The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 276

2004: TLA wishes you a very Happy New Year!
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Norway Not Favourable, US Trying to Protect its Interests- Peace Survey
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45 A.M Thursday 8 January. The final report of the 'Social Indicator' has revealed some interesting findings on what the Sri Lankans think of the foreign involvement in the peace process. Peace Confidence Index is also the longest uninterrupted survey on peace in Sri Lanka. Participants of the Southern Province do not look upon favorably at the Norwegian involvement. They all think that Norway was protecting the LTTE and operating with the hidden agenda of converting non-Catholic people to Catholics. Western province participants believed that Norway's involvement in the peace process was suspicious. They also believed that the Norwegians were afraid of the LTTE. Some believed that Norway has a hidden agenda and is operating according to the wishes of the United States. Some participants viewed Norway's involvement in the peace process as a way of gaining benefits for themselves and Norway was trying to save Sri Lanka from being divided in order to market their goods in the country. They also believed that Norway was seeking an advantageous position in Naval activities as the country is in an advantageous position in the Indian Ocean. However, all respondents across the six provinces the survey had been carried out are aware that Norway is the country that was most involved in the Sri Lankan peace process.

The most interesting findings are on the American involvement in the Sri Lankan peace process. Many had challenged the sincerity of the Americans. Some shared the opinion that the US just wanted to strengthen their security system. Some emphasized that the reason for America's involvement was due to the rapid development of India and China and they believed that America was searching for a center to block India's and China's development. Another group of respondents has seen the involvement of USA as detrimental. They say that America always creates problems in any country and the US may want to use Sri Lanka as a base for battle against some Muslim countries. Muslim residents in the Eastern province had shown grave concern about the US involvement and expressed fears.

Participants from Western Province have responded negatively to the role played by the United States. They believe that the US was just trying to establish their command over the Asian region and America is operating with the ulterior motive of curtailing India's dominant position in the Asian region, as India is considered to be the most powerful country in the religion closely followed by China. The respondents say USA is involved for their own benefit, to sell their weapons and to control other countries and to establish their command over the Asian region.

The general feeling had been that the US got involved only because they themselves felt the impact of terrorism due to 9/11 attacks and it was also a reason why the US extended its ban on the LTTE. One respondent had said that there is a rumour that Milinda Moragoda and the US president were having a close personal relationship and it was because of this that US is so closely involved in the peace process. There is also awareness among the respondents about the other countries involved with the peace process, namely Japan, EU, Thailand, Denmark, Canada, Ireland, France, Sweden, UK, India and Switzerland.
Published: Wed Jan 7 19:54:46 EST 2004

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India, Sri Lanka working on defence pact: Kumaratunga, Thursday, January 08, 2004. ISLAMABAD, JANUARY 7: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said that India was more pro-actively involved in the current peace process in Sri Lanka and the two countries were poised to increase their relations on the military front by working out a Defence co-operation agreement.

‘‘Defence co-operation between India and Sri Lanka is on the increase. India is training our armed personnel. A Defence cooperation agreement will be discussed shortly,’’ Kumaratunga, who was here to attend the 12th SAARC summit, said. She said Indo-Sri Lanka ties have taken off on many fronts, especially in the areas of Defence and trade. ‘‘The India-Lanka Free Trade Treaty too is working well to our satisfaction,’’ she said.

Kumaratunga, who is also holding the Defence portfolio, said in recent years, India has gradually changed its wait and watch policy after pulling out the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in 1990 following differences with then President R. Pemadasa. ‘‘There is a gradual change of policy in Delhi. It is coming up slowly after India very justifiably approached its relations with Colombo with caution after the IPKF experience. More...
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US tells LTTE to accept their views if they want the ban lifted
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 7, 2003, 9.52 pm. Hindu Religious Affairs Minister T. Maheswaran who hails from the war torn Jaffna province has invited the United States to hold a direct dialogue with the LTTE. The Minister extended this invitation this week to US Ambassador Jeffery Lunetad.

At the meeting Minister Maheswaran also urged the United Stated government to lift the ban imposed on the Tamil tiger rebels. However Ambassador in reply told the Minister that the US was not against the Tiger rebels but was only against terrorism. And assured him that if the LTTE ‘accepts certain views’ of the US government, the ban could be lifted.

The Tamil minister also pointed out that if the US holds direct dialogue with the Tiger rebels, it could help both parties attain a better understanding between them.
Published: Wed Jan 7 10:59:04 EST 2004 Back to the top

High level US team to resolve island’s political war
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 7, 2003, 8.31 pm. Amidst a stern warning to the United States by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna not to interfere in the country’s internal affairs, a powerful five-member delegation from the US led by Jamie MaCornie is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka mid this month to find a way out to the country’s political crisis... Back to the top

EU warns Belarus it risks losing trade privileges over alleged crackdown on unions; grants benefits to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed January 7, 2004 07:55 EST . Also Wednesday, the Commission granted additional tariff preferences to Sri Lanka - , which it said was ``making good progress'' toward meeting core labor standards... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's prime minister urges rival president to re-negotiate truce with Tamil Tigers
Associated Press, Wed January 7, 2004 07:03 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Dimming hopes of resuming stalled peace talks, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Wednesday the president his political rival should re-negotiate a fresh cease-fire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

World News : Sri Lanka Kumaratunga buys saris , jewellery in ..., Jan 7. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who was here to attend the SAARC summit, visited tourist spots in the Pakistani capital and shopped for saris and jewellery, reports Online news agency... Back to the top

Keep your hands off Sri Lanka, JVP warns USA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 6, 2003, 11.17 pm. The third most powerful political party in Sri Lanka’ parliament has demanded the United States not to interfere in the country’s internal matters... Back to the top

LTTE constructing a monument in Jaffna
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 6, 2004, 9.22 pm. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has received complaints from the army that the LTTE is constructing a monument in Palali (Jaffna Peninsula) in memory of their dead cadres... Back to the top

Milinda Hold Discussions With Patten
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.55 P.M Tuesday 6 January. Milinda Moragoda, Minister for Economic Reforms, Science and Technology held discussions yesterday in Brussels with Christopher Patten, Commissioner for External Relations of the European Commission... Back to the top

Saarc can play role like Asean , EU : Chandrika ., January 07 2004 . Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that Saarc could play a more vibrant role in the region if the political differences of two major players-India and Pakistan-are resolved without further delay... Back to the top

Sri Lankan general on high-profile trip to India, 6 January 2004. In the midst of the ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka, President Chandrika Kumaratunga dispatched the country’s defence chief, General Lionel Balagalle, to India in early December to meet with the military top brass... Back to the top

Road to India is via Lanka: Lord Paul, JANUARY 6, 2004. NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul on Tuesday asked British companies to explore commercial opportunities in the Indian market through Sri Lanka taking advantage of the free trade agreement between the two South Asian neighbours... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it is ready to scan visitors for SARS if WHO advises
Associated Press, Tue January 6, 2004 00:20 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday it was ready to screen passengers for SARS-related symptoms and will await advise from the World Health Organization... Back to the top

‘ Saw Tamils ’ plight in Jaffna ’ says top Buddhist p . ., January 05. “I saw today that the Tamils of Jaffna face difficulties due to the war... Back to the top

Top trio sets sights on Sri Lanka tour, January 7, 2004. While Steve Waugh is retiring, the experienced hands of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Darren Lehmann could be available for the tour of Sri Lanka next month... Back to the top

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