These are the first elections after the Tigers defeat · Governmental party in Sri Lanka wins in Jaffna with an abstention of 77% · Pro-independence Tamil forces say the strategy of Sinhalese nationalist parties has failed
Hürriyet newspaper says the proposal is planning to amend the Constitution in the long run to acknowledge cultural diversity in Turkey · It is expected that PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan releases a “road map” on August 15.
Martin Graf calls wants to hold a referendum on self-determination in Italian South Tyrol so that it can rejoin Austria · South-Tyrolean president calls Graf’s remarks “irresponsible”, but says he would support secession if Italy suppressed autonomy · Second political party in South Tyrol campaigns for independence
Second parliamentary elections have been held after the Communist Party could not swear in its candidate last June · A pro-European liberal government would point to a new scenario for Gagauzia and Transdniestria
According to preliminary results, the two main Kurdish parties currently in government coalition would retain the majority of seats, but new Goran List would have won at Silêmanî province · It remains to be seen whether Massud Barzani will be re-elected again · Goran List has campaigned against corruption by governmental parties.
The movement will reorganize itself on democratic principles to achieve independence for Tamils of Sri Lanka · The Sinhalese government has accused the new leader of smuggling weapons into Tamil territory during the war period · Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still locked in refugee camps throughout the country.
Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, in prison since 1999, is planning to release a 'road map' on August 15 for the resolution of the Kurdish issue · The Turkish government refuses to negotiate with PKK, but could make some concessions regarding the Kurdish language and economic development · Ocalan has claimed for autonomy for the last years.
The Northern-Catalan city has a population of 15,000 Gypsies who live mainly in the quarter of Sant Jaume · Union and Rally of the Gypsy Population will be led by Germain Soles, president of the Gypsy Association of France and former city councillor of Perpinyà.
NEWS IN BRIEF. All Aranese parties back the Bill on Special Regime, which will be brought to the Catalan Parliament for its approval.