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Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

- Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION: TAMIL EELAM - SRI LANKA
Tracking the Norwegian Conflict Resolution Initiative

Third Session of Peace Talks in Oslo & Aftermath: 2002 - 2003
5 December 2002 Press conference at  conclusion of Third session of  Peace Talks in Norway - Parties agree  to explore 'Federal' solution

5 December 2002 Bye.. Bye.. Tamil Eelam, Welcome back Federal state within a United Sri Lanka - K.T.Rajasingham
7 December 2002 No Federalism with LTTE Armed Forces in North & East says Dayan Jayatileke
7 December 2002 Brahmin owned Hindu questions: Another false dawn?
8 December Step by step to Eelam, faster and faster says Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Sunday Island
8 December LTTE settles for Federalism reports  Sri Lanka Sunday Leader
10 December 2002 India adds clause for resolution of Sri Lanka conflict reports Brahmin owned Hindu

 "...The statement comes in the wake of the recent agreement between Colombo and the LTTE that they would explore a ``federal model'' to reach a solution within the framework of a united Sri Lanka. There are serious concerns about the political shape of any power-sharing model as well as its ground-level implementation. Apart from the domestic issues involved, the serious question of the extradition of the LTTE leader, V. Pirabaharan, a key accused and proclaimed offender in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, is of primary concern to any post-conflict scenario."

13 December 2002 President Kumaratunga's SLFP slams UNF Approach to Peace Talks

"...It is well known that the government of India will not accommodate the concept of a homeland.."

14 December 2002 Comparative Federal Models - Siva Bhaskaradas
14 December 2002 Report on Visit to Sri Lanka - David Feith
14 December 2002 Simultaneously with peace talks Disarming LTTE should be addressed says Presidential Advisor, Lakshman Kadirgamar
18 December 2002 Majority of Tamils want Complete Independence says US Researcher Dr. Mia Bloom 
21 December 2002 Former Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh

"Under no circumstances would the Congress(I) agree to Pirabaharan getting any formal high office or position in the new set up in the North-East of Sri Lanka" 

22 December 2002 Conceding High Security Zones will be the beginning of the end says Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Sunday Island
22 December 2002 LTTE's "MV Koimar" was loaded with ammunition and fuel reports Iqbal Athas in Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Sunday Times
22 December 2002 Sri Lanka Security Forces set Conditions for withdrawal from High Security Zones
24 December 2002 LTTE use of donor funds for arms will not be tolerated says Chandrahasan
30 December 2002 President Kumaratunga writes to Norway Prime Minister

"..It has come to light that a consignment of radio broadcasting equipment consigned to the Embassy of the Royal Norwegian Government in Sri Lanka, but intended for the use of the LTTE, was recently received and cleared from the Port of Colombo without payment of customs duty..."

3 January 2003 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe replies to President Kumaratunga:

"Be cautious to ensure Norwegian facilitation"

6 January 2003 Tamil diaspora in limbo over role in Sri Lanka peace reports Reuters
7 January 2003 US closes in on South Asia's strategic jewel

"... To gain access to the "strategic jewel" that is Trincomalee, one of the world's biggest natural deep harbors, Washington has "persuaded" India to step in as its proxy to extend its influence over the port without overtly arousing suspicion of superpower hegemony...To make this move possible, the US, as part of establishing its long-term presence in Asia, has successfully pressured the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - who have been fighting for nearly two decades for an independent homeland - to persevere in their peace talks with the Sri Lankan government.."

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