The Lanka Academic

APRIL 28, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 22

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Colombo hospital in urgent need of blood
gulf-news, April 28. An urgent plea for blood has been issued by the Colombo National Hospital with the casualty of security personnel mounting in the Jaffna offensive. The hospital was the scene of hectic activities throughout the day and night. Hundreds of wounded soldiers were airlifted from the battle front and some of them shifted to other hospitals due to shortage of space. More...
Published: Sat Apr 28 22:53:16 EDT 2001

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The First (1-34) and Second (35-60) Batches of Answers

Please note that the "Ask Erik Solheim!" session ends on April 30th, 2001.
Due to Mr. Solheim's extremely busy schedule, only a few important questions will be included in the third and final batch. To improve the odds of your question being included, be sure to ask something new that is not already addressed in the questions and answers, 1-60. Please keep your questions succinct and pertinent to the role/expertise of our guest. The instructions for submitting questions are here.
The Lanka Academic is delighted to announce the current guest in its series of Q & A sessions: Mr. Erik Solheim, the Norwegian special facilitator between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
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Tiger rebels force Sri Lankan withdrawal
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 28 April, 2001, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK . A fierce counter-attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka has forced government troops to withdraw from territory they'd captured just days ago in the northern Jaffna peninsula. The army said a barrage of mortar and artillery fire from the Tigers had caused unacceptably high casualties, with more than one-hundred-and-eighty soldiers killed and over eight-hundred wounded. More...
Published: Sat Apr 28 11:48:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka guerrillas claim victory in battle, hundreds killed  - MSNBC
Tamil Rebels Say They Humiliated Sri Lanka Govt Troops  - Yahoo Asia
Sri Lanka Rebels Claim Win, Say Nearly 500 Die  - Nothern Light
Sri Lanka army withdraws amid heavy losses  - Virtual New York
Conflicting claims on Sri Lankan toll  - Hindu
Heavy fighting continues in northern Lanka  - gulf-news
Conflicting claims on Sri Lankan toll  - The Hindu (International)
Rebels hit back as Sri Lanka death toll tops 300  - MSNBC
Tamil rebels say Sri Lankan troops suffering heavy casualties  - ABC News
Heavy fighting continues in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
Nearly 300 killed in Sri Lanka battles  - Virtual New York
Death toll in Sri Lanka fighting tops 300  - MSNBC
Tamil Tigers claim 300 troopers dead  - The Age

LTTE launches counter attack, Lanka army retreats
The Hindustan Times, Colombo April 28. SRI LANKAN troops pulled back on Saturday in the face of a ferocious counter attack by Tamil Tiger guerrillas after the bloodiest fighting in an year left almost 350 dead, military officials said. Fierce battles raged overnight as the army tried to hold on to an eight square kilometre sliver of land wrenched from the guerrillas in a government offensive launched last Wednesday in the northern Jaffna peninsula, they said. More...
Published: Sat Apr 28 11:43:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka troops beaten back as toll hits 377  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Lankan Army pulls back to original position  - Press Trust of India

Sri Lankan troops retreat as toll hits 377
Yahoo Asia, Saturday, April 28 3:35 PM SGT . Intense Tamil Tiger resistance has beaten Sri Lankan troops back to their original lines with the death toll from the latest fighting rising to 377 on both sides, the defence ministry said Saturday. Troops were forced to reverse a major advance launched in northeast Sri Lanka Wednesday because of heavy artillery and mortar bomb attacks by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Sat Apr 28 04:50:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka bloodbath dashes Norway peace hopes  - Yahoo Asia

Cong. will oppose LTTE but campaign for PMK
The Hindu (Southern States), Saturday, April 28, 2001. CHENNAI, APRIL 27. The Congress, in its manifesto for the Assembly election, has vowed to continue to oppose the ``fascist'' LTTE, which was responsible for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. While the Congress would support the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils who have been deprived of their due rights, it would oppose the outlawed LTTE and the call for Tamil Eelam. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 17:01:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sporting Life, April 28. Sri Lanka will be at the centre of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) investigation into match-fixing when their Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) visits the country over the next three days.Sir Paul Condon, director of the ACU, will join senior investigator Jeff Rees and support manager Bob Smalley on the trip, which is part of the on-going probe into world cricket. More...
Published: Sat Apr 28 14:48:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka paper hails verdict on Jaya
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, April 27. The Island , an independent English daily in Sri Lanka, has praised the Indian judiciary and officialdom for the action taken against AIADMK supremo J Jayalalitha. It said that the events across the Palk Strait underscores the urgent need for independent commissions to oversee the conduct of elections, the public service, the judiciary and the police in Sri Lanka More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 23:03:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Archeologists confirm Buddha's birthplace in Nepal
Yahoo, 28 April 2001. A team of archaeologists say they have uncovered evidence to confirm that the Nepalese town of Lumbini was the birthplace of Buddha, officials said Friday. A joint UNESCO and Nepal government-sponsored team, composed of Robin Coningham of Britain's University of Bradford, German surveyor Armin Schmidt and Nepal's chief archaeologist Kosh Prasad Acharya said Buddha was born in Nepal and that Tilaurakot was the capital of King Suddhodhan Shakya, Buddha's father, officials said. More...
Published: Sat Apr 28 05:25:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka's Test status not in jeopardy: Interim panel
Times of India (Breaking News), april 28. The interim committee running the Sri Lankan Cricket Board has assured the country that its Test status is not in jeopardy following the cancellation of its registration and the sacking of its elected executive on March 28.Deposed president of the board, Thilanga Sumathipala, had said earlier that the country could lose its Test status, as sports minister Lakshman Kiriella had cancelled the board's registration prior to appointing an interim panel to run it. More...
Published: Sat Apr 28 11:50:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka develops database of exportable manpower
gulf-news, April 27. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Labour is developing a database of skilled and semi-skilled manpower available for overseas employment, especially in the Middle East, according to the minister, S. Alavi Mowlana, who is on a visit to the UAE."Sri Lankan manpower is in great demand in the UAE," he said. "The Sri Lankan government is concentrating on providing training to our people who wish to seek employment in the UAE. The training will also include crash courses in spoken Arabic. Currently there are about 160,000 Sri Lankans in the UAE, but they are mainly concentrated in the garment industry." More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 22:30:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan bishops urge rebel statement
BBC South Asia, Friday, 27 April, 2001, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK . Roman Catholic bishops in Sri Lanka have urged leaders of the Tamil Tiger guerrillas to make a public declaration of their political objectives. In a statement, a group of bishops who have just visited a rebel-held area in nothern Sri Lanka called on the Tamil Tiger leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, to issue a direct address to the island's majority Sinhala community. The bishops said Mr Prabhakaran should try to assuage Sinhalese fears over the Tamil Tigers' aspirations on such concepts as nationhood and self-determination. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 11:17:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ceasefire not necessary for peace talks: Kumaratunga
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Saturday, April 28, 2001. With a war raging in northern Sri Lanka, President Chandrika Kumaratunga has asserted that her government was committed to commencing talks with the LTTE but said calling a ceasefire was irrelevant to the peace process. "As far as we are concerned, having a ceasefire is irrelevant to the peace process," she said in a statement posted on a government website. Kumaratunga's remarks were in response to the LTTE's announcement calling off its unilateral four-month-long ceasefire on Monday. More...
Published: Sat Apr 28 04:46:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Ceasefire irrelevant for talks, Chandrika  - The Hindu (International)
Sri Lanka peace hopes bloodied but unbowed  - MSNBC
Sri Lanka President Says No Truce Needed for Talks  - Nothern Light

Ranil staves off crisis, agrees to be aggressive against govt
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Friday, April 27, 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today managed to stave off a potentially divisive crisis in his United National Party (UNP) by agreeing to hardliners' demand to be more aggressive in opposing the Chandrika Kumaratunga government. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 10:21:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka newspaper tiptoes between government and rebels
Yahoo India, Friday April 27, 9:04 AM. It has survived grenade and bomb attacks.A thorn in the side of both the government and its Tamil Tiger rebel foes, its staff have received numerous death threats. But the Uthayan, the longest-running newspaper in Sri Lanka's northern town of Jaffna, doggedly refuses to go away. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 15:31:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

197 combatants killed in northern fighting
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.10 a.m. SLT Friday April 27. The government yesterday said some 197 combatants have been killed as fighting between state troops and the LTTE raged in the northern peninsula this week.

Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said some 87 soldiers and 110 rebels had died in the battles. Over 300 had been injured he said, adding that rebel figures were much higher.

The Tigers clandestine radio the 'Voice of Tigers' however said that the LTTE had lost only 6 cadres. In a statement issued from their office in the Vanni the rebels claim that over 300 soldiers were killed and 1200 injured as fighting escalated in southern areas of the Jaffna peninsula.

Meanwhile in a separate incident the rebels had attacked a naval patrol boat in Pallimunai in the north last morning, but the military claimed the Navy had successfully repulsed the attack and sunk a rebel boat. Independent sources revealed however that one sailor was killed in the attack and two others injured.

Military sources speaking in confidence estimated the death toll on the part of the military to be much higher than official statistics revealed. Meanwhile the state media yesterday called upon civilians to donate blood for the wounded soldiers being flown out of the battle areas.

All civilian flights to the north, were stopped Thursday afternoon as the Air Force said they needed the planes to fly down injured soldiers instead.

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has called upon the government to halt the present military offensive and negotiate a peaceful solution to the crisis. The TULF assert that it is immaterial at this stage whether those dying are from the South or the North. The need of the hour the TULF reiterate is to stop the war and the ensuing bloodshed.

The defence ministry claimed to have recovered an area of 25 square kilometers in former rebel held territory after intense fighting south of Nagar Kovil and Eluthumadduval.
Published: Fri Apr 27 00:05:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Fresh clashes push Sri Lanka death toll to 300  - MSNBC

Sri Lanka Economy Could Be Victim Of Military Offensive
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 27 6:36 PM SGT . The military offensive launched this week by the Sri Lankan government could hurt international efforts to end the country's protracted war, and add to the already considerable problems facing the economy. Political and economic analysts said Friday the government may have opted to take advantage of a lull created by a Norwegian-led initiative to bring the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels to the negotiating table. But the move could backfire, economically at least. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 09:08:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

ICC anti-corruption chief in Sri Lanka for match-fixing probe
Yahoo Asia, April 27 (. The International Cricket Council's anti-corruption chief Paul Condon is due to visit Sri Lanka Saturday to probe two top Sri Lankan players accused of taking bribes, officials said.Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella has vowed to cooperate with the ICC to probe allegations of match fixing against former Sri Lankan skipper Ranatunga and his deputy de Silva. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 11:19:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fresh clashes push Sri Lanka death toll to 300
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, April 27. A NIGHT of fierce clashes between government troops and Tamil Tiger guerrillas took the death toll in Sri Lanka's worst fighting in months to almost 300, military officials said on Friday. At least 40 soldiers were killed on Thursday night in battles that raged on the Jaffna peninsula, taking the number of troops killed in three days to 110 with more than 500 wounded, military officials said. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 08:24:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Casualties mount in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
Tigers admit losing 33, say killed 300 troopers  -

Oil spill feared in pirate-infested Asia
Yahoo India, 27 April 2001. Surging Asian piracy and militants searching for soft targets pose an increasing threat to the world oil tanker trade, and oil spills are seen as an inevitable consequence, piracy experts warned. "We believe Abu Sayyaf and the Tamil Tigers are actively considering attacking marine targets," former mercenary Colonel Tim Spicer told the international tanker owners organisation, Intertanko, which met this week in Sydney. Spicer showed tanker owners a slide of bomb-damage to the U.S. warship USS Cole in Yemen last October, and asked them to imagine the consequences of a similar attack on a tanker. Spicer told Reuters the Tamil Sea Tigers were more mobile than Abu Sayyaf, and therefore tankers were more at risk from attack in the waters off Sri Lanka than in the Philippines. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 02:23:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Shares End Flat; Rebel Fighting Hits Sentiment
Yahoo India, Thursday April 26, 12:56 PM. Sri Lanka's shares ended flat Thursday as fierce battles between government troops and separatist Tamil rebels kept investors sidelined despite easing interest rates, brokers said. More...
Published: Fri Apr 27 09:37:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka's Banking Sector Heads Toward Bleak Fincl Yr  - Yahoo Asia

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