The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 262

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Observe Truce, but be Cautious- Asgiriya Mahanayake
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 23 December 1700 GMT. One of the most revered Buddhist monks today gave a cautious blessing to the Cease-fire called by the Tamil Tigers. The most ven. Udugama Buddharakkhita Mahanayake thero , the head of the Asgiriya chapter, of Siam Nikaya Maha Nikaya, said that it is the most suitable measure for the government to take as Sri Lanka does not need any more blood shed.

Talking to BBC’s Sandeshaya, the Mahanayake thero , however, said that the government should be cautious as rebel group’s history with earlier cease-fires is not quite impressive. "If the LTTE is honest, the government should cease this opportunity to end the violence, the loss of life and the distraction of property. That has always been our wish."

The separatist rebel group two days ago declared a unilateral cease-fire from Sunday midnight , and it the first time they have made such an offer in eighteen years of war.
Published: Sat Dec 23 12:06:31 EST 2000

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Sri Lanka rejects rebels' ceasefire appeal
Virtual New York, Saturday, 23 December 2000 13:42 (ET). The Sri Lankan government rejected a cease-fire Saturday, saying it will continue military action against Tamil Tiger rebels until peace talks have started dimming hopes for peace during the holiday season. A statement issued by the President Secretariat said that military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam would continue until the rebels come forward and engage in talks with the government to find a negotiated solution to the ethnic conflict. More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 14:29:50 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka ponders rebel offer, toll mounts  - Virtual New York
Sri Lanka troops kill 17 more Tigers in fresh fighting  -
Sri Lanka offensive after ceasefire call  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka launches offensive despite rebel cease-fire: Brigadier Karunaratne  -

Jaffna peaceful
Yahoo India, Saturday December 23, 12:00 AM. By ANI Colombo, Dec 23 (ANI): There was relative peace in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula on Saturday after the the clashes between government troops and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, military officials said. More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 10:49:47 EST 2000

Heavy Sri Lanka fighting kills 76 amid Tiger truce offer, Dec 22 2000 19:16 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 22 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops launched a massive land, sea and air offensive against Tamil separatists, leaving at least 76 dead in total, hours after the rebels had offered a Christmas truce to open peace talks, officials said. Heavily armed soldiers backed by tanks, aircraft and navy gun boats mounted the onslaught at dawn and captured about 35 square kilometres (21 square miles) from Tiger rebels on the Jaffna peninsula, the defence ministry said. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 10:51:18 EST 2000
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Lankan army captures key route; 38 killed  - India Abroad
Sri Lanka troops dig in after heavy battle kills 76  -
Sri Lanka fighting kills 52  -
Fresh Sri Lanka battle kills 52 as Tigers offer truce  -
Lanka launches offensive despite rebel ceasefire  - The Hindustan Times
Sri Lanka attacks despite Tiger 'truce'  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka troops mount fresh offensive  -
Sri Lanka mounts fresh offensive as Tigers offer truce  -
Army launch operation in Jaffna  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Yahoo Photo, 24 December 2000. A shadow of a armed soldier falls on the ground as he stands guard at a road check point in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000 as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam declared a month-long unilateral cease-fire on Thursday "as a goodwill measure to facilitate the peace process." More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 14:26:33 EST 2000

'LTTE terrorism can destabilise India'
Times of India, 23 December 2000 . A U.S. military journal has warned that Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could destabilise India not only by its terrorist activities, but also spread its tentacles to the United States and Western Europe.The warning appeared in the Joint Force Quarterly, a professional military journal published for the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. It said the LTTE, which is fighting for a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka and has been declared a foreign terrorist organisation, could also transfer its operations from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu, where it still has a significant degree of sympathy. More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 13:58:08 EST 2000

Sri Lankan troops ignore Tamil cease-fire offer, launch offensive
MSNBC, december 22. Government forces brushed off a Tamil rebel cease-fire offer and launched a massive offensive that left 76 people dead Friday in northern Sri Lanka. The military captured a strategic bridge and killed 51 rebels, military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. He said 24 soldiers and one officer were killed, and 47 soldiers were wounded. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 20:28:54 EST 2000
Related News Stories
14 die in heavy fighting in Jaffna  - India Abroad
S.Lanka troops in fresh attack after heavy battles  - MSNBC
Sri Lanka in quandary over rebels peace offer  - Virtual New York
Military launches attack on Jaffna  - The Hindu
LTTE declares ceasefire  - The Hindustan Times
Full Story >>  - India Abroad
Tigers offer month-long ceasefire  -
Sri Lanka attacks before Tiger 'truce'  - BBC South Asia

An ailing economy, but few are complaining
The Hindu (International), Saturday, December 23, 2000. COLOMBO, DEC. 22. Sri Lanka's economy is ailing, so everyone is wearing sackcloth and ashes and is on a diet of bread and water, right? Wrong. For sheer living it up, the Sri Lankan capital takes the cake. The rupee has tumbled against the dollar, prices are high, but if the cost of living is pinching anyone, they do not live here perhaps. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 20:25:29 EST 2000

Lanka under pressure to respond to Tiger truce
India Abroad, Dec 22, 2000 16:30 Hrs (IST) . INTERNATIONAL pressure began to mount on Sri Lanka Friday to reciprocate a unilateral truce announced by Tamil Tiger separatists even as the military launched a fresh offensive against the rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula. British junior foreign minister Peter Hain urged Colombo to "follow suit and seize the opportunity offered by this initiative," a day after the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they would observe a one-month ceasefire beginning Sunday to help set peace talks in motion. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 20:30:05 EST 2000

Tigers' ceasefire labelled a 'gimmick'
BBC, 24 December 2000. Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister has dismissed the Tamil Tiger group's announcement that it would begin a unilateral ceasefire on Sunday, as a "gimmick" aimed at building the impression that the Tigers want peace. Soon after the Tamil Tiger rebels made the announcement, Sri Lankan troops mounted fierce new attacks, which left at least 76 people dead.An official statement from the media minister said the Tigers' offer could be productive, but should be viewed with caution.The government, which has not been officially notified of the offer, has yet to confirm whether it will respond with its own ceasefire. More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 14:05:45 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

Has the fizz started to run out?
Yahoo India, december 22. WITH SRI Lanka beaten in the first two one-dayers against South Africa, many are asking as to whether the fizz has started to run out. That is how quickly people tend to forget how a team has performed before. While it was only two matches ago that Sri Lanka was said to be at peak of its form and was expected to play out of its skin in South Africa, and it is far too early to make any unfavourable predictions, one also tends to believe that it needs to quickly assess its shortcomings, and eradicate any negative thoughts, if these have already entered the minds of the Lankans. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 20:27:32 EST 2000

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