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31 Dec 2003 description

Program Description
USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) Sri Lanka program assists in generating greater support for a negotiated peace settlement that will end long-standing conflict in Sri Lanka. To accomplish this aim, OTI has three objectives:

  • demonstrate tangible benefits of peace;

  • iincrease the amount and exchange of information and diverse points of view on peace issues among various levels of society and within different communities and,

30 Dec 2003 description

State's Armitage sees current political crisis as impediment to the peace process

24 Dec 2003 description

2003: In a dangerous world, a few glimmers of hope

18 Dec 2003 description


AMPARA - October 2003
General Situation

The general situation is calm. The harvesting time is over and preparations are being made for the maha season.

Representatives from USAID and the Batticaloa office of ZOA visited the CHA District Information Office during the month.

Issues of Resettlement and Relocation

Thagavelauthapuram

18 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 18 December (IRIN) - US Labor Secretary Elaine Chao on Wednesday launched a multi-million dollar project in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to end the recruitment and support the rehabilitation of child soldiers in the Great Lakes region of Africa, the US Department of Labor reported.

12 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

[This article is part of an IRIN web special on the issue of child soldiers published today. In addition to this story, the web special includes a special report on the issue of child soldiers, other country-specific features, background documents and links to resources available for further reading on the Internet. To access the web special please go to: www.IRINnews.org/webspecials/childsoldiers/]

11 Dec 2003 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (11 December 2003) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping to address the immediate rehabilitation needs of almost 2 million conflict-affected people in the north and east of Sri Lanka through an $80 million dollar loan package approved today.

"Sri Lanka's northern and eastern areas have been a battleground for two decades, and much of their physical assets and human expertise has been lost," says Sri Widowati, ADB's Mission Leader for the team that prepared the project.

"For normal life to resume, people's immediate needs must be …

10 Dec 2003 description

On the 55th Human Rights Day, the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Secretary, Mrs Chris Gallus, announced initiatives to further promote and protect human rights in the Asia-Pacific region.

'Australia will commit $1.5 million over three years to support the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, building on the $2.3 million provided to the forum since its establishment in 1996,' Mrs Gallus said.

08 Dec 2003 description

Appeal Target: CHF 1, 182,574 (USD 1,534,572 or EUR 1,831,216)
Period covered: June to November 2003
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

Appeal coverage: 34%; See attached Contributions List for details.

Outstanding needs: CHF 780,045

05 Dec 2003 description

GENEVA -- The UN refugee agency said on Friday that it was seeking over $1 billion to fund its refugee assistance and protection work next year to care for more than 20.5 million refugees and other people worldwide. This includes $955 million for its annual budget and over $57 million for supplementary programs for the Liberian crisis and Sudanese refugees.

04 Dec 2003 description


Executive Summary
Thousands of people continue to invest in the peace process, crossing lines between government- and LTTE-controlled areas daily to build on business, family, professional, and other ties that maintain the popular momentum for efforts to end the conflict. This flow has remained steady even as growing tensions have stalled negotiations and a recent political rupture has further challenged the peace process.

03 Dec 2003 description

News Release No. 170/03

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (3 December 2003) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping to build sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable coastal communities in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, through a loan approved for US$20 million.

The loan, for the North East Coastal Community Development Project, will help conflict-affected coastal communities in the three eastern districts - Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Ampara - improve livelihoods on a sustainable basis and strengthen community management of natural resources.

01 Dec 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund


AFGHANISTAN
Appeal status: 52% funded

Priority action for children: Accelerating Girls Education in Afghanistan

01 Dec 2003 description

RI Senior Advocate Larry Thompson and Advocacy Associate Kavita Shukla will undertake a three-week assessment mission to Sri Lanka in December.

30 Nov 2003 description

Program Description
USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) Sri Lanka program assists in generating greater support for a negotiated peace settlement that will end long-standing conflict in Sri Lanka. To accomplish this aim, OTI has three objectives:

  • demonstrate tangible benefits of peace;

  • iincrease the amount and exchange of information and diverse points of view on peace issues among various levels of society and within different communities and,

20 Nov 2003 description
report European Union

European Parliament
Texts Adopted by Parliament
Provisional Edition : 20/11/2003
P5_TA-PROV(2003)0524

17 Nov 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 142)

17 Nov 2003 description

Mediators suspended peace talks last week over government disarray, but the Tamil Tigers keep ceasefire.

By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

KILINOCHCHI, SRI LANKA -- With its clean cafes, boisterous markets, and law-abiding drivers, it's easy to forget that this is a town that terror built.

Headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - perhaps the most highly trained and motivated militant group in the world - Kilinochchi is at the heart of a 20-year brutal war that has killed 65,000, and created an ethnic Tamil homeland that is …