The Lanka Academic

JUNE 10, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 65

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LTTE accuses Norway of bias and breach of protocol
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 6.00 PM,SLT Sunday,June 10, 2001. The LTTE has said that it was "improper" for the Sri Lankan and the Norwegian governments to have taken a decision to "up-grade" the status of Norwegian facilitation and change the role of the present Peace Envoy Mr.Erik Solheim without consulting it,the third pary in the peace process.

In a statement issued from its headquarters in the Wanni,the LTTE also directly accused the Norwegian government of a bias against it and a breach of protocol.

The LTTE reminded Colombo and Oslo that the facilitation process was not a bilateral,inter-governmental affair but a tripartite one involving the LTTE also.Norway had taken up the facilitatory role on the basis of an understanding between the government and the LTTE.

Addressing the Norwegian government directly,the LTTE said:" As a facilitator, the Government of Norway is under obligation to consult both protagonists before making crucial decisions with regard to its level of involvement or engagement.Making a bilateral decision with the Government of Sri Lanka,circumventing the other party in conflict entails a breach of protocol and neutrality."

Turning to the Sri Lankan government,the LTTE said that it had adopted the "ruse" of "up-grading" the facilitation process to downgrade and marginalise Mr.Solheim,whose "impeccable neurality" had made "powerul elements", including Foreign Minister Mr.Kadirgamar,unhappy.

The Sri Lankan President Mrs.Chandrika Kumaratunga and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Mr.Thorbjoern Jagland had on thursday met in Colombo "secretly" (keeping Mr.Solheim out ) and agreed that the Norwegian government would from now on take a lead and active role in the peace process.

Though Mr.Jagland said that Mr.Solheim would continue to play the facilitator, it is clear that the latter's work would be overseen by him.Mr.Jagland also said that he would directly negotiate with the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government.
Published: Sun Jun 10 08:13:35 EDT 2001

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Sri Lanka to take delivery of Israeli gunboats: report, Jun 10 2001 14:20 IST. The Sri Lankan navy is set to take delivery of the first fast attack craft out of an order for four placed with Israel last year, a press report here said Sunday. Sri Lankan navy delegation was currently in Israel to accept the first "Shaldag-class" vessel that will be deployed for patrolling the island's north-eastern waters and boost the battle against Tamil Tiger rebels. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 12:30:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE not to tolerate Solheim's removal
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 12.10 PM SLT Sunday,June 10,2001. The LTTE's Chief Negotiator Dr.Anton Balasingham has said that his organisation will not tolerate the removal of the Norwegian Peace Envoy/Facilitator Mr.Erik Solheim, unless the Sri Lankan government gives a satisfactory explanation of the decision to remove him.The government was duty bound to do so,he told The Sunday Leader.

"They cannot simply find a substitute for Mr.Solheim without consulting us.Both sides accepted him as the facilitator.They have to provide a satisfactory explanation for this.Unless this is done we will not accept or tolerate Mr.Solheim's removal," Dr.Balasingham told the paper over the phone from London.

The LTTE's chief negotiator said that Mr.Solheim was being replaced because Colombo was unhappy over his "independent and constructive" role."The government discovered that they could not distort the situation and depict the Tigers as being responsible for retarding the peace process because of Mr.Solheim's integrity.So they are trying to get him out of the scene as J.R.Jayawardene forced Rajiv Gandhi to substitute Romesh Bhandari for G.Parthasarathy in 1985," Dr.Balasingham said.

He expressed sadness about the "shabby" treatment meted out to Mr.Solheim by the Sri Lankan President Mrs.Chandrika Kumaratunga and her Foreign Minister Mr.Lakshman Kadirgamar.Dr.Balasingham revealed that the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakarn was "extremely concerned" about this development."The LTTE's Central Committee will analyse the situation after more information is received about the situation and issue a statement outlining the organisation's stance on the issue shortly," Dr.Balasingham said.

Meawhile in Oslo,Foreign Minister Mr.Thorbjoern Jagland said that the time had come for a "stronger political engagement by Norway" in order to make headway in the stalled peace process.He said that he planned to meet the repesentatives of the LTTE but added that the dates and the venue were yet to be fixed.However,he stressed that despite his involvement,Mr.Solheim and the Norwegian Ambassadror in Sri Lanka Mr.Jon Westborg would continue to be the facilitators.

The Sunday Times said that Mr.Solheim was sidelined because the Sri Lankan government felt that he had an "agenda of his own" and was not keeping the government briefed adequately.He had not briefed the government about his recent discussions in Washington with concerned State Deparment officials.Colombo also felt that he was "babbling too much" in interviews on subjects which ought to be discussed only by the government and the LTTE.

The Sunday Times further said that the government did not like the way Mr.Solheim campaigned for de-proscribing the LTTE in Sri Lanka.He had earlier warned Britain that the peace process would be compromised if it was banned in Britain.
Published: Sun Jun 10 02:58:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Controversy engulfs Norway peace envoy
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 10 June, 2001, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK . Attempts to bring the warring parties in Sri Lanka's civil war to the negotiating table have now degenerated into an argument over the neutrality of the Norwegian mediator. A statement from the rebel side said the Sri Lankan government was trying to marginalise the Norwegian peace envoy, Erik Solheim, because of his impeccable neutrality.Local press reports in Colombo say the government had become unhappy about Mr Solheim giving interviews to the media, though in practice he was extremely guarded about what he said More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 12:46:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tigers slam Norway, Sri Lanka for downgrading peace envoy, Jun 10 2001 13:39 IST. COLOMBO, June 10 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas Sunday accused Sri Lanka and Norway of breaching protocol by downgrading special peace envoy of 15 months, Erik Solheim without consulting them. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a statement sent here, expressed its displeasure over the "unilateral initiative" of the Sri Lankan government to effect a change in the role of Norwegian envoy Solheim. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 10:16:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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And now, Solheim a hurdle to Sri Lanka, Tigers peace talks
India Abroad, June 10, 2001 13:04 Hrs (IST) . Special envoy Erik Solheim, who has apparently been shunted out as chief facilitator in Norway's peace bid in Sri Lanka, is the new bone of contention between the separatist Tamil Tigers and Colombo.Among Solheim's alleged shortcomings were his visit last month to Washington, apparently without Colombo's knowledge, to meet Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, seeking help to exert pressure on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to have her lift the ban on the LTTE. The envoy was also thought to have "blabbed too much" by giving too many interviews, including a question and answer session on a Web site, on sensitive issues. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 13:26:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

"What have you done" were the last words of King Birendra
PTI, June 10. "Kay gardeko?" (What have you done) were the last words of Nepal's King Birendra after his son and Crown Prince Dipendra opened a burst of automatic gunfire on the monarch on the night of June one, says the latest of issue of 'Time' magazine. "Dipendra just looked at his father--he said nothing-- and squeezed the trigger once," the magazine quotes 77-year- old Ravi Shumsher Rana, an uncle of the Crown Prince, as saying. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 13:10:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Ex-convict held for Mambalam reservation counter robbery
The Hindu (Southern States), Monday, June 11, 2001. CHENNAI, JUNE 10. The sensational robbery case in which Rs. 9 lakhs was stolen from the computerised railway centre at Mambalam was reportedly solved today following the arrest an ex-convict. A hunt is on for three Sri Lankan Tamils in this connection. About Rs. 2 lakhs has been recovered. Police identified the arrested person as `Soda' Murugan (34) an ex-convict and an `inter-State criminal' involved in cases in Chennai, Tirupati, Mumbai and Delhi. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 18:12:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Muralitharan and South Africa take CEAT awards
Cricinfo, 10 June. Sri Lanka's spin ace Muttiah Muralitharan has emerged as the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year 2000-01. Murali topped the CEAT Cricket Ratings with a tally of 111 points, 16 ahead of the first runner-up, his own team-mate Marvan Atapattu.The CEAT Year of 2000-01 has been a memorable one for Murali. Among his most unforgettable feats this year were his 13-wicket haul in a Test match against the South Africans at Galle, a spell of 7-30 against India which was the best-ever performance by any bowler in one-day internationals, and of course, his 300th Test wicket. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 12:39:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Two LTTE cadres accused in Rajiv murder case leave for Bangkok
NewsIndpress, June 10. LTTE cadres Athirai alias Chandralekha and Vicky alias Vigneswaran, both accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case under TADA, and later acquitted by the Supreme Court, left for Bangkok in the wee hours of June 2 after the State Government's Public Department gave its nod. Before allowing them to leave India from the Chennai airport by a scheduled Malaysian Airlines flight the authorities ensured that there were no charges pending in any of the courts in the country against them and obtained a no-objection certificate from various State and Central Government agencies dealing in foreigners' affairs. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 01:58:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

JVP's support base growing at the expense of PA and UNP: survey
Roy Mendis in Colombo. The latest opinion poll conducted by Colombo University in collaboration with Germany's Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has found that since September 2000, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna's (JVP's) stock has risen significantly while those of the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) and the opposition United National Party (UNP) have fallen marginally.

In an earlier survey conducted in September 2000, 47% of the respondents had said that the PA was capable of solving the country's critical problems.But by April 2001, this had fallen to 46%.The percentage of people prefering the UNP had declined from 34 to 33.But the percentage of those opting for the JVP had gone up from 12 to 17.

The sample size was 4174 drawn from 15 disitricts of Sri Lanka other than those in the war-torn North and East.

Commenting on the JVP's growing presence in peoples' minds,Prof.S.T.Hettige, Colombo University sociologist and the Director of the survey, said: "This is an important development which deserves careful analysis."

The survey,however, has its drawbacks.It was not conducted in the war torn North and East.This means that the views of a very large section of the Tamil community have not been accounted for.To this Prof.Hettige adds some other words of caution:On the perceived growth in the preference for the JVP he says that the rise may not get translated into votes during elections because voting behaviour is often influenced by diverse considerations and circumstances.Then there are a large number of undecided and uncommitted voters (34%) who introduce a significant element of uncertainty about the electoral strength of any given political party.

The survey has some interesting findings about the character of the support base of the various political formations in Sri Lanka.

If one takes the youngest age group (18-24), JVP bags the single largest share of 40%.A youthful outfit essentially,it has the support of only 4% of the 60 plus age group.In the case of the PA and the UNP, the bulk of the supporters belong to the middle and older age groups.More females (53%) than males (40%) had opted for PA.Only 12% of the female respondents as against 20% of the male respondents had cited the JVP as the prefered party.In the case of the UNP,the gender difference was not so marked.

The PA seems to be a predominantly Sinhala party.Only 31% of the Sinhalese had opted for the UNP.The survey found that educational attainment was related to the choice of political parties.While the PA drew support from the entire range of educational attainments,surprisingly,the UNP's support base shrank with increasing education.On the other hand,the JVP's support base increased rapidly with increasing educational attainment.

Are people wanting a change in government? The survey found that only 35% of the respondents felt that a change of government was called for.About 25.5% felt that no party was capable of addressing the critical issues of the day. Change was sought more by the younger age groups than the older ones.While the young were equally divided,only 23% of the 60 plus felt that a change of regime was desirable.

As on date,therefore,Sri Lankans seem to be for stabilty and no change.Indeed, the pro-change JVP is a growing phenomenon,but it will be a while before it can be deemed to be a serious contender for the top slot.
Published: Sat Jun 9 04:09:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka parliament heads for show down with Supreme Court, Jun 10 2001 16:54 IST. COLOMBO, June 10 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's parliament was headed for an unprecedented showdown with the Supreme Court over the impeachment of the chief justice, political and legal sources said Sunday. A constitutional crisis was sparked when the Supreme Court last week issued a controversial order banning Speaker Anura Bandaranaike from proceeding with the impeachment of Chief Justice Sarath Silva until after a full hearing on September 3. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 10:15:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Solheim Rejects "sideline" allegations
Saroj Pathirana in London. Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim strongly rejected allegations by Sri Lankan and foreign media that he has been sidelined by a high-level delegation as facilitators for peace talks between Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tigers. " I can only say that everything is exaggerated in the media" Mr. Solheim told The Lanka Academic.

" I can confirm you that while the Foreign Minister and the deputy Minister will be involved in high- level, myself and Sri Lanka’s Norway envoy Mr. Westborg will continue to act as the facilitating team" he said.

Referring to the political differences mentioned in the media with the Norway government, Mr. Solheim, who serves as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that though it is true that he is a member of the opposition, he has served for two consecutive governments and his political opinions have never effected his role as a facilitator.
Published: Sat Jun 9 14:02:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mahanama to launch autobiography in Dubai
gulf-news, june 9. To a query as to why he named the book "Retired Hurt", he said: ""Retired Hurt" was coined by my father. It was selected out of over 15 suggested titles. It was most appropriate as it represents the way in which a batsman can terminate his innings. I had retired prematurely, as a direct consequence of the selectors' decision to drop me from both Test and One-day squads, despite being the second highest scorer and four runs less than the leader in the last World Cup. I thought it was appropriate to place my cricket life story on record, along with my experiences. The only other Test cricketer from Sri Lanka who has done so is Aravinda De Silva." More...
Published: Sat Jun 9 18:01:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fr. Bernard Costa murder case: Govt. Analyst to visit scene of crime
Sunday Observer, 10 June 2001. The special team of detectives, investigating the murder of Thillanduwa St. Joseph's Church Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Bernard Costa last month, has summoned the Government Analyst to visit the scene of the crime. Officers from the Government Analyst's Department accompanied by the detectives will go to Thillanduwa tomorrow (Monday 11) for a full-scale inspection and analysis of the Mission House and its environs. According to a detective the Government Analyst should have visited the scene at the very first instance. He saw this as a major lapse in the investigation. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 02:12:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Concerns over increased drug trafficking to Lanka
The Economic Times, june 1. INDIAN anti-narcotics officials are concerned over a sharp increase in sea borne smuggling of narcotics from India to Sri Lanka, with trafficking of heroin along the coasts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states registering a six-fold increase in recent years. More...
Published: Sat Jun 9 22:11:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fernando to submit match-fixing report at end of June
Cricinfo, 10 June 2001. Desmond Fernando is to submit his report into match-fixing allegations concerning Sri Lankan players at the end of this month. Fernando was appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka to look into the allegations made by Indian bookmaker Mukesh Gupta that Sri Lanka's former captains, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva, accepted money to underperform during their 1994 tour of India. Fernando, a lawyer by profession, told CricInfo that the two players concerned co-operated with him very well during his inquiries, in which two members of the ICC'S anti-corruption unit participated as well. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 00:07:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Threat to Canadians?
National Post, 9 June 2001. - A dapper, multi-lingual man with a Danish passport, Siva Shanmugan arrived at Montreal's Dorval airport aboard Mexicana Flight 880 and walked to the immigration desk to make a refugee claim. On his application form, he described himself as a 38-year-old unmarried college teacher born in northern Sri Lanka, and said he wanted asylum because "Canada is a best country for refugees." A month later, RCMP officers raided a home in a Toronto suburb and arrested Shanmugan after discovering he was actually Muralitharan Nadarajah, a suspected high-ranking terrorist leader accused of running a "Mafia-style" extortion campaign in Switzerland. Also known as Swiss Murali, Mr. Nadarajah More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 01:30:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Jayalalitha raises Kachchativu issue
Sunday Observer, 10 June 2001. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha seems to have adopted a lenient stance on Kachchativu issue when she met Indian Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee last Wednesday in New Delhi. Earlier, the Tamil Nadu Governor Fathima Beevi had said in her throne speech that the new state government would urge the Centre to take steps to retrieve the Kachchativu island from Sri Lanka and restore fishing rights of Tamil Nadu fishermen. However, there was no official response to this statement from our Foreign Ministry. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 00:48:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's constitutional crisis deepens, Jun 09 2001 11:29 IST. Sri Lanka's parliamentary Speaker Anura Bandaranaike has put off a foreign tour amid a deepening constitutional crisis after the Supreme Court issued a ban on him, officials said Saturday. Bandaranaike who was due to leave for London later Saturday delayed his travel plans amid fears that the ruling party may pull off a surprise in his absence, parliamentary sources said. He said under the circumstances, Bandaranaike feared that his absence would leave room for the ruling party to manoeuvre and even reject the impeachment resolution against the chief justice. More...
Published: Sat Jun 9 02:46:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP hems and haws over impeachment motion
Island, 9 June 2001. The UNP"s impeachment motion against the Chief Justice which is now in the hands of UNP Speaker Anura Bandaranaike has reached the point of a constitutional crisis with Parliament challenging the rights of the Supreme Court over parliament. Following a fundamental rights petition by three lawyers, the Supreme Court this week debarred the Speaker from proceeding to appoint a select committee on the issue. Even government ranks are divided over this order from the Supreme Court while the UNP itself looks divided on its motion.The UNP motion is not signed by its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and a few others. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 00:31:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Prowess in gymnastics opened door in many fields for Robin Fernando
Sunday Observer, 10 June 2001. His hair is now grey in colour, but that is the only exterior signal that shows that the heartthrob of the film world - Robin Fernando is in his sixties, as he is still physically fit and active in keeping with his gymnastic prowess. A fall from a bridge, a leap through flames, falling off a runaway horse are some of the incidents of film career and more dramatic and daring ones have been part of his exciting career. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 00:58:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Norway takes over Lanka peace talks
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, June 9. The Norwegian special envoy and facilitator Erik Solheim has been superceded and from now on, the lead role in the peace process from the Norwegian side will be played by the Norwegian government, or more specifically, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. A press release issued by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs here today said that at the meeting between the Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Thorbjoern Jagland on thursday "it was decided that the Government of Norway will henceforth participate at a high level to advance the peace process involving the LTTE." More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 00:22:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Jagland: Stronger political engagement needed in Sri Lanka
Norway Post , June 9. Returning from talks with Sri Lanka's President Kumaratunga, Foreign Minister Thorbjoern Jagland says it is now time for stronger political engagement by Norway, in order to make headway in the stalled peace negotiations. Jagland said his talks with Kumaratunga reviewed the status of the peace efforts, in order to decide how to move forward.Norway's Foreign Minister said he would now schedule meetings with the LTTE guerillas, but that no venue or dates had been set. More...
Published: Sat Jun 9 14:43:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

8 former captains to guide cricket in Sri Lanka
Times of India (Breaking News), june 9. The interim cricket authority has set up a committee of eight former captains to run the most popular game in the island nation, a cricket official said on Saturday.The committee of eight former cricket captains will have full authority to make decisions concerning its performance, Malalasekera said."I admit our country is getting a bad name outside. This is the reason we have appointed the cricket committee to look after the actual game," he said. More...
Published: Sat Jun 9 14:23:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Asian Human Rights Commission Hails the Impeachment against CJ
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 09/06/01 1715 GMT

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) praised the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva saying that the motion was an opportunity to address the crisis in the Justice system in Sri Lanka. It said that residing the power in the Parliament to probe the allegations against the chief justice was essential tool for the effective intervention of the legislature to ensure that the basic constitutional principles were safeguarded. According to the AHRC, "it is not just a matter of privilege of the Parliament but the very principles of a liberal democracy."

The AHRC, based in Hong Kong, recalled their repeated attempts to draw the attention that the SL justice system is facing a huge crisis. "This crisis contributes to the large volume of human rights violations that have occurred in the country. In addition, the crisis in the justice system also contributes to the protracted civil conflict related to the ethnic issue. This loss of faith in the justice system has created doubts about the enforcement of any of the agreements that may be reached to resolve this conflict. This lack of faith is thus a contributory factor that retards the negotiating process of the conflict", the statement signed by AHRCís Bruce Van Voorhis stated.

The senior members of the judiciary have also publicly warned of the crisis, the statement said. Remarks by the president of the Court of Appeal in a recent speech "I decided it opportune to draw your mind to a burning issue in the current legal and social scene: the emergence of the ominous sign of a breakdown in effective law enforcement and the rule of law", was an example, according to the HR watchdog.

But the decision by a panel of three Supreme Court judges, appointed by the CJ himself, that the speaker of the Parliament does not have the authority or the power to appoint a parliamentary select committee to probe into the impeachment motion came as a surprise, it said. "This judgement has been heavily criticised for its potential to trigger an unprecedented conflict between Parliament and the Judiciary and thus the possibility of creating a constitutional crisis. A former Supreme Court justice, K. M. M. B. Kulathunga, in an interview with the BBC Sinhala service stated that "this sort of thing only happens in Sri Lanka. The Constitution clearly states that no other institution can question the procedures of Parliament, which is the sovereign legislative body"." AHRC statement stated.

The HR commission expressed hope that the critical situation faced by the democratic institutions in Sri Lanka since the introduction of the 1978 Constitution will be examined by the highest legislative body in the country and create the opportunity for the Sri Lankan society as a whole to participate in this much-needed process of examining the crisis in its justice system.
Published: Sat Jun 9 13:17:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No exchange controls for investments by Sri Lankans living overseas
PRIU, June 2. Sri Lankans living or employed in other countries could make investments exempt from exchange control regulations in a new arrangement announced by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 00:16:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indian Silicon Valley to help boost IT in Sri Lanka
PRIU, June 6. A series of agreements have been signed between the Ministry of Higher Education and the State Government of Hyderabad and with several universities in Madras to obtain Indian expertise to boost the Sri Lankan IT sector. More...
Published: Sun Jun 10 00:14:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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