The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 273

2004: TLA wishes you a very Happy New Year!
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LTTE-Muslims works out action plan to foster good relationship
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 4, 2004, 10.51 pm. Towards fostering a good relationship between the Tamil and Muslim communities living in the Eastern province of Trincomalee, the LTTE and Muslim representatives today formed committees to foster and promote goodwill between the two communities.

The LTTE peace secretariat said today that the decision to form the committees were taken today at a meeting in the district between Muslim representatives and Trincomalee LTTE Commandant Pathuman and the Trincomalee LTTE Political Wing Head Thilak.

The committee, which comprise of LTTE and Muslim representatives will also launch a plan of action and will work in very sensitive areas like Kinniya, Muttur, Kuchchveli, Nilaveli and Thoppur. Each committee comprises of four members, two of them representing the LTTE and the rest representing the Muslims of the area concerned.

The primary task of these committees will be to resolve conflicts wherever they prevail and to appease tensions wherever it appears and to restore peace and amity and to upkeep harmonious and healthy relations between the two communities.

The situation in the Trincomalee district has remained tensed since mid last year, after a spate of Muslim killings allegedly by the LTTE.
Published: Sun Jan 4 11:57:01 EST 2004

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Muslim set of proposals approved
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 4, 2004, 10.34 pm. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) High Command late night Saturday gave approval to the Muslim set of Interim proposals for the North and East. The document will be handed to the government, LTTE and the international community just before nominations for the provincial council elections are called.

However, even though the proposals have been approved and finalised, the SLMC is expected to meet with other community leaders within the next two weeks, to get their view on the proposal.

The party will then, following positive and negative feedback from other community leaders will draw up an Interim Constitution, which will include details of the North East Interim Administrative structure.
Published: Sun Jan 4 11:39:03 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Milinda in Oslo For Consultations
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.20 P.M Sunday 4 January. Minister of Economic Reforms, Science and Technology Milinda Moragoda met with the Norwegian State Secretary, Vidar Helgesen and Special Advisor, Erik Solheim today. Office of the Sri Lankan Consulate-General in Oslo described Moragoda's meeting with the Norwegian facilitators as a part of routine consultations.

Last week, Moragoda also met with United States, Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage and other co-chairs of the Tokyo donor conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka.
Published: Sun Jan 4 10:25:52 EST 2004 Back to the top

We Have Resolved To See The Peace Process Move Forward- President
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.00 P.M Sunday 4 January. President Chandrika Kumaratunge said today that the Government, the Prime Minister and she had resolved to see that the Sri Lankan Peace Process move forward overcoming the various obstacles confronted by them... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president pledges to work with prime minister to achieve peace with rebels
Associated Press, Sun January 4, 2004 03:28 EST . PATRICK McDOWELL - Associated Press Writer - Sri Lanka - has been key in pushing through a protocol at the summit to bring the South Asian association's 16-year-old anti-terrorism accord into line with post-Sept... Back to the top

President Kuraratunga arrives Islamabad for the 12th SAARC Summit
Official Website - President of Sri Lanka, January 4. President Chandrika Kumaratunga arrived in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad on Sunday (Jan 04) morning (0540 Hrs Pakistan Time)... Back to the top

Marxist ultimatum to Chandrika
Gulf News, 04-01-2004 . The Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) has issued an ultimatum to President Chandrika Kumaratunga to finalise a Memorandum of Understanding between the two sides, and warned that it would continue on its own if they fail to reach an agreement before the end of the month... Back to the top

Muslim leader criticizes LTTE
Dawn, COLOMBO, Jan 3. The leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Mr Rauff Hakeem, in an interview with Dawn on Saturday, condemned the statement made by LTTE leader S... Back to the top

India-Pakistan thaw welcome, but South Asian leaders face other conflicts
Associated Press, Sun January 4, 2004 13:46 EST . NIRMALA GEORGE - Associated Press Writer - The peace process in Sri Lanka - 's long-running civil war is sputtering, rebels in Nepal control one-third of the country, and even the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan recently ordered its army into action for the first time in 138 years, fighting Indian rebels using its territory... Back to the top

South Asian summit opens amid hope for better relations between India and Pakistan
Associated Press, Sun January 4, 2004 00:54 EST . NIRMALA GEORGE - Associated Press Writer - Motorcades of black armored limousines ferried leaders of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - , Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives to the Jinnah Convention Center where the three-day summit will unfold... Back to the top

Powell writes to CBK, Ranil, Junuary 4, 2004, 14:25 EST . US Secretary of State Collin Powell on Friday wrote to both President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe calling for an early resumption of the peace process and settlement to the political impasse in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Chandrika unlikely to listen to a 'partisan' US, January 4, 2004, 14:25 EST. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, is unlikely to listen to the United States if the latter is seen as being "partisan" in its interventions to resolve the conflict between her and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the Defence portfolio... Back to the top

Rameswaram fishermen protest against Lanka
Yahoo India, january 2. Members of the All-Fishermen's Federation today went on a strike to protest against the Sri Lankan authorities not releasing 62 mechanised boats, 18 country boats and fishermen for several years... Back to the top

United States urges Sri Lanka 's leaders to end political tug-of-war
Associated Press, Sat January 3, 2004 11:45 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - Colombo, Sri Lanka - (AP) U... Back to the top

LTTE hopes to talk to a new government on peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 3, 2004, 7.51 pm. LTTE Theoretician Anton Balasingham is reported to have informed a government minister in London recently that the LTTE would only recommence peace talks after a new government is elected to power, the Eelam People Democratic Party claimed today... Back to the top

SLMC deliberates suggestion on Interim Constitution
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 3, 2003, 7.46 pm. The High Command of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will deliberate today night over the party’s suggestion of drawing up a ‘Interim Constitution’ for the country as the long term solution to the two decade long ethnic conflict... Back to the top

South Asian leaders arrive for major summit boosted by easing India, Pakistan tensions
Associated Press, Sat January 3, 2004 03:13 EST . PATRICK McDOWELL - Associated Press Writer - The summit, which begins Sunday, brings together the leaders of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - , Nepal, the Maldives and Bhutan for the first time in two years... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricket probe continues, 3 January, 2004. Police have seized documents from the offices of Sri Lanka Cricket as part of an ongoing passport fraud inquiry... Back to the top

View from Colombo: Tourism sector defies gloomy predictions, 03-01-2004 . The tourism industry, which has become an integral part of the island's economy during the past three decades, continues to set new records despite some gloomy forecasts... Back to the top

Tamils struggle for rights in Sri Lanka
com, January 03, 2004 . Like their ancestors who worked for British tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton, the 200 workers at the Dambatene tea plantation have spent their lives toiling in the lush fields that sprawl over this tropical island off the southern tip of India... Back to the top

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