The Lanka Academic

 
MARCH 21, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 350

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Kumaratunga bluffing, say LTTE factions
indiatimes.com, MARCH 22, 2004 02:17:25 AM ]. With peace talks emerging as a key issue in the run-up to the April 2 polls in Sri Lanka , the LTTE and its breakaway faction leader today rejected claims by President Chandrika Kumaratunga that her party was in contact with them. “It is totally an untruthful statement,” LTTE’s political wing leader S P Thamilselvan said, referring to Kumaratunga’s public remarks that her party was in contact with LTTE and that they had expressed willingness to resume negotiations with her. More...
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US Took The Lead Internationally To Weaken the LTTE Says Former US Ambassador
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.50 P.M Sunday 21 March. Former Deputy US Permanent Representative to the UN and former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Peter Burleigh says the United States took the lead internationally in attempting to isolate and weaken the LTTE and his countries effort crystallized when the LTTE was added to the list of terrorist groups maintained by the US government. Speaking on the role of the US in South Asian Conflicts at a seminar organized by the US/SL Fullbright Commission and the Bandaraniake Center for International Studies (BCIS) on Saturday, Burleigh said " That step by the US made illegal the supply of financial and other support from US citizens to the LTTE. It also has some impact on similar actions taken by other governments, where like the US, there are substantial numbers of Tamil expatriates. While this US action probably had some real financial impact on the LTTE, perhaps more importantly it had a psychological and practical impact which probably made the LTTE leadership more inclined to seek a negotiated settlement." Ambassador Burleigh pointed out that isolating the LTTE internationally has accelerated since the attacks on September 11th 2001 and the resultant UN blessed action against terrorist groups worldwide.

Burleigh also said that over the years the US has taken an active role in encouraging cooperation between the UNP and the SLFP/PA leaderships as they negotiated with the LTTE. He said " Friends of Sri Lanka deeply regret that this has not yet been possible, for such lack of coordinated position undermines government efforts and give the LTTE additional leverage, which in the face of a unified position of the major parties it would not enjoy" Another speaker at the seminar, a former US Assistant Secretary of State, Dr. Walter Anderson said that as a part of the US strategy to root out the forces of extremism, the United States has become more involved in helping to stem the long-running civil strife in Sri Lanka and the more recent but equally virulent Maoist insurgency in Nepal.
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Kumaratunga sets terms to resume Lanka peace talks
navhindtimes.com, Monday, March 22. In a move apparently to keep the Tamil Tiger rebels away from the negotiating table in the future, Sri Lankan President, Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga has set preconditions for the LTTE to recommence peace talks if her United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) came to power in the general elections on April 2. Reiterating her commitment for a negotiated political settlement, President Ms Kumaratunga told Colombo-based Sunday Observer newspaper, which is presently under her control, that commencing early negotiations with the LTTE “on the basis of equality and justice to all will be a priority when the UPFA forms the government in early April.” More...
Published: Sun Mar 21 18:02:27 EST 2004 Back to the top

Tamil candidate struggles against Sri Lanka rebels
reuters.com, 21 Mar 2004 10:07 . He's a leading candidate in Sri Lanka's election, but V. Anandasangaree can barely leave his compound in northern Jaffna peninsula let alone campaign before the masses... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels release 35 child soldiers, but slammed for continued recruitment
Associated Press, Sun March 21, 2004 10:47 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels released 35 child soldiers Sunday, but the U... Back to the top

LTTE, renegade leader reject Chandrika s claims
hinduonnet.com, March 21, 2004 . With peace talks emerging as a key issue in the run-up to the April 2 polls in Sri Lanka, the LTTE and its breakaway faction leader today rejected claims by President Chandrika Kumaratunga that her party was in contact with them... Back to the top

President says she is sorry about Udathalawinna massacre
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 21, 2004, 5.59 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga expressed her sincere apologies to the Muslim community yesterday over the Udathalawinna massacre, allegedly carried out by her one- time strong man and former deputy Minister of Defence, Gen... Back to the top

Thamilselvam Says New Commanders Will Move To East Soon
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.00 P.M Sunday 21 March. Leader of LTTE's political wing, Thamilchelvam says that the new commanders appointed to the east are cautiously making their moves to the east and the move would take place soon... Back to the top

All Child Recruitment By The LTTE Must Cease Now- UNICEF
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2.30 P.M Sunday March 21. UNICEF says that recruitment of children by the LTTE must cease now if the children of Sri Lanka are to have a better future... Back to the top

Tamil factions deny Sri Lankan president s claims of contacts
channelnewsasia.com, 21 March 2004 1428 hrs . The Tamil Tigers and a breakaway rebel leader have both denied claims by the Sri Lankan president that she had made contact with them, as peace talks emerged as a key issue in the run-up to April 2 elections... Back to the top

Elections Commissioner to meet State Media Heads next Tuesday
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 21, 2004, 5.47 pm. In what appeared to be yet another earnest appeal, Sri Lanka’s Election Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake has once again invited all State Media Heads to a meeting mid next week... Back to the top

Ranil's party best suited to resolve ethnic strife
Gulf News, March 21, 2004, 12:20 AM EST. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party has been identified as the best party which could resolve the country's prolonged ethnic conflict, but President Chandrika Kumaratunga's alliance contesting the upcoming elections has been identified as the best to reduce corruption, reduce cost of living Back to the top

Japan extends more than Rs. 3 million in drought assistance
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 21, 2004, 5.22 pm. Following the urgent appeal made to the International Community, by the Sri Lankan Government which sought urgent drought assistance, the Japanese government, in a quick response has extended aid amounting to US$ 35,681 (approximately Rs... Back to the top

Sri Lankan elections chief calls meeting of media officials to discuss allegedly biased coverage
Associated Press, Sat March 20, 2004 08:41 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's elections chief wants to review complaints of biased media coverage in the run-up to the country's April 2 parliamentary polls, an official said Saturday... Back to the top

Security boosted for Lankan president, PM
dailytimes.com.pk, March 20, 2004, 9:15 AM EST. COLOMBO: Security for Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister has been stepped up by 50 percent ahead of next month’s snap parliamentary elections, the island’s police chief said on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Tea
The Washington Times , March 20, 2004, 13:30 EST. Sri Lanka's pineapples are the sweetest in the world. Stop at one of the many roadside stands selling fruits and vegetables from the local area and ask the vendor to trim a pineapple, cut it into cubes, add a bit of salt and pepper and shake it in a plastic bag... Back to the top

Northern Sri Lankan footballers win first national tournament in two decades
Associated Press, Sat March 20, 2004 08:43 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A soccer team from Sri Lanka - 's war-ravaged north on Saturday won a national championship for the first time since the island's ethnic war broke out two decades ago... Back to the top

India should support Lankan peace process: Nedumaran
deepikaglobal.com, March 20, 2004, 9:25 AM EST. Chennai, Mar 20 (UNI) Banned Tamil Nationalist Movement leader and POTA detenue P Nedumaran today said India should support the cause of establishing peace in neighbouring Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Opening Skies To Domestic Carriers: Air Sahara Begins Lanka ...
indolink.com, March 20, 2004, 9:25 AM EST. New Delhi, Mar. 20 (NNN): Marking the opening of skies by the country's civil aviation ministry to domestic carriers, one of India’s major private airlines, Air Sahara, will begin flights to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Monday. Back to the top

Warne leads Australia to victory over Sri Lanka
reuters.com, March 20, 2004, 13:10 EST. KANDY, Sri Lanka, March 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne said his team could and should have beaten Australia on Saturday and avoided a first home series defeat in three years... Back to the top

Sri Lanka should have won, says Tillakaratne
reuters.co.uk, March 20, 2004, 13:10 EST. KANDY, Sri Lanka, March 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne said his team could and should have beaten Australia on Saturday and avoided a first home series defeat in three years... Back to the top

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