The Lanka Academic

APRIL 23, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 17

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Tigers end Sri Lanka truce, slam foreign governments
Yahoo, April 23. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said they would end their one-sided ceasefire on Tuesday and accused government forces of killing more than 160 of their cadres during the four-month, self-imposed truce.Sri Lanka's defence ministry said the LTTE's withdrawal of the truce would not make a substantial difference in the battle field and accused the guerrillas of violating their own ceasefire."The ceasefire of the LTTE did not make any difference to us," ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 16:06:09 EDT 2001
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Sri Lanka rebels call off cease-fire  - Virtual New York
Lanka Tigers call off unilateral cease-fire  - India Abroad

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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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LTTE Ends Cease-fire
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 23/04/01 1330 GMT. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers ended their four month long unilateral cease-fire, a statement issued by LTTE announced."We are compelled to make this painful decision as a consequence of the hard-line, intransigent attitude of the SL government", the statement declared.
Published: Mon Apr 23 09:39:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tigers say Colombo bent on war, call off ceasefire  - tamilnet

Tamil Tigers will not extend ceasefire
BBC South Asia, Monday, 23 April, 2001, 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK . The Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka say they will not extend a unilateral ceasefire which is due to expire shortly Tuesday. In a statement, the rebels said the decision had been taken because of what they called the hardline attitude of the Sri Lankan government against peace talks and because of intensified land, sea and air attacks by government troops. The government says there can only be a joint truce if peace talks begin, and make progress. The Sri Lankan military authorities praised the Tigers for not attacking civilian targets in the south during the ceasefire, but accused them of violating it over two-hundred times. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 16:04:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Military praises LTTE Truce  - Saroj Pathirana in London

Judge orders police to arrest Nimalarajan murder suspects
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 23/04/01 1930 GMT. A Sri Lankan judge today ordered the police to complete investigations over the assassination of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan before the end of next month and hand over the report to the authorities. The police told the Jaffna magistrate, that the report will be delayed as there are not enough substantial evidence. But the magistrate R.T. Vignarajah pointed out that a special police force also assigned to investigate this murder under the instructions of the Attorney-General. He ordered them to arrest suspects and bring them to the justice before the 31st of May.
Published: Mon Apr 23 15:30:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger rebels say to end ceasefire
ABC News, 04/23/2001 10:40 am ET . Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said Monday they will not extend a four-month-old cease-fire set to expire at midnight on April 24, and accused the government of exploiting their gesture to its own advantage. "We are compelled to make this painful decision as a consequence of the hardline, intransigent attitude of the Sri Lankan government, which has not only refused to reciprocate positively to our peace gesture but intensified land, sea and air attacks causing heavy casualties to our side," the rebels said in a statement faxed to Reuters. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 11:37:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Prospects of peace jeopardized as LTTE ends ceasefire  - Press Trust of India
Tamil Tigers to end truce  - BBC South Asia

UNP hierarchy decides to move no confidence motion against govt
Island, 24 April 2001. The United National Party(UNP), in a move directed at satisfying a dissident group calling for the removal of party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday decided to move a no confidence motion on the government shortly. It was also decided to appoint an ad hoc committee headed by UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to plan a ‘comprehensive strategy to save the country and people from the rut the country has fallen into’. The rebels have called for the removal of Ranil Wickremasinghe for his alleged inaction in not taking on the government on important public issues including his disinterest in not pursuing the possibility of defeating the last Peoples Alliance budget. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 20:26:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka's Main Opposition Leader Meets Challenge  - Nothern Light

Prabath Manawasinghe's death caused by systems failure at private hospital: Family should be compensated
CDN, 24 April 2001. A report by Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Director Private Hospital Affairs, Ministry of Health who conducted a special inquiry on the death of Prabath Manawasinghe, a senior journalist and Senior Assistant Secretary (Information) to the Finance Ministry, who underwent surgery and died at the Asiri Hospital, Colombo states that his death would not have occurred in the natural course of events and that it was due to systems failure of the private hospital, sources said. Therefore, the report had recommended that the family of Manawasinghe should be compensated. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 20:12:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rs. 5m claim for medical negligence
CDN, 24 April 2001. A three-wheeler driver is claiming Rs five million as damages in litigation filed against a staff nurse and five others of the Kethumathi Hospital, Panadura for professional negligence which resulted in the amputation of the left hand of his infant daughter. The plaintiff K.G.M. Ajith Priyantha Bandara claimed that his daughter Sadari Rasangali who was born at the Kethumathi hospital on the 2nd of April 1999 fell ill three weeks later and was admitted to the hospital for treatment. Following the examination by the medical officer, the staff nurse injected saline to the left hand of the child. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 20:19:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to woo Indians through Sports tourism
Yahoo India, ay April 23, 6:35 PM. Repositioning its tourism this year towards India, recognising it as a "major market", Sri Lanka is attempting a major tourism promotion by focussing on the upcoming India-Sri Lanka Test series to be played in the island nation in July-August. Sri Lankan Tourism and Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella, who is here to promote tourism of his country, said "Cricket matches have been a major tourist puller and Lankan tour operators are working closely with travel agents in India to promote special tours for cricket fans to visit Sri Lanka in July-August." More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 16:08:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Reform tourism, S. Asian nations told  - Yahoo India
South Asian tourism ministers meet  - BBC South Asia

SriLankan Airlines says smoke but no fire aboard aircraft
India Abroad, April 23, 2001 19:50 Hrs (IST) . Sri Lankan Airlines said Monday that the aircraft from which an Indian passenger jumped and was fatally injured April 11 did not catch fire, although smoke had filled the cabin. The national airline reacted sharply to reports that 145 passengers on board the Frankfurt-bound Airbus A330 had to make an emergency evacuation because of a fire on board the aircraft. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 15:24:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka suicide rates
The Hindustan Times, april 23. THE ETHNIC war, which has gone on for the past 18 years, has so far claimed 63,000 Sri Lankan lives at an annual average of 3,500. But a widespread suicidal tendency may well turn out to be the bigger killer. As per police records, 5412 Sri Lankans had committed suicide last year. And this was by no means an unusually high figure because the island country has had the dubious distinction of having one of the highest rates of suicide in the world. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 15:25:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Journalists given the green-light to visit LTTE held areas
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday April 23. Information Director, Ariya Rubesinghe today said that both local and foreign journalists are in future free to visit LTTE held areas at their own risk. Rubesinghe said the government would not bar journalists from crossing over to rebel held territory in the country's north-east, but that the State would not offer any protection for the media personnel. "They can cross over at their own risk. If wounded or killed the government will not be held responsible," he said.

Rubesinghe's comments followed after foreign and local media organizations urged the government to lift restrictions on reporters entering conflict areas in the country's northern peninsula. Strict state censorship on war related news has to date seriously hindered independent reports on the war in Sri Lanka. Rubesinghe's statement followed in the wake of the UK based Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin being shot and wounded by the military after having secretly crossed over to rebel territory last week.
Published: Mon Apr 23 02:12:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka To Allow Press into Areas  - Nothern Light
Sri Lankan To Permit Journalists Into Tamil Areas  - Yahoo Asia
Lankan govt to permit scribes into LTTE-held areas  - Times of India

Sri Lanka bans GM food
BBC South Asia, Monday, 23 April, 2001, 09:49 GMT 10:49 UK . Food importers in Sri Lanka have said that they will not be able to comply with a government ban on all types of genetically-modified food, which comes into effect in May. The ban was announced earlier this month, despite concerns by importers that they would not be able to meet the requirements for scientific testing. They say that there is no definitive proof that GM food is harmful. The head of Sri Lankan health services said that the ban would remain in place until worldwide concerns about GM foods were settled. Local consumer and environmental groups have welcomed the restrictions.
Published: Mon Apr 23 07:15:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Concern over Sri Lanka GM ban  - BBC South Asia

Bishops to meet with LTTE
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.15 a.m. SLT Monday April 23. Three catholic Bishops, from Jaffna, Mannar and Batticaloa are scheduled to meet with the LTTE hierarchy this week in the Vanni in a bid to persuade Vellupillai Prabhakaran to push forward a flagging peace process.

Meanwhile Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim is also scheduled to brief President Chandrika Kumaratunge on his recent dialogue in London with LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham. Both Balasingham and Thamil Chelvam of the rebel group have stated that talks will begin only after certain conditions stipulated by the LTTE are met.

Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake however has asserted that there will be no cease-fire before talks begin with the LTTE, and that the government will not agree to any preconditions laid down by the Tigers.
Published: Mon Apr 23 02:12:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka Court To Hear Nation's 1st Case Vs Tobacco Co
yahoo, April 23. The Supreme Court will hear the first case in Sri Lanka filed against a tobacco company, an independent newspaper reported Monday.The Daily Mirror said the son of a man identified as Cecil Perera, 60, who had died of lung cancer April 13, was fighting the case against the Ceylon Tobacco Company. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 10:20:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

A new study reveals that most war correspondents have symptoms of depression
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY time 9.15 a.m. Monday 23 April. Most war correspondents around the world are single, they are significantly less likely to be married than non-war groups, 80% of them are male, most war correspondents drink a lot, they are more likely to have symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder depression and psychological distress, they find their work exciting but, are very empty inside. These are some of the findings made by Dr. Anthony Feinstein, associate professor, department of psychiatry at the university of Toronto based on a study on ?Post-traumatic stress disorder and war correspondents?. Feinstein revealed these facts at a panel discussion at the First Amendment center in New York last week. He said that he carried out his study using a sample of 140 war journalists obtained with the help of leading news organizations and an organization representing freelance cameramen and women. Dr. Feinstein said ?I experienced a particular set of logistical difficulties during the study since most war journalists lead an itinerant life and the hazardous nature of war journalism was demonstrated tragically during the course of study as one of the most experienced journalists was killed on assignment while the questionnaires were en route to him?

Feinstein added that during his series of interviews with war journalists he found journalists who had experienced the following, getting shot (one photographer had been shot on four separate occasions), being shot at, subjected to mock execution, being assaulted, having a bounty placed on his head, witnessing the death of a colleague on assignment, having a close colleague commit suicide, surviving a plane crash that killed both pilots, having a plane shot down, surviving mortar that came through a hotel wall and lodged near a bed as the journalists lay resting. However Dr. Feinstein lamented that within the field of trauma studies the psychological health of war reporters has not been addressed. He said that the omission is surprising given the dangerous nature of war journalism.
Published: Mon Apr 23 09:27:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No reporter should be sent to another country without knowing the true conditions- Nation Editor
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 9. 18 a.m. Monday 23 April. John Owen, director European center of the Freedom Forum hailed Marie Colvin as a brave frontline journalist and said that she was at her best covering the war in Sri Lanka recently. Owen said this at a panel discussion held on ?Risking their lives, the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on journalists at the First Amendment Center in New York. At the beginning of the discussion moderator Owen showed an article published in the London Sunday Times and showered praise on Colvin. He also asked Chris Cramer, President of CNN Networks/International if he would send CNN?s star reporter Christianna Amanpur to cover the war in Sri Lanka. Cramer who was also a panelist at the discussion did not respond to Owen?s question. However Bruce Shapiro, contributing editor of ?The Nation?, another panelist said that no reporter should be sent to other countries without knowing the true conditions. Shapiro questioned ?Should we fight other peoples wars, should we fight other countries wars??
Published: Mon Apr 23 09:17:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka MPs demand parliamentary probe into cricket board's affairs
Times of India (Breaking News), 23 April 2001. Sri Lankan MPs have asked Speaker Anura Bandaranaike to constitute a select committee of Parliament to probe the affairs of the country's cricket board in the wake of the dissolution of the body last month following rampant financial irregularities. Forty-seven MPs handed over a requisition to the Speaker through Cabinet minister Reggie Ranatunga, state-owned Tamil daily Dinakaran said. The BCCSL's elected executive headed by former President Thilanga Sumathipala was sacked by sports minister Lakshman Kiriella on March 28 and a four-man interim committee was appointed to run its affairs until the election of new office-bearers. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 02:28:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Residents in Orissa - India, want Lankan refugee camp shifted
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.10 a.m. SLT Monday April 23. Hindu newspapers reported today that local residents in southern Orissa, India have demanded that a refugee camp for Sri Lankan immigrants be shifted after two criminal cases have been filed against the 31 refugees in the camp. Four of the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka have been detained as a result of complaints made while police in the area have been called to provide protection to the other refugees as tensions ran high last week.

The crisis developed after the Lankans had allegedly attacked local residents on at least two occasions in the southern Indian state. Over 100 Tamils from Sri Lanka also residing in the area are reported to have fled fearing a clash between the locals and the Lankans.
Published: Mon Apr 23 02:12:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Malkangiri people want Tamil refugees shifted  - The Hindu

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

LTTE executes two "convicts" in Vanni
Times of India (Breaking News), 23 April 2001. COLOMBO: Two men convicted of heinous offences by the courts established by LTTE in northern Sri Lanka were executed on Friday last, media reports said on Monday. Mahaingam Kamalanathan was handed out the death sentence by the court at Mallavi in the Vanni region after being convicted of killing a 38-year-old man with a hand grenade.In the other case, Francis Xavier Alwis was found guilty of raping a woman by a court set up at Mullaitivu. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 02:32:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE bomb expert arrested
Times of India (Breaking News), 23 April 2001. An LTTE bomb expert allegedly preparing to bomb Colombo Port has been arrested by Sri Lankan police in Nuwara Eliya in the central province, police said. Jebamalaipitchai Christopher Alias Ravi, 27, was nabbed when he was in the hill town to visit relatives. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 02:31:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Shares Flat Early; Ignore IMF Standby Credit
Yahoo Asia, Monday, April 23 12:32 PM SGT . Sri Lanka shares are opening unchanged Monday with investors brushing off news of a $253 million standby credit from the International Monetary Fund to support the government's economic program this year and next. "I don't think local investors are cheered by the moves that preempted the IMF funds," said one local broker. He said foreign funds, who have been weighed on to the sell-side of local shares over the past year, were also watching to see where the funds would be channeled. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 02:34:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Ctrl Bk:IMF Funds Will Help Ease Rates  - Yahoo Asia
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IMF Approves US$253 Million Stand-By Arrangement For Sri Lanka  - IMF

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

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

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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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

Yahoo Asia, Monday, April 23 12:21 PM SGT . Korea Ceylon Footwear Manufacturing Co. announced in a statement Monday that it has decided to wind up operations. It said the company was unable to meet daily expenses and pay up huge debts. The company has continued to post losses in recent years and has already instructed it's lawyers to initiate the company's shut down, according to the statement. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 02:35:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rebels, Colombo boosting armouries
0, April 24. Both, the Tamil guerrillas and the government forces are building up stocks in their armouries leaving Norwegian initiated peace talks aimed at ending the Tamil minority ethnic conflict in the balance, local newspapers said yesterday. The Sri Lankan security forces have confirmed information that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were preparing for war by smuggling in weapons and ammunition through sea routes off the Mullaitivu coast, north east of the capital. More...
Published: Mon Apr 23 19:23:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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