GON: Government of Norway, GOJ: Government of Japan, GSL: Government of Sri Lanka, USG: US Government, MFA: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FM: Foreign Minister, CFA: Cease Fire Agreement, LTTE: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, SLMM: Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, TRO: Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation, IDP: Internally Displaced Person
|2002-08-01||02COLOMBO1422||GSL minister cautiously optimistic on direction of peace process
based on meeting with Tiger spokesman
The Tigers had requested the meeting and they seemed to want to make it work.
|2002-11-26||02COLOMBO2195||OSLO MEETING REAPS LAVISH, UPBEAT PRESS COVERAGE;
DEPUTY SECRETARY´S REMARKS EARN PRAISE
Our preliminary assessment is that the Oslo meeting provided the peace process a solid boost.
|2002-12-20||02COLOMBO2337||Import of radio equipment for Tamil Tigers sparks controversy
for GSL and Norwegian facilitators
critics asserting that the government and the Norwegian facilitators have gone too far in pleasing the Tigers
|2003-04-22||03COLOMBO688||Tigers announce they are suspending peace talks;
GSL, most observers see move as tactical
Your government, as well as our facilitator Norway, are fully aware of the fact that the United States has legal constraints to invite representatives of a proscribed organization to their country.
|2003-04-24||03COLOMBO705||In another negative signal, Tigers postpone meeting
of key assistance committee
While the LTTE is broadcasting its views, it seems to have turned off the receive mode, however. Despite all the bad news, there is still not a sense of panic regarding the state of the peace process.
|2003-05-06||03COLOMBO755||Norwegians, Japanese press Tigers to return to
talks and to attend donors conference
So far, the Tigers are not playing ball.
|2003-05-08||03COLOMBO773||Tigers meet Japanese envoy and are noncommittal about
returning to talks
it´s still not clear what the Tigers plan to do and whether they will be back in the ballgame soon
|2003-05-16||03COLOMBO824||Norwegian FM presses Tigers, but no sign of give yet;
Latest re cohabitation stresses
the president and the PM continue to bicker
|2003-05-21||03COLOMBO851||Tigers issue hard-edged letter demanding
interim structure in north/east
the sudden recrudescense of the interim structure idea raises real questions regarding the Tigers´ commitment to the [peace] process
|2003-06-16||03COLOMBO1053||Tensions notch up over sinking of Tamil Tiger
ship and latest slaying of a Tiger opponent
Kandiah Subathiran was shot and killed while exercising on the roof of his house
|2003-07-15||03COLOMBO1262||Tigers still refusing request from monitors to vacate
forward base; Another military informant killed
Haukland said the agreement makes clear that the military forces of the LTTE and the government cannot expand their zones of control during the ceasefire.
|2003-08-11||03COLOMBO1399|| Norwegian facilitator set to arrive to work on LTTE base issue;
Tigers get ready for Paris meeting
Solheim will have to use all of his many wiles to convince [the LTTE] that their stance is self-defeating.
|2003-10-23||03COLOMBO1845||President demands removal of chief monitor,
but it is not clear how far she wants to push matter
If the president presses this matter, it will become a real cohabitation donnybrook
|2003-11-04||03COLOMBO1902||Provoking political crisis, President fires
three key ministers and suspends Parliament
The President´s action highlights her increasing volatility.
|2003-11-05||03COLOMBO1918||President Affirms Commitment to Negotiated Settlement and Cease-fire
PM Wickremasinghe had "whined so much" about how he needed to put his own defense minister in to move forward on the peace process that "I gave it to him and have regretted it ever since."
|2003-11-12||03COLOMBO1956||Sri Lanka update: No resolution in "cordial" President-PM meeting;
Norwegians here to meet all sides
Buddhist monks told the President she should have consulted with the PM prior to taking action.
|2003-11-17||03COLOMBO1982||Possible ways forward in political standoff
between Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister
Several options remain available to resolve the imbroglio
|2004-03-06||04COLOMBO406||Sri Lanka: Ignoring orders of LTTE leadership,
rebel commander remains ensconced in east
Karuna´s split from the main LTTE organization appears to be the most serious internal crisis ever faced by the group.
|2004-03-15||04COLOMBO456||Norwegian Special Envoy Solheim reviews latest
on LTTE split and discusses upcoming election
there is great uncertainty over how the Karuna matter will play out
|2004-04-15||04COLOMBO644||In meeting, Norwegian Ambassador reviews recent
discussion with President on peace process
Norway expects a formal request from the GSL to continue its role as peace facilitator.
|2004-06-09||04COLOMBO953||Recent meetings show the way forward for
Sri Lanka peace process is troubled
the two sides are moving further apart
|2004-06-17||04COLOMBO1013||Talks about Talks in Stasis while Norwegians Ponder Next Moves
Both sides have rejected a Norwegian compromise formulation
|2004-06-23||04COLOMBO1062||NORWEGIAN PEREGRINATIONS FOR PEACE
LTTE distrust is so deep that they will not move forward without "something solid."
|2004-09-20||04COLOMBO1558||NORWEGIAN ENVOY SOLHEIM FINDS GSL AND LTTE
COMMITTED TO PEACE PROCESS
Solheim said that Thamilchelvan complained about "bias" from the international community. ... (COMMENT: Good, the Tigers are getting the message.)
|2004-11-29||04COLOMBO1919||NORWEGIANS CONCERNED BY JVP-ORCHESTRATED CAMPAIGN AGAINST THEM
`The Norwegian Government has thus openly contravened the United Nations Resolution 1373 of 2001 relating to the suppression of terrorism.'
|2004-12-06||04COLOMBO1948||"LOW KEY" NORWEGIAN VISIT TO WANNI; THREE CO-CHAIRS TO DISCUSS
JVP ANTI-NORWAY CAMPAIGN WITH PRESIDENT
Co-chair representatives agreed that Japan, the EU and the U.S. would call on President Kumaratunga to express concern over the JVP-orchestrated anti-Norway campaign.
|2005-08-18||05COLOMBO1453||SRI LANKA: NORWEGIAN FACILITATORS SEND LETTER TO
LTTE LEADER PRABHAKARAN VIA LONDON, GSL ASKS EU TO LIST LTTE
AS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
The EU missions in Colombo plan to endorse the idea strongly to Brussels.
|2006-01-23||06COLOMBO137|| U/S BURNS REVIEWS SRI LANKAN PEACE PROCESS WITH
NORWEGIAN FACILITATOR ERIK SOLHEIM
Burns expressed U.S. support for the Norwegian facilitation effort
|2006-05-25||06COLOMBO872||TOKYO CO-CHAIRS PRE-MEETINGS
Unexpectedly, Netherlands Ambassador Van Dijk said that a Co-Chairs statement should not mention "terrorism," ... Van Dijk's position seemed to surprise everyone, and Ambassador strongly refuted it.
|2006-06-23||06COLOMBO1047|| NORWEGIANS RUNNING OUT OF STEAM, EU MONITORS TO LEAVE IN 30 DAYS
Norwegians more depressed than we have ever seen them.
|2007-05-18||07COLOMBO728||SRI LANKA: GSL COMPLICITY IN PARAMILITARY FACTIONS' HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
President Rajapaksa's government, strapped for cash, has cut direct payments to paramilitaries initiated by former President Kumaratunga and instead turns a blind eye to extortion and kidnapping for ransom by EPDP and Karuna.
|2007-06-12||07COLOMBO830||SRI LANKA: TAMIL TIGERS SIPHON OFF PART OF INTERNATIONAL RELIEF FUNDS
The TRO representative withdraws the money from the local NGO's account, provides a cut to the LTTE, and distributes the rest to accomplish the particular project
|2009-05-12||09COLOMBO516||SRI LANKA: PROCUREMENT OF LETHAL MILITARY EQUIPMENT
FROM NORTH KOREA AND IRAN
points concerning possible GSL purchase
|2009-07-13||09COLOMBO695||DOCTORS RECANT EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES
The doctors said they were "pressured" by the LTTE to release the casualty figures during the fighting, and that in reality the number of killed and wounded civilians was much lower. Many international observers doubt the veracity of this "confession"
|2009-08-24||09COLOMBO830||DOCTORS FROM NO-FIRE ZONE RELEASED ON BAIL
Four government doctors, held by the police Criminal Investigation Division since the end of the war in May for allegedly filing false reports on civilian casualties in the No-Fire Zone during the last several months of the war, were released on bail today.
|2009-10-21||09COLOMBO968||SRI LANKA DENIES NEGOTIATIONS TO PROCURE LETHAL
MILITARY EQUIPMENT FROM IRAN
Notwithstanding the DG,s vehement denial of GSL procurements and negotiations from Iran, the GSL,s recent interactions with Iranian military officials raise questions.
|2010-01-15||10COLOMBO32||SRI LANKA WAR-CRIMES ACCOUNTABILITY: THE TAMIL PERSPECTIVE
accountability has not been a high-profile issue
|2010-01-22||10COLOMBO50||SRI LANKA: ASSESSING PROGRESS ON KEY ISSUES
U.S. assistance to Sri Lanka, particularly military assistance, is tied to progress by the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) on several key issues, including treatment of IDPs, human rights, political reconciliation, and accountability for alleged crimes perpetrated by GSL troops and officials during the war with the LTTE.
|2009-05-07||09LONDON1082||SRI LANKA: UPDATE ON UK ACTION AND THINKING
Waite said that with UK elections on the horizon and many Tamils living in Labour constituencies with slim majorities, the UK Government is paying particular attention to Sri Lanka
|2006-04-11||06OSLO467||"GRIM" PROSPECTS FOR SRI LANKA PEACE TALKS
Geneva Two will likely be postponed, if not canceled.
|2006-06-12||06OSLO759||SRI LANKA TALKS DISINTEGRATE IN OSLO
the talks did not occur for a variety of reasons, including the LTTE's ... dissatisfaction with the EU's recent designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organization
|2009-05-08||09STATE46946||SRI LANKA NEGOTIATING TO PROCURE LETHAL MILITARY EQUIPMENT
FROM NORTH KOREA AND IRAN
Some of these proposed arms imports appear to violate UNSCR 1718.
|2006-05-31||06TOKYO2987||CO-CHAIRS APPEAL TO SRI LANKA TO PULL BACK FROM CRISIS
the history of Sri Lanka shows that war is not winnable for either side