The Lanka Academic

 
FEBRUARY 28, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 328

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SLMM Chief meets LTTE’s Thamilselvan in Killinochchi
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 28, 2004, 9.44 pm. Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Head, Major General Trond Furuhovde today stressed the need for upholding the integrity of the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the United National Front Government and the LTTE in February 2002.

The SLMM Chief made this statement during a meeting in Killinochchi, where he met the Tiger Organisation’s Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvan. This was Major General Furuhovde first visit to LTTE controlled Killinochchi since his resumption as Head of the SLMM for the second term.

"Upholding the integrity of the CFA, especially in the current political context, is crucially important", Furuhovde said.

Meanwhile, LTTE’s Thamilselvan assured the Head of the SLMM that the LTTE would take all necessary endeavors for the people's participation at the forthcoming general election on April 2. "We are committed to ensure that the Tamil people are given a free option to exercise their voting right", Thamilselvan was quoted saying according to the LTTE peace secretariat.
Published: Sat Feb 28 10:53:57 EST 2004


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Election violence escalates, Human Rights Commission expresses concern
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 28, 2004, 9.42 pm. As incidents related to election violence passed the 120 mark, the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (SLHRC) voiced concern over the increasing number of election related violence. “The increasing number of election related violence, would mar a free and fair election,” the Commission stated.

The Human Rights Commission will shortly advice senior police personnel on necessary measures that should be adopted to prevent the reoccurrence of such incidents. Meanwhile the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence said that the United National Front has made 45 complains, the People’s Alliance has made 18 complains, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna lodged 16 complains, the United People’s Freedom Alliance has made 41 complains and other political parties, groups have lodged 13 complaints.
Published: Sat Feb 28 10:53:16 EST 2004 Back to the top


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Don't Assasinate Political Opponents - Amnesty to LTTE
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.45 P.M Friday 27 February. The Amnesty International Has called upon the LTTE to instruct their members not to assassinate political opponents or their supporters, or carry out other violent attacks on party activists and election monitors during the election period. Amnesty has pointed out that four people were also allegedly abducted by the LTTE in the east since the elections were announced. A statement issued by Amnesty said "We are particularly concerned that candidates and supporters of Tamil political parties not allied to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) - which the LTTE is backing in the elections -- may become targets for assassination. These include candidates of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) standing as independents, the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) (V), and the Democratic People's Liberation Front (DPLF)." However, Amnesty has also welcomed the assurance given by LTTE's Karuna, at a meeting with Major General (retd) Trond Furuhovde, head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), on 11 February in Batticaloa, that the LTTE would continue to respect the cease-fire and would not resort to violence or interfere in elections in the east,
Published: Fri Feb 27 10:50:58 EST 2004 Back to the top
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No Ban on Political Parties in North/ East- LTTE
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.25 P.M Friday 27 February 2004. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has denied reports that the organization had imposed a ban on the main political parties fielding Tamil candidates in the North/East... Back to the top

Rivalry threatens Sri Lankan ceasefire
japantimes.co.jp, February 28. There are growing fears that the recent political turmoil in Sri Lanka will seriously hamper the internationally supported effort to end the two decades of ethnic strife between the majority Buddhist Sinhalese and the minority Hindu Tamils... Back to the top

LTTE formally enters election campaign
hinduonnet.com, February 27, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 27:The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formally entered a Sri Lankan election campaign on Thursday seeking votes for the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA)... Back to the top

HL:Man who kidnapped cousin for marriage proposal gets 23 months house arrest
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 21:59 EST . - - But he discounted submissions by Nadarajah's lawyer Matt McGarvey that it was a common, albeit frowned upon, practice in Nadarajah's homeland of Sri Lanka - for a man to take a woman against her will to convince her to marry him... Back to the top

US accuses LTTE of killing rival parties
dailymirror.lk, February 27, 2004. The LTTE was yesterday accused of widespread rights abuses in a report that raises questions over whether the rebels would let opposing Tamil politicians campaign freely in the upcoming election... Back to the top

TNA Happy With LTTE's Support For Elections
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 P.M Friday 27 February. General Secretary of the TNA, R.Sambandan has welcomed the support of the LTTE in their election campaign in the North/East. However, he said that the TNA is yet to receive direct confirmation from the LTTE that they would actively campaign on behalf of the party... Back to the top

Ranil accused of warmongering
gulf-news.com, 28 February. Battle lines were drawn in Sri Lanka's election campaign yesterday, with the opposition accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of warmongering and the Tamil Tiger rebels endorsing a possible kingmaker party... Back to the top

Ceasefire Is Holding More Effectively Now- Freedom Alliance
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.55 P.M Friday 27 February. Media Minister and Advisor to the President Lakshman Kadiragamar says that there has not been a single incident of confrontation with the LTTE after the take over of some ministerial portfolios by the President, and the ceasefire is holing more effectively than the UNF period and the LTTE is aware of the situation and appreciates it... Back to the top

Lanka Government Uses Media to Fix Rivals Before Polls
oneworld.net, February 27, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 27 (OneWorld) - As nominations for the April 2 general elections ended Tuesday, there is widespread political resentment in Sri Lanka over the government's abuse of state-run media... Back to the top

Monks Contesting Elections Will Not Affect the Alliance- Weerawansa
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.20 P.M Friday 27 February. JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa said today that the Buddhist monks contesting the April elections would not affect the Alliance... Back to the top

Chandrika takes over control of state lottery
Gulf News, February 27, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has taken over control of a state-run lottery ahead of elections amidst allegations that the President's party was trying to use the lottery funds for the campaign... Back to the top

Talks with LTTE is Sri Lanka poll plank
navhindtimes.com, February 27, 2004. UNI Colombo Feb 27: The Norwegian-brokered “peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels” has taken the center-stage of the election campaign with both the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by Sri Lankan President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga and its rival United National Front (UNF) led by the Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe calling for a mandate to continue the presently stalled peace process... Back to the top

Chandrika to call for talks with LTTE soon after winning polls
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Talks with LTTE takes center-stage of Lanka poll campaign
deepikaglobal.com, February 27, 2004. Colombo, Feb 27 (UNI) The Norwegian-brokered ''peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels'' has taken the center-stage of the election campaign with both the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and its rival United National Front (UNF) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe calling for a mandate to continue the presently stalled peace process... Back to the top

Opposition accuses Sri Lanka PM of fuelling war fears
reuters.com, February 27, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Battle lines were drawn in Sri Lanka's election campaign on Friday, with the opposition accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of war-mongering and the Tamil Tiger rebels endorsing a possible kingmaker party... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president's alliance unveils peace plan with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 08:37 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's political alliance pledged Friday to quickly restart peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels if it wins upcoming parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels endorse party for April vote
reuters.com, 27 Feb 2004 05:03 . Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have publicly endorsed a minority Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance, which could play a kingmaker role after an April general election... Back to the top

Kumaratunga's UPFA rejects war remarks in lead-up to Sri Lanka vote+
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 06:07 EST . - - COLOMBO, Feb. 27 (Kyodo) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party vowed Friday to continue negotiations with Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels if her United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins the April 2 parliamentary election, and accused rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of propagating ''a fear psychosis'' that war would resume if his party is not reelected. Peace talks to end Sri Lanka - 's bloody ethnic war have been suspended since April... Back to the top

Pact with Lanka to be formalised in March
com, February 28, 2004, 11:10 EST. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which will boost economic ties between India and Sri Lanka, will be formalised by March, Arjunna Mahendran, chairman, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, has said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army donates wheelchairs to Jaffna disabled
tamilnet.com, February 27, 2004. The Sri Lanka army’s 52-4 Brigade in Pt. Pedro Friday donated eleven wheelchairs to disabled persons in Jaffna... Back to the top

India News Indian support crucial for Sri Lanka peace: US ...
newkerala.com, Feb 27 . A US expert on South Asia has commended India for its low-profile policy towards Sri Lanka but made it clear that New Delhi's support is crucial for the success of the island's stalled peace process... Back to the top

Computer hacker disrupts water utility
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 06:43 EST . - - (Fort Smith-AP) -- Federal officials are investigating a computer hacker traced to Sri Lanka - who disrupted business at the Benton-Washington Water Association... Back to the top

Chandrika seeks talks with Tigers
hinduonnet.com, February 27, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 26 (PTI): President Chandrika Kumaratunga, today called for talks with Tamil Tiger rebels and said she was seeking a mandate at the upcoming parliamentary elections to resume the stalled peace negotiations. Kumaratunga launched the election campaign of her newly formed Freedom Alliance in the north-central town of Anuradhapura, 206 km north of here, seeking to revive a peace bid with the Tigers... Back to the top

Lanka to expel Maldives activist
bbc.co.uk, February 27, 2004. The Sri Lankan government has given a well-known political activist from the Maldives, Mohammad Latheef, a week to leave the country... Back to the top

Rivals start election campaign in Lanka
telegraphindia.com, February 27, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 26 (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s feuding President and Prime Minister kicked off parliamentary election campaigns at the island’s most holy sites today with promises to end a two-decade separatist war with the Tamil Tigers. Elephants, saffron-robbed monks and ancient regal settings formed the backdrop for rallies by both President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the official start of campaigning for the April 2 vote Back to the top

India beat Sri Lanka, reach semifinals
ndtv.com, February 27, 2004. Thursday, February 26, 2004 (Dhaka): India beat Sri Lanka by 56 runs to reach the semifinal of the Under-19 cricket World Cup in Dhaka... Back to the top

Australia beats Sri Lanka by 40 runs in fourth one-day match, wins five-match series
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 13:09 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australia overcame a brilliant century from Kumar Sangakkara on Friday, rallying to beat Sri Lanka - in their fourth limited-over match... Back to the top

Hayden in doubt for fourth one-day international
Yahoo India, February 27, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Opening batsman Matthew Hayden is in doubt for Australia's fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka on Friday with a knee injury... Back to the top

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