The Lanka Academic

 
MARCH 11, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 340

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South is The Way Forward For Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 A.M Friday 12 March. A top ANC Official say the way forward for Sri Lanka is the South and the two main parties should get together and form a common strategy as far as negotiations are concerned. Ebrahim I Ebrahim, former Advisor to the South African Vice President also said " South must have an all-inclusive process. All the parties in the south, particularly the two main parties should get together and include organs of civil society and try and form a common strategy as far as negotiations are concerned. Once you have achieved that consensus then you can enter in to meaningful negations with the north and come to a resolution of the conflict." He emphasized that the south will have to get its act together.

Ebrahim said "I see confusion in the country today with lots of division. In the LTTE we find divisions in the north and the northeast. In the south also there are very sharp divisions between the two main parties. So the situation is not very clear now." He expressed hope that after the elections situation would normalize and there would be some stability and people would know where the country is moving.

Ebrahim I Ebrahim who was in Sri Lanka on a short visit joined the South African liberation struggle in 1952. When the ANC was banned in 1960 he became a part of the group that organized the resistance to the state of emergency. In 1963 he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment on Robben Island and was released in 1979. Again in 1986 he was charged with high treason and sentenced to 20 years in imprisonment. He was released in 1991. Closely connected to former South African President Nelson Mandela, Ebrahim is currently a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC. He is a former member of parliament, chairperson of the foreign affairs committee of parliament Ebarahim was also the Senior Political and Economic Advisor to the Deputy President of South Africa.
Published: Thu Mar 11 22:13:54 EST 2004


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Prabhakaran- Karuna Rift Could Create Problems for Norway says TOP ANC Man
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45 A.M Friday 12 March. Ebrahim I Ebrahim a Member of the National Executve Committee of the ANC and former Advisor to South African Vice President says the split in the LTTE would create problems for the Norwegians facilitators. He said " I know that it would create problems for the Norwegians because if the talks resume and if you have only Prabhakarans group at the talks and if the east maintain its armed wing it will create some type of problems." However he expressed hope that the matter would be resolved somehow Closely connected to former South African President Nelson Mandela, Ebrahim. has visited the country more than four times. When questioned if he thought if the LTTE would go back to war again, Ebrahim said " My talks with the LTTE suggest that they are not prepared to go back to war. They said they are committed to the ceasefire agreement. They have maintained the ceasefire agreement despite the crisis in the south. They have assured us that they want a peaceful resolution to the problems."

Speaking of the role played by the Norwegian monitors, the ANC member said " I don't know. Nordic countries have been doing a good job. They have a history of being impartial" On the issue of inviting India as a monitor Ebrahim had this to say " As for India, India is just next-door. It is ok if all the parties accept them. We don't know if all the parties would accept them. What are their attitudes towards India? If the North is suspicious of India then they cannot play that role. We must have people who would be accepted by all the parties, whose impartiality would not be doubted by any party.
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Renegade rebel denounces Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers
reuters.com, 11 Mar 2004 14:5. Sri Lanka's breakaway rebel commander denounced the Tamil Tigers on Thursday, saying they were no longer the sole representatives of the Tamil people, in a rift that complicates the island's peace bid.The eastern commander, who goes by the nom de guerre Karuna, said Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran lacked the leadership to bridge the gap the two sides were facing -- an unprecedented slap in the face to the founder of the movement. More...
Published: Thu Mar 11 16:29:19 EST 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Breakaway Rebels Prepare for Fight With Tamil Tigers
Bloomberg News, March 11. March 11 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has ordered his troops to prepare for battle with a rebel splinter group, a spokesman for the breakaway group's leader said... Back to the top

Renegade rebel hardens stance on S . Lanka s Tigers
alertnet.org, March 11. A breakaway Sri Lankan rebel commander -- who has the support of 6,000 fighters -- denounced the Tamil Tigers on Thursday, saying they were no longer the sole representatives of the Tamil people... Back to the top

Renegade rebel commander willing to meet Sri Lanka's top Tiger leader on condition
AP, March 11. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A renegade guerrilla commander said Thursday he would meet with the head of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels if the Tigers allow his breakaway group to exist separately... Back to the top

Sri Lanka govt plays down threats from rebel split
reuters.com, March 11, 2004, 7:40 AM EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government on Thursday played down the effect a split among Tamil Tiger rebels may have on the peace process, saying the important thing was all sides remained Back to the top

Journalists critical of govt officials and Tamil rebel groups still risked threats and harassment in 2003.
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.35 A.M Thursday 11 March. The Committe to Protect Journalists say in its annual report that though the cease-fire in Sri Lanka brought journalists greater access to northern and eastern Sri Lanka last year and the military removed roadblocks and checkpoints Journalists who wrote critical stories about government officials and Tamil rebel groups still risked threats and harassment in 2003... Back to the top

Sri Lanka -Australia scoreboard at stumps on fourth day
Associated Press, Thu March 11, 2004 07:19 EST . - - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scoreboard at stumps on the fourth day of the first cricket test between Sri Lanka - and Australia at Galle International Stadium: Sri Lanka - , 1st innings 381 all out Australia second innings (Overnight: 193 for two) Justin Langer lbw b Jayasuriya 32 Matthew Hayden c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 130 Ricky Ponting run out 28 Damien Martyn c sub... Back to the top

Split in Tiger ranks keep Sri Lankan troops on tenterhooks
channel News Asia, march 11. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka: A split in the leadership of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger movement has left government forces navigating uncharted waters while trying to hold together a fragile truce with the rebels... Back to the top

European Union blasts Sri Lanka for ignoring electoral reforms
Associated Press, Thu March 11, 2004 04:36 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The European Union blasted the Sri Lankan government for failing to reform its electoral system, saying such inaction hampered the island's democracy... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger renegades deny external force behind split
khaleejtimes.com, 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... Back to the top

FEATURE-Tamileelam Bank symbol of Sri Lankan rebel autonomy
Reuters, March 11. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, March 11 (Reuters) - There's no marble in the lobby, no computer on the counter and no air-conditioning for the customers... Back to the top

Show of strength by the rebels' rebel
BBC, march 11. I travelled 15 hours in a van to territory held by the Tamil Tigers in eastern Sri Lanka only to have Wordsworth quoted at me by the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tamil Tigers deny they re gearing up for a civil war
abc.net.au, 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... Back to the top

LTTE to ask Govt not to have links with renegade Karuna
deepikaglobal.com, 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... 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 ...
eastday.com, 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

SRI LANKA LAUNCHES ITS FIRST BIODEGRADABLE BAG
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
dailymirror.lk, 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?
bbc.co.uk, 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 ...
abc.net.au, 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

Australia 512 - 8 dec ( 220 ) v Sri Lanka ( 381 )
cricmania.com, March 11, 2004, 7:40 AM EST. GALLE, Sri Lanka, March 11 (Reuters) - Australia declared their second innings on 512 Back to the top

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