The Lanka Academic

MARCH 8, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 337

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“This is what we always wanted”- LTTE’s Batticaloa Office
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.15 A.M Tuesday March 9. Kannan, a spokesman for the LTTE’s Batticaloa political office said that the people living in Batticaloa/Ampara were very happy about the new developments in the LTTE and Karuna’s control over the east. Kannan said “This is what we always wanted and we are very happy about this” Kannan emphasized the fact that the people were happy about the new developments. He also said that life was normal in the area and the usual political and other training activities were being carried out and LTTE’s all political and other offices were under Karuna’s control. He insisted that Batticaloa area was peaceful and election work could be carried out without any problems. Kannan confirmed that they continued to support the TNA in the coming elections.
Published: Mon Mar 8 23:25:05 EST 2004

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Confusing Reports on Col. Pathuman's status.
Special Correspondent for The Lanka Academic, March 9. There are conflicting reports on Col. Pathuman's status within the LTTE organization. Col. Pathuman was the military head of for the Trincomalee District until the recent upheaval brought about by Col. Karuna’s defection from the LTTE.

In an interview with the BBC's Tamil Service on Sunday, Col. Karuna is reported to have stated that Pathuman had gone to Kilinochchi to discuss Karuna's complaints with the LTTE leadership in Wanni, and expressed his belief that Pathuman may have been placed under arrest.

On Monday, in a hastily arranged news conference in Kilinochchi, LTTE leadership presented Pathuman who disputed Karuna's suggestions that he may be under house arrest in Kilinochchi. However keen observers of the press conference were quick to point out the fact that Pathuman, a military head in the LTTE, was not in military uniform while the other military leaders were all wearing uniform.

On monday, LTTE sources in Kilinochchi said that Col. Pathuman is no longer the Trincomalee military head, but refused to offer explanations for his change of status.The LTTE sources in Kilinochchi admitted that Col. Pathuman was viewed as a "sympathetic person" to Col. Karuna

Meanwhile, our sources indicate that Col. Sornam took over the position of the military head for the Trincomalee district, replacing Pathuman. Sornam hails from the same town as Pirbakaran, -Valvettithurai in the northern Jaffna district.

LTTE's hastily arranged news conference to present Pathuman, after Karuna's comments aired on the BBC, suggests LTTE's growing concern over the turn of events in the east. Pathuman's current status within the LTTE remains unclear.
Published: Mon Mar 8 23:10:45 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Behind Karuna's revolt
The Hindu , March 8. TWO YEARS years ago, when Velupillai Prabakaran addressed his first press conference in a decade, sharing the dais with him in that makeshift hall in Killinochchi were those he considered his closest confidantes. On his right, Anton Balasingham, who described himself as the "theoretician" of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, S. P. Thamilselvan, the leader of the political wing of the LTTE, and Balasingham's wife Adele. On his left, V. Muralitharan, better known by his nom de guerre Karuna, his military commander in Batticaloa and Amparai, and Paduman, the military commander in Trincomalee. Conspicuous by his absence was Karikalan, the political head of the LTTE in Batticaloa and Amparai. More...
Published: Mon Mar 8 23:46:06 EST 2004 Back to the top

The Clash Of The Tamil Warlords
Outlook India, March 8 . Ever since the ceasefire accord between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE was signed two years ago, there were persistent reports of unhappiness amongst the Tamils of the East over what was seen by them as unjustified overtures to the Muslims by the northern leadership of the LTTE, over the lack of recognition of the Easterners, who had fought and won most of the battles of the LTTE against the Sri Lanka Army and over the perceived discriminatory treatment meted out to them in the North... Back to the top

Jathika Hela Urumaya threatened with death
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.30 A.M Tuesday March 9. Members of the Jathika Hela Urumaya have been receiving death threats on a continuous basis by way of phone calls during day and night... Back to the top

No Meeting with Solheim- Karuna’s LTTE
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.15 A.M Tuesday 9 March. Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim has not requested a meeting with rebel LTTE leader in the east Karuna Amman, according to his Spokesman Varathan... Back to the top

Rebel faction offers partnership to Sri Lanka Tigers, 08/03/2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A renegade faction of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Monday it would consider a "friendly partnership" with the rebels' northern leaders in a standoff that has complicated efforts to end 20 years of war on the island... Back to the top

Karuna revolt may have a wider impact on Lanka, MARCH 8. The revolt of Karuna, the eastern command leader of the LTTE, will not mean a vertical split, but is certainly a huge embarrassment to its supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Special Team Sent to Assassinate Karuna- Spokesman
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 P.M Monday 8 March. Spokesman for the rebel Eastern Commander of the LTTE, Karuna Amman said today that LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran had sent a special team to Trincomalee in preparation to assassinate Karuna... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels offer amnesty to renegade rebel commander
Associated Press, Mon March 8, 2004 09:37 EST . - - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebel group offered an amnesty to its expelled renegade commander Monday and stressed he was alone in his battle to break away from the main guerrilla group... Back to the top

Factional war in Sri Lanka feared
Dawn, COLOMBO, March 7. Sri Lankan troops are bracing for fighting between Tamil factions, a military official said on Sunday, as breakaway rebels claimed their leader was being targeted by death squads and vowed to hit back... Back to the top

Batticaloa Bishop and his team meet LTTE Leaders, March 08,. Bishop Rt. Rev. Kingsley Swampillai and his team from Batticaloa consisting of the eastern university representatives, NGOs and members of the business community, met with LTTE Political Head Mr... Back to the top

LTTE row creates a powder keg, Colombo, March 8. The people of the eastern Tamil region of Batticaloa-Amparai (BA) are on tenterhooks... Back to the top

Renegade warlord puts forces on alert in Tamil Tiger rift, overshadowing mediator's visit
Associated Press, Sun March 7, 2004 23:30 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway is launching a new bid to keep alive Sri Lanka - 's peace process, threatened by a potentially explosive split in the ranks of the rebel Tamil Tigers and a snap parliamentary election triggered by infighting between the president and prime minister... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Rebels Unite as Prabhakaran's Authority Challenged
Bloomberg, march 8. Sri Lanka's top rebel commanders rallied around Velupillai Prabhakaran as the leader of the Tamil Tigers faced the most serious challenge to his authority since beginning his armed struggle for a separate Tamil state in 1983... Back to the top

Australia 220 all out, Sri Lanka 81 for one
Associated Press, Mon March 8, 2004 06:41 EST . - - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scoreboard at the end of first day's play of the first of three test matches between Sri Lanka - and Australia on Monday: Sri Lanka - , 1st innings Marvan Atapattu not out 29 Sanath Jayasuriya lbw Warne 35 Kumar Sangakkara not out 16 Extras: (bye 1) 1 Total: (For one wicket... Back to the top

President tells LTTE to stop assassinating candidates
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 7, 2004, 11.55 pm. The President Chandrika Kumaratunga has told the LTTE to immediately stop assassinating North East Province candidates contesting the forthcoming General Election, if their organisation is responsible for the recent murders... Back to the top

Peace envoy heads for Sri Lanka, Monday, 8 March, 2004, 11:56 GMT . A Norwegian envoy is due in Sri Lanka as a split in Tamil Tiger rebel ranks threatens the peace process... Back to the top

Tigers open talks to regain control of east
Gulf News, march 8. Tamil Tigers loyal to their chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, opened discussions yesterday on how to regain control of the tension-high guerrilla-held areas in the eastern province from the deposed military wing leader, Karuna, amid reports that the former regional leader was still showing resistance in handing over duties... Back to the top

S.Lanka Tigers' split shatters ruthless discipline
Reuters, march 7. COLOMBO, March 7 (Reuters) - A black string with a cyanide capsule on the end is the symbol of the fanaticism and discipline of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers in their separatist war... Back to the top

Australia wins toss, elects to bat against Sri Lanka ;, Symonds making test debut
Associated Press, Sun March 7, 2004 23:13 EST . - - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat in hist country's first of three tests against Sri Lanka - in this southern seaside town Monday... Back to the top

Renegade rebel chief accuses Tamil Tigers of sending 'killing squads' to attack him; newspapers warn of return of civil war
Associated Press, March 6. SHIMALI SENANAYAKE Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A powerful renegade rebel commander on Sunday accused the Tamil Tigers' top leadership of dispatching ``killer squads'' to attack him and has ordered his forces on alert while local newspapers warned Sri Lanka may return to civil war... Back to the top

Expelled LTTE s Eastern Commander getting isolated, Mar 7. Colombo, Mar 7 (UNI) The LTTE's deposed commander of the East, V Muralitharan, suffered yet another blow as one of his close confidante and senior leader from the East, Sivagnanam Karikalan, arrived in Wanni today for discussions with the rebel leadership about the worsening situation in the Eastern Batticaloa district... Back to the top

REGION: Lanka on red alert, troops brace for factional war, Monday, March 08, 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lankan troops are bracing for fighting between Tamil factions, a military official said Sunday, as breakaway rebels claimed their leader was being targeted by death squads and vowed to hit back... Back to the top

LTTE prepare for factional war
com, March 07, 10:10 EST. Colombo: Sri Lankan troops were placed on maximum alert today as a breakaway faction of Tamil Tigers expressed fears that their leader in the east was being targeted for assassination and vowed to hit back... Back to the top

TNA Candidates Stop Election Campaign in Batticaloa
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Monday 8 March. TNA candidates in Batticaloa have temporarily stopped their election propaganda campaign from today according to 'Eelam Nation'... Back to the top

Sri Lanka on red alert as Tigers, troops brace for factional war, March 07, 10:10 EST. Sri Lankan troops are bracing for fighting between Tamil factions, a military official said, as breakaway rebels claimed their leader was being targeted by death squads and vowed to hit back... Back to the top

Committee on Migrant Workers Calls for Greater Ratification of Migrants Treaty
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.15 P.M Sunday 7 March. The independent panel monitoring the implementation of the International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families has urged more countries to ratify the treaty so that its protection could be extended to the large and growing number of people moving across borders to work... Back to the top

Sanath Jayasuriya promises big things for test openerEds. note:
Associated Press, Sun March 7, 2004 00:16 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's best known batsman, Sanath Jayasuriya, says he is in no mood to retire and believes that he will come of out of the ``bad patch'' in the first test against Australia beginning Monday... Back to the top

Breakaway Sri Lankan rebel commander retains control of 6,000 troops
Associated Press, Sat March 6, 2004 23:02 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A powerful Sri Lankan rebel commander remained in control of 6,000 troops Sunday, a day after Tamil Tiger leaders expelled him from their ranks... Back to the top

LTTE leadership sacks breakaway commander
Gulf News, March 07, 2004 . The Tamil guerrilla leadership yesterday moved in a special team from the Northern Province to wrest control of the east and take over arms and ammunition held by eastern military wing leader 'Colonel' Karuna who was branded as a traitor and sacked from his position... Back to the top

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