» 02/02/2006, 00.00
Uncertainty and tensions on the eve of Independence Day celebrations
Ahead of the February 4 festivities, the archbishop of Colombo tells the country that unity is needed to reach peace. The kidnapping of humanitarian workers in the eastern part of the country threatens the Geneva meeting, which is the last chance for a deal between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels.
15/09/2009 SRI LANKA
Tamil refugees going home to an open prison
In villages in Mannar district, the government’s ‘Northern Reawakening’ programme has not brought promised changes. Homes are still broken; services are non-existent, and freedom of movement still limited by heavy military presence.
25/03/2009 SRI LANKA
President Rajapaksa renews talks with Tamil leaders
A meeting with Tamil National Alliance lawmakers is scheduled for tomorrow. President is “interested in knowing the views of all political parties”. National Integration minister says Tamil Tigers lost more than 90 per cent of their forces.
20/06/2008 SRI LANKA
Tamil Tigers refuse to lay down their weapons to re-start the peace process
Government is willing to sit down to a new round of talks but only if Tamil rebels lay down their weapons, but Tigers believe they can still win the war.
06/05/2009 SRI LANKA
Government sets up Tamil committee, a trick for the opposition
Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa summons Tamil leaders to discuss minority issues. Opposition Nava Sama Samaja Party leader Karunaratne says committee is “a ridiculous step.” If the government is serious it must open talks Tamil Tigers and the Tamil National Alliance.
09/09/2009 SRI LANKA
Military prepared to release Tamil refugees if family ready to house them
People with relatives in refugee camps can get them out if they are ready to house them. The government allocates US$ 1.1 million for refugees. De-mining former war zones is not yet completed.
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