The Lanka Academic

MARCH 15, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 344

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Sangaree Complains to Solheim about LTTE
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Tuesday 16 March. TULF leader V. Anandasangaree has told Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim that LTTE's strong-arm tactics in Jaffna would not work and LTTE obstructing his campaign activities in Jaffna will not help the organization to gain proper recognition.

The TULF leader told The Academic " I briefed him about the situation in Jaffna and told him what is happening there. I said that the people of Jaffna should decide on their free will, who they want to vote for. Anandasangaree described the meeting with Solheim as very cordial. However Solheim had not responded to Sangaree's observations. The TULF leader added " He listened to me" Anandasangaree who is contesting as an independent candidate from Jaffna met with Solheim, Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brastkar and member of the Norwegian peace delegation Lisa Golden at the Norwegian embassy in Colombo last evening.

Last week the TULF leader expressed his disappointment that Norwegian Peace Envoy Erik Solheim did not meet with him in Jaffna during his visit to the peninsula. He said the LTTE was using 48 vehicles without number plates, and continued to intimidate and threaten his candidates and they were violations of the ceasefire agreement. The TULF leaders election campaign is carried out mainly through the media as his life is under threat from the LTTE.
Published: Mon Mar 15 19:55:44 EST 2004

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PM assures separate Muslim delegation at future peace talks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 15, 2004, 8.44 pm. Despite their failure to ensure a separate Independent Muslim Delegation at the peace talks during the last two years, the United National Front (UNF) party has given strong declaration that they will ensure the separate Muslim Delegation as soon as peace talks commence with the LTTE under a UNF government, after the April 2 General Election.

This assurance was given by Prime Minister and UNF Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during the presentation ceremony of the party’s election manifesto. However political analysts point out that during the last two years since the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement in February 2002 and the commencing of peace talks, the UNF merely resorted to verbal assurance of the participation of a separate Muslim delegation at the talks, despite the continuous request from the Muslim community, who has been a silent sufferer during the two decade long conflict. “Hopefully the same scenario will not occur once again with them,” the analysts said.
Published: Mon Mar 15 09:46:23 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Give Back The Additional Years Denied to Us- Prime Minister
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.00 P.M Monday 15 March. Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party, Ranil Wickremasinghe has called on the people of Sri Lanka to give the UNP those additional years denied to his government on 2 April and allow him to bring back the benefits the people long deserve. Presenting UNP's work programme for the nation titled 'Completing The Peoples' Unfinished Business', Wickremasinghe says You are used to reading manifesto's full of promises. Politicians offering handouts which they know they cannot deliver after gthe election. We refused to do that in our 2001 manifesto and we refuse to do so again. Delivering the benefits of our hardwork has not been easy and you were right to be impatient after so many years of neglect"

In his letter to the people Premier Wickremasinghe says that many people have taken peace for granted and there is much work still to be completed and many complex negotiations to be had before peace will be finally ours.
Published: Mon Mar 15 02:27:48 EST 2004 Back to the top

S.Lankan president blames gov't for ignoring problems in peace process
People's Daily, March 15, 10:30 AM EST. Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Monday, March 15, 2004 S... Back to the top

Rosy Senanayaka violating diplomatic traditions?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 15, 2004, 10.16 pm. Former Mrs. World, Rosy Senanayaka, who is also the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for Malaysia is back in Sri Lanka campaigning for the United National Front (UNF), resulting in her failure in her duties as a High Commissioner... Back to the top

Death Crash: Family of Bail-Jumper Has Returned to Sri Lanka, Tuesday, 16th March 2004 . By Andrew Barrow, PA News The wife and child of a Sri Lankan who skipped bail while awaiting trial over the death of a pregnant teacher have left the UK and returned to the couple’s home village, a court heard today... Back to the top

UPFA to abolish Executive Presidency, demand UNF’s stand on the matter
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 15, 2004, 9.26 pm. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance has demanded its main rival, the United National Front (UNF) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to announce to the masses that they are willing to abolish the controversial Executive Presidency, which is currently been enjoyed by the Alliance’s Leader President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

120,981 Families Affected in Anuradhapura - Red Cross Appeals for Drought Relief
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Monday 15 March. The Sri Lanka Red Cross has made an urgent appeal for drought relief to help 120, 981 families affected by the drought in Anuradhapura... Back to the top

Norway ``concerned'' about split within Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Mon March 15, 2004 09:46 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Peace broker Norway expressed concern Monday about an unprecedented split in the Tamil Tiger rebels, but said it will not mediate to resolve the crisis... Back to the top

Lankan president says she regrets snap polls
TOI/AFP, March 14. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga apologised Sunday for calling snap elections but said the polls were needed due to the failure of her attempted political cohabitation with a rival premier... Back to the top

Prime minister pledges to resume peace talks quickly if returned to office
Associated Press, Mon March 15, 2004 05:27 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's governing alliance said Monday it will quickly resume peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels if it wins the April parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Tamileelam Bank Symbol of Sri Lankan Rebel Autonomy, Marrch 15, 10:30 AM EST. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - There's no marble in the lobby, no computer on the counter and no air-conditioning for the customers... Back to the top

Prime Minister says LTTE suicide cadres safer than UPFA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 15, 2004, 12.43 pm. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared that the United People’s Freedom Alliance, which constitutes the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna is much more dangerous than the LTTE suicide cadres... Back to the top

Finally, Lanka to enshrine IPKF, says it fought terrorism
newindpress, march 14. Sri Lanka will finally mitigate some of the anger that continues to simmer in the Indian Army over its humiliating withdrawal from the island nation 14 years ago, when it lays a foundation stone for a memorial to the Indian Peace-Keeping Forces (IPKF) in Colombo next month... Back to the top

Politicians are responsible for the high crime wave
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 14, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today alleged that all politicians were directly responsible for the escalation of violence in the country during the past two years... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president rejects war, seeks talks with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sun March 14, 2004 09:39 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president on Sunday rejected a military solution to the country's ethnic conflict, and promised to resume peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels if her party is elected in elections in April... Back to the top

ISGA Proposals Would Have Created an Internal Conflict- Karuna
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2.45 P.M Sunday 14 March. LTTE's rebel eastern commander, Karuna says had the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) had been accepted there would have been possibilities of internal conflict based on discrimination... Back to the top

Tigers in mud-slinging war
Gulf News, March 14. Tamil guerrilla rival factions have started exposing each other over major scandals which have rocked their movement with no immediate signs of the two sides settling their disputes... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace hopes dim as Tiger leadership fractures, March 14, 2004. Sri Lanka's hopes of ending three decades of ethnic bloodshed and emerging as Asia's latest tiger economy have been shattered by a shock rift in the leadership of the Tamil Tiger rebels, analysts said... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka may scuttle anti-poverty programme, March 14, 2004. Colombo, Mar 14 (IANS) : A possible change of government in Sri Lanka could threaten the future of a $125-million poverty alleviation programme that is already mired in politics and allegations of corruption, reports OneWorld... Back to the top

War scars slowly heal in Jaffna peninsula, 14 Mar 2004 03:25 . JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The road from the airport into town is often a good indicator of what a place is like... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebel faction confident in jungle lair, March 14, 2004 10:00 AM EST. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The rebel soldier looked about 16, dressed in black with a machine gun slung across his back... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to increase international poll monitors, March 14, 2004 10:00 AM EST. Sri Lanka's elections department plans to increase the number of international observers to monitor next month's parliamentary election in a bid to discourage cheating and violence... Back to the top

Sri Lankans playing into Warne's hands, says Gilchrist
Associated Press, Sun March 14, 2004 02:50 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) Shane Warne will revel on pitches custom-made for his archrival Muttiah Muralitharan, and Sri Lanka - 's curators are playing right into his hands, says Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist... Back to the top

LTTE man blames foreign hand for Karuna ’ s revolt, March 14, 2004 10:00 AM EST. Colombo March 13: A top leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, formerly a close confidante of the renegade rebel, V Muralitharan, has charged “hostile foreign forces that are keen on subverting the Tamil national struggle” Back to the top

Sri Lanka to change pace against Australia, March 14, 2004 10:00 AM EST. KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will abandon their one-pace bowler policy for the second test against Australia, which starts on Tuesday... Back to the top

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