The Lanka Academic

APRIL 22, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 16

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Lankan govt to permit scribes into LTTE-held areas
Times of India, 23 April 2001 . The government will not restrict journalists from entering areas held by Tamil separatists in northern Sri Lanka but won't account for any injury or loss of life, a senior government official said Sunday."They must settle it themselves with the terrorists because we have no say over matters on their side," he said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 19:10:12 EDT 2001
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Sri Lankan To Permit Journalists Into Tamil Areas  - Yahoo Asia

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The Lanka Academic is delighted to announce its next guest in its series of Q & A sessions: Mr. Erik Solheim, the special facilitator between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Mr. Solheim has had extensive discussions with government leaders including President Kumaratunge as well as the leaders of political parties and entities spanning the spectrum of political views in Sri Lanka. He has also visited the LTTE leader Pirbhakaran during a recent visit to the Vanni and also has had discussions with the LTTE representative in London Mr. Anton Balasingham.

Mr. Solheim will answer your questions within the parameters of his present assignment. Submit your questions for Mr. Solheim between April 2-30, 2001, and check answers here.

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Norway says its early to predict outcome of Lanka peace talks
Yahoo India, 22 April 2001. Norway Sunday said it was doing its best to facilitate negotiations between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but it was "to early to say" when the ethnic issue in the island nation would be resolved. Norway was trying to assist both parties to come together and find a solution to bring peace, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told reporters at the airport on his arrival on a two-day IT-focussed visit to southern Indian city of Bangalore. But there was "no guarantee that we will succeed. It is, however, worthwhile to make an attempt", he said answering queries on the ongoing Norwegian brokered peace initiative to end the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 19:03:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka's Norway-Backed Peace Process Slowing Down  - Yahoo Asia
Don't announce ceasefire, army tells Lankan govt  - Press Trust of India

6 Tigers killed, peace efforts hit a snag
TOI, april 23. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas lost six of their cadres, including two senior rebels, in a major sea battle with government forces, the rebels said Sunday.The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said over their clandestine Voice of Tigers radio that two of those killed in Friday's sea battle off the coast of Chalai were self-styled "lieutenant colonels." More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 19:18:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP’s terms not acceptable, say Tamil parties
HindustanTimes, april 23. TAMIL PARTIES say that the conditions put by the Opposition United National Party (UNP) for supporting the peace process are only meant to derail the effort to settle the ethnic question. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 19:23:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Peace hopes recede as Lanka, Tigers harden stand
India Abroad, April, 22. NORWAY'S efforts to open early peace talks in Sri Lanka appeared to be shattered, with Colombo and the Tamil Tiger rebels hardening their positions. Newspaper reports Sunday said the Tigers were adamant that Sri Lanka lift a ban imposed on the organization in 1998, remove an economic embargo on areas held by rebels and observe a truce before sitting down at the negotiating table. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 11:55:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Norwegian Envoy to Visit Sri Lanka This Week
Nothern Light, Sunday, April 22, 2001 12:38 AM EST . COLOMBO, Apr 22, 2001 Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim will visit Sri Lanka this week in a bid to revive stalled peace process in the war-torn country following new demands tabled by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels recently, The Island newspaper reported on Sunday. Solheim is expected to hold talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga during his upcoming visit here, the paper said. It is reported that Solheim, who has paid several visits to the country in recent months, met with Anton Balasingham, spokesman and theoretician of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in London on Thursday. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 04:08:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka peace bid suffers blows amid fresh demands  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Indian-made patrol vessels a liability for Lankan Navy
The Hindustan Times, Colombo April 22. EVEN AS the LTTE is landing lethal supplies on the north eastern coast with impunity, an ultra modern Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) sold to the Sri Lankan navy by India recently is lying idle in the island's peaceful western and southern seas. It is said to be patrolling the Colombo-Galle stretch which is under no threat from the LTTE. The reason — the OPV's safety in the volatile north eastern sector cannot be guaranteed in the absence of a fleet of escort vessels. As on date, Sri Lanka has no money to buy escort vessels. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 18:53:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Malkangiri people want Tamil refugees shifted
The Hindu, Monday, April 23, 2001. Tension prevails in this district headquarter town in southern Orissa following an agitation launched by the local people demanding the shifting of the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka settled here a few years ago, to some other area. The situation has become tense since Thursday last when a group of Sri Lankan refugees allegedly attacked some local people, police said. Police have registered two criminal cases against 31 refugees under several sections of IPC. So far, four Sri Lankan Tamils, including the leader of the Tamil camp, Mr. Prabakar, have been arrested. The rest are absconding. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 18:55:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan labour minister to meet officials, expatriates
gulf-news, April 22. Sri Lankan Minister of Labour Alavi Moulana arrives today to discuss issues related to Sri Lankan manpower. The Sri Lankan Embassy said Moulana will be in Abu Dhabi and Dubai until tomorrow. He is expected to meet Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, and Lt Gen. Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Badi, Interior Minister, among others. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 14:39:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's cricket cup "nicked"
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 22 April, 2001, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK . Sri Lanka's cricket team returned home triumphant after winning the three-nation Sharjah tournament, only to have their gold cup taken into protective custody. The team captain Sanath Jayasuriya was relieved of the trophy and the fifty-thousand dollar prize money by armed guards who took them to a bank vault for safe-keeping. At current market prices the one kilo cup is thought to be worth nine thousand dollars. Not even when Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996 by beating Australia, was the coveted prize given such protection. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 11:54:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sharjah loss is not the end of the world: Waqar  - Yahoo India

Cricket-Sri Lanka make case for title of world's best
Yahoo India, 23 April 2001. Sri Lanka can stake their claim to the title of the world's leading one-day side following a season which has included three tournament victories out of four, as well as a world record. Sanath Jayasuriya's side completed their 2000-01 campaign on Friday with a 77-run win over Pakistan in the final of the Sharjah triangular series. While Australia and South Africa may have superior win-loss ratios, Sri Lanka have consistently won the games that mattered. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 18:57:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Doctor Cleared of Manslaughter
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 21/04/01 1820 GMT. A Sri Lankan doctor charged for the death of a three-day-old triplet by giving a wrong injection was cleared of all charges by the Liverpool Crown Court yesterday. Sri Lankan born Dr. Kosalakumara Karunarathne, 36, from North Wales, was accused of manslaughter in the death of premature born baby Adam Teare.

Dr. Karunarathne was discharged after the prosecutor David Steer, QC, withdrew the case as "number of difficulties have arisen". Doctor Karunarathne’s counsel successfully applied for the return of his passport, which had been surrendered to the authorities, and the legal charges.

Dr. Kosalakumara said that though he was deeply saddened of the death of baby Adam, it was not his fault that led to baby’s death.
Published: Sat Apr 21 14:22:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

FEATURE-Quaint feel to epicentre of Sri Lankan conflict
ABC News, 04/21/2001 9:31 pm ET . The quaint provincial feel of Jaffna city, the epicentre of Sri Lanka's bitter civil war, masks the ethnic seismic fault running under it. The town of about 50,000 in the northern Jaffna peninsula wears all the scars and pockmarks that result from having been occupied by three different armies during the last two decades. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 23:13:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

IMF pushes privatisation to Sri Lanka from economic doldrums
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, April 22 2:46 PM SGT . The International Monetary Fund has asked Sri Lanka to accelerate privatisation and improve public services after extending a 253 million dollar rescue package for the island, officials said Sunday. The IMF which approved the 14-month stand-by credit on Friday and insisted that the country cut subsidies on fuel, electricity and transport and press ahead with the privatisation of state enterprises. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 04:21:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

IMF Approves US$253 Million Stand-By Arrangement For Sri Lanka
IMF, 22 April 2001. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a 14-month stand-by credit for SDR 200 million (about US$253 million) for Sri Lanka to support the government's economic program for 2001-02. The decision will enable Sri Lanka to draw SDR 103 million (about US$131 million) from the IMF immediately. In commenting on the Executive Board's decision, Shigemitsu Sugisaki, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chairman, said: "The program aims to restore macroeconomic stability through an improvement in the financial position of the public sector and the rebuilding of official reserves, supported by a flexible exchange rate. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 04:14:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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IMF approves $253 mn for Lanka  - Times of India

B’desh to train Lanka Navy personnel
India Abroad, April 22. SRI Lanka has accepted an offer made by Bangladesh to train Sri Lankan Navy officers and seamen free of cost, a report said. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed told Sri Lanka's Navy Commander D.W.K. Sandagiri, who was on a five-day visit to Dhaka, that she was willing to provide training for any number of the island's navy personnel, The Sunday Island newspaper said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 11:57:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Bangladesh offers to train Sri Lanka Navy  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Heavy shelling in Jaffna
Tamilnet, 22 April 2001. The Sri Lanka Army launched an intense artillery and aerial attack Saturday on the positions of the Liberation Tigers in the southern Jaffna peninsula, sources in Jaffna town said. Heavy artillery and multi-barrelled rocket launchers (MBRLs) targeted LTTE defences in the Eluthumadduval and Pallai areas, they said. Israeli-built jet bombers of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) provided support, they added. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 17:23:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan peace process suffers blow with fresh LTTE demands
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Sunday, April 22, 2001. Norway's bid to broker peace in Sri Lanka has suffered a big blow with both the government and the LTTE clinging to their entrenched position on details of a preliminary accord before direct talks between them can commence, diplomatic sources said today.Due to the "tough stances" of the two sides, the opposition United National Party linking its cooperation in the peace initiative with domestic reforms and the government's refusal to order a ceasefire are the reasons for the process being delayed, state run 'Sunday Observer' said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 22 04:16:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Colvin may lose sight in left eye
The Sunday Times , APril 22. MARIE COLVIN, the award-winning Sunday Times correspondent, has lost almost all sight in her left eye after being wounded by grenade shrapnel last week when government troops fired on her in Sri Lanka, writes Jon Swain. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 20:56:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE may give ceasefire another chance
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Saturday, April 21, 2001. The LTTE has said it may extend its unilateral ceasefire, set to expire next week, but expressed reservations about entering into peace talks with the Sri Lankan government as a banned outfit. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 14:41:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

The shot hit me. Blood poured from my eye
The Sunday Times , APril 22. It was the most difficult decision of my life. I was lying in an open field with a clump of tall weeds on a slight rise for cover. The moon had not yet risen and the night was pitch black. Every five minutes or so a flare, fired from the nearby Sri Lankan army base, seemed to expose every blade of grass. Advancing soldiers intermittently raked the field with automatic weapons fire. They had to be as scared as I was. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 20:59:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka ambushes Pakistan in cricket final
Gulf-News, April 21. The Sri Lankans, through a sparkling all-round display, snapped the winning run of the Pakistan team to lift the glittering ARY Gold Cup in the triangular cricket tournament at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday.Everything went the right way for the Sri Lankans, including the toss. Pakistan got an early wicket when Jayasuriya, pushing Waqar Younis to short mid on, started off and then hesitated. Kaluwitharana failed to come back, despite Shoaib Malik's return being off target and Waqar juggling with the throw. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:45:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka steps up patrols after major sea battle
Times of India, 22 April 2001 . Sri Lanka's Navy has stepped up its patrols following a major sea and air battle with a supply convoy of Tamil Tiger rebels, officials here said on Saturday.Naval craft intensified the already high-level of patrols off the northeastern sea board where Israeli-built Dvora fast attack craft sank four guerrilla cargo boats on Friday.For their part, the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said on Friday night that the Air Force had been carrying out heavy bombardments along the north-eastern coast leaving some 1,000 civilians displaced.The defence ministry denied bombing civilian targets and said the navy captured six rebels after the fight and had evacuated them to a military hospital. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:42:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Elephant Pass a Turning Point in Sri Lanka War
Nothern Light, Saturday, April 21, 2001 9:56 AM EST . One year after the Sri Lankan military's most stunning defeat in nearly two decades of fighting Tamil Tiger rebels, the loss of Elephant Pass can be viewed as a major step toward peace talks, analysts said. They said the military debacle, which took place 12 months ago on Sunday, triggered a skyrocketing defense bill the nation could not afford and set off soul-searching on whether the army would ever be capable of ending the ethnic conflict on the battlefield. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 13:58:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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An anniversary Sri Lanka would like to forget  - The Hindu (International)

Sri Lankan Airlines seeks more destinations in India
Times of India (Breaking News), april 21. Sri Lankan Airlines, which now operates 29 flights out of five points in India, has asked India to allow it to operate from three more destinations and enhance the seat capacity. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:32:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Betting racket on Pak-Sri Lanka match busted
Yahoo India, april 21. Delhi police have apprehended three persons on the charge of running a betting racket on Pakistan-Sri Lanka final match of ARY Trophy in Sharjah Friday night. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:33:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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