The Lanka Academic

MARCH 10, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 339

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Tamil Tiger renegades deny external force behind split, 10 March 2004. Sri Lanka's renegade Tamil Tigers on Wednesday denied local media reports that India's external intelligence agency was behind the unprecedented split in the rebel movement.The spokesman for regional commander V. Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, said there was no outside involvement in his decision last week to mount the most serious challenge to the Tiger leadership. More...
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Sri Lanka s Tamil Tigers deny they re gearing up for a civil war, 10/03/2004 22:48:46 . Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have denied allegations by the leader of a breakaway faction that they are preparing to relaunch a civil war. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) say regional commander V Muralitharan, who led a breakaway last week, is trying to discredit the main rebel group after he was dismissed by supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran. More...
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LTTE to ask Govt not to have links with renegade Karuna, March 10, 2004 . The LTTE has decided to formally request the Sri Lankan Government ''not to have any talks or links with Colonel Karuna,'' a eastern military leader who was expelled by the rebel outfit on Saturday. Tension has been running high in the eastern part of Sri Lanka since the regional rebel leader, V Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, was sacked from the outfit on Saturday and replaced by a loyalist of Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran. ''We are going to officially request the Government of Sri Lanka and the security forces to not have any talks or links with Karuna,'' Mr Thamilselvan was quoted as saying, adding that it was ''ridiculous for Karuna to demand a separate truce pact with him.'' More...
Published: Wed Mar 10 13:04:40 EST 2004 Back to the top

Karuna is a Very Confident Man
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.55 A.M Wednesday 10 March. Sriyantha Walpola the photojournalist who photographed Karuna Amman at his Meenagam camp in Batticaloa said today that LTTE rebel leader Karuna looked very confident... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil rebels have no military power in east: breakaway ..., march 10 . The breakaway leader of Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels Karuna has said that the military wing of the organization is under his control and it has no military power in the east of the country, the official Daily News said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's ethnic cauldron takes dangerous turn: Tamil vs Tamil
Associated Press, Tue March 9, 2004 23:14 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) More than two decades of civil war in Sri Lanka - between minority Tamils and successive Sinhalese-led governments has taken a potentially explosive ethnic twist: Tamils turning against Tamils... Back to the top

41.172.174, March 10 2004. The first ever locally manufactured degradable polythene bag is soon to be launched on the Sri Lankan market, having already been successful on the British and Australian markets... Back to the top

Oslo won t intervene in LTTE crisis, March 10, 4:45 PM EST. Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim yesterday said his country would not interfere in the internal affairs of the LTTE, while a Back to the top

Renegade group says main Tamil Tiger outfit may be preparing for war; peace monitors halt patrols in east
Associated Press, Wed March 10, 2004 02:36 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A rebel leader who split with the Tamil Tiger guerrillas pulled his forces out because he believes the movement may be preparing to go back to war, the renegade leader's spokesman said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Can peace be restored?, Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 March, 2004, 13:3. A breakaway Tamil Tiger commander in Sri Lanka, Colonel Karuna, has accused the rebel leadership of preparing for a resummption of hostilities following the country's April elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace monitors halt patrols in areas held by breakaway ..., March 10, 7:30 AM EST. Monitors of a ceasefire between Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels have halted their patrols in areas held by a renegade rebel faction... Back to the top

Sangaree Says LTTE Students Attacked His Vehicle
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.20 A.M Wednesday 11 March. TULF leader V. Anandasangaree says that student group of the LTTE had carried out the attack on a vehicle being used in the election campaign by him yesterday... Back to the top

Five-wicket haul for Warne against Sri Lanka, 10 March. GALLE, Sri Lanka, March 10 (Reuters) - Australia's Shane Warne took five wickets for 116 runs as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 381 on third day of opening test on Wednesday... Back to the top

US Carefully Considering SL Proposal to Negotiate a FTA
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.30 A.M Wednesday 10 March. The United States says that the country is carefully considering Sri Lanka's proposal to negotiate a free trade agreement... Back to the top

Can Prabhakaran wrest control of the East? - An Analysis
Daily Mirror, March 9. Battle lines have been drawn in Mavadichenai, north of Verugal, as a Northern Tiger platoon led by a former Trinco military commander and Prabhakaran-loyalist Swarnam is facing stiff resistance from Eastern cadres led by Regi, brother of the leader of the South Tamil Eelam (Eastern) Col... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rebel Refuses to Cede Power
Associated Press, Tue March 9, 2004 10:41 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka - (AP) A renegade Tamil Tiger commander refused to relinquish power Tuesday, deepening a rebel rift that threatens to derail peace efforts aimed at ending the country's 20-year civil war... Back to the top

Meet the man who has split Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rebels
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LTTE briefs British High Commissioner on Eastern crisis
Deepika Global , March 10. The Wanni leadership of the Tamil Tiger rebels today briefed the visiting British High Commissioner Steven Evans on the current Eastern crisis caused by the breaking away of Colonel Karuna from the outfit... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger renegade vows no return to war in Sri Lanka
Channel News, March 9 . BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka : A top rebel who led an unprecedented split within the Tamil Tigers vowed he would not return Sri Lanka to its three-decade war but rejected an amnesty offered by the guerrilla chief... Back to the top

Cindy McCain to Visit Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.05 A.M Wednesday 10 March. Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes healthy 132 first innings lead in first test against Australia
Associated Press, Tue March 9, 2004 07:16 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) A stylish century from Tillakaratne Dilshan helped Sri Lanka - take a comfortable 132-run first innings lead at the end of the second day of its first cricket test against Australia... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger Leaders Try to End Rift With Breakaway Commander
Bloomberg, March 9. Leaders of Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam met a mediator from the country's eastern region to try to end a rift with the group's military commander in the area... Back to the top

EC to send team to observe Sri Lanka 's April 2 elections+
Associated Press, Tue March 9, 2004 10:11 EST . - - BRUSSELS, March 9 (Kyodo) The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, said Tuesday it has decided to send a mission to observe Sri Lanka - 's April 2 parliamentary elections at that country's invitation... Back to the top

EU Says Election Observers Recommendations Not addressed yet
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.10 P.M Tuesday 9 March. The European Union says that the key recommendations of the EU Election Observer Missions (EOM) in 2000 and 2001 have not yet been addressed by the government of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Rebel rift puts Sri Lanka candidates in quandary, March 09, 2004, 7:45 AM EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Campaign plans for candidates in Sri Lanka's east were going ahead on Tuesday despite a split in Tamil Tiger ranks that threatens the island's peace process and complicates what already promised to be a violent election... Back to the top

Beware when Tigers fall out
Asia Times , march 9 . Another complicating dimension has been added to Sri Lanka's beleaguered peace process following a formal split in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Voters from LTTE controlled areas wont be checked . ., March 09, . "I am keeping fine," Colonel Pathuman, Trincomalee district military commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told TamilNet Tuesday evening by telephone from Vanni... Back to the top

Need to promote peace in Sri Lanka, 9 March 2004 . TAMIL Tigers in Sri Lanka have broken up. A new faction led by a renegade leader does not listen anymore to the rebels' top leadership... Back to the top

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