The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 277

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International cooperation to combat terrorism must protect democratic values- Amb Subasinghe
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Friday 9 January. Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States Devinda Subasinghe says International cooperation to combat terrorism must recognize the need to protect democratic values and the necessity to actively participate in global markets. Delivering the opening speech at the 'Annual Ambassadors Forum' organized by the International center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies at the National Press Club yesterday Subasinghe described the Sri Lankan experience of the 20 year conflict where the full spectrum of terrorism in all its manifestations were evident.

Subasinghe said, "Without understanding current and future threats and adversaries, it is well nigh impossible to formulate effective policy or practical responses". He appealed to the international community for rapid implementation of all existing UN conventions, which provide a solid legal framework for global efforts in the fight against terrorism

The 2004 Ambassadors Forum comprised participation by a cross section of diplomats, US government officials, academics and journalists and was titled "International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism - An Agenda for the 21st Century". Michael S. Swetnam, Chairman and CEO of the Board of the Potomac Institute delivered the opening remarks and Prof Yonah Alexander, Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies chaired the forum. . The Potomac Institute of Policy Studies is an independent, non-profit making public policy research institute. The Institute's current endeavors have required the formation of special efforts in terrorism and asymmetry, emerging threats and opportunities and security.
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LTTE is beefing up its strength: Kumaratunga, January 08. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has alleged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam increased its military strength during the truce period by recruiting over 11,000 guerrillas. "The LTTE has increased its cadre by three times from around seven thousand to over 18,000. Quite a few of them are small children and forcible recruitment was going on," she said. Kumaratunga, whose decision to take over the powerful defence portfolio triggered a major political crisis with Wikremesinghe a few months ago, said the military consolidation of LTTE went on unabated as Norwegian facilitators appeared helpless in stopping rebels from beefing up their military strength. More...
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Lankan Prez finds PM's posture untenable, January 08, 2004, 11:50 EST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga finds Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's demand that she "renegotiate" the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) with the LTTE as being "untenable", says Presidential spokesman Harim Peiris. More...
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Sri Lankan cricket chief goes to hospital before court
Associated Press, Thu January 8, 2004 07:06 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala is in hospital and unable to appear in court to face charges of altering a passport for an alleged gangster, a lawyer said Thursday... Back to the top

Lanka may abrogate ceasefire with LTTE, 08 January 2004. newspaper controlled by Sri Lanka's president reported Wednesday that the prime minister - her political rival - may annul a two-year-old cease-fire he signed with the country's Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Ranil washes his hands of truce
Gulf News, 08-01-2004 . Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday announced that he was relinquishing all responsibilities regarding the ceasefire between government troops and Tamil Tigers saying President Chandrika Kumaratunga would henceforth be accountable for this crucial leg of the peace process with the rebels... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

World News : Sri Lanka Sri Lankans reel under price rise in new ..., january 08, 2004, 7:30 EST. As Sri Lanka's war-weary population protests tax hikes on petrol, diesel and a slew of household goods in the new year, the government says it's a bitter pill the sick economy urgently needs, reports OneWorld... Back to the top

Secession Demand Resurfaces as Lanka Standoff Continues, January 08, 2004, 07:35 EST. COLOMBO, Jan 8 (OneWorld) - Frustrated at the tardy progress of the peace process, Sri Lanka's oldest Tamil party, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), has declared that the minority Tamils in the North and the East should secede if the impasse continues... Back to the top

Sri Lankan PM steps up pressure on president, January 08, 2004, 07:35 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s prime minister stepped up pressure on Wednesday on his rival, the country’s president, saying her takeover of three ministries meant she also had to take charge of a stalled peace process with the island’s rebels... Back to the top

Report: Tamil rebels face rising drug abuse in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu January 8, 2004 10:53 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels, currently in a cease-fire with government troops after two decades of civil war, face rising drug abuse in areas dominated by the country's minority ethnic Tamils, a pro-rebel Web site said Thursday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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