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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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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