The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 295

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Safe House Raid- Now, IGP Recommends Disciplinary Action
Ranmali Wijesuriya in Colombo, SLT 7.30 A.M Tuesday 27 January. Inspector General of Police Indra de Silva has recommended to the Police Commission to take disciplinary action against the police officers including ASP Kulasiri Udugampola for the involvement in the raid of the Army safe house in Athurugiriya. He has also given orders to the Deputy Inspector General of Kandy to make available reports and other documents to him immediately. The Presidential Commission report that inquired into the incident said ASP Udugampola who led the raid had conducted the raid citing fabricated reasons and the policeman had personal reason for doing so. Last week Army Commander General Lionel Balagalle gave marching orders to several senior Army officers involved with the raid.

Brother of ASP Kulasiri Udugampola, Lt.Col. Padmasiri Udugampola was warned by the Army Commander for refusing to testify before the Army court of inquiry that probed matters connected with the raid. He is also to be deprived of any promotions of extensions or services. The raid carried out by Kulasiri Udugampola has been described as an act of treachery by the Presidential Commission of inquiry, defence and intelligence circles.
Published: Mon Jan 26 20:39:47 EST 2004

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IDP's Main Concern is Security-Budget Reduction Not Linked to Political Situation -UNHCR
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Tuesday 27 January. United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees Says the main concern among remaining internally displaced personnel (IDP's) is security, and the fear of child recruitment is one element of that concern, along with the threat of landmines, fear of renewed violence and ongoing human rights violations. Commenting on the report released by Refugees International last week, that one important factor keeping many refugee families from returning to the North/East is the fear of many families is that their sons, including teenagers, will be induced to join or will be impressed into the LTTE's army, the UNHCR spokesman John Breusch confirmed that the threats for IDP's were real.

He said "Other significant obstacles to return include landlessness and the lack of education facilities and economic opportunities in return areas." However, the spokesman denied that decision to reduce the overall budget in 2004 is linked to Sri Lanka's political situation. He said "The decision to reduce the overall budget in 2004 is no way linked to Sri Lanka's political situation. It is part of a planned strategy for UNHCR to bridge the gap between emergency relief and rehabilitation, and the commencement of larger scale development activities to be undertaken by other actors.

UNHCR said that its core mandate is protection and emergency relief, not developmentactivities. In 2002 and 2003, UNHCR Sri Lanka's annual programme was running at around $7 million a year. Following the UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner's visit in 2002, it was decided to launch an appeal for $10 million for a supplementary programme so that UNHCR could provide additional emergency relief and rehabilitation activities pending the large scale development activities getting underway. That supplementary programme ended on 31 December 2003 and UNHCR returned to a slightly larger annual programme of $8 million. This decision was taken at UNHCR headquarters and approved in October 2003 by UNHCR's Executive Committee, which has to balance the pressing needs of IDPs and refugees in other parts of the world with the needs of those in Sri Lanka.
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Concerned by 'difficult situation' in Sri Lanka, Annan hopes ..., 26 January. oicing concern over the difficult situation in Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he still hopes that the peace talks between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) can resume in the near future. The Secretary-General "is most grateful for the positive contribution of Norway to the process and hopes that the Norwegian Government will resume its efforts to bring the parties to the negotiating table," a statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York said. More...
Published: Mon Jan 26 15:38:53 EST 2004 Back to the top

Peace talks to resume mid next month?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 26, 2004, 10.26 pm. United National Frontís chief negotiator and Cabinet Spokesman Prof... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks telecom chief's removal
Associated Press, Mon January 26, 2004 10:41 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's media secretary on Monday requested that the chief of Sri Lanka - 's state-run telecommunications company be sacked amid allegations of fraud and forgery, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka moves to end political standoff ahead of crucial Washington review meeting
Associated Press, Mon January 26, 2004 08:03 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan officials were scrambling Monday to resolve a power struggle between the president and prime minister ahead of a crucial meeting with donors in Washington next month aimed at reviewing the island's stalled peace process... Back to the top

LTTE expresses ' serious concern ' over Indo - Lanka d . ., January 26. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has expressed serious concern over the envisaged Indo-Sri Lankan Defence Agreement (DCA) arguing that it could have far-reaching negative consequences for the current peace process, sources told TamilNet Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may be heading for a Sinhala-Buddhist version of ..., January 26. Sri Lanka is now witnessing the beginnings of a revivalist movement, the third in the last 100 years... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt concerned over forming of opposition, 2004-01-26 17:56:42. Sri Lankan government said Monday that it was concerned over the formation of a political alliance by two main forces in the opposition as it posed a threat to the ongoing peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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