The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 263

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Published: Sun Dec 24 13:15:52 EST 2000

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Bloodbath of child Tigers in Army attack
Yahoo India, Sunday December 24, 2:35 AM. Sri Lankan troops shot dead more than a dozen child soldiers during a commando-style operation in the Jaffna peninsula, while seven rebels were captured alive, the defence ministry said on Sunday.We had a bait for the Tigers at Navatkuli,? ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. ?They swallowed it, and we got them. There were no civilians in the area, and it is clear the Tigers had deployed child soldiers.? More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 17:09:06 EST 2000

Sri Lanka rejects Tiger truce, Norway bid stalled
Yahoo India, Sunday December 24, 3:30 PM. Colombo, Dec 24 (PTI) Sri Lanka has rejected reciprocating a unilateral ceasefire offered by Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a bid to kick-start Norway-backed peace process. Sri Lankan government ended days of speculation by flatly rejecting ceasefire as called by LTTE to revive peace process. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanakaye said military action against the LTTE will be kept up till they agree to honestly engage in peace negotiations with the government. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:27:59 EST 2000
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Norway peace bid hits truce deadlock, child soldiers killed  -

Sri Lanka snubs rebel truce, Sunday, December 24, 2000. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Sunday rejected a unilateral ceasefire by Tamil Tiger rebels and said military operations would continue until peace talks begin. "The government considers a ceasefire as a consequent step that would arise when negotiations proceed to the mutual satisfaction of both sides," said a statement from the Presidential Secretariat. "The government of Sri Lanka repeats its call to the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) to engage honestly in this opportunity for peace. Until then, military operations will continue," the statement said. The LTTE, which is fighting for a separate state for minority Tamils in the country's north and east, said on Thursday it would unilaterally "cease hostile military actions" for one month beginning midnight on Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:21:50 EST 2000
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Lankan Govt rejects LTTE ceasefire offer  - India Abroad

Norway peace bid hits new impasse with truce deadlock, Dec 24 2000 11:09 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 24 (AFP) - Norway's attempts to broker peace in Sri Lanka hit a new snag Sunday as the Colombo government rejected calls from Tamil Tiger rebels and Britain to reciprocate a Christmas truce offered by the guerrillas. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanakaye refused the rebel truce and said military action against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would be maintained until they agreed to "honestly" engage in talks. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:25:36 EST 2000
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TULF urges Norway mediation as Lanka rejects Tiger truce  - India Abroad
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Vaiko wants Colombo to halt offensive
The Hindu (Southern States), Monday, December 25, 2000. CHENNAI, DEC. 24. The MDMK general secretary and M.P., Mr. Vaiko has urged the Sri Lankan Government to immediately stop its military offensive, respecting the peace sentiments associated with Christmas, the coming New Year and the Tamils' harvest festival of 'Pongal' in January. Colombo should give up the military option if the Norwegian Government's peace initiative to help resolve the protracted ethnic crisis in the island-republic was to bear fruit, Mr. Vaiko said in a statement here. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 17:07:58 EST 2000

Govt. must rethink position, says pro-talks lobby
The Hindu (International), Monday, December 25, 2000. COLOMBO, DEC. 24. Sri Lanka's hesitant peace process seemed to have hit another speed- bump with the Government decision not to reciprocate the LTTE's unilateral month-long ceasefire which is to take effect from midnight today. As the prospect of more fighting loomed once again, political parties and organisations that favour early peace talks between the two sides said the Government must ``re-think'' its position and called for a more vigorous role by third parties to bring them to the negotiating table. The Government on Saturday said a ceasefire could be a ``consequent step'' that would arise when negotiations progressed to the ``mutual satisfaction'' of both sides. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 17:07:32 EST 2000

'Lanka a major export market'
Yahoo India, december 24. By Our Bureau, NEW DELHI, Dec. 24 THE free trade agreement between India and Sri Lanka would further facilitate investment and expand bilateral trade between the two countries, the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr Arun Bharat Ram, said on Saturday. A CII statement, issued after the return of Mr Arun Bharat Ram from a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, states that the island nation is a major export market for Indian goods in South Asia. India's exports to Sri Lanka have increased from 430 million during 1997-98 to 520 million during 1999-2000 while imports from Sri Lanka have also increased from 27 million to 46 million. ``The free trade agreement will provide a greater momentum to this growth,'' he said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 17:09:51 EST 2000

'Child soldiers' die in Sri Lanka battle
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 24 December, 2000, 14:09 GMT . At least 12 child rebel soldiers have been shot dead by Sri Lankan forces in an offensive in the Jaffna peninsula, say government officials. The heavy clashes came after the government rejected the offer of a ceasefire by Tamil Tiger rebels, which is due to come into effect at midnight on Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:27:21 EST 2000
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14 Girl Soldiers Killed in Sri Lanka  - Yahoo

Cricket-Muralitharan looks to join "300 Club"
Yahoo India, december 24. Sri Lankan master off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan seeks to join test cricket's "300 Club" in the first test with South Africa starting on Tuesday. Muralitharan has taken 291 wickets in 57 tests and if he captures his 300th scalp in this series he will have done so in fewer matches than any other bowler except for Australia's Dennis Lillee, who reached 300 wickets in his 55th test. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:25:30 EST 2000

LTTE rejects peace talks without ceasefire
India Abroad, Dec 17, 2000 14:10 Hrs (IST) . SRI Lanka's Tamil Tiger separatists rejected opening peace talks with the government without a ceasefire in place, even as the rebels faced a new military offensive in the northern Jaffna peninsula over the weekend. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in a statement sent from its London secretariat, urged foreign intervention to persuade Colombo to agree to a de- escalation of hostilities before negotiations. Accusing the government of carrying on with the military-campaign to placate warmongers among the island nation's Sinhala majority community, the LTTE said it "called upon the international community to use its good offices to persuade the Sri Lankan government to abandon its hard-line militaristic approach and seek a negotiated political settlement in a climate of peace and goodwill." More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:26:16 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan military wary of LTTE offer  - The Hindu (International)

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

Sri Lanka lack form ahead of South Africa Test
Yahoo India, december 24. DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 24 (AFP) - Sri Lanka go into the first of three Tests against South Africa at Kingsmead Tuesday with several of their key players lacking form. Only Mahela Jayawardene of the touring teams batsmen has been a consistent scorer and the tourists will face a searching examination from South Africas fast bowlers on a pitch which usually offers plenty of pace and bounce. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:30:40 EST 2000

MDMK decries Lankan Army operations
Yahoo India, Saturday December 23, 11:11 AM. Chennai, Dec 24 (PTI) The continuation of the Sri Lankan Army's offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even after the Tiger rebels announced a ceasefire had "exposed the true colours" of the island government, MDMK general secretary Vaiko has said. In a statement here on Saturday, Vaiko, whose party is one of the constituents of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in India, said Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga should immediately stop army operations as Christmas, New Year's Day and the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal were round the corner. He likened the continuance of military operations by the Sri Lankan forces even after the LTTE's ceasefire offer to the attack by the Kashmiri militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba on the Red Fort on Friday despite the federal government's extending its ceasefire in Kashmir. "Both are condemnable," he said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:27:16 EST 2000

India, Sri Lanka to enhance bilateral trade
Yahoo India, Saturday December 23, 11:11 AM. New Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) India and Sri Lanka have agreed to enhance bilateral trade and investments between the countries espacially in the areas of Information Technology (IT) and tourism. Joint Economic Council comprising CII delegation members and Ceylon Chambers of Commerce on Saturday discussed issues to promote mutual trade between the two countries in areas of IT, Tourism, trade fairs and seminars, a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) release said. "The Free Trade Agreement between India and Sri Lanka would further facilitate investment and exapand bilateral trade between the two countries," CII President Arun Bharat Ram said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:27:33 EST 2000

Vaiko equates Lashkar, Lankan army
chennaionline, december 24. Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko today likened the Lashkar-e-Toiba’s attack inside the Red Fort to the Sri Lankan government’s military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even after the Tamil organisation declared an unconditional ceasefire. In a statement here, Vaiko said the killing of three soldiers inside the Red Fort by Lashkar militants even after the Centre extended the ceasefire in Kashmir by a month, was akin to the Sri Lankan forces violating the ceasefire. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:43:44 EST 2000

Match-fixing took Indian cricket to new lows
Yahoo India, december 23. From being a national passion to becoming the subject of ridicule, Indian cricket saw a steep decline in the first year of the new millennium. Match-fixing became the synonym for the sport in an extra-ordinary year for Indian cricket that saw off-the field activities of players acquiring greater prominence than their performance on the ground and question marks over the integrity of some of the most venerable names in the game. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:31:19 EST 2000

Lanka may accept conditional truce
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 23. PLACED IN a cleft stick by the LTTE's unilateral declaration of a month long ceasefire from the midnight of December 24, and given the international pressure to respond positively, the Sri Lankan Government is likely to accept, what could be described as, a "conditional ceasefire". Sources say the government is likely to insist that during the ceasefire the LTTE comes for talks on the "core political issues" of ethnic conflict, namely, the various questions relating to a new constitutional framework and the devolution of power to the Tamil minority within a united Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:36:39 EST 2000

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
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Lankan troops dig in after deadly battle kills 76, Saturday, December 23, 2000. COLOMBO: Hundreds of Sri Lankan troops were clearing mines Saturday, a day after capturing a large area from Tamil Tiger rebels following a heavy land, sea and air attack that killed 76 on both sides, officials said. Government forces uncovered eight anti-tank mines, automatic assault rifles and ammunition left behind by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), military spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:40:59 EST 2000

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

Owner of boat used for smuggling held
Yahoo India, Saturday December 23, 1:51 PM. RAMESWARAM: Araikasu, owner of a boat said to have been used for smuggling contraband to Tamil militants, was arrested and the boat confiscated by the police on Thursday. According to the police, Moorthi, a fishermen from Rameswaram, was rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy while he was in distress in mid-sea. He had told the Lankan Navy men that he had been pushed off a fishing boat by other fishermen. This was conveyed to the Indian mission in Colombo. Inquiries by officials of the Department of Fisheries here revealed that Moorthi had gone in a boat belonging to Araikasu of Cherankottai along with five others. Moorthi was also said to be engaged in smuggling contraband for the Tamil militants in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:37:15 EST 2000

Lankan army captures key route; 38 killed
India Abroad, Dec 17, 2000 00:25 Hrs (IST) . RI LANKAN troops wrested control of a key route from LTTE guerillas in northern Jaffna peninsula on Saturday after an intense battle that killed at least 12 soldiers and 26 rebels, the defense ministry said. Another 34 tigers were also wounded in the fighting, the ministry said, adding the casualties on the rebels' side were believed to be high. Troops, supported by fighter jets, tanks and artillery, captured the key highway linking the northernmost point Pedro and the A-9 highway through Sarasali in Saturday's offensive. More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 10:49:02 EST 2000
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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

14 die in heavy fighting in Jaffna
India Abroad, Dec 16, 2000 20:10 Hrs (IST) . RI Lankan troops Saturday mounted a massive offensive to reclaim territory held by Tamil Tiger separatists in the northern Jaffna peninsula, the defense ministry said. Military spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said 12 security force personnel were killed and 32 were injured in the operation to wrest control of a bridge and a highway in Kaithady in an ongoing onslaught launched by troops against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) 10 days ago. "Troops supported by armor, artillery and engineers broke out at dawn towards Nunavil and Kaithady bridge taking the LTTE by surprise," the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 10:49:20 EST 2000
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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

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