The Lanka Academic

MARCH 17, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 346

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Karuna loyalists announce "amnesty" to those who fled to the Wanni
Special Correspondent, March 17. The eastern LTTE under the renegade commander today announced that they are willing to forgive and grant an amnesty to the LTTE commanders who fled to the Wanni during the ongoing upheavals between the North and Eastern wings of the LTTE. The Karuna faction which had established a presence on the internet in competition to other rebel directed websites who report on Tamil affairs made this announcement through the website on their latest update. According to the website the leaders who fled the east have been invited to come back and join their families and lead “private lives” or function as LTTE members under “Colonel” Karuna’s leadership.

As reported by the web-site all administrative functions by the LTTE in the east are continuing as normal. It further states that “those who fled to the Wanni are spreading rumors to safeguard themselves”. The web site is quoted as stating that "all administrative divisions of the LTTE are functioning in the east. Do not fall for the confusing rumors spread by those who fled to the Wanni, and by the media in the South'. The web-site also claims that more and more people in the Ampari Batticaloa region are coming out to support Col. Karuna.

As signs of normalcy returning to the east, the website reports that the LTTE would commemorate the martyrdom of 107 tigers lost in a single day during the anniversary of the Vavunativu attack
Published: Wed Mar 17 18:45:34 EST 2004

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Rebels Warn Sri Lanka of Renegade Leader
Associated Press, Wed March 17, 2004 11:18 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels warned the government Wednesday not to recognize or negotiate with a renegade guerrilla leader, saying that would cause ``irreparable damage'' to Sri Lanka - 's fragile peace process.

Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, an eastern-based rebel leader better known as Karuna, broke away from the main Tamil Tiger army March 3, taking nearly half of the groups' fighters with him. He is estimated to control about 6,000 fighters.

Anton Balasingham, chief negotiator for the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam, accused the breakaway leader of having established ``clandestine contacts'' with the government and army ``to gain recognition and concessions.''

``We should let it be known to his contacts that they will cause irreparable damage to the peace process if they exploit Karuna's dissent,'' Balasingham said in an interview with the London-based Tamil Guardian newspaper. The article did not elaborate.

The Tigers began fighting for a separate homeland for minority ethnic Tamils in the north and east in 1983, claiming discrimination by the Sinhalese majority.

A Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in February 2002 between the government and the Tigers' leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, halted the fighting, which killed nearly 65,000 people, and raised hopes for a permanent peace.

But the split in the rebel group has raised fears the island may return to war. Analysts have said the split is the most serious blow to peace efforts, although Balasingham dismissed its impact.

``Karuna's dissent would not seriously undermine the peace process or the Tamil national struggle,'' he said.

``I can assure you that the LTT leadership is not making any preparations for war.''
Published: Wed Mar 17 14:56:07 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka's Tigers: Down but not out
Yahoo, 18 March 2004. BANGALORE - Despite the blow it has suffered following the rebellion of its eastern commander "Colonel Karuna", it does seem that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will play a significant role in Sri Lanka's post-election government formation. The LTTE is expected to emerge as a kingmaker, despite the fact that the split in the organization has injected new uncertainties into Sri Lankan politics. More...
Published: Wed Mar 17 22:25:28 EST 2004 Back to the top

Batticaloa - Amparai TNA candidates meet with Eastern LTTE leadership
Special Correspondent, March 18. According to the website allied with the renegade LTTE commander Karuna all TNA candidates of the Tamil National Alliance contesting the upcoming elections were reported to have met with officials of the LTTE eastern leadership on Monday at Karadinaaru. The TNA delegation was reported to have been led by Mr... Back to the top

LTTE's Allegation Is Complete, total, and unadulterated nonsense- US
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.40 P.M Wednesday 17 March. The United States Ambassador in Colombo, Jeffrey Lunstead denied the allegation made by the LTTE that the Americans were behind LTTE's rebel leader and eastern commander Karuna... Back to the top

Voters in limbo in rebel - held areas of Sri Lanka, March 17 . Voting for Sri Lankans living in areas held by Tamil Tiger rebels was still in limbo on Wednesday, with officials unable to decide how to hold polls safely despite the island's two-year ceasefire... Back to the top

Karuna sets agenda
Hindustan Times, march 18. The rebel LTTE leader, Colonel Karuna, has asked the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in his fiefdom of Batticaloa-Amparai, to fight the April 2 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections on the basis of regional development issues, and not on the political issue of "Tamil Nationalism", as demanded by the Prabhakaran faction based in northern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE setting stage to wrest area under Karuna's control
gulf news, march 17. Tamil guerrillas are setting the stage to wrest control of the eastern region where deposed regional leader of the movement is holding on to his base along with hundreds of cadres along with heavy weapons, refusing to give up... Back to the top

SLMC activist murdered in Ampara
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 118, 2004, 11.55 pm. A strong activist of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) was murdered on Tuesday night in the Eastern Province of Ampara... Back to the top

LTTE says they are willing to negotiate with any government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 19, 2004, 12.33 a.m.. The LTTE’s Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam has reiterated that his organisation is ready to resume peace talks with any future government... Back to the top

U.S. Provides $ 600,000 In Election Assistance
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.00 P.M Wednesday 17 March. Jeffrey J. Lunstead, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, announced today that the United States will provide $600,000 for election monitoring for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election process... Back to the top

CY to axe Sri Lanka route, march 18 . CYPRUS Airways (CY) is axing its Sri Lanka flights from the end of this month, spokesman Tassos Angelis said yesterday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

In 2003 Sri - Lanka supplied USD 2 , 8 m worth products, March 17, 2004. 11:24 Am EST. Astana. March 17. KAZINFORM... 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

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

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

Gilchrist's century leads Australian revival
Associated Press, Wed March 17, 2004 06:55 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) Adam Gilchrist replaced injured skipper Ricky Ponting at No... Back to the top

Unbeaten Vaas helps Sri Lanka take lead, March 17, 2004. 7:40 Am EST. Unbeaten Vaas helps Sri Lanka take lead March 17 2004 at 09:09AM Kandy, Sri Lanka - All-rounder Chaminda Vaas scored an aggressive 68 not out as Sri Lanka secured a 91-run first innings lead on the second day of the second Test against Australia on Wednesday... 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

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