The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 294

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Refusal To Vote Aganist US Resolution- Mahendran Reprimanded
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45 A.M Monday 26 January. Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United Nations, Charlie Mahendran has been reprimanded by the government for not voting against a United States resolution condemning human rights violations in Iran. During voting time, Sri Lanka abstained on the resolution, which came up before a UN committee on human rights.

Sri Lanka, which has had close economic and political relations with Iran, has voted against such resolutions on several occasions before. The resolutions are annual political exercises by the United States against Iran.

The foreign ministry has not only asked for an explanation from Mahendran for violating government instructions but also asked him to reverse the voting when the issue comes up before the General Assembly. Since Iran itself had complained about the voting, Sri Lanka's ambassador to Iran Omar Kamil also brought the matter before the foreign ministry. According to the foreign ministry sources, Mahendran had said he was pressured by the United States to abstain on the resolution.

On Friday, Iran's powerful Finance and Economics Minister, Tahmash Mazaheri said in Colombo, that Sri Lanka could select their own partners when dealing with other countries. In response to a question on what his government thought of Sri Lanka tilting towards the United States during the past two years, the Iranian Minister said, " Any country could select its partners. If Sri Lanka can find a good market in the US or anywhere we have no problem about it. It is up to Sri Lankan government to select who is good for them." The new Iranian Ambassador to Colombo, Behnam Behrous pointed out there was a gap on the flow of information between the tow countries and it has to be bridged.
Published: Sun Jan 25 19:28:44 EST 2004

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Kadiragamar To Address Indian Defence Ministry Conference
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45 A.M Monday 26 January. Former Foreign Minister and Presidential Advisor, Lakshman Kadiragamar has been invited to address the 6th Asian Security Conference organized by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses of the Indian Ministry of Defence. This years meeting on the theme 'United Nations, Multilateralism and International Security' will be held from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 January in New Delhi.The inaugural address at the conference will be delivered by the Indian Defence Minister, George Fernandes. Kadiragamar is expected to hold discussions with Fernandes during his visit to New Delhi.

Other distinguished speakers at the seminar are Louise Frechette, UN Deputy Secretary -General, Karl Inderfurth former US Assistant Secretary of State, Javier Solona, Secretary General of the Council of the EU, J.N. Dixit former Indian foreign secretary, Sashi Tharoor, Under- Secretary-General of the UN, Yang Chenxu, President, China Institute of for International Studies in Bejing, Y. Kozhokin, Director, Russian Institute of Strategic Studies in Moscow, Stephen Schlesinger, Director, World Policy Institute , New York, William Imbrie, Director , Office of Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Operations at the US State Department, Abdul Salam Majali , former Prime Minister of Jordan, Ely Karmon, Senior Fellow, International Policy Institute for Counter -Terrorism in Israel, Dr. Rohan Guneratne, Head of Counter- Terrorism Research , Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies NT University in Singapore.

The conference would discuss current challenges to multilateralism and the United Nations, conflict resolution and post-conflict management, international cooperation in tackling terrorism, drugs and organized crime, United Nations and weapons of mass destruction, prospects of strengthening and restructuring of multilateral institutions and the united nations. Indian External Affairs Minister, Yashwant Sinha will also attend the conference.
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Muslim party urged to quit Lanka alliance
Dawn, COLOMBO, Jan 24. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is likely to join the main opposition, the People's Alliance, sources in the party told Dawn. The sources said on Saturday they would be meeting soon to discuss the issue. The development came in the wake of a demonstration held by the Muslim community in the eastern district of Puttlam calling upon the party leave the ruling United National Front (UNF). More...
Published: Sun Jan 25 03:16:39 EST 2004 Back to the top

Safe House Raid- Heads Begin To Roll- Army Officer’s Asked to Go
Ranmali Wijesuriya in Colombo, SLT 10.35 A.M Sunday 25 January. General Lionel Balagalle has given marching orders to several senior Army officers who were involved with and supported the raid of the Army safe house in Athurigiriya... Back to the top

Japanese envoy asserts Sri Lanka peace process intact+
Associated Press, Sun January 25, 2004 07:01 EST . - - COLOMBO, Jan. 25 (Kyodo) Japan's special envoy to Sri Lanka - asserted Sunday the peace process in Sri Lanka - remains intact despite the suspension of negotiations between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels. ''The peace process goes on... Back to the top

LTTE revive fundraising drive for arms purchases: media, Now it's IST 01:43:38 PM Sunday. The Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have reactivated their fundraising campaigns in the Western countries for fresh military procurements to keep themselves prepared for what they call an imminent war, local media reported today... Back to the top

India may delay defence pact with Sri Lanka, Monday, January 26, 2004 . Colombo, Jan 25 (UNI) India is likely to delay the signing of proposed Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with Sri Lanka until the ongoing political tussle between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is resolved, probably through a snap poll, a newspaper report said... Back to the top

Lankan President allows LTTE to use military flights, Sunday, January 25, 2004 | Updated: 18:38 IST. Press Trust of India Colombo, January 25 President Chandrika Kumaratunga has given the green light for Tamil Tiger guerrillas to use military helicopters when travelling to the island's international airport to catch international flights... Back to the top

Political crisis to be resolved soon
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 24, 2004, 6.444 pm. The ongoing cohabitation crisis between President and Prime Minister may come to an end soon, informed sources told the Lanka Academic today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger rebels studying U.N.'s child soldier list: report
Associated Press, Sun January 25, 2004 02:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels are checking the ages of nearly 1,200 of its fighters, after fresh allegations that they still enlist child soldiers, a report said Sunday... Back to the top

Norway must continue Lankan talks: TULF, Saturday, January 24, 2004 : 1530 Hrs. Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V Anandasangari has urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga not to dispense with the services of Norwegian facilitators under any circumstance and "instead invite them to continue their facilitatory effort in the peace process"... Back to the top

Jayasuriya has some homework to do ahead of Australian tour
Associated Press, Sun January 25, 2004 03:00 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's hard-hitting opening batsman, Sanath Jayasuriya, has a lot of homework to do ahead of next month's Australian tour of Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

TULF urges both leaders to work towards a solution to the ethnic conflict
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 24, 2004, 5.51 pm. The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Leader V. Anandasangaree today urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to shed petty political differences and join hands and resolved the country’s two decade long ethnic crisis... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: the changing face of an embattled nation, Saturday, January 24, 2004. Stewart Muir Vancouver Sun; CanWest News Service SRI LANKA - Channa Perera's Aussie bush hat, khaki shorts, and bushy beard sporting an animal bone quickly identify him as an outdoors enthusiast... Back to the top

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