The Lanka Academic

MARCH 4, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 333

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It is Not In Our Character to Comment LTTE’s Internal Problems- Hakeem
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.45 A.M Friday 5 March. Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauf Hakeem said even though the LTTE had made unwanted comments on the internal problems within the SLMC he and his party would not make any comments on the rift between Prabhakaran and Eastern leader, Karuna. Speaking to The Lanka Academic from the East, Hakeem said “We will not speak out of turn. It is not in our character to comment on internal conflicts of other parties even though the LTTE spoke out of turn and made unnecessary comments about differences between Muslims.” Hakeem appealed to Muslims in Sri Lanka to unite. The SLMC leader pointed out that it was the key. He also said that the SLMC would push for a separate Muslim delegation to take part at future peace talks. “We are looking for community oriented devolution of power within a federal frame work.” Hakeem added
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LTTE ’ s rebel faction goes public on grievances, March 4. Even as the Leader of the LTTE’s Political Wing, SP Tamilselvan, declared in Kilinochchi on Thursday that the crisis in his organisation was “temporary” and that it would be resolved “soon”, the rebel faction in the Batticaloa-Amparai district led by Senior Commander Colonel Karuna, went public on its “grievances.” Tamilnet website quotes Tamilselvan as telling the visiting Head of the Scandinavian-staffed Sri Lanka (Ceasefire) Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Maj.Gen.Trond Furuhovde, that the LTTE chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran was engaged in discussions on the matter with the leaders of the Batticaloa-Amparai area such as Special Commander Ramesh and Batticalao district political wing head, Kausalyan. Colonel Karuna’s daily newspaper “Tamil Alai”, coming out of Kokkadicholai in Batticaloa district, also played down the conflict. It said on Thursday that the reports about a “split” in the LTTE were spread by people wanting to create “panic and fear” in the public mind and that the Batticalao-Amparai unit indeed was functioning with commitment to the LTTE’s cause under the “command of our national leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the guidance of Commander Col Karuna.” More...
Published: Thu Mar 4 22:01:13 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Tigers seek defence pact with Sri Lanka, March 4, 2004. COLOMBO: A regional Tamil Tiger commander who broke away from the main guerrilla organisation on Thursday has asked for a defence pact and a truce with Sri Lankan security forces, defence officials and rebels said. The new faction of the Tamil Tigers led by the group’s eastern commander, V. Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, called for an agreement to replace the current Norwegian-brokered truce, officials and rebels close to Karuna said. Rebel sources in the eastern district of Batticaloa where Karuna is in control said they were awaiting a response from the authorities to their request following a split with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Thu Mar 4 23:36:31 EST 2004 Back to the top
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Breakaway rebel group seeks separate truce pact with Sri Lankan government
Associated Press, Thu March 4, 2004 17:54 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka - (AP) A splinter faction of the Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday it is seeking a separate truce agreement with the government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Rebels Say Breakaway Group Cannot Negotiate Truce, March 4, 2004. March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said the unit in the east led by Colonel Karuna, which broke away, can't negotiate a separate peace agreement with the Sri Lankan government to end a 20-year civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rebels Report High-Level Split
VOA, 04 Mar 2004, 14:12 UTC. In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger rebels have said their group is facing a crisis... Back to the top

Main political parties refuse to comment on LTTE rift, March 4, 2004. Colombo, Mar 4 (UNI) Sri Lankan political parties have refused to comment on the rift in the Tamil Tiger ranks, saying it was the ''internal matter of the rebel organisation... Back to the top

UPFA condemns LTTE killings; tells Ranil to handle it, March 4, 2004. The United People's Freedom Alliance yesterday strongly condemned the two recent alleged murders by the LTTE and challenged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to handle it with the LTTE soon since he was the signatory of the ceasefire agreement... Back to the top

A Former Army Commander Says People Will Pressure the LTTE to Settle Problems
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.45 A.M Friday 5 March. A former Sri Lankan Army Commander said that the people living in north east would pressure the LTTE to settle their differences and work for peace in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE says Karuna’s breakaway only temporary
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 4, 2004, 11.45 pm. LTTE political wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam today assured the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) that the ongoing LTTE crisis is only temporary and a resolution will be reached soon... Back to the top

President is responsible for the killing of our candidate – UNP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 4, 2004, 11.29 pm. The United National Front, which lost one of its Eastern Province candidates, has cited President Chandrika Kumaratunga as responsible for the murder, as she is in charge of the Defence and Interior Ministries... Back to the top

LTTE says it is facing crisis after reported split, ,MAR 4 (PTI). Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels today said they were facing a crisis within their leadership after a reported "split" in the party ranks as peace broker Norway moved to salvage the fragile ceasefire... Back to the top

Norwegian peace monitors meet with Tamil Tiger leaders, discuss 'dangerous' split
Associated Press, Thu March 4, 2004 08:48 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger rebels acknowleged a split among their ranks on Thursday, as Norwegian-led peace monitors met with leaders of the secretive guerrilla group to discuss the ``dangerous'' division... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels say internal crisis is temporary, March 4, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers admitted on Thursday there was a crisis in their organisation, which could threaten efforts to put the island's peace process back on track, but said they would resolve the problem... Back to the top

Dialog launch 3G trial in Sri Lanka, March 4, 2004. Dialog GSM begun trial of 3G mobile services Tuesday in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, that will last for one year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka candidates pull out amid death threats, killings, March 04, 2004, 1:30 PM EST. COLOMBO (AFP) - Tamil Tiger death threats have forced ruling party candidates in eastern Sri Lanka to pull out of the running for next month's parliamentary elections, police said Wednesday Back to the top

Lanka reacts cautiously to Tiger rift, March 4, 2004. Colombo: Sri Lanka's main political parties on Thursday reacted cautiously to reports of a rift with Tamil Tiger leadership as Norway moved to salvage a fragile truce... Back to the top

EPDP candidate injured
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 4, 2004, 10.50 pm. Eelam Peoples Democratic Party Ampara District Candidate Thurairajah Lal was injured today morning when two LTTE cadres threw a grenade at him and a group of other EPDP members in Kalmunai... Back to the top

UNP Is Yet To Condemn Killing Of Party Candidate- JVP
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.30 P.M Thursday 4 March. JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawnsa questioned today why the UNP is yet to condemn the killing of its Batticaloa candidate Sunderampillai... Back to the top

Country profile: Sri Lanka, March 04, 2004, 1:30 PM EST. Nestling off the southern tip of India, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has beguiled travellers for centuries with its palm-fringed beaches, diverse landscapes and historical monuments... Back to the top

Breakaway Tamil Tiger leader a tough military strategist, former confidant of top leader
Associated Press, Thu March 4, 2004 02:21 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A rebel officer who reportedly broke away from the main Tamil Tiger guerrilla army along with more than a third of its fighters is considered a tough military strategist and once was the chief bodyguard of top rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Prabhakaran undisputed leader, saysLTTE s eastern wing, 04.03.2004. The LTTE's Batticalao and Amparai wing has denied that it has split from the main organisation, but it has made it clear that it will take orders only from the supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Peace monitors head to Sri Lankan rebel stronghold to discuss ``dangerous'' split in guerrilla forces
Associated Press, Wed March 3, 2004 23:27 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A ``dangerous'' split among the Tamil Tiger rebels led the agenda Thursday for Norwegian-led peace monitors heading to northern Sri Lanka - to meet with guerrilla leaders, a top monitor said... Back to the top

Vaiko stands by his support for LTTE, March 4, 2004. Chennai, Mar 4 (UNI) Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) General Secretary Vaiko today reiterated his support to the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in its fight for the Tamils in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Conflicting reports about Sri Lanka rebel split, 04 Mar 2004 05:10 . Sri Lanka's peace process was thrown into further confusion on Thursday with conflicting reports about a split in the Tamil Tiger rebel group... Back to the top

Chandrika's brother eyes presidency
Gulf News, 04-03-2004 . President Chandrika Kumaratunga's brother, Anura Bandaranaike, is staking a claim for Presidency despite a firm assurance from Kumaratunga that the executive Presidential system would be abolished, in the event of returning to power... Back to the top

LTTE's leadership ticks off cadres for election killings, March 3. The LTTE's leadership has ticked off its cadres for killing two opposition election candidates in the eastern district of Batticaloa on Monday, according to reports reaching Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s monitors meet rebels, March 04, 2004 7:30 EST. The head of Sri Lanka's ceasefire monitors has met Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Ranil is a peon compared to President says Mahinda Rajapakse
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 3, 2004, 9.43 pm. Former Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse today reiterated the need for a strong government... Back to the top

IMF to discuss Sri Lanka today, March 4, 2004. The influential Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will discuss Sri Lanka, its current status and future today as part of its annual Article 4 consultation process... Back to the top

Etihad Airways launches Lanka service, March 4, 2004. Etihad Airways has launched its first route outside the Middle East, with the commencement of services to Colombo... Back to the top

Sihala Urumaya member demands for the arrest of LTTE leader Prabhakaran
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 3, 2004, 9.28 pm. The Court of Appeal has ordered the CID and the Inspector General of Police to make necessary submissions in connection to the arrest of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror, March 4, 2004. The first killing in the run-up to the April general elections was reported yesterday when unidentified gunmen burst into a hospital and shot dead a Batticaloa district UNP candidate in his hospital bed... Back to the top

Sri Lankan poll watch groups concerned over election violence, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed March 3, 2004 14:48 EST . - - COLOMBO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's independent election monitoring groups on Wednesday expressed their concern over the escalating violence in electioneering in the run up to the April 2 parliamentary poll... Back to the top

Australia takes massive 568 runs lead
Associated Press, Thu March 4, 2004 00:33 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australian captain Ricky Ponting declared at the overnight total of 250 for four in the second innings Thursday, taking a massive 568-run lead on the third and final day of a warm-up match against the Sri Lanka - Cricket President's XI... Back to the top

I have never supported LTTE s terrorist activities : Vaiko, March 3, 2004. New Delhi, March 3. (PTI): MDMK chief Vaiko today told the Central POTA Review Committee that he has been wrongly charged by the Tamil Nadu government under the tough anti-terrorism law as he did not support any terrorist activities of the banned LTTE in his speech near the temple town of Madurai three months after the Act came into force... Back to the top

EPRLF Says TNA Is Also Responsible for Election Violence
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.00 A.M Wednesday 3 March. EPRLF Candidate from Jaffna T. Sritharan says that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is also responsible for election related violence in the north east... Back to the top

Tamil party activist shot dead in Eastern Lanka, March 3, 2004. Tamil party activist shot dead in Eastern Lanka Colombo, Mar 2 (UNI) Some unidentified gunmen shot dead an activist of the Eelam People's Democratic Party in the Eastern Batticaloa district late last night, party sources said today... Back to the top

Top Tamil politician accuses Tiger rebels of intimidation ahead of election
Associated Press, Wed March 3, 2004 04:36 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels are intimidating candidates in the run-up to Sri Lanka - 's parliamentary elections, a lawmaker said Wednesday, following the shooting deaths of an activist and a politician who opposed the guerrillas... Back to the top

US condemns election killing in Sri Lanka, warns Tamil Tigers, March 3, 2004. WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday condemned the killing of an ethnic Tamil candidate ahead of Sri Lanka's elections next month, and warned Tamil Tiger rebels they were behaving like a terror group... Back to the top

Carrying Tunes All the Way From Sri Lanka
New York Times ( Registration req'd), march 3. HE recovering addicts and alcoholics settled into the community room at Coney Island Hospital's substance-abuse clinic for a bit of what their counselors call socialization... Back to the top

Lanka monks launch campaign, March 3, 2004. Colombo, March 2 (Reuters): Red-robed monks launched their campaign today for Sri Lanka’s approaching election with offerings to Buddha and a pledge to keep the country united in the face of demands to devolve powers to Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka name four spinners in 15-man squad, March 4, 2004. COLOMBO, March 4 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka have picked four specialist spinners in a 15-man squad for the first of three tests against Australia starting on Monday in Galle... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President bans beer ads, March 3, 2004. Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday banned all beer ads in state media which are under her control, according to a press note from her office Tuesday evening... Back to the top

Injured Dilhara blunts Lanka, March 3, 2004. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka 's speed bowling attack looks shaky heading into Monday's first Test against Australia with paceman Dilhara Fernando ruled out due to injuries... Back to the top

Hostile reception awaits shame Warne in Sri Lanka, March 3, 2004. Colombo: Australia's Shane Warne is set to face hostile Sri Lankan fans when he returns from a drug-induced ban to take part in next week's Test series, newspapers said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Aussies stamp authority in Sri Lanka, March 4, 2004. Colombo - Australia claimed a comprehensive 245-run win on Thursday over the Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI in a three-day warm-up match ahead of the first of three Tests against Sri Lanka starting on Monday... Back to the top

McGrath s Lanka hope, March 3, 2004. Glenn McGrath still holds out hope for a recall to the Test side in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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