The Lanka Academic

 
MARCH 5, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 334

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Prisoners Escape from ' Eelam' Police Station
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.25 A.M Saturday 6 March. Number of prisoners who were remanded at the Tamil 'Eelam' police stations in Batticaloa had already escaped. The prisoners had escaped as the Tamil ' Eelam' Police stopped their activities in Batticaloa following the dispute between LTTE's eastern leader Karuna and the LTTE leadership. Our sources say that the 'Eelam' police officials were forced to stop their activities in Batticaloa. 'Eelam' courts operated in Batticaloa also have been closed, sources said.
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Balance of forces tilt against rebels in LTTE
HT, Colombo, March 5. The split in the LTTE is for real, despite public statements to the contrary from the eastern rebel leader Col Karuna and the head of the LTTE's political wing, SP Tamilselvan. And as of now, the balance of forces is tilted against the rebels and in favour of the north-dominated, Wanni-based leadership of the militant organization, presided over by the redoubtable Velupillai Prabhakaran. It is not yet clear if Karuna has the support of the entirety of the Batticalao-Amparai (BA) district unit, which he claims to represent. Nor is it certain if he has the support of the people of BA district, whose grievances he has highlighted. But forces outside are clearly not on Karuna's side. The Sri Lankan government has refused to entertain Karuna's request to enter into a separate ceasefire agreement (CFA) with the BA district unit as represented by him. The government, meaning the President and the Prime Minister, have both said that the CFA with Prabhakaran will stand. The Sri Lankan armed forces have refused to stop Karuna's rivals from moving from the east to the safety of the north, or to allow his cadres to cross over from the hostile north to the safety of the east. The armed forces have thus sided with Prabhakaran. More...
Published: Fri Mar 5 16:45:59 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Factional war fears rise as Sri Lanka rejects deal with renegades
channelnewsasia.com, 05 March 2004 2344 hrs . Sri Lanka's fragile peace process faltered with fears the country could slide back into civil war after the government rejected a breakaway Tamil Tiger commander's request for a defence pact and separate truce. Defence Secretary Cyril Herath said he could not agree to the request from Karuna -- whose real name is V. Muralitharan -- the renegade eastern commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who is believed to lead some 6,000 fighters. More...
Published: Fri Mar 5 15:00:13 EST 2004 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka 's Defense Ministry rejects separate truce with breakaway rebel group
Associated Press, Thu March 4, 2004 22:55 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government on Friday rejected a call for a separate truce with a faction of the Tamil Tiger rebels that broke away from the main group this week, a top Defense Ministery official said... Back to the top

LTTE Eastern leader talks tough in interview
dailymirror.lk, March 5, 2004 16:25 EST. An eastern faction of the Tamil Tiger rebels that broke with the main group this week in the movement's first major rift says it is seeking a separate truce with the government, a move that international mediators say could complicate peace efforts... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

European Union condemns pre-poll killings by suspected Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Fri March 5, 2004 10:17 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The European Union on Friday condemned the recent killings by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels of political activists who opposed their views ahead of Sri Lanka - 's upcoming parliamentary elections... Back to the top

The explosive rift in the LTTE
dailymirror.lk, March 5, 2004 , 7:30 Am EST. From time to time during Asia's longest civil war, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) took time off to wipe out other Tamil militant organizations in its struggle for supremacy... Back to the top

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
bloomberg.com, 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
deepikaglobal.com, 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
dailymirror.lk, 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

Sri Lankan Elephants Desperately Hunting for a Job
Yahoo, March 5, 2004 , 7:30 Am EST. GALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Elephant polo is a slow game at the best of times, and especially so in Sri Lanka... 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
outlookindia.com, ,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
reuters.com, 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
3gnewsroom.com, 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
brunei-online.com, 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
manoramaonline.com, 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
bbc.co.uk, 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
hindustantimes.com, 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
deepikaglobal.com, 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
reuters.com, 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

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

IMF to discuss Sri Lanka today
dailymirror.lk, 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
tradearabia.com, 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

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

Sri Lanka name four spinners in 15-man squad
reuters.co.uk, 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

Aussies stamp authority in Sri Lanka
iol.co.za, 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

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