The Lanka Academic

 
JANUARY 21, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 290

TLA FEATURE CORNER
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Alliance Should Not Be An Impediment To The Peace Process- Akashi
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Thursday 22 January. Japanese Special Envoy Yashushi Akashi says the formation of the alliance between the SLFP and the JVP should not be an impediment to the progress of the Sri Lankan peace process. Akashi expressed his views to the former foreign minister and Advisor to the President, Lakshman Kadirgamar when he called on him last evening to discuss the situation in the country.

The Japanese diplomat also discussed with Kadiragamar the formation of the alliance between the JVP and the SLFP. Kadiragamar told Akashi that JVP's involvement would only enrich and broaden the peace process, as JVP is the third political force in Sri Lanka. Akashi had agreed with the views expressed by Kadiragamar that the peace process should be inclusive and broad based in order to gain wider acceptance by the Sri Lankan people.. Akashi hoped that the political situation in Sri Lanka would be resolved early for the aid pledged at the Tokyo donor conference to flow in to the country.
Published: Wed Jan 21 19:51:59 EST 2004


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Iranian Finance Minister Here
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45 A.M Thursday 22 January. Iranian Minister of Finance and Economics Mazaheri arrived in Sri Lanka early this morning to attend the 7th session of the joint economic co-operation commission between Sri Lanka and Iran. Minister Mazaheri is leading a 36-member delegation from Iran. The Iranian minister will hold discussions with the minister of trade and commerce Ravi Karunanayake during his two day visit to the island. He is expected to call on President Chandrika Kumaratunge, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Ministers Karu Jayasuriya, Rauf Hakeem and leader of opposition Mahinda Rajapakse.

Iranian embassy spokesman told The Lanka Academic that the trade balance is heavily in favour of Iran with Sri Lanka importing crude oil from the country. The spokesman said that Iran hopes to import more tea from Sri Lanka and a move to import desiccated coconut and natural rubbers from the country in the near future.
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SLFP-JVP Alliance already faces serious hitches
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 21, 2004, 11.03 pm. Describing the SLFP-JVP alliance as an ‘anti peace political pact’, LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham today claimed that the alliance might create objective conditions for the resumption of an ethnic war.

Speaking to a pro-LTTE website, Balasingham had also said that LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran was studying with grave concern the so-called United People’s Freedom Alliance.

Balasingham also pointed out that the alliance had failed to produce any realistic formula for a negotiated settlement of the Tamil national question. The LTTE theoretician also claimed that the alliance was opposed to peace and peaceful resolution of the ethnic conflict.

Meanwhile, political analysts pointed out to the Lanka Academic that Balasingham’s statement was an ‘obviously bad beginning’ for the alliance if it was truly interested in finding a negotiated settlement to the 20 year long ethnic conflict.

However the alliance’s MoU very clearly states: “While rejecting separatism and political violence, both parties emphasize that a negotiated settlement to the ethnic question should be found through a correct dialogue with the LTTE and other relevant groups and communities so that political solutions which will safeguard the political equality and democratic rights of the Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and other communities will be arrived at.

Both parties agree to enter into a process of political dialogue with the LTTE and all other relevant groups and communities on the correct basis, including granting their rights and eliminating inequality and mistrust among them and consolidating democracy. Both parties further agree to go forward to a final solution and abide by the results of the negotiation process and the wish of the majority of the people.”
Published: Wed Jan 21 12:09:13 EST 2004 Back to the top


LTTE says it will not talk to Chandrika-JVP alliance
hindustantimes.com, January 21, 2004. The LTTE has said that it will not talk to the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA), comprising Chandrika Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), because the UPFA does not recognise the LTTE as the sole representative of Tamil... Back to the top

Tamil rebels warn of danger of renewed war in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Wed January 21, 2004 08:33 EST . - - COLOMBO, Jan. 21 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels said Wednesday that a new linkup between President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka - Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Marxist JVP or People's Liberation Front ''might create objective conditions for the resumption of ethnic war.'' The new formation, called the United People's Freedom Alliance, is committed to ousting the ruling United National Front (UNF) government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was elected in December 2001 and halted Sri Lanka - 's two-decades-long ethnic war. But peace negotiations with the LTTE stalled after six rounds of talks last April with the Tigers alleging that ethnic Tamil areas under rebel control have not received a sufficient peace dividend... Back to the top

Opposition Muslim party urges Hakeem to write to Prabhakaran over SLMC-LTTE MOU
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 21, 2004, 10.22 pm. The National Unity Alliance, a Muslim constituent of the Opposition People’s Alliance today expressed their shock, dismay and regret over Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem’s failure to write to LTTE leader V... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's new opposition alliance says will review Norway's role as peace mediator
Associated Press, Wed January 21, 2004 05:02 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's newly formed opposition alliance said Wednesday it would ``review thoroughly'' the role played by Norway in mediating an end to the island's two-decade civil war, a party official said... Back to the top

Norway's Role Will Be Reconsidered - UFPA
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.10 P.M Wednesday 21 January. Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera says that the newly formed United Freedom Peoples Alliance (UFPA) would re-consider the role of Norway in the Sri Lankan peace process under a UFPA government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka reds shed Marxist image, endorses capitalism
inq7.net, January 21, 2004. Sri Lanka's main leftist party, which led two uprisings that were crushed at a cost of 80,000 lives, said Wednesday they had shed their Marxist ideology and were keen to establish a capitalist government... Back to the top

Rebels say new Sri Lanka party may stir up war
deepikaglobal.com, January 21, 2004. COLOMBO, Jan 21 (Reuters) A political alliance between President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party and a hardline Marxist party could lead Sri Lanka back into war, the Tamil Tiger rebels warned today Back to the top

Lankan Tigers Appeal To World Community To Save Peace Process
indolink.com, January 21, 2004. Warning that the current truce was under threat of collapse due to the power struggle between the president and the prime minister, Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have appealed to the international community to save the country's peace process... Back to the top

Lanka parties agree on talks with Tigers
gulf-news.com, January 21, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) have agreed to enter into political negotiations with Tamil guerrillas to resolve the Tamil minority ethnic conflict despite the two sides holding different views on finding a resolution to the conflict... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Aid on agenda despite Sri Lanka political woes
reuters.com, January 21, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Diplomats will try to boost humanitarian aid for Sri Lanka this week despite a political fight between the president and prime minister that has sidelined the island's peace process... 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

SCOPE: Sri Lanka farmers dream of making riches mining gems+
Associated Press, Tue January 20, 2004 20:28 EST . - - RATNAPURA, Sri Lanka - , Jan. 21 (Kyodo) A black, narrow and stuffy cave about 15 meters under a rice paddy was like a dark sauna, where water dripped from the ceiling and pooled on the floor. Sri Lanka - is home to many kinds of gems, except for diamonds and emeralds... 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's president has election in sight
abc.net.au, January 21, 2004. The political party led by Sri Lanka's President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has formed an alliance with a Marxist party in a bid to oust the government of Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe 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

Japanese envoy arrives in Sri Lanka amid doubts over aid pledge
abc.net.au, January 21, 2004. Japan's special peace envoy to Sri Lanka has arrived in the capital, Colombo amid fears that foreign donors may not release $US4.5 billion in aid... 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

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

Ashland looks to Sri Lanka for growth
mansfieldnewsjournal.com, January 21, 2004. ASHLAND -- Sri Lanka appears to be just what the doctor ordered to cure what ails this city... Back to the top

Oil majors in Lanka quest
telegraphindia.com, January 21, 2004. New Delhi, Jan... Back to the top

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