The Lanka Academic

MARCH 16, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 345

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LTTE ready to talk with SLFP-JVP Alliance
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 16, 2004, 11.19 pm. The LTTE has informed President Chandrika Kumaratunga that they are willing to talk to a United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance government under her leadership. Ms. Kumaratunga made this claim during a meeting with a special delegation from the Hambantota district at the President’s House yesterday.

The President has however said that it will not be easy for the LTTE to deceive her. “I am not prepared for talks that will lead to a separation of the country, but would negotiate for the sovereignty of the country,” she told the delegation.

According to the President, the LTTE has informed that they are willing to talk to any government with a ‘positive outlook’.
Published: Tue Mar 16 12:21:05 EST 2004

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EU delegation meets Elections Commissioner
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 16, 2004, 11.12 pm. The European Union Election Observation Mission team (EUEOM) today morning met Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake. The team held lengthy discussions on the possibility of holding polling booths in LTTE controlled areas in the North East. The EU delegation was led by its Chief Observer John Cushnahan.

Meanwhile the EUEOM issuing a statement regarding today morning’s meeting, said that, “when locating polling stations two conditions must be fulfilled and they are; the need to ensure that every voter can exercise their franchise and secondly it must comply with the obligation under the law that there is a police presence in all polling stations.”

Meanwhile the Human Rights Commission has taken immediate steps to monitor how election rules and regulations will be observed during the April 2 polls. The Commission hopes to carry out this program island-wide through their 10 regional offices. Complaints of election related violence and malpractices will be examined extensively by the commission, following which advice and recommendations will be given to officers involved in the programme.
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Sri Lanka Tigers pour fighters along river bank: rivals, March 16, 2004, 7:40 AM EST. COLOMBO: Tamil Tiger guerrillas have begun pouring fighters along a district border in northeastern Sri Lanka, heightening fears of a showdown with renegades, the rival More...
Published: Tue Mar 16 07:41:37 EST 2004 Back to the top

Will Tiger split encourage the South towards a military option?
Daily Mirror, march 17. Ten days into the major Tiger split, Colonel Karuna on Monday night convened a special meeting at his new base Meenaham in Karadiyanaru to map out plans for warding off an attack on the eastern breakaway group... Back to the top

United States denies it backed renegade Sri Lankan rebel commander
Associated Press, Tue March 16, 2004 05:42 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United States denied reports Tuesday that it supported a Sri Lankan renegade rebel commander who broke away from the main Tamil Tiger army taking with him nearly half of its fighters... Back to the top

LTTE suspects US behind Karuna s revolt, Mar 16. A top leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels has said the organisation suspects that the United States was behind the revolt of renegade rebel leader of the Eastern Batticaloa district, Colonel Karuna... Back to the top

Money, power and the rebellion in the LTTE, March 17, 2004. The Karuna story has been analysed with great glee from every possible angle in the Sinhala and English media in the south... Back to the top

An Embarrassment of Elections: From South Korea to Sri Lanka, march 16. Neighboring Sri Lanka ­ still staggering from the wounds of decades of civil war ­ goes to the polls April 2... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Norway envoy meets Sri Lanka President, reviews peace efforts, March 16 2004. A Norwegian special envoy held talks with Sri Lanka’s president on Monday to wrap up a visit aimed at reviewing stalled peace efforts and a fragile truce between troops and Tamil Tigers, an official said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Rosy Senanayake not involved in any political activities says Tyronne
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 16, 2004, 11.01 pm. Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando has refuted President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s claim that Sri Lankan High Commissioner for Malaysia Rosy Senanayake is in Sri Lanka campaigning for the United National Front at the forthcoming General Election... Back to the top

SNTV-1340: Cricket Sri Lanka 1
Associated Press, Tue March 16, 2004 10:24 EST . - - AP-SNTV-1340: Cricket Sri Lanka - 1 STORY: Cricket Sri Lanka - 1 - Seventeen wickets fall on day one of the Sri Lanka - v Australia test LENGTH: 3:09 RESTRICTIONS: SNTV Clients Only, See Script TYPE: Nat sound SOURCE: Taj TV DATELINE: Kandy... Back to the top

S.Lanka PM seeks mandate for Tamil peace efforts, March 16, 2004, 7:40 AM EST. S... Back to the top

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... 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

Muralitharan takes 500th wicket; Australia out for 120
Associated Press, Tue March 16, 2004 04:21 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) Muttiah Muralitharan became the youngest bowler to reach 500 test wickets and helped dismiss Australia for its record low total against Sri Lanka - with a four-wicket haul Tuesday on the first day of the second cricket test... Back to the top

Lanka begins work on monument for IPKF soldiers, March 16, 2004, 7:40 AM EST. Colombo, March 16. (PTI): Sri Lanka's military today sought formal approval from local authorities to begin work on a monument to commemorate Indian soldiers who died while fighting Tamil Tiger rebels in the island... 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

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

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

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