The Lanka Academic

 
JANUARY 5, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 274

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Sri Lankans Divided on The Peace Process- Survey
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.15 A.M Tuesday 6 January. The final report of the survey carried out by the Social Indicator says Sri Lankans are divided about the peace process and on how far they are willing to compromise for the sake of peace and they are divided regarding their readiness to present a peace agreement they consider to be unfair. The survey points out that most Sri Lankans are willing to make at least some changes for the sake of peace, and a substantial minority is willing to make multiple changes.

According to the survey opinions are divided on federalism and there is little support for asymmetric federalism, amnesty or a rotating presidency. The survey points out that when confronted with specific trade-offs in the peace process, Sri Lankans are remarkably accepting, for example, while Sri Lankans are divided on removing High Security Zones and the de-commissioning of LTTE heavy weapons, a majority accepts both proposals, when they are tied together. The Survey reveals that the strongest opposition to the peace proposals is concentrated not in the south but in the north central and north western regions bordering the LTTE controlled territory. Opposition to the peace process is strongest in the JVP and the SLFP while there is surprising diversity and strong pockets of support even among them.

Another interesting finding is that support for multiple peace proposals increase and decrease with age and income. Sri Lankans and especially the Sinhalese think that economic benefits are the most likely results of peace. However, those who think that peace will bring a reduction in violence, greater personal security and increased individual freedoms are much more likely to support multiple proposals for the sake of peace.
Published: Mon Jan 5 19:59:49 EST 2004


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Palali Air Base- Air Force Waiting For Green Light From India
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Tuesday 6 January. Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshall Donald Perera says the renovation work of the Palali airbase will commence no sooner the approval from the Indian High Commission is received. He said the construction of the base will be carried out by the Road Development Authority under the supervision of the India authorities. Perera told TNL Radio that the Indian government will provide full financial assistance to renovate the base and India has agreed not only to renovate the air base but connected areas as well. He said the local survey was estimated at 280 million rupees only for the runaway but, the Indian survey was estimated at 500 million rupees considering the renovation to connected areas The Indian move is being viewed as another step towards closer defence ties between the two countries.
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Tamil minister in Sri Lanka asks Washington to lift ban on Tamil Tigers
Associated Press, Mon January 5, 2004 12:05 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An ethnic-Tamil Cabinet minister in Sri Lanka - made a personal appeal to the U.S. ambassador Monday to get Washington to lift a six-year ban on the Tamil Tiger rebel group. Maheswaran is a member of the Cabinet but said he met the U.S. envoy only as a representative of Sri Lanka - 's minority Tamils and not as a government official.

He said Lunstead told him that Washington would not lift the ban until the Tigers stop recruiting child soldiers and carrying out political killings.

The rebels are accused of killing dozens of military informants and recruiting children since a cease-fire was signed in February, 2002, after 19 years of fighting that left about 65,000 people dead.

The Tamil Tigers are outlawed in the United States, Great Britain, India, Canada and Australia.

The U.S Embassy announced Monday that the U.S. government will donate a 64-meter (210-feet) coast guard vessel to Sri Lanka - 's navy.
Published: Mon Jan 5 13:05:37 EST 2004 Back to the top


US Coast Guard Team Visits Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 P.M Monday 5 January. A joint team from the United States Coast Guard and the Defence Security Cooperation Agency is currently in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

SAARC countries must show concern for India's security: Lanka
hindustantimes.com, January 5. International Affairs Advisor to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and a former Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, has said that the countries of South Asia must show concern for India's security... Back to the top

Swraj Paul opens talks with Sri Lankan leaders
hindustantimes.com, January 5. Britain's business ambassador and leading NRI Lord Swraj Paul on Monday opened talks with Sri Lankan leaders on increasing bilateral trade and assessing the island's political situation, officials said... Back to the top

World News : Sri Lanka Sri Lankan differences will not mar ...
newkerala.com, Jan 4. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said Sunday that her differences with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would not mar the country's peace prospects with Tamil guerrillas... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

''Jolly good show,'' Arthur C. Clarke says of Mars rover
Associated Press, Mon January 5, 2004 02:09 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Science fiction writer Arthur C... 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

World News : Sri Lanka Kumaratunga to invite rival ...
newkerala.com, Jan 4 . President Chandrika Kumaratunga is expected to invite arch rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for talks soon in a bid to end the political crisis in Sri Lanka, reports Xinhua... 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

S Asia to create free trade zone from 2006, THE INDEPENDENT
Associated Press, Mon January 5, 2004 08:19 EST . - - The agreement envisions a free trade regime among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - , home to one-fifth of the world's population and almost half its poor... 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

Bootleg alcohol kills six in southern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon January 5, 2004 10:00 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Drinking bootleg alcohol left six villagers dead and 14 hospitalized in southern Sri Lanka - , an official said Monday... 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
thesundayleader.lk, 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
hindustantimes.com, 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

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