The Lanka Academic

APRIL 29, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 23

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Sri Lanka: -Serious set-back for the peace process
Norway Post, april 29. According to Norway's special envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, the Sri Lanka peace process has suffered a serious set-back following the extensive fighting over the past few days. Nearly 500 people have been killed in the bloodiest fighting in more than a year, according to government sources. Norway's special envoy, Erik Solheim, has for two years tried to get the two sides in the 17-year-long conflict back to the negotiating table. More...
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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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Peace talks going nowhere
yahoo, April 29. Norway's bid to broker peace in Sri Lanka seemed on the verge of a breakthrough when Colombo eased sanctions against Tamil rebels, but four weeks later a chilling bloodbath has dampened all hope.The Sri Lankan government has accused the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of scuttling the peace bid every step of the way.The easing of economic sanctions against rebel-held areas was seen by Western diplomats as a prelude to both sides sitting at a table to politically end the conflict that has claimed over 60,000 lives in the past two decades. But what began as a ray of hope quickly turned sour. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 21:57:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE take the offensive
The Island, April 29. The LTTE on Saturday mounted a fierce attack on army's Nagarkovil front-line in a bid to take advantage of their success near Eluthumadduval-Muhamalai where they beat back a major security forces assault on Pallai late last week, the military said. However, troops repulsed the attack following an intense exchange mortar and artillery fire, the military said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 20:31:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tigers beat back Sri Lanka forces
Gulf-News, april 29. Sri Lanka's bloodiest battle in a year is being seen as a major setback in view of the high casualty figures. The four-day military offensive has taken the lives of 180 troops including three officers. Yesterday, Tiger guerrillas were to hand over 30 more bodies to the International Red Cross in Mallawi. Over 1,600 soldiers have been injured, the vast number from improvised land mines. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 20:04:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
Related News Stories
Toll mounts as Sri Lanka troops retreat to cut losses  - Yahoo Asia
Sri Lankan army death toll rises  - BBC South Asia

Don't squander opportunity for peace, Colombo tells LTTE
The Hindu, April 29. The Sri Lankan Government has blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for putting the brakes on the ongoing Norwegian-assisted peace process by delaying an agreement on humanitarian measures for Tamil civilians living in the conflict-zone, which, if implemented, could create conditions for direct talks between the two sides.Responding to the LTTE's withdrawal from a unilateral truce in a detailed statement, the Government reiterated that a ceasefire was not important to the process and appealed to the LTTE ``not to squander, yet again, a valuable opportunity for peace.'' More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 20:45:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops retreat as blood bath battle kills 400
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, April 29 10:02 PM SGT . More than 200 Sri Lankan troops were killed Sunday as the army was beaten back in a fierce counter-attack by Tamil rebels in the island's north and in other fighting, officials said. Army losses were officially placed at 213 troopers in the fighting, which included massive mortar and artillery barrages by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the northern Jaffna peninsula. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 19:08:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

‘No room for India or UN in Lankan peace process’
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, April 29. INDIA HAS no veto and the United Nations has no room in the Sri Lankan peace process, the Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim has said. Answering a question put to him by a reader of the web newspaper Lanka Academic Mr. Solheim said, "India has no veto in the sovereign state of Sri Lanka. But India, as the only neighbour of Sri Lanka, has legitimate reasons to be concerned. India, with a much deeper knowledge of the sub-continent than Norway, has always provided valuable advice." More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 19:05:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Lessons in control from the west
The Guardian, april 29. In the nineteen-fifties and 'sixties Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, had one of the most vibrant print media in the Asian region. The first attempt to curb the media in 1964 resulted in the incumbent government being overthrown when the Press Council Bill was defeated in Parliament.That unfortunately was the last victory for freedom of expression. Since then successive governments have systematically undermined freedom of expression as democracy itself came under threat. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 20:14:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka urges immediate talks with rebels
Times of India (Breaking News), 29 April 2001 . The army death toll rose to 213 on Sunday after a failed operation against the Tamil Tiger rebels, and the government urged immediate talks with the guerrillas to end the fighting and resolve the separatist issue.More than 850 soldiers were wounded and 27 still missing after the end of the four-day operation, Brig. Sanath Karunaratne, the military spokesman, said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 19:13:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Jayasuriya says Sri Lanka will be among top seeds
gulf-news, april 29. "We are hoping to be among the top seeded teams for the World Cup," Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya told Gulf News yesterday. Jayasuriya, who is here on well-deserved holiday after leading Sri Lanka to victory in the recent Sharjah ARY Gold Cup Triangular Cricket tournament, inaugurated the Inter-Hotel cricket tournament final yesterday at the Dubai Cricket Council grounds. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 20:06:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India voices concern over heavy fighting in Lanka
Press Trust of India, New Delhi,Sunday, April 29, 2001. India today voiced concern over heavy fighting between Sri Lanka army and LTTE and said lasting peace could be achieved through talks among all parties. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 19:05:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka slams Tamil Tigers for delaying tactics
India Abroad, April 29, 2001 12:55 Hrs (IST) . Sri Lanka has sharply castigated Tamil Tiger separatists for using delaying tactics to hold up a Norwegian-backed bid to open early peace talks and called for negotiations to begin immediately. The government blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for issuing "pre- conditions" and "pre-requisites" that have delayed talks that were, only a few weeks ago, expected to be imminent. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 19:16:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

Sacked Lanka board chief demands apology
TOI, april 28. The sacked head of Sri Lanka's dissolved cricket board has demanded a public apology from the sports minister for making alleged defamatory statements against him in the media. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 20:19:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Lawmakers Learn Languages
Nothern Light, Sunday, April 29, 2001 10:52 AM EDT . The government will teach Sinhalese and Tamil lawmakers each other's language to bridge their ethnic divide, considered the main cause of the island nation's 17-year-old civil strife.``We hope to improve interaction between parliamentarians from the two communities and enable them to understand each other better,'' Padma Jayaweera, head of the official languages department, said Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 19:11:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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
Related News Stories
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

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
Related News Stories
Lanka troops beaten back as toll hits 377  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Lankan Army pulls back to original position  - Press Trust of India

Match-fixing still in currency
Yahoo India, APRIL 28. The scourge of match-fixing is still widespread in international cricket and some of the recent one-day series matches between Pakistan and New Zealand may have been affected, according to a report to be submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the next couple of days. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 19:14:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top
Related News Stories
Ranatunga, De Silva to be grilled by ICC officials  - Times of India (Breaking News)

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

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

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

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

Colvin faces surgery as Sri Lanka renews attack on rebels
The London Times , APril 29. MARIE COLVIN, the award-winning Sunday Times correspondent who was wounded on an assignment in Sri Lanka, faces eye surgery this week as an investigation continues into the incident in which she was hurt while crossing from Tamil rebel-held territory to a government area at night. Sri Lankan security forces seem to have abandoned claims that Colvin was with a group of armed rebels who fired first.They are now holding four civilians. Security sources said the two claimed they had been given the task by a Tamil Tiger commander. According to Colvin, however, several villagers had volunteered to accompany her. More...
Published: Sun Apr 29 21:54:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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