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Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

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

Sixth Session of Talks in Japan & Aftermath: 2003`
14 March 2003 LTTE threatens to boycott sixth round of peace talks in Hakone in protest over the Mullaitivu incident but later opts to reconsider the decision when LTTE hierarchy met the visiting Norwegian delegation
15 March 2003 LTTE in communications to the governments of Norway and Japan confirmed its participation in peace talks, beginning in Hakone, Japan on March 18
16 March 2003 Anton Balasingham, the man who straddled the divide-  'our man in London'
17 March 2003 LTTE Merchant Ship sunk by Sri Lanka Navy - SLMM Determination 
17 March 2003 The LTTE ship and maritime law

"S. P. Thamilchelvan head of LTTE’s political wing, has put more than his two feet in his mouth, by claiming that the vessel destroyed by the Sri Lankan Navy is a merchant vessel, manned by eleven LTTE cadres (experienced officers of the Sea Tigers according to Balansingham) and owned by the LTTE..."

18 March 2003 Matters relating to the Ceasefire addressed 1st Day of 6th Round of Peace Talks at Hakone, Japan
19 March 2003 Rehabilitation and Human Rights Issues addressed on 2nd Day of Peace Talks
20 March 2003 Political Matters Discussed at Length on 3rd Day of Peace Talks 
21 March 2003 6th Round of Sri Lankan Peace Talks End With No Progress says Voice of America
21 March 2003 Sri Lanka Peace Talks – Agreed Statement on behalf of the Parties at end of 6th Round -  Consolidation of Ceasefire Top Priority,  Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission to be strengthened
21 March 2003 LTTE requests UNF and Norway to obtain President Chandrika Kumaratunga's signature to ceasefire agreement signed between government and LTTE.
22 March 2003 Learn from us, LTTE tells US, Iraq

"It is regrettable that the U.S. attacked Iraq without proper endorsement of the U.N. though we are also against the dictatorship of the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, and his not respecting the U.N. resolution. The LTTE is known for violence but we are renouncing it and pursuing the path of peace. Our example should be followed by other countries''

22 March 2003 LTTE is talking peace and sinking ships says Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Island
22 March 2003 LTTE allegedly attacks Chinese trawler : 17 feared dead
23 March 2003 The Yankee Rides Again says Sinhala owned  Sri Lanka Sunday Island

"..at the end of the day it would be better to ensure that US interests and ours converge and that they have a special interest in safeguarding the unity and territorial integrity of this country... Let us work to establish peace but keep our powder dry and have strong friends by our side"

23 March 2003 Backroom diplomacy that propelled sixth round talks in Hakone reports Sunday Leader

"...On the eve of the talks, speculation was rife that the LTTE would at least stage a token walkout as a mark of protest following the death of 11 cadres in the Mullaitivu incident and this saw both the Norwegian facilitators and Japan's Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, Yasushi Akashi working round the clock to ensure there were no unnecessary hiccups..."

25 March 2003 US encouraged by Hakone talks

"We are encouraged by the substantive and comprehensive nature of the talks, which focused on such issues as federalism and human rights. Most importantly, we welcome the discussions on ways to improve ceasefire modalities. We hope that these discussions will lead to a cessation of efforts by the LTTE to smuggle arms into Sri Lanka and prevent confrontations such as the one that took place off the northeast coast on March 10..."

30 March 2003 Tiruchelvam vindicated by Balasingham says D.B.S.Jeyaraj

"My immediate reaction on reading Balasingham’s comments was a mixture of emotions — disbelief, anger, sadness, agony, frustration, etc. After vilifying Neelan as a traitor and the August 3rd 1995 devolution package as an act of treachery for years the LTTE was now acknowledging the merits of Neelan’s draft "

31 March 2003 Letter from LTTE to Sri Lanka Minister of Defence

"We are totally opposed to the reoccupation of lands in the Jaffna municipal area and the setting up of a large military complex in the heart of the city.."

3 April 2003 LTTE not invited for 'support Lanka'  meeting in US 

 "We have never had in mind inviting the LTTE or any of its associated organisations to the Washington meeting on April 14. Under US law, it is not possible for us to play host to an organisation on our list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTOs). The U.S. listing of the LTTE as a FTO will remain in effect until the group renounces terrorism in word and deed."

3 April 2003 Chandrika slams Bush on Iraq, Tigers

"President Chandrika Kumaratunga accused U.S. President George W. Bush of adopting double standards by sending American troops to Iraq to wage war and calling Sri Lanka's government to negotiate with the Tamil guerrillas. They (U.S.) are using their full strength to attack Iraq, but treating the LTTE like kittens"

4 April 2003 Tamil Tigers to study Finnish autonomous region of Aaland see also Aaland Autonomy Act, 1991
6 April 2003 Government and SLMM turn blind eye as secret war rages at sea says Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Sunday Island
6 April 2003 LTTE delegation completes Norway, Sweden visits
10 April 2003 Jayanath Rajepakse in the Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Island on the American Connection

"...Never mind the thousands around the world who stand appalled and disgusted by the US-UK crime against the rule of international law and humanitarian concern, in Iraq (for starters): there remain three personages here, who must in their hearts be hoping for US success."

11 April 2003 Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, says LTTE  has established a "de facto separate State" in the north of her country reports Brahmin owned Hindu
12 April 2003 LTTE to boycott Japan aid conference in June
 
17 April 2003 Five die in Thoppur  Tamil- Muslim clashes despite curfew
17 April 2003 LTTE accuses Lanka of cheating Tamils ...the Sri Lankan government was "exploiting" the plight of the people in the war-ravaged North Eastern province to "secure international sympathy" and get funds "to better Sinhala prospects".
20 April 2003 Soldiers and policemen watch as LTTE mobs rampage through Muslim village
20 April 2003 SLMM proposes equal status for Sea Tigers
20 April 2003 Pro LTTE analyst warns India planning to intervene and strengthen "anti-peace" lobby headed by President Chandrika Kumaratunha and weaken the LTTE
21 April 2003 SLMM Press Release "In areas under the control of the LTTE the LTTE will ensure the security of the Muslim people"
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