The Lanka Academic

 
MARCH 1, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 330

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US Condemns Killing Of Candidate in Sri Lanka- Says LTTE Must Renounce Terrorism
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Tuesday 2 March. The United States has condemned the killing of UNP candidate, Sinnathamby Sunderaampillai by two unknown gunmen yesterday. Sunderampillai was killed at the Batticaloa hospital where he wa receving treatement for gun shot injuries in an attack on Saturday. The State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said "Although no one has claimed responsibility for the crime, we note recent statements by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam that were clearly intended to discourage Tamil candidates of whom they did not approve. The United States calls on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to renounce terrorism and cease terrorist acts, including political assassination, and to comply with the terms of the ceasefire agreement they signed."

The State Department Spokesman also said " We urge the Tamil Tigers to act responsibly during and after the election campaign. Violent actions of this sort raise doubts about their commitment to a political solution and illustrate why the Tamil Tigers remain on the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). We reiterate the call made by the donor co-chairs of the Tokyo process during their meeting in Washington on February 17 that parliamentary elections be conducted in an atmosphere free of political violence."
Published: Mon Mar 1 20:25:04 EST 2004

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SLMC Leader Hakeem says there is no room for TNA in the UNF
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 1, 2004, 10.52 pm. A vital Muslim constituent of the former ruling United National Front (UNF) government has sent out warning signals to UNF Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe threatening to pull out their support if the LTTE represented Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is allowed to support the Wickremesinghe led party.

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem which declared his party’s support to the UNF early last week, has told the Prime Minister that neither does his party nor the pro-LTTE Tamil Alliance have anything in common.

“We would not want the UNF to have any tie-up with the TNA to form an administration and we have made that very clear and if such a situation occurs we would not support a future UNF government,” Hakeem reportedly told a leading national newspaper.

“We have nothing in common with them (TNA), they have never agreed to the basic demands of the Muslim community; and they have been hostile to our reasonable political aspirations. Unless they come down and accept the need for self rule for Muslim-dominated areas and to achieve our right to participate as an independent Muslim delegation, we will have no coalition with them,” he said.
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Anandasangaree lashes out at his colleagues
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 1, 2004, 10.51 pm. Tamil United Liberation Front Leader V. Anandasangaree’s has severely criticised several of his senior colleagues for accepting the LTTE as the sole representatives of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. The TULF is an important stake holder of the Tamil National Alliance.

Anandasangaree has said that certain top members of the TNA/TULF were mere proxies of the LTTE. He has however said that even though some have left room to be intimidated by the LTTE, he would fight for the aspiration of the Tamil community independently without being intimidated by the LTTE.

He has blamed his party’s Vice President Joseph Pararajasinghem, General Secretary R. Sambandan and several other senior TULF members and other members affiliated to the TNA outside the TULF party as being scapegoats of the LTTE

The Tamil National Alliance launched its election manifesto yesterday. The Manifesto stresses that the LTTE should be accepted as the sole representative of the Tamil community in the country, the urgent need for the resumption of the peace process and the need for its continuation, getting the proposed interim administration and the need to achieve permanent peace in the country.
Published: Mon Mar 1 11:52:26 EST 2004 Back to the top


UNP Candidate Shot Dead in Batticaloa
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 A.M Monday 1 March. A UNP candidate Sunderampillai was killed by two unknown gunmen at about 5.45 in the morning today... Back to the top

End to LTTE ban sought
Dawn, COLOMBO, March 1. A moderate Tamil political party alliance, backed by the Tamil Tigers, on Monday sought lifting of the ban on the Tigers imposed by several countries... Back to the top

JVP Leader Slams Devolution, Criticises India
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.55 A.M Tuesday 2 March. JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe has categorically rejected devolution and has reiterated his party's opposition to the 13th amendment and has criticized India's support for devolution... Back to the top

Tamils Threaten to Split Sri Lanka Over Lack of Talks, AFP Says
bloomberg.com, March 1, 2004. March 1 (Bloomberg) -- A political alliance backed by Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers today said the Tamil people in the island's north may declare independence unless the government revives peace talks with the rebel group, Agence France-Presse reported... Back to the top

TNA s election manifesto claims LTTE as sole representatives
deepikaglobal.com, March 01, 2004, 16:00 EST . Two years after a ceasefire was declared in Sri Lanka, the Swiss government is facing calls to boost its peace efforts in the country... Back to the top

Tamil party lines up behind rebels in S.Lanka vote
reuters.com, 01 Mar 2004 14:32. A Tamil party that could hold the balance of power after Sri Lanka's elections next month issued a manifesto on Monday that echoed the Tamil Tiger rebels, including their call for a separate state if peace talks fail... Back to the top

Voting in LTTE-controlled areas: An opportunity for statesmanship
dailymirror.lk, March 1, 2004. The forthcoming general election on April 2 is not one that the vast majority of people wanted... Back to the top

Swiss aim to promote peace in Sri Lanka
nzz.ch, March 01, 2004, 16:00 EST . Two years after a ceasefire was declared in Sri Lanka, the Swiss government is facing calls to boost its peace efforts in the country... Back to the top

“Honour the Priesthood, don’t contest the election” Mahanayaka tells Buddhist monks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 29, 2004, 11.58 pm. The Mahanayaka of the Ramanya Nikaya, the Most Venerable Vevaldeniye Medalankara Thera today called upon all Buddhist priests who are scheduled to contest the forthcoming election to “Honour the Noble Priesthood”, while strongly disapproving the decision their decision to contest the general election... Back to the top

No polling in LTTE-occupied areas
dailymirror.lk, March 1, 2004. Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayaka has ruled out the possibility of conducting elections in the LTTE controlled areas at the general elections on April 2... Back to the top

Scandinavian monitors rule out Sri Lanka election supervision
com, March 1, 2004. Scandinavian monitors of a truce between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have ruled out any involvement in overseeing national elections in guerrilla-held territory... Back to the top

Vote for a peace party, says LTTE
dailymirror.lk, March 1, 2004. The LTTE has urged the majority Sinhala people to express their solidarity and support to the political forces which recognise the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Tamil people, Former Minister T... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Put human rights first during elections
scoop.co.nz, March 1, 2004. In the run up to parliamentary elections called for 2 April, Amnesty International is urging political parties and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (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... Back to the top

SLMC begins its election campaign
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 29, 2004, 11.52 pm. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has kicked off its grand inaugural election rally in Sammanthurai (of the Ampara District) late evening today... Back to the top

TNA launches its election manifesto
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 29, 2004, 11.47 pm. The Tamil National Alliance today launched its manifesto to the masses during an election rally in Northern Vavuniya... Back to the top

Talks with LTTE sans conditions could lead to war - PM
dailymirror.lk, March 1, 2004. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that UPFA's decision to enter into talks with the LTTE without any conditions will lead the country to another war bloodier that what began in 1994... Back to the top

Lanka gets Rs. 1.3 b grant from Japan
dailymirror.lk, March 1, 2004. Finance Ministry said yesterday that the Government of Japan has provided a grant of Japanese Yen 1,500 million (approximately Rs... Back to the top

Air Sahara ’ s flight to Colombo on April
com, March 1, 2004. Air Sahara's plans to take its wings overseas is set to take off with the launch of commercial flights on the Chennai-Colombo-Chennai sector on April 7... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opens trade centre in Chennai
business-standard.com, March 1, 2004 . The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) has setup a trade centre in Chennai at a cost of Rs 1.7 crore to showcase Sri Lankan industry and commerce in India... Back to the top

Consolation win for Sri Lanka in final one-day match, Australia takes series 3-2
Associated Press, Sun February 29, 2004 06:58 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - took a morale-boosting three-wicket win over Australia on Sunday in their fifth and final one-day International at Sinhalese Sports Club ground... Back to the top

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