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Tamil Tigers drop demand for separate state in Sri Lanka
Yahoo News : Sattahip, Thailand (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels dropped their demand for a separate state after peace talks, in a major policy shift that boosted attempts to end decades of bloodshed. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said Wednesday that they were not campaigning f...
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Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers Retreat on Independence
By Scott McDonald Yahoo News: Sattahip, Thailand (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said at the end of a landmark peace conference on Wednesday they would settle for autonomy rather than a separate state, the issue at the heart of two decades of war. The switch in tone by the Tigers came af...
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Plans to shift administrative capital to J’pura underway
The Island The long-standing plan to move the administrative capital to Sri Jayawardhanapura will get underway. The sale of government land in Colombo has already been suspended in view of the projected move. According to the plan designed by the Western Province Development Ministry, most Governme...
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Curious Young Camel – Why we have --?
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A mother and a baby camel were talking one day when the baby camel asked, "Mom, why do we have these huge three-toed feet?" The mother replied, "Well son, when we trek across the desert, our toes will help us stay on top of the soft sand." Two minutes later the young camel ask...
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A grandmother marries a young soldier younger than her son
T.Sabaratnam Colombo September 19: This is the story of a marriage of a trim and young looking grandmother who is now in police custody, because she gave a false birth certificate and married a soldier younger than her son. The marriage was the result of a lengthy love affair that began when the wo...
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Tigers to investigate Eellalan Leaflet that threatens Muslims
By: Guna Kajananth Mannar, September 19: The day before the Sattahip talks commenced in Thailand an attempt was made in Mannar to disrupt the peace process by upsetting the Muslims who are now returning to their original homes. A leaflet, signed Eellalan Padi Ani (Eellalan Regiment), was distribut...
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Donate generously to save Hugo Blanco –Urgent Appeal.
K.T.Rajasingham Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, Presidium Member New Left Front have extended an appeal to friends, members and national organizations to donate generously to meet the hospital expenses of Hugo Blanco, who is a victim of brain hemorrhage while visiting the peasant community in Peru. “...
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People enjoying their re-discovered freedom, and they want more – Ranil in UN
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe addressed the 57th session of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, where he declared that, following the ceasefire; there are signs of people enjoying their re-discovered freedom. This all became possible in a country torn asunder with ethni...
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Joint Problem Solving in Thailand - Jehan Perera on the the first round of Peace Talks.
By Jehan Perera – Media Director, National Peace Council for Sri Lanka The outcome of the first round of peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has been more successful than anticipated. Sceptics doubted whether the parties would agree to subseque...
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Opposition & TULF Leaders, in the Sri Lankan delegation for UN General Assembly
K.T.Rajasingham Colombo, September 17: For the first time in the political history of Sri Lanka, the Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse and V.Anaandasanagari, the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front are included in Sri Lanka’s delegation to the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Ministry an...
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S.Lanka to seek OK for $350 mln bond, biggest ever
Yahoo News: Colombo, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's central bank will seek monetary board approval next week for its plans to raise the country's largest issue of debt worth $350 million, a central bank official said on Tuesday. The war-battered country wants to raise the funds on the strength of...
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Nine and a half hours of Talks - but no substantial gain at all at Sattahip.
K.T.Rajasingham Sattahip, Thailand, September 17: A total of nine and a half hours Negotiators have talked for the last two-days, but no substantial gains have been reported so far. Meanwhile, G.L.Peiris, the leader of the Sri Lankan Government's negotiating team, said that the next round of talks...
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Dad always says, it is time to get the hell out of town.
Compiled by: V.Rajeny It was the last day of the school year, and Miss Figpot was talking to her fourth grade class. She asked, "What will you be doing this summer?" "Me and my family will go to the beach a lot," Suzie answered. "That sounds like fun," said Miss Figpot. "How about you, Emma? Wh...
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Norwegian Government stick its neck on line with the Peace Talks
K.T.Rajasingham Sattahip, Thailand, September 18: As the three day of Peace Conference came to an end, both the Sri Lankan Government (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) representatives agreed to establish a Joint Task Force for Humanitarian and Reconstruction Activities. The Jo...
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A prelude to interim administration has been agreed upon
K.T.Rajasingham Sattahip, Thailand September 18: A new administrative mechanism, which would be prelude to the Interim Administration, has been agreed to be set up immediately, at the end of the three day conference between the Sri Lankan Government delegation and the delegates of the Liberation T...
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Address by Tej Bunnag, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.
Address by Mr Tej Bunnag, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand, on 16 September 2002, on the Inauguration of the Sri Lanka Peace Talks. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman, On behalf of the Royal Thai Government, I wish to warmly welcome H.E. Professor G L Peiris, Minister for...
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LTTE demands for the Interim Administration
K.T.Rajasingham 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 giv...
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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. Wickremesinghe articulated this view at a special meeting held on Septembe...
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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. Sh...
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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...
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