The Lanka Academic

JULY 2, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 87

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Sri Lanka issues strong statement on war against Tamil rebels
ABC News, 07/02/2001 6:25 am ET . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) The only way to end the Tamil separatist insurgency is full-scale war, the government said Monday, appearing to backtrack on peace efforts. The unusually strong statement was issued two days after the military launched a massive aerial attack on bases of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in northern Jaffna Peninsula. The government said the air strikes were necessary to prevent a planned guerrilla attack on Jaffna, the main city in the northern war zone. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 07:44:42 EDT 2001

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War will be adventurism, says LTTE
Asian Age, 03 July 2001. Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday called a government statement advocating full scale war to end their insurgency “military adventurism,” and warned of adverse consequences if the plan goes through. In a statement that appeared to halt moves toward peace talks, the government Monday said that an all out war was necessary to prevent a planned guerrilla attack on Jaffna, the main city in the northern war zone. The unusually harsh statement was issued two days after the military launched a massive aerial a More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 22:00:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Aerial bombardment will irreparably damage peace moves: LTTE  - Press Trust of India

LTTE warns about opting out of peace process
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 4.50 PM SLT Monday,July 2, 2001. Faced with fierce air attacks,the LTTE is now threatening to walk out of " The current provocative air attacks will permanently damage the peace process.The government should bear full responsibility for the adverse consequences that might follow its misplaced strategy of escalating conditions of war in the Tamil Homeland," the LTTE said in a statement today.

It "categorically" denied that it had an "imminent offensive plan" for re-capturing Jaffna and accused the government of "fantasising" about feverish preparations for an offensive.The LTTE said that the government's "military adventurism" was but a part of "desperate measures" to mobilise the support of "Sinhala nationalist forces" and to whip up "Sinhala patriotism" with a view to overcoming the crisis brought about by the no confidence motion and retaining power without the help of the national minorities.
Published: Mon Jul 2 06:51:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Air raids will damage peace process: LTTE warns Govt  - Times of India
Sri Lanka peace warning  - BBC South Asia

'Police state will be created if independent police commission is set up'
CDN, July 3. Justice Minister Batty Weerakoon warns that democracy in the country will be destroyed and a police state created if an Independent Police Commission is set up. Allowing the police to act as an independent unit is a serious matter, the Minister observed. The Minister was speaking at a Seminar on Human Rights and Prevention of Crime held at the SLFI in Colombo recently.

Editor's Note Comments and feed back on the above article may be submitted by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 23:46:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Church calls for unity in Sri Lanka amid political chaos, Jul 02 2001 19:11 IST. Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church Monday urged the government and the opposition to unite in a bid to overcome the current political instability in the country. Archbishop of Colombo Nicholas Marcus Fernando urged all political parties to form a government of national reconciliation and restore much-needed order to the island. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 10:42:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's cricket report delayed
buisnessday, july 1. Sri Lanka's special cricket investigator will submit on July 10 his twice-delayed report, after failing to find any concrete evidence against two top former players named for fixing matches, cricket officials said. Desmond Fernando was appointed in November to investigate charges that former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and Sri Lanka's best known test batsman, Aravinda de Silva, took money to fix matches. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 22:00:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tamil parties give memorandum to Indian envoy
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.31 PM SLT Monday,July 2, 2001. A delegation representing ten Tamil parties and a Muslim party (the Muslim Liberation Front led by Mr.Mujibur Rahman ) met the Indian High Commissioner Mr.Gopal Krishna Gandhi here this evening and handed over a letter addressed to the Indian Prime Minister Mr.Atal Behari Vajpayee,condemning the arrest and incarceration of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Mr.M.Karunanidhi. The letter described the arrest as a "blatant display of brutal vengeance with a view to satisfying certain sadistic instincts and inclinations," and expressed the hope that the Government of India would take appropriate measures to remove this "blot on the largest democracy in the world".TELO leader Sri Kantha,who had signed the letter as the Convenor of the group,said that whenever Mr.Karunanidhi was at the receiving end and was putting up a fight,the Eelam Tamils saw him as a "Tamil warrior." There was always a "resurgence of Tamil nationalistic feeling" when he is persecuted either by the Central Indian government or the Tamil Nadu government,Mr.Sri Kantha said.
Published: Mon Jul 2 12:33:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil parties in Lanka lodge protest against Karuna's arrest  - Press Trust of India

Three more Indian fishermen arrested
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6 p.m. SLT Monday July 2. Three more Indian fishermen were arrested today by Lankan authorities for poaching in Lankan waters in the seas off Negombo.

The fishermen were detected by local fishing folk in the area and handed over to the Negombo police. Already some 59 Indian fishermen are languishing in Sri Lankan detention centers for having illegally entered the island's territorial waters.

Both Sri Lankan and Indian authorities have promised to commence negotiations to resolve the crisis with Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen which arises frequently as a result of both sides poaching in each others territorial waters.
Published: Mon Jul 2 09:28:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE accuses military of killing top Tiger
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.55 p.m. SLT Monday July 2. The LTTE yesterday accused the military of entering Tiger territory in the Vanni and penetrating the hide-out of a senior LTTE cadre killing both the Tiger and his bodyguard.

Anthony Johnson, a senior Sea Tiger was killed at his jungle hideout in the Vanni yesterday. The Tigers clandestine radio 'Voice of Tigers' announced the double murders, accusing the Lankan military of being guilty.
Published: Mon Jul 2 09:28:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Tamil rebels slam Sri Lanka over air raids, admit losing top leader  -

Heavy damage to LTTE bases in air strikes: Govt
Times of India (Breaking News), July 2. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan combat jets pounded suspected rebel bases close to the Jaffna peninsula till late Sunday night, inflicting heavy damage, the defence ministry said on While the exact extent of the damage suffered by the rebels was not known, aerial photographs of the target areas showed that the damage was extensive, a ministry statement said. Monday. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 11:59:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Illegal Immigrant Sweep Nabs 8,000
Yahoo, July 2. Nearly 8,000 people from 39 countries were arrested this month in what the Immigration and Naturalization Service calls its largest international anti-smuggling operation ever.A separate operation that ran from May 29 to June 18 and focused largely on airports resulted in the arrest of 415 people destined for the United States and other western countries.The INS worked with the countries of Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Netherlands and Singapore. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 10:38:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankans to celebrate Buddha's sacred tooth
yahoo, July 2. Around a million revelers will flock to the town of Kandy this July for a nine-day festival revolving around a sacred tooth, thought to have been pulled from Buddha by a follower when he was cremated, and smuggled to Sri Lanka.The event, known as Kandy Esala Perahera or the Festival of the Sacred Tooth of Buddha takes place each summer from the evening of the full moon, scheduled to fall on July 25 this year. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 10:34:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rebels warn Sri Lanka government
Virtual New York, Monday, 2 July 2001 9:16 (ET). The separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas on Monday warned the Sri Lankan government that the peace process would be "irreparably" damaged if government troops continue to bombard rebel-held regions in the north of the country. The Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam issued a statement condemning the aerial and artillery shelling of their positions on the Jaffna peninsula. The statement came after the government announced that the air force had bombed rebel positions on Saturday and Sunday to pre-empt rebel attacks. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 10:28:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil separatists warn Sri Lanka over air attacks  -
Rebels say Sri Lanka air raids threaten peace bid  - MSNBC

Sri Lanka's Leftist Party to Vote Against Extension of Emergency
Nothern Light, Monday, July 02, 2001 1:14 AM EST . Sri Lanka's leftist party JVP or People's Liberation Front will oppose the extension of the emergency regulations in the war-torn country to be debated in Parliament on Friday, The Island newspaper said Monday. The paper quoted JVP propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa as saying on Sunday that it was absurd to assume that the non-extension of the emergency regulations would mean that separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels could operate legally in the country. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 04:01:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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JVP will vote against extension of emergency  - The Island

Tigers accuse military of killing top rebel, Jul 02 2001 10:29 IST. Security forces penetrated a rebel-held area in northern Sri Lanka to assassinate a top Tiger guerrilla leader and his bodyguard, the militants said Monday. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) announced over their clandestine Voice of Tigers radio that government operatives had infiltrated the Wanni region to stage the killing on Friday.The LTTE said it posthumously gave the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to their deputy head of the Sea Tiger wing in the district of Mannar, Anthony Jonson, who was killed together with his bodyguard, Sarathan (Eds: one name). More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 04:08:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Road-rage hits elephant in Sri Lanka, Jul 02 2001 12:24 IST. A Sri Lankan elephant experienced a fit of road-rage, pushing aside a bus after the driver rudely obstructed its way, a press report said Monday. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 04:09:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka bombs rebels for second consecutive day
MSNBC, 2 July 2001. Sri Lanka said on Monday it had carried out more air strikes on Tamil Tiger guerrilla positions to pre-empt a possible rebel attack on the northern city of Jaffna. The bombing raids, which lasted till dusk on Sunday, targetted bases of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Pooneryn, part of a swathe of rebel-controlled territory that separates the Jaffna peninsula from the rest of the island, More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 04:12:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indian team for Lanka tour to be named on July 9
Times of India (Breaking News), Monday, 2 July 2001 . MUMBAI: Selectors would meet here on July 9 to pick the Indian cricket team for the tour of Sri Lanka where the squad will play a tri-nation one-day series with New Zealand as the third team and a three-Test match series. More...
Published: Mon Jul 2 09:34:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP faces a tough task in toppling Chandrika
Times of India, 2 July 2001 . The Sri Lankan government will look to the stars in the next week to seek its fate in an opposition sponsored no-confidence motion, but they will not be alone as their main opponent, United National Party (UNP) will also have to seek help from the Gods to defeat the ruling party. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 18:27:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Run Against Drugs
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 10.45am SLT, July 01,2001. Nine-year old Depika gunasekara awaits for the start signal to run the 2 kilometer fun-run against drugs in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, July.01, 2001.The Colombo Plan in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association organize a "Run Against Drugs" to commemorate the Colombo Plan's 50th Anniversary and the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 00:55:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Pope urges negotiated solution to Sri Lanka conflict, Jul 01 2001 16:25 IST. Pope John Paul II called Sunday for a negotiated solution to bring an end to two decades of ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka."A negotiated solution is the only way to confront the serious issues which are at the root of the conflict," the pontiff said in Sunday prayers before a crowd of thousands in Saint Peter's Square. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 11:41:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Pope Calls for Sri Lanka to Pursue Peace Talks  - Nothern Light

TELO threatens to cross Palk Strait to free Karunanidhi
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 9.10 PM SLT Sunday July 1,2001. The Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) leader Mr.Sri Kantha has said that,if necessary,Eelam Tamils will cross the Palk Strait to free the veteran Tamil Nadu leader Mr.M.Karunanidhi from incarceration.

Speaking at a protest meeting in front of the Pandara Vanniyan statue in Vavuniya this morning,after burning an effigy of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms.Jayalalitha,Mr.Sri Kantha said that Eelam Tamils would continue to hold protest demonstrations so long as Mr.Karunanidhi was in jail."Our next protest march will be held in Mannar on tuesday," he said.

About a thousand Tamils,including many women and children marched for about an hour carrying placards and shouting slogans condemning the brutal way in which the 77 year old Tamil leader was manhandled and arrested in Chennai on the orders of Ms.Jayalalitha in the wee hours of Saturday.

Pointing out the significance of holding the first protest meeting at the Pandara Vanniyan statue in Vavuniya,Mr.Sri Kantha said that Mr.Karunanidhi had written about this Sri Lankan Tamil freedom fighter,who laid down his life fighting the British in 1806.

Mr.Sri Kantha said that Mr.Karunanidhi had a special place in the hearts of TELO members because he was close to the founder of TELO,Sri Sabaratnam.He was also close to two TELO martyrs, Thangadurai and Kuttimani,who were killed in the Welikede jail massacre in 1983.
Published: Sun Jul 1 11:19:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Karunanidhi arrest appals Tamil parties in Lanka  - Times of India

Sri Lankan president home after private trip
MSNBC, Jul 01 2001 12:05 IST. President Chandrika Kumaratunga returned to Sri Lanka on Sunday after a four-day private visit to London, official sources said. Kumaratunga handed over all powers for the first time to Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake while she was away to deal with a political crisis. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 11:45:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Chandrika returns from London  - Press Trust of India

Sri Lanka war is no deterrent to Surfin' Dudes
gulf News, July 1. They come from Australia with long blond hair, from Britain with short blond hair and from Japan with dyed blond hair — all Surfin' Dudes with boards tucked under their arms and one thing on their minds. All have been drawn to Arugam Bay on the edge of a war zone in east Sri Lanka for the waves and a cheap, laid-back lifestyle that disappeared years ago in other surfing hotspots. The picturesque and sleepy fishing village about 220 kilometres east of Colombo has been famous among serious surfers around the world for more than two decades, but because of Sri Lanka's ethnic war has none of the downmarket byproducts such as sleazy nightclubs, ubiquitous T-shirt shops and crime. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 14:42:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Six-year olds quizzed by Sri Lanka bribery unit
MSNBC, Jul 01 2001 12:05 IST. Grade one school children were questioned by Sri Lankan bribery commission officers over whether their parents forged documents to get them enrolled into top schools, a local newspaper reported on Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 11:46:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Peace process put on the hold.
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 4.28 PM SLT,Sunday July 1,2001. The peace process in Sri Lanka has been put on the hold.Neither the Sri Lankan government nor the LTTE seems interested in resuming it now.The LTTE's commitment to the peace process has lessened considerably after the Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim was given the marching orders by Foreign Minister Thorbjoern Jagland at the behest of the Sri Lankans.As for the Sri Lankan government,the need to save itself from being pushed out of office by a vote of no-confidence in parliament is infinitely greater than the need to keep the peace process going.

In fact a certain degree of tension with the LTTE and a certain amount of Sinhala majoritarian jingoism is thought to be necessary to keep the threat of ouster at bay.It is this logic which has made the spin doctors of the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) trace a link between the opposition United National Party (UNP) and the LTTE through the pro-LTTE Tamil parties in parliament.It is this logic which is partly responsible for the air strikes against LTTE targets in the north on saturday.

Former Air Force Commander Air Marshall Harry Goonetilleke,Dr.Jehan Perera of the National Peace Council and Mr.Dayan Jayatilleka, political analyst, all agree that the air strikes were atleast partly meant to pre-empt an attempt by the LTTE to recapture Jaffna.They did not doubt the veracity of the intelligence about the LTTE gathering men and material for an all out offensive.Nevertheless,the air strike was "intimately" linked to the need to seem powerful and nationalistic ahead of the no- trust vote,said Jayatilleka."If the UNP tries to de-stabilise the government now, it can be shown in poor light," said Air Marshal Goonetilleke.The logic is that if the UNP has the interest of the country and the majority Sinhalese at heart it will not de-stabilise the government on July 19 and not allow the State of Emergency to lapse in the vote on it on July 6.

The international community,however, is dismayed by the air strikes and the general inertia as regards the peace process in Colombo.A Colombo-based diplomat said that the peace process had been "jeopardised" by the air strikes.New Delhi,which had set much store by the Norwegian brokered peace process,said on saturday that it was "greatly disappointed" with the developments in Sri Lanka and that it had conveyed this to the Sri Lankan government.A spokesperson of the Indian Foreign Office said that India would urge all concerned to resume the dialogue because there was no alternative to peace.

In political circles in Sri Lanka,however,there is no great dismay over the fate of the peace process,because the peoples' attention is occupied by the on-going political crisis."So long as there is a political crisis in the south,the peace process will be on hold," said Dr.Perera."Forget about the peace process," remarked Air Marshal Goonetilleke.
Published: Sun Jul 1 06:32:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Senior Tamil Tiger killed
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 1 July, 2001, 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK . A senior Tamil Tiger rebel leader has been killed in a mine explosion in rebel-controlled territory, according to reports by the Sri Lankan military. Anthony Jonson was the deputy commander of the seaborne section of the separatist rebel movement, known as the Sea Tigers. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 18:23:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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India "greatly disappointed" over situation in Jaffna
Press Trust of India, New Delhi,Saturday, June 30, 2001. India today told Sri Lanka it was "greatly disappointed" over the situation in Jaffna peninsula in the wake of air attacks on LTTE targets, asserting that there was no alternative to the peace process. "Government is fully seized of of developments in Sri Lanka. We have conveyed our views to the Sri Lankan Government", an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said in response to a question on the latest situation in Jaffna. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 07:53:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan jets bomb Tiger strongholds
Gulf News, july 1. Sri Lanka launched its first air strikes in months against Tamil Tiger guerrilla positions in the country's north yesterday, saying the rebels had been gearing up for a major offensive.State media were on a news-blitz to show that the LTTE was preparing for a massive attack on government security forces as part of their 'Black July' campaign which falls on July 5, the day before Parliament is to take a vote on extending the state of emergency. More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 14:45:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

9 LTTE's killed by Lankan naval troop
NewsIndpress, july 1. Nine LTTE militants were killed by Sri Lankan naval troops on Saturday on the Trincomalee Coast in the eastern part of the country, an official bulletin said on Saturday night. Based on specific intelligence about the movement of the rebels, naval troops landed between norway point and foul point and killed nine of them in a surprise assault, it said More...
Published: Sun Jul 1 00:10:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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