The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 282

Happy 2001!
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Sri Lanka banks on better times ahead as war batters economy
123India, january 13. For Sri Lanka's Central Bank, the economic prospects in the New Year are brighter than ever, but a spate of devaluations has underscored the troubles of a country battered by seemingly unending war. The Bank's upbeat forecast of doubling foreign capital inflows, a shrinking trade deficit, higher export earnings and five to six percent GDP growth coincided with the fourth devaluation in seven months. More...
Published: Sat Jan 13 22:14:51 EST 2001

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Norwegian peace envoy end talks with Sri Lankan leaders
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1711 SLT 12.01.01. Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim left Sri Lanka this morning after holding talks with President Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Wickramanayake and Opposition Leader Wickramesinghe. Neither the government nor the Norway Embassy in Colombo commented on what were discussed during these talks
Published: Sat Jan 13 13:20:26 EST 2001

LTTE defines ‘core’ issues for peace talks
The Hindustan Times, Colombo January 13. THE LTTE'S Chief Negotiator, Dr Anton Balasingham, has delineated the 'core' political issues that will have to be taken up in any talks with the Lankan government. In an interview to the latest edition of the pro-LTTE journal 'Tamil Guardian, Dr Balasingham said that the core issues were: Recognition of the Tamils as a nationality; recognition of their right to a traditional homeland in the North and East of Lanka; and their right to self-determination. More...
Published: Sat Jan 13 18:21:42 EST 2001

Solheim meets Kumaratunga, winds up Lankan visit
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on January 12, 2001. Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim today left Sri Lanka after "encouraging" discussions with leaders including President Chandrika Kumaratunga on revival of the deadlocked peace process. "They had an encouraging discussion on the ongoing process of negotiation with the LTTE with a view to taking the process forward. In the meantime, there will be no ceasefire," the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Fri Jan 12 16:30:57 EST 2001
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Norway fails to break Lanka deadlock  - Times of India
Chandrika agrees to take peace process forward  - The Hindustan Times
The Sri Lanka government said on Friday it would not reciprocate a separatist Tamil rebel cease-fire but said talks between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim were encouraging.  - MSNBC
Talks encouraging, says Colombo  - The Hindu (International)
Rocky road to peace for Norwegian envoy, US ambassador  - India Abroad

Colombo looking for a tough negotiator
Gulf News, January 11. The Sri Lankan government is looking for a tough negotiator prepared to play 'hard-ball' in anticipated peace talks with the rebel Tamil Tigers (LTTE), Gulf News has learnt. "The search is on, we haven't found one yet", confessed a prominent government leader.Neither the Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar nor Deputy Defence Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte, all key figures in the war against the LTTE would qualify because of their hardline positions. More...
Published: Sat Jan 13 00:51:51 EST 2001
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Lanka government might agree for talks with LTTE  -

Africa, Lanka in final
Yahoo India, january 13. Richard Sterne of South Africa will face Anura Rohana of Sri Lanka in the final of the 100th All-India Amateur Golf Championships, sponsored by ABN AMRO Bank, which is being played at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club.n the match play semi-finals, played over 18 holes on Saturday, both Sterne and Rohana beat higher-ranked players, from Australia and Great Britain respectively, to make the title round. More...
Published: Sat Jan 13 18:25:09 EST 2001

GO HOME: great-grandmother ordered back to war zone
Herald Sun, 13 January 2001. A 90-YEAR-OLD great-grandmother who lives in a Melbourne nursing home has been ordered out of Australia and told to go back to war-torn Sri Lanka.The partially blind mother of 10 must leave behind more than 60 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren after her application for refugee status was denied.Marianayaki Saverimuttu has pleaded with authorities, through the Herald Sun, to let her stay, fearing she will have nowhere to live and no one to care for her in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sat Jan 13 07:31:26 EST 2001

Cricket - Warnapura to join SL board
Yahoo India, januaray 13. Former Sri Lankan captain Bandula Warnapura will soon be put in charge of cricketing operations in the country making him the third former skipper to join the present cricket administration. Board for Control of Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) President Thailanga Sumathipala said here on Friday that Warnapura would take over as Manager of Cricket Operations from February 1. More...
Published: Sat Jan 13 12:44:55 EST 2001

LTTE idealogue warns peace hopes fading
Times of India, 13 January 2001 . Top Tamil Tiger rebel theoretician Anton Balasingham has warned that distrust and suspicion were driving the rebels and the government further apart, despite two years of efforts by Norway to start a peace dialogue. In an interview with the London-based Tamil Guardian newspaper, which appeared on the stands Friday, Balasingham called for a cease-fire to allow negotiations. The report was reproduced in the TamilNet, a website which gives the Tamil perspective of the 17-year civil war. More...
Published: Fri Jan 12 16:28:15 EST 2001
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Road to Lankan peace gets even rougher  - Times of India

China to build statue to world's first female PM
radio australia, january 12. Reports from Sri Lankan say China is ready to fund a project to erect a larger-than-life statue in Colombo of the world's first female prime minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who died last year. The decision to have the statue erected next to that of her husband S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was taken by a Committee chaired by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mrs Bandaranaike's daughter. More...
Published: Sat Jan 13 00:47:12 EST 2001

Sri Lanka talks still in doubt
BBC South Asia, Friday, 12 January, 2001, 12:53 GMT . Mr Solheim met with the country's leaders in his latest attempt to broker peace talks aimed at ending the country's civil war. But the government said it would not reciprocate a Tamil Tiger separatist ceasefire, raising doubts about the peace process. More...
Published: Fri Jan 12 09:55:37 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka says Norway envoy talks encouraging  - Yahoo India

Sri Lanka rules out truce with Tamil Tigers, Jan 12 2001 12:58 IST. COLOMBO, Jan 12 (AFP) - Sri Lanka told Norwegian special envoy, Erik Solheim, there would be no government ceasefire until Tamil Tiger rebels entered into substantive negotiations, officials said Friday. The government's position was spelled out to Solheim when he met with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar late Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Jan 12 03:44:53 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka: Solheim holds peace talks  - BBC South Asia
No breakthrough in Sri Lanka peace bid, Norway envoy returns  -
No truce breakthrough as Norway fails to break peace deadlock  -

Sri Lankan fishermen on second day of strike
Times of India, 14 January 2001 . COLOMBO: Demanding a cut in kerosene prices, hundreds of fishermen marched through a seaside town on Saturday, the second day of a strike which has dried up fish markets along the northwestern and western coast. They are demanding a reduction in the price of kerosene, which fuels their boats. The government hiked kerosene prices four times last year, raising the fisherman's daily fuel costs by 235 rupees ($2.75) a day. More...
Published: Sat Jan 13 18:30:57 EST 2001
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Sri Lankan fishermen on two-day strike  - Times of India (Breaking News)

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India Abroad, Jan 11, 2001 16:10 Hrs (IST) . HE United States has reiterated its stand that it is against an Eelam State in the island. The statement of US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ashley Wills' comes at a time when Norwegian peace Envoy Erik Solheim is busy trying to convince the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that a negotiated political settlement is the only solution to the ethnic conflict. “It is the responsibility of the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to stop war and resolve their problems through discussions. The war is being dragged on as there is no trust between the two sides,” the State- run The Daily News quoted Ashley as saying. “It is the aspirations of the United States to see the minorities live together with the majority community within a united Sri Lanka. The US is against an Eelam State in the island for whatever reason,” he said. Meanwhile, Solheim who arrived here Wednesday on a four-day visit in a bid to put the peace process on the right track, met Indian High Commissioner Gopalkrishna Gandhi and apprised him of his mission. His meeting with Gandhi is part of the established pattern that India will be kept informed about the progress of peace initiative, a High Commission official said. More...
Published: Fri Jan 12 03:47:13 EST 2001

Sri Lanka: Solheim flies out
BBC South Asia, Friday, 12 January, 2001, 07:26 GMT . The Norwegian special envoy, Erik Solheim, has left Sri Lanka after his latest attempt to revive the island's stalled peace process. Mr Solheim saw the president, Chandrika Kumaratunga, but there are no reports as to how their talks went. More...
Published: Fri Jan 12 03:45:31 EST 2001

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