The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 261

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Tamil Tigers say truce is a gesture of goodwill
MSNBC, Thursday December 21, 8:10 PM. — Tamil rebels fighting for a separate state in Sri Lanka declared a month-long cease-fire on Thursday, saying it was a goodwill gesture to push forward a peace process to end 17 years of ethnic war. “If Sri Lanka responds positively by ceasing armed hostilities against our forces and takes steps to implement the Norwegian proposal of mutual confidence-building measures, the LTTE will be prepared to extend the period of peace to create cordial conditions and direct negotiations,” a rebel statement said. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:35:59 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan Govt Urged To Start Peace Talks With Rebels
Yahoo India, december 21. COLOMBO (AP)--The main opposition United National Party Thursday urged the government to start negotiations with Tamil Tiger rebels to end the 17-year civil war, on the heels of a statement from donor nations expressing dismay at rising military expenditure. We need a negotiated political solution, stressed UNP spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe at a press conference in Colombo. The ball is in the government's court. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels, fighting since 1983 for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of this island off India's southern tip, have agreed to talks but want a cease-fire first. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:39:19 EST 2000

Britain asks Sri Lanka to reciprocate Tiger truce, Dec 22 2000 10:32 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 22 (AFP) - Britain Friday welcomed a unilateral Christmas ceasefire offered by Tamil Tiger rebels and asked the Sri Lankan government to reciprocate and pave the way for peace negotiations. Britain's junior foreign minister Peter Hain said in a statement sent here that he welcomed Thursday's announcment by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas that they would observe a month-long truce. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 01:24:49 EST 2000

LTTE declares an unilateral cease fire for one month.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1750 SLT 21.12.00. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam today announced an unilateral cease fire for one month amidst a deadlock in efforts to start peace talks. " the cease fire would come into effect from midnight of December 24th" a statement issued by LTTE's international secretariat in London said. The statement said the LTTE would extend the cease fire if the government reciprocate the move. The LTTE said it was declaring the cease fire to facilitate peace talks with the Sri Lankan Government. Yesterday Norwegian government said the talks would be delayed because of differences between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE.The LTTE has demanded de-escalation of the conflict before talks can begin while the government has refused saying deescalation should be discussed parallel to political talks to end the 18 year old war. end
Published: Thu Dec 21 07:04:08 EST 2000

Army unhappy about public response
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, CT 10.00 a.m.Thursday December 21. by Bandula Jayasekara in Toronto: Sri Lanka army is unhappy with the response it received from the public despite their aggressive recruitment drive launched in October. A senior military official told ‘The Lanka Academic’ last night. He said, “ We cannot be happy about the response we received for our recruitment drive. May be they are the real indicators of public opinion”

The military official also said “But, still many posters are appearing on walls saying that everyone wants war. I just cannot understand that” The Sri Lankan army launched an aggressive recruitment drive to recruit ten thousand soldiers to the army. Commander of the army General Lionel Balagalle appealed to the youth of the country at the time to join hands to bring the war to an end.
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:06:33 EST 2000

LTTE leader pleads against deportation
India Abroad, Dec 21, 2000 19:40 Hrs (IST) . DESPITE five years of legal wrangling and the serving of deportation orders by Canada's Federal Court of Appeal, Manickavasagam Suresh, alleged to be Tamil Tiger leader, is still in the country pleading against his deportation. Suresh has now appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada against the deportation order on the ground that he would be tortured in Sri Lanka. Canada, he said, cannot deport people if they might be tortured back in their home countries. Canada's intelligence service has alleged that Suresh is an international leader of Tamil Tigers or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sent to Canada to raise money. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:26:26 EST 2000

Cycling UNP parliamentarians becomes a laughing stock
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, CT 11 a.m. Thursday 21 December. UNP parliamentarians cycled to parliament to protest against the rising cost of fuel.The UNP members cycled to the parliament with their luxury cars and bodyguards behind them. The Daily Mirror had carried a photograph of a struggling UNP Member of Parliament H.G.P. Nelson making a desperate attempt to get on top of a cycle.

One person said “ They just drove away in their luxury cars having sent the cycles in a pickup truck. This is not what we want. We want our politician’s government or opposition to set an example.
Published: Thu Dec 21 11:10:30 EST 2000

Domino's Pizza To Start Operations In Sri Lanka Fri
Yahoo India, december 21. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--International fast-food chain Domino's Pizza Inc. (X.DPI) will start operations in Sri Lanka Friday, an official said Thursday. Domino's has struck a partnership with Sri Lanka's Cargills Ltd. in a bid to set up and expand its operations in the island nation. A spokesman for Cargills said the company will initially invest around 120 million Sri Lankan rupees (US =LKR82.82) in the new venture. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:39:57 EST 2000

Amnesty flays torture, killings of Tamils in Lanka
Times of India (Breaking News), 21 December . Amnesty International said on Thursday it was concerned about young Tamil men being tortured and then killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy in a remote eastern town. Two Tamil men were picked up by personnel of the Sri Lankan Navy in the coastal town of Nilaveli on December 13 and a day later their bodies were found, the London-based group said in a statement made available in Colombo. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:33:47 EST 2000

Bringing home comfort to the city slums where monsoon season means misery
Independent, UK, Thursday, 21 December. When the Chinese government extended the hand of friendship to Sri Lanka in the 1970s and offered to build an international conference centre in the middle of Colombo, there was only one problem: the chosen site was already fully occupied. So the working-class community living there was scooped up and deposited on the city's northern fringes, between the coast and the river Kelani. The conference hall was duly built, and in 1976 a summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement was held there. And without apparent irony, Colombo's newest slum became known as Summit-pura, Summit Town. In 25 years Summit-pura has grown up. Colombo's slums are not the sprawling, anarchic disaster zones encountered in other parts of the subcontinent. The tiny houses are lined up neatly either side of narrow paths flanked by open drains. There are stand-pipes and common latrines. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 04:09:35 EST 2000

Donors use aid to pressure Lanka on rights record: UNP
India Abroad, Dec 21, 2000 22:40 Hrs (IST) . SRI LANKA'S main opposition said Thursday that the country's donor community has used foreign aid as a weapon to pressure the Kumaratunga government to improve its poor human rights record and strengthen democracy. For the first time, a meeting of Sri Lanka's aid donors ended in Paris this week without the group announcing the amount of financial assistance that will be given to the island. Main opposition United National Party (UNP) legislators told reporters the aid group, known as the Sri Lanka Development Forum, had also wanted the government to ensure that democracy was strengthened with the establishment of independent commissions to run the police, public service and the judiciary. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 15:45:03 EST 2000
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No putting off of local polls, voting rights for Sri Lankans working abroad, assures Minister Jayaratne
Island, Thursday, 21 December. The Executive Committee of the Peoples Alliance has decided that the forthcoming local government polls would be held on time and the government was considering granting voting rights to over 600,000 Sri Lankans who had migrated abroad for employment, said PA General Secretary Minister D. M. Jayaratne yesterday.Minister Jayaratne who said it was decided that the forthcoming local government polls would be held under the present proportional representation system and the government would not delay the polls 'by even a day'.He denied reports that the PA would go ahead and back the election of the Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya as a stepping stone to secure the Kataragama and other forthcoming local government polls for the PA. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 04:27:14 EST 2000

Battles in Sri Lanka's northeast leave 20 dead
Times of India (Breaking News), 21 December . Sri Lanka: Tamil Tiger rebels and troops fought heated battles in the northeast on Thursday leaving at least 20 dead and five injured, a military spokesman said. Rebels fired mortars at a naval camp in Trincomalee town killing five naval personnel and injuring three, said Brig. Sanath Karunaratne.The attack was launched on a base situated about five kilometres (three miles) north of Trincomalee, causing naval forces at the camp to retaliate, he said. No details were immediately available of rebel casualties More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:31:27 EST 2000
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A bonanza for re-elected MPs in Lanka
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 20. Re-elected members of the Sri Lankan Parliament will be getting a third chance to import duty free a luxury car worth several thousand US dollars with state funding. Till the end of the last parliament, every MP got two chances to import a vehicle worth US $ 25,500 duty free with government funds. Now, the Kumaratunga Government has allowed MPs who have completed 10 years, a third chance to import such a vehicle. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 03:55:17 EST 2000

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