Sri Lanka president demands new plan to end bloodshed

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

June 1, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse urged political parties Thursday to develop a plan that involves giving some power to minority Tamils in exchange for peace, his office said. Rajapakse said he has asked majority Sinhalese political parties meeting here Friday to come up a plan to end violence with Tamil Tiger rebels in the embattled nation, a statement from his office said. Rajapakse made the announcement during talks with visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, Richard Boucher, who pledged military aid, but warned against returning to full-scale war.