose Garden general area.

Curtain - Raiser/ Sri Lanka Negotiations: Oslo looks to stay course to peace

Anuraj Manibhandu - Bangkok Post

Bangkok Post:Think of Sri Lanka and Norway does not jump immediately to mind. But one of the world's most comfortable nations is playing a vital role in helping to bring about peace in one of the world's most divided.

Rauff to chair advisory committee on N-E Muslim interests

The IslandThe Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday night said that the government had decided to appoint an Advisory Committee to examine mechanisms and structures, which would protect the interests of the Muslim community in the Northern and Eastern provinces including modalities of devolution and enable their fullest participation in the decision-making processes.

UN Burma Rapporteur Concerned by Reports of Rape, other Human Rights Abuses.

Professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar (Burma), met with representatives from the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) and other Thai and Burmese human rights groups today to discuss the human rights situation in Burma.

Save Journalist Nagarajah, from threat by Tamil tormentors in Australia.

This is the story about Selliah Nagarajah, a veteran Sri Lankan Tamil Journalist, aged 55 years, born in Batticaloa, in the Eastern province and presently living in Australia, since 1998, with his wife and two children. Since 20 October, his life has become miserable, and he is now trying his utmost to survive unscathed, from the ruthless challenges, threats and intimidation, he faces from Tamil groups in Australia, which claims to have link with the Tamil militant group in Sri Lanka.

Deranged soldier picked up discharge notice, with a smile.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A general noticed one of his soldiers behaving oddly. The
soldier would pick up any piece of paper he found, frown
and say, "That's not it" and put it down again.

16 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters arrested.

Conflicting reports are made by the Sri Lankan Army and by the PTI about the arrest of Indian fishermen in the Sri Lankan territorial waters. According to naval sources, it has become an establish tradition by the Indian fishermen in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu to enter into the Sri Lankan waters to fish especially in the Gulf of Mannar region, which was earlier out of bounds for the Sri Lankan fishermen.

U.S. team clears nearly a thousand mines in war-ravaged parts of Sri Lanka

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - U.S. experts have cleared about a thousand mines in the first round of their demining operation in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northeast, an embassy statement said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers to forge joint appeal for aid

By Vijay Joshi, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, October 30 - The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels will forge a joint appeal for foreign aid during the second round of peace talks aimed at ending the island nation's 19-year war, the chief government negotiator said Wednesday.

Sinhalese, Muslims clash in Sri Lanka, one killed, 21 injured

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 30 - Muslims and Sinhalese fought each other in the Sri Lankan capital Wednesday, leaving one dead and 21 people injured, a senior Interior Ministry official said.

President Deplores Violence and Appeal for Calm

President Kumaratunga today deplored the loss of life and damage to property from yesterday’s clashes in and around Maligawatte and appealed for calm.