The Lanka Academic

 
JANUARY 20, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 289

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Senior SLFP Members say Christian Priests Should Have Been At The Ceremony-
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.45 A.M Wednesday 21 January. Two Senior Buddhist SLFP members expressed their sadness that the Christian priests were not present at the ceremony to announce the alliance between the JVP and the SLFP at the BMICH yesterday. One parliamentarian said, " I don't think it was intentional. But, it was not correct. I don't know what happened. The organizers should have seen to it " The other senior SLFP member said " The organizers would have some how seen to it that they were present. I am not happy about what happened. It is a shame "

The Buddhist monks, Hindu and Muslim priests blessed the alliance before the signing ceremony took place. However the absence of the Christian and Catholic clergy was clearly visible and an announcement was made that the alliance had the blessings of the Christian and Catholic clergy and the priests had not been able to make it on time for the ceremony.

The newly formed United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) between the SLFP and the JVP announced yesterday that they would ensure all attempts at separatism based on language and religion would be combated and defeated and the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of the country be safeguarded, through ensuring the unity of all ethnic groups and guaranteeing to everyone of them equal benefits of economic development
Published: Tue Jan 20 21:52:01 EST 2004


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Government goons unleash violence leaving two dead, overshadows alliance celebrations
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 20, 2004, 11.45 pm. Celebration of the newly formed United Peoples Freedom Alliance was overshadowed today when two of its supporters were killed allegedly by United National Front government goons in Puttalam, sources said.

The incident occurred when supporters of the JVP and SLFP had been decorating the roads to mark the allianceís signing ceremony. A group reportedly accompanied by a ruling UNF provincial councillor had attacked the JVP-SLFP supporters by hurling a hand grenade at them, one died on the spot while the other succumbed a few hours ago, another six were injured in the attack.

Meanwhile in the Chilaw town, another group also with government ties assaulted JVP supporters when they had been putting up banners in favour of the alliance.

Meanwhile the JVP office at Anamaduwa Town has also been destroyed by an unknown group. While three persons were hurt in an attack on SLFP and JVP supporters who were decorating the highway between Rambukkana and Kurunegala. The injured said the attackers came in two cabs belonging to the Rambukkana Pradeshiya Sabha and the cooperative society of Rambukkana.
Published: Tue Jan 20 12:54:11 EST 2004 Back to the top


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Self-exiled JVP leader arrives a few hours after the JVP-SLFP agreement is sealed
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 20, 2004, 11.20 pm. Self-exiled leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Somawansa Amarasinghe arrived in the Island today evening at 6.20 p.m.

JVPís General Secretary Tilvin Silva, Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa and other JVP Parliamentarians and supporters were present at the Bandaranaike International Airport to welcome their leader.

Amarasinghe was initially expected to arrive today early morning to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understating between his party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, however changed plans after he learnt that President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is also the SLFP leader would not be present at the signing ceremony.

JVP sources told the Lanka Academic that their Leader would begin campaigning for the alliance at rallies, and other propaganda events due to the possibility of a general election looming.
Published: Tue Jan 20 12:38:11 EST 2004 Back to the top


All Attempts At Separation Based On Language and Religion Will Be Defeated- UPFA
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12 10 P.M Tuesday 20 January. The newly formed United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) between the SLFP and the JVP says that they would ensure all attempts at separatism based on language and religion would be combated and defeated and the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of the country be safeguarded, through ensuring the unity of all ethnic groups and guaranteeing to everyone of them equal benefits of economic development... Back to the top

Lankan alliance promises parliamentary form of Govt
hindustantimes.com, January 20. The newly formed United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA), comprising Chandrika Kumaratunga's left-of-centre Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), has promised to replace the presidential form of government by a parliamentary system in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace threatened as president's party signs pact with powerful Marxist
Associated Press, Tue January 20, 2004 09:46 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hopes of reaching a national consensus to settle Sri Lanka - 's bloody 19-year-old civil war dimmed Tuesday when two major political parties, including one headed by the president, formed an alliance to oppose government peace moves and Tamil rebel demands for wide autonomy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka postpones local elections in former war zone
Associated Press, Tue January 20, 2004 08:48 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday postponed for the third time local elections in the Tamil-majority northeast, an official said... Back to the top

LTTE seeks donors' presure on govt
Dawn, COLOMBO, Jan 19. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerillas have warned that their ceasefire could collapse due to a power struggle between the president and the prime minister and urged foreign aid donors to pressure the government to resume peace talks... Back to the top

EC to provide $2.5 million for land mine efforts in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue January 20, 2004 05:31 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The European Commission will distribute 2 million euros (US$2.5 million) to remove thousands of land mines buried in Sri Lanka - 's former war zones, the commission said in a statement Tuesday... Back to the top

Japanese envoy arrives to review Sri Lankan peace process and development aid
Associated Press, Tue January 20, 2004 00:10 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Japanese envoy arrived Tuesday in Sri Lanka - to discuss efforts to end the country's civil war and rebuild war-damaged areas in the northeast, a Japanese Embassy spokesman said... Back to the top

It is United Peoples Freedom Alliance Now
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.40 A.M Tuesday 20 January. The Memorandum of Understanding between the SLFP and the JVP was signed today at the auspicious time of 10.42 by the General-Secretaries of the SLFP and the JVP, Maithreepala Sirisena and Tilivin Silva... Back to the top

SLFP/JVP Alliance- Diverse stand of two parties would not result in anything- Batty
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 A.M Tuesday 20 January. LSSP leader, Batty Weerakoon says that the SLFP stood for devolution of power while the JVP does not want to devolve power and because of this major difference concerning the national question, nothing useful would come out of the alliance between the SLFP and the JVP which would be signed today... Back to the top

Trade and economic ties with Sri Lanka discussed
timesofoman.com, 20 January. MUSCAT — Maqbool bin Ali Sultan, minister of commerce and industry, received here yesterday the Sri Lankan minister of developing establishments and industrial policy and investment promotion... Back to the top

Polls loom in Sri Lanka
gulf-news.com, 20-01-2004 . President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party and the Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) will today sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) even as there are indications that the country is readying for snap polls... Back to the top

World News : Sri Lanka Be a friend with us , LTTE tells India
newkerala.com, Jan 19 . Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have again appealed to India to be a friend... Back to the top

Court orders detention of Sri Lankan cricket chief on fraud and forgery charges
Associated Press, Mon January 19, 2004 05:15 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan court on Monday ordered the detention of the country's cricket chief on allegations of fraud and passport forgery, despite his claim that he is preparing for major surgery... Back to the top

LTTE continues to raise their flag despite strict warning by SLMM
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 19, 2004, 11.35 pm. The LTTE is continuing to violate the provisions of the Ceasefire Agreement by hoisting their Eelam flag at numerous ceremonies during the last few days, army said... Back to the top

Public and private sector awaits alliance amidst uncertainty
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 19, 2004, 11.14 pm. While the country awaited the outcome of the much-hyped alliance between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) showed visible signs of apprehension... Back to the top

Netherlands to act as EU President in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.55 A.M Tuesday 20 January. The Netherlands will be acting as the President of the European Union in Sri Lanka and the Maldives for 18 months with effect from January... Back to the top

Indo-Lanka defence pact by end of February
deepikaglobal.com, January 19, 2004. Colombo, Jan 19 (UNI) Secretary to Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence Cyril Herath, who led a top-level defence delegation to India last week, has expressed optimism that the much-talked Indo-Lanka defence pact aimed at broader military co-operation between the two countries would be finalised by the end of February... Back to the top

Foreign envoys to attend LTTE meet
ndtv.com, January 19, 2004. More than 50 representatives, including those from Norway, Japan, UK, USA, Germany, Canada and other European Union countries are expected to attend a crucial meeting organised by the LTTE in Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka today... Back to the top

EPDP Says Serious Human Rights Violations In LTTE Areas
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 P.M Monday 19 January. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) has written to the diplomatic community summarizing the Human Rights violations by the LTTE during the two-year ceasefire agreement between the government and the LTTE... Back to the top

Drought-led economic crisis looms in politically crippled Lanka
dailymirror.lk, January 19, 2004. The present drought has sent warning signals across the Government and the private sector of a possible electricity, water and economic crisis prompting stakeholders to prepare with contingency measures... Back to the top

Chandrika-JVP alliance sends tremors through Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, 19 January 2004. The alliance between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and the radical Sinhala-Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), is sending tremors through Sri Lanka's ruling classes, the minorities and the peace lobby both in the island and abroad... Back to the top

Opposition alliance seen delaying Sri Lanka peace
reuters.com, January 19, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - An alliance between the party of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and a Marxist party could spur an early election and delay efforts to strike a peace deal with Tamil Tigers, political analysts said on Monday Back to the top

Sri Lanka most likely to postpone local elections in Tamil-dominated northeast, official says
Associated Press, Mon January 19, 2004 07:17 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Local elections in Sri Lanka - 's Tamil-dominated north and east look set to be postponed for a third time, a senior election official said Monday... Back to the top

US denies representatives meeting with Sri Lankan Tamil rebels, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon January 19, 2004 08:57 EST . - - COLOMBO, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The US embassy here on Monday denied local press reports that the US representatives have met with Sri Lanka - 's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in German embassy in Colombo. The Sunday Island newspaper reported that Pulithevan, the Director General of the Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels had a meeting in German embassy in Colombo last week with visiting staff of the International Relations Committee of the US House of Representatives... Back to the top

UNF bid to thwart Chandrika's move
Gulf News, January 19, 2004. The ruling United National Front (UNF) Government is planning counter measures against a move by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to continue to remain in office until 2006 as against the popular belief that her term was ending in 2005 Back to the top

Kumaratunga welcomes new Norway peace bid
gulf-daily-news.com, January 19, 2004. COLOMBO: President Chandrika Kumaratunga has welcomed Norway's appointment of a retired army officer to lead the mission monitoring the cease-fire between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels, a spokesman said... Back to the top

International donors meet Tamil Tiger rebels on Sri Lankan aid
Associated Press, Mon January 19, 2004 08:05 EST . JOE ARYARATNAM - Associated Press Writer - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday pleaded with international donors to assist efforts in rebuilding the war-ravaged northeast at a meeting in this northern guerrilla-held town... Back to the top

Lehmann eyes Sri Lankan deadline
cricket365.com, January 19, 2004. South Australian captain Darren Lehmann has pin-pointed Australiaís tour of Sri Lanka for his return to the national team Back to the top

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